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This month The Virtual Crafting Challenge was Lacquers & Glazes. Regular viewers will remember that for this challenge I was playing with Perfect pearls and a selection of Golden products. Here is a video tutorial of my results;  how to create a pearlescent glaze and pearlescent paint.

You Will Need

  • Golden Fluid Acrylic Paints, colours of your choice
  • Golden Acrylic Gazing Medium in Gloss
  • Ranger Perfect Pearls, colors of your choice
  • Tin Plate for a mixing pallet
  • pallet Knife for mixing
  • Brush
  • Scrap Card

Golden’s Acrylic Glazing Medium extends the open time of the paints and is key when you add the perfect pearls to stop everything drying too fast.


  • Select a paint colour that is either transparent or semi transparent, from the Fluid Acrylic paints
  • Add a few drops of Glazing Liquid. Mix these together, this creates a glaze, which is nice enough but for extra wow…
  • Add a small amount of Perfect Pearl in a coordinating colour to your paint/glaze mix. At first it will seem gritty but keep blending with your pallet knife until it is smooth.

Try this on dark card as well as light. If you don’t have any fluid acrylic paint, you can still make a light paint with the glazing liquid and the Perfect Pearls, this will create a paler lacquer that you can now use on glass, metal and other gloss items.

For suppliers of Golden products check out the pannel at the side of the blog where I have added a link to Golden’s website. Rangers site link, is loctated on the Stamping page, under manufacturers.

It was fun to experiment and I learnt a lot, have fun and don’t be afraid to have a play with your products. Who knows what new techniques you might discover along the way.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie 🙂


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Over the next few weeks I’d like to share the ATC’s I’ve made for the Book Arts Forum’s ATC Swap.

Here is the sixth one, there are more to come.



Stamps Used; Crafty Individuals

Ink Used; Ranger Adirondack dye based ink

Ranger Perfect Pearls


Best Wishes and thanks for looking

Billie 🙂

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In case you haven’t heard of them Moo cards are small cards that are coming along the lines of ATCs in the craft world. The cards are 2.8 x 7cm in size. For the swap a theme is set and then you create a card to that theme and swap it with other members. If you would like to join in with the next swap head over to www.stampingmadforum.co.uk and join up.

There was an open theme this month, still in love with my embossing folders I made this;


Supplies Used

  • Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Textile
  • Ranger Adirondack Dye Ink; Wild Plum and Eggplant
  • Perfect Pearls; Bronze


Have fun playing with your supplies

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie 🙂

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This month’s theme for the VIrtual Crafting Challenge is;

Pearlescent Paints


There are many forms of pearlescent paints available,here are a few; Twinkling H20s, Perfect Pearls, Pearl Ex. Each have their own qualities and are suitable for different results on different projects.

Twinkling H2Os

These are solid cakes of colour that contain mica powder. Spritz your pot with water and leave it for a few minutes. If it is a warm day you may need to remoisten these paints more than once. Keep the paint stirred to prevent all the mica settling at the bottom of the pot. Apply using a dampened paint brush. If you want to achieve lighter tones, use a pallet or a spare acrylic block to apply paint to, add additonal water for a lighter colour. If you want a darker tone add additional layers of colour over your project once the first layer of paint has dried.

Perfect Pearls

These are powdered pigments that also contain mica. The advantage of these is that unlike Pearl Ex these already contain binders so are fixable with a little water. Perfect Pearls can be used dry dusted over a stamped surface, or mixed with water to form paint. Add some to clear glues such as Paper Glaze to enable you to paint onto gloss surfaces such as glass, metal and acetate. It will create a finish like Crystal lacquers.

Pearl Ex

This is another form of pigment also containing mica. Ulike Perfect Pearls Pearl Ex does not contain any binders, this makes it a less stable medium unless you are adding it to acrylic paints or glues. You need to add Gum Arabic to be able to use it as a watercolour paint to prevent the colour wiping off once dry.

Options to get you started

  • Use these paints to create backgrounds
  • Mix with water for a coloured wash like effect, either paint on or apply using a mini mister for a textured effect
  • Use these paints to create accent areas in your projects
  • Use these paints to create embellishments
  • Add to glues to create Liquid Lacqueres to paint onto paper, card, glass, metal and acetate


This site has some tips for using Perfect Pearls; http://www.rubberstampsclub.com/tips/perfect-pearls.html
And this is the tuition area of Julia Andrus site; http://www.juliaandrus.com/how-to

Video Ideas and tips

Lots by Julia Andrus http://uk.youtube.com/user/JuliaAndrusDotCom

Pearly Mottled Paper; http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=VDz1o42QVn0

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I know this is late but finally here is the piece I created for the August’s Six By Four Challenge over on the Stamping Mad Forum. It was made almost on time but I forgot about the picture OOPS!

Floral Themed Swap

Floral Themed Swap

The great thing about this challenge is that it is virtual so there is no limit to how deep you make your card. Postage charges are such now that if you want to add lots of layers to your cards, the postage charges go right up. That was the reason for making this challenge entirely virtual, you can go as crazy (or not in this case) with the layers and not have to worry.


This is a handy size to work to 6 x 4″, it means your finished pieces will mount nicely if you need a quick card, and store easily in a photo box if you don’t want to part with them. I did think of that when I chose the size format 😉


The stamps were Florals by Katzel Kraft and the ink was Adirondack Dye ink in Stonewashed and Espresso, applied using Rangers Cut n Dry foam and then just a touch of Perfect Pearls spritzed on using a Mini Mister.


Best wishes and thanks for reading


Billie 🙂

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I would like to share the book page I made for Megan over on the Stamping Mad Forum’s book swap for July 2008.  Megan’s theme was ‘ Seaside or On the Water’.

I didn’t have any suitable stamps so Megan very kindly stamped some images for me and sent them with the blank page. This was the first time I have used silicone glue to give my images dimension and I will definately use it again, even if it does wiff! (Stink). I have not had any luck buying any decent 3D foam square in the last few years so had a go with the silicone. Sadly there was only a little left so will need to buy more.

Any hoo back to the pages

My Page for Megan

My Page for Megan


Products used mainly Ranger unless otherwise stated.

Inks; Adirondack Dye Ink; Stonewashed, Sail Boat Blue, and Aqua

Inkssentials; White gel pen

Stamps of mine used; Hero Arts H2365 Old French Writing, LL031 Elegant Letter Set (alphabet)

Cut n Dry Foam to apply ink

Perfect Pearls in Mini Mister with water were irridescent green and irridescent blue. Two different misters not mixed together 😉


Hope you liked my page, Megan did.


Best wishes and thanks for reading


Billie xx

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Over the next few days I will be sharing my Japanese stab bound books with you. They were created a couple of weeks ago now, and a couple of them have been decorated.

The first one is the Japanese 4 Hole Binding also know as Yotsume Toji

I have used ranger Adirondack inks on the stamped piece, for the background. Versafine Onyx Black for the main image and spritzed over the entire piece using Perfect Pearls in a Mini Mister.

This turned out better than I had hoped and I was pleased with this for a first attempt. This book is A6 in size, and has twelve white pages. I will try making thicker books when I have a stand for my Dremel drill. At present I am only using a needle tool to make the holes, so I am piercing the two cover boards, then using a cover board over half the pages and piercing through those. I then repeat this for the remaining pages. Once I have a drill stand, it should be possible to clamp the entire book together and drill through everything in one step.The thread I have used is Barbour No 18 cord 3, which is pre coloured black. I have waxed it myself before sewing.

Instructions for this bind, that I followed, can be found in Volume I Non Adhesive Binding; Books without Paste or Glue by Keith Smith. There is a link to Keith’s website in the side panel of this blog labeled ‘Bookbinding Links’

Hope you like it too, more soon

Best wishes

Billie 🙂

P.S My wonderful husband has fixed the issue with the blog so I won’t be dissapearing for a bit after all. I will still be uploading to the blog but it is worth checking the archives sections as if it is possible to post to old dates I will be putting the articles from the old blog on here under the dates they were originally published on the spaces blog. I’ll try and post a list at then end of each week of any posts added to archives should you wish to review them.

Thanks for reading and see you next time xxx

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