13 July 2017


This single layer card with an uplifting sentiment features a Magenta stencil and Unity stamps with Perfect Pearls.


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Putting It Together

I love stencils. They're incredibly versatile. Magenta is a Canadian company that makes some absolutely lovely stencils and stamps. I pick up their stencils when ever I see them on a sale (admittedly, they're a bit pricey otherwise). I found this stencil at a garage sale a local scrapbooking shop was hosting. 

When using a stencil, you want to make sure your surface, in this case my card, is not going to move. For this project, I secured it with washi tape. I ended up removing the tape from the top and bottom since the butterflies on the stencil takes up nearly the full 5 1/2" of the A2 top fold card (5 1/2" x 4 1/4"). 

I really do like this washi but I have a lot of it and not that many projects to call for it as a decoration. So... it works really great as a tool. It's sticky enough to hold stuff in place but usually comes off the paper without tearing anything. 

I positioned the stencil over the area of the card I wanted to decorate and secured it on one side. I masked off the areas of the stencil I didn't want to use and made sure all parts of my card that I didn't want to decorate were covered. I used a mixture of Post-It note and more washi for the masking. 

I applied the Perfect Medium directly to the card through the stencil. Perfect Medium is like a stickier VersaMark. VersaMark would have worked for this, too, but I have the Perfect Medium from Perfect Pearls kits and should use it up.

Since I only secured the stencil on one side, I could open it like a door to make sure I had full coverage on the butterflied. The tiny ones were tough to get filled in, so this really helped. 

I removed the washi on the side of the butterflies and then brushed the very fine power of Perfect Pearls bronze over the stenciled area. 

Do not dump/cascade the Perfect Pearls like you would with embossing powder. It's too finely ground. It doesn't cascade, it comes out in a clump and sticks to the paper. It makes a big mess that you can recover from, but it also wastes the powder. Brush it on, brush it off. Trust me. (And I remind myself of these every month or two if I've been doing more with embossing that Perfect Pearls *laugh*.)

You can see how the residue of the removed washi on the left also picked up the Perfect Pearls, so... I rubbed the Perfect Medium on that side of the card, covering the area where the washi was and brushed on more Perfect Pearls to make it look intentional. If I had left the washi on while brushing Perfect Pearls on to the butterflies, I wouldn't have had that edging. I think it was a happy accident.

Like for embossing, I used the powder tool on the area I wanted to stamp the sentiment. I used Perfect Medium on the sentiment and then brushed more of the Perfect Pearls on.

A Swiffer cloth over the whole project wipes off any of the powder from the tool as well as any stray Perfect Pearls.

To 'set' the Perfect Pearls, spray a mist of water in the air and then waft the project through the mist. You don't want to heavily wet the area with the Perfect Pearls. just a very light airy mist.

Inside, I added a Perfect Pearls butterfly in the same colour to the lower corner but left the rest blank.


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  1. Fabulous card ! Love your beautiful purple card base and the bronze Perfect Pearls pops up so gorgeously over it ! Love the beautiful sentiment too ! A great take on our challenge ! Thanks for sharing and for playing along at Less is More !

  2. This is a fabulous card. Of course I adore the basecard colour and your stencilling is so neat and beautifully done. Love that uplifting verse too! Thanks for linking up at AAA Cards.

  3. A fantastic take on our challenge collaboration with Less is More and AAA Cards this week. A stunning colour for your card base and oozing elegance with all the gold stencilling. Shimmer just adds that extra WOW factor. Thanks so much for playing along with us

  4. I love how your stencilled the butterflies on such a great coloured card base. Thanks for playing along with us at AAA Cards!

  5. i love purple and with this fab gold, it makes for such an elegant card. Thank you for playing with us at AAA cards

  6. Wow totally love it! Thanks for joining in with our challenge at the sketchy challenge!


  7. What a gorgeous stencil, and I love the effect of the shimmery perfect pearls over the purple base.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Less is More, Anita x

  8. Such a beautiful card, and a nice little tutorial as well! So happy you joined us this week at Tuesday Throwdown Challenge!

  9. Wow!!! Absolutely beautiful butterflies on the purple. Thank you for sharing with us at AAA Cards.

  10. What an absolutely stunning card! I thought the image and sentiment were embossed - I was so surprised to see you'd used perfect pearls - fabulous! Thanks for playing along with us at AAA Cards!


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