Thursday, 9 June 2016

Mother of Pearl flowers...

Happy Thursday,

Another sample from my stamp shows last week this time using the August child and Larkspur elements stamp sets.  I did demo this but I will give a quick run through never less lol

I stared by making the base for the flowers by squeezing onto acetate frosted Sky, Aqua and Heather PVA dimensional glue.  Next I used a palette knife and spread the glue over the acetate which, when dry, makes a mother of pearl background which shows better in real one than the pictures.  Next I stamped the larkspur flowers on the front and cut these out by hand ( fussy cut) which is a little more difficult than yesterdays flowers however its still a simple shape (ish).

I then made the background by adding Mica Powder from the Garden Flora set into plain card which I had sprayed with water. The pigment in the mica simply colours the card ( unlike pixie powders which explode with cool) however they mix beautifully and the shine is amazing.  I then simply stamped the August child poem onto the centre with jet black archival ink.

I made a card black and panels using Sue Wilson's noble ornate pierced squares die and mounted the piece onto this.

I made the frame using the dies in the ornate pierced set and added these over a piece with the PVA added to make a deeper pearl background.

I made up the card as shown using the flowers around the corners for emphasis.



  1. Morning John,absolutely pretty today's card xx

  2. Morning John, this is a gorgeous card it was one of my favourites on your shows
    loved the acetate flowers.
    Nancyd x

  3. Hi John
    Very pretty card must give it a try.

  4. Hi John
    what a stunning card love the colours and the dies and stamps thanks tracyw

  5. Hi John.
    Thank you a little beauty.
    Take care Kitty.

  6. Morning John, remember seeing you do this on Hochanda, it really does give a lovely effect through the acetate, and as I am an August I can appreciate the lovely sentiment too.

    Stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

  7. Love the idea with the acetate and glues, so will have to try this. The card is lovely, thank you. Luv jxxx

  8. Morning John,
    Lovely card, the acetate flowers are different , and the mica background is so effective using mica powders.
    Thanks for demoing these techniques on Hochanda, such a brilliant channel for all crafts.
    Love and crafty hugs
    Tina T xxxx

  9. Hi John, a stunning card, love the flowers. Have a great day. Bx

  10. Lovely card, very pretty.


  11. I watched you demo this card John and simply feel in love with it. One I will definitely be trying xxx

  12. Good morning John this is a gorgeous card I love the soft colours and the flowers are beautiful. Have a wonderful day today. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  13. A stunning card John so preety colours are lovely and the flowers are just perfect thank you
    Love June Horrocks xxxxxx

  14. A really pretty card John. Delicate colours and interesting techniques.

  15. Hi John, love this card and the colours,maths flowers look really nice

  16. Hi John, simply beautiful card. I love the way you have done the flowers, must try that one. Love Rosemarie x

  17. Morning John, this is such a pretty card, and such a great technique
    one I think I will have to try.

  18. That's new -spreading PVA into acetate Something I will definitely be trying Love the dreamy delicate look of this card

  19. Hi John,
    Lovely card again. Colours are gorgeous.
    Hugs, Rose

  20. I did see you demonstrate this and will have to have a go. The background looks so effective.
    Still catching up with your shows - just watching the drink can flowers!

    Anne (Northampton)

  21. Beautiful (and I'm an August child, hope I live up to your sentiment, although not sure about the graceful). SueL x

  22. Morning John,
    Wow a stunning card today. I love the way you did the flowers & background.
    I need to have a go at doing both techniques.
    I'm late today, actually had a lie in until 8.30am lol. I'm up usually around 5am.
    keep up the great work you are a inspiration to us all

  23. Morning John, Fabulous techniques and a fabulous card.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  24. Good Morning John, this card is a lot prettier up close I did see you using this technique on Hochanda and wondered how it looked closer to, its a beautiful card. hugs Shirleyxxxx

  25. Morning John
    Love your pretty card.

  26. Beautiful card as always John. Never had any joy with acetate but this has given me the inspiration to give it another go. Thank you.

  27. Lovely card as usual John, love the sentiment X X X

  28. Hi John
    Beautiful card, love your acetate flowers and the lovely verse.

  29. Hi John. A very pretty card for today's post. I particularly like the way you have done the background.


  30. Hi John,
    Beautiful card, I love the birthday stamps and the larkspur flowers are so pretty. I did try growing some from seed but my little dog dug them up so I may try again, failing that I could always make some.
    Thanks for sharing,

  31. Lovely card john x saw your demo and loved it and great techniques x
    Theresa w x

  32. Beautiful mother of pearl effect John. Pat x

  33. Lovely Beautiful card John, I really love your monthly verses, hugs Johanna

  34. Lovely Beautiful card John, I really love your monthly verses, hugs Johanna

  35. Eh up John
    Did think I'd commented on this but I'm going doolally lol!
    Lovely effect with the PVA and mica. You can really see the pearly sheen.
    Ang x

  36. Just so beautiful, lovely verses,Kate x

  37. Hi John

    I love the background, the verse is very sweet.

    Hugs, T x

  38. Hi John,
    Not been too well of late so missed yesterdays post. This is very pretty.
    Anne M xxx

  39. I absolutely love that background and the gorgeous colours.
    Perfect for highlighting you beautiful stamp verses.