Make It Monday #113: Perfect Pearls

If you visit my blog frequently, then you might have noticed that I have been on a bit of a Perfect Pearls kick lately.  If you are unfamiliar with Perfect Pearls, it is a pigment powder that has metallic sheen to it.  It can be used in a variety of ways, but my personal favorite it just brushing it over a stamped image.  I am excited to show you a few projects that incorporate this fun and easy technique!


Here are some still shots of today's projects!

With Sympathy Card

Leaves closeup

Sentiment leaves

Down leaves

Wish Big Card

Single medallion

Sentiment wish

Down wish

Medallion Card


If you are joining along this week, here are the details concerning the Make It Monday Challenge.

–A new Make It Monday Challenge will go up every Monday morning at 9am EST.

–Create a project utilizing your take on the challenge. Your project must use at least one Papertrey product and Perfect Pearls or some sort of metallic pigment powder.

–Post your project on your blog, in your gallery or on any other photo-hosting site (such as photobucket or flickr).

-Add your project to our —>InLinkz List HERE<—

–You will have until 7am, Monday, April 29th, to add your link to the list to be eligible to win. And you can enter as many times as you like.

–We will be tweeting and posting on our Facebook page every night (between 5-9pm EST) highlighting a Featured Project. These tweets/Facebook postings will just be a shout-out regarding projects that caught our eye. 

–One randomly selected winner will be chosen from ALL the entries on Monday,  April 29th, after 7am. The winner will be posted here on this blog post, on Twitter and Facebook. The randomly selected winner will get a $25 PTI gift certificate to spend however they like!

Good luck to everyone and we look forward to seeing your projects!

EDITED TO ADD:  Many people of been asking about "setting" the Perfect Pearls after brushing them onto your stamped images.  I have found that once the VersaMark ink dries, the Perfect Pearls have set fairly well.  However, if there will be a lot of direct contact with your project, you might want to take extra precaution by sealing it with a very light coating of  hairspray!  Hope that helps!


  • STAMPS: Harvest Berries, Think Big Favorites #3
  • INK: VersaMark
  • PAPER: Pinefeather, Ocean Tides
  • OTHER: Perfect Pearl & Blue Patina Perfect Pearls (Ranger), Liquid Pearls (Ranger)
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Lovely Layers, Big & Bold Wishes
  • INK: VersaMark
  • PAPER: Smokey Shadow, Hawaiian Shores
  • OTHER: Turquoise & Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls (Ranger)
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"




Congratulations to Larissa Heskett for being randomly selected as this weeks winner!  Please email Customer Service and provide the email address you would like your $25 gift certificate sent to!  And a big thank you to everyone else who participated in this challenge.  There were so many amazing entries!  Enjoy the rest of your week!

Nichole Heady

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Join the discussion 26 Comments

  • 1
    janet wilson says:

    OH Yay!! Can’t wait to get home from work tonight, and watch your video πŸ˜›

  • 2
    Jennifer says:

    This is one of my favorite Make It Monday videos ever! I have never used Perfect Pearls in any way other than mixed with water… This opens up a whole new world to me! Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  • 3
    Sharon says:

    What a fun and pretty technique! The sympathy card is my favorite – but all are just gorgeous!

  • 4
    Myrna says:

    Wow, what gorgous cards. Thank you for a great tutorial.
    Now my PP will start getting used more.
    Do you need to use a fixatif on them? or do you ever heat set them?

  • 5 says:

    Absolutely stunning! Looking forward to bringing my Perfect Pearls back out and using them this way! Thanks!

  • 6
    Melissa Maxwell-Doherty says:

    Lovely lovely cards. I have never used PP with versamark ink. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 7
    Becky Green says:


  • 8
    Shelly says:

    BEAUTIFUL cards!! Fun video showing the techniques. πŸ™‚

  • 9
    MaryAnn says:

    Beautiful cards!Great technique!

  • 10

    Beautiful cards! That blue and yellow/gold one is my favorite! Such a nice color combo and striking contrast! I just came across my perfect pearls stash the other day when I was sorting some of my supplies. I’ll try to see if I can carve out some time this week to play along. πŸ™‚

  • 11
    Colleen F says:

    Wow, those are awesome cards…so glad you did a MIM using this medium…loved that you showed using multiple colors on an image!!

  • 12
    Nancy says:

    Thanks for this tutorial, Nichole. I used my PP when I first received them, but they’ve been sitting in a drawer ever since. I appreciate the reminder to get them out and how to put them to work. The timing is perfect because I need to make a wedding card and their magical shimmer fits the occasion.

  • 13
    Kathy H says:

    These are beautiful! I’ve always used my Perfect Pearls with water. Thanks for showing us Nichole!

  • 14
    Kelly Braund says:

    Beautiful! I was curios, how do you “set” your cards when they’re done? Do you spray with water or use something else to keep the PP on permanently? Thanks for sharing!

  • 15
    Myrna says:

    I just finished making a beautiful card thanks to your great tutorial. The PP will surely get a lot of use now.
    I have already asked the same question as Kelly so will look forward to hearing what you do.
    Again, thanks so much.

  • 16
    Shirl Martin says:

    I loved watching this video, can’t to try my hand at what I learned.

  • 17
    diana says:

    Lovely cards and a great technique. TFS

  • 18
    Peggy Lamb says:

    Awesome video-thank you so much! I haven’t used my Perfect Pearls in ages and am looking forward to getting them out and trying the techniques you showed us. Loved your cards!

  • 19
    ulrika_m says:

    Beautiful cards, great effect with the Perfect Pearls! Thanks for sharing!

  • 20
    Sue Alg says:

    These are by far by favorite among all the beautiful cards and techniques you share. Stunning!!

  • 21
    Myrna says:

    Thank you again for your great tutorial and also for answering our question about setting the PP.
    Love this site.

  • 22
    Susan Stumpp says:

    OMG… Those are awesome! Very very beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Got to try this technique next time.

  • 23
    maria f. says:

    TFS. I have never seent this technique – have only used the Perfect Pearls as an additive to a mist. Can’t wait to try it.

  • 24
    Carol MJS says:

    Wonderful video, Nichole! Perfect Pearls is one of my favourite materials to use. Love the way you blended the colours, especially on the first card. Gorgeous! I have found that by misting the finished Perfect Pearls image with water sets the powder as it is water interactive.

  • 25
    Trish says:

    I love these cards. I ended up buying a couple of the stamps. The problem I am having is that when I wipe with the duster, I get a lot of smearing of the Pearl Ex pigment powder beyond the versamark stamp I am using. Is Perfect Pearls different to not smear?

  • 26

    Just Beautiful, this is the best tutorial I have seen on the perfect pearls!! Thank you for sharing!

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