Floral Thank You - Faux Mother of Pearl

Good afternoon, and hello from South Carolina, where we have lovely sunshine! We are getting sorted around from traveling all day yesterday. It was a good ride up the road, and we made good time, except for one place in Atlanta, where the traffic slowed to a standstill. However, we had left early (when the DD left for work at 5:30 am...Ugh. You know how I love to get up early). So thankful to arrive home safely last evening. Today is unpacking, sorting & paying bills, doing some laundry.

This card has been received, so sharing now on the blog.  Hope you like it.

- Faux Mother of Pearl background created by dabbing some Tsukineko Frost White Ink onto the c/stock with a wadded piece of cling wrap. Just in some areas, leaving plenty of non-dabbed spaces. Let this dry, then used some sprays in coral/orange tones, with some darker green spray over that. This muddles together, and I thought it looked quite nice. I was trying to get shades on the background that looked ok with the flower colors. The pearly white glimmer shows through so pretty.

- An older wooden stamp was inked up with Memento markers, spritzed with a fine mist of water; stamped onto white c/s (may have been watercolor paper...forget exactly what I used :-}. Embossed with several sizes of an oval die.

- Die cut the framing piece with the largest oval in the die set, and adhered the floral piece under this, placed on a white cardbase.

- Elizabeth Craft die sentiment, several layers, (yay, snippets) colored with copic markers, added a layer of WoStella for shimmer. Then added a natural twine bow that has a little gold thread running through it.

This card was for a special blogger who has been so kind and helpful to me during our friendship, and I wanted to say a heartfelt Thank you. The faux mother-of-pearl technique with the frost white ink was something I learned from her. I have such extremely talented blog friends - for whom I am so grateful - for each of you teaches me something!

Thanks for joining me today. As soon as things get caught up here (and yes, we have doctor's appointments this week too - ugh)..I will get going on some Design Team assignments. Ya'll have a great week. Hugs & Blessings. (oh yes, it's perfect porch swing weather just now too).


  1. Glad y'all made it home safely and know you enjoyed being with your daughter and having a change of scenery too!
    Love your beautiful card Mary. That technique is one I've never heard of before but it's so pretty. Love the colors!

  2. I know you had a great time but it's always good to be home again I'm sure :) I love that technique you used for the background, and oh my gosh it's so pretty!! The subtle scored edges of the oval add to the soft, feminine look of this card, and I love the way you did the sentiment too! Enjoy that sunshine! We did windows today and now I'm chilling for the rest of the day :)

  3. Beautiful card Mary. Sounds as if you lead a busy life. X. Hugs Rita xxxxx

  4. A gorgeous card Mary, do love the faux pearl makes such a pretty background. Carol x

  5. Hello Mary,

    Reading about your travel and journey and the mention of Atlanta sent my mind immediately to my all time fav book and movie where so much is focused around the historic name. Always been a fan of Gone with the Wind and my heroine is of course Scarlett, we even had two Dobermans called Scarlet and Tara, sadly neither with us any more.

    I ramble on, so should mention your card and that glorious background with the lovely shimmer and a perfect backdrop to that pretty floral bloom which I have a suspicion might be Hero Arts, although could be wrong, it just looks their style.

    B x

  6. What a wonderful card Mary. Glad you got back safely...nothing quite like your own bed!! xx

  7. What a beautiful flower stamp! This is one I'd never notice in a store, but seeing it put to use I see its potential.
    Lovely shimmer on the background!

  8. Hi Mary, I'm glad you enjoyed your visit with your daughter and that you had a safe journey home.
    Your card is lovely, I really like the gorgeous background you made, and the pretty water coloured flower is beautifully framed in the embossed oval.
    Jean x

  9. Good to know you had a safe trip home Mary :-). Love your card and may just have to try that technique.. the embossed ovals are fabulous.

  10. Good to know that you arrived home safe and sound. Your card is gorgeous, I just love the wonderful background you created - it is so beautiful! Hugs, Anne xx

  11. Welcome back in your home, Mary!
    I love the technique you used for the background, it looks great! And the watercolour flower is stunning! I'm sure that your friend have appreciated your card so much!
    Here there is rain and the temperature are going down, Enjoy yur sun!

  12. This is one gorgeous card Mary ... even better in real life!! Thank you so much. I'm glad you enjoy the Faux Mother of pearl technique ... it's one of my favourites as well. Your card has a special place of honour on my mantel.

    Glad you had a safe journey home. Now the fun (NOT!) begins with unpacking and laundry. :) Ho Hum ... hopefully you'll get some time later to play in your art room. xx

  13. Gorgeous creation Mary, lovely colours and stamp.
    Glad you are home safe and sound.
    Hugs Pam x

  14. Love the faux mother of pearl technique Mary and the colours are gorgeous. The flower is so pretty.
    So pleased you enjoy your time away.
    Enjoy the rest of your week.
    Hugs Sharon. x

  15. Glad you had a good journey home Mary and getting back to normal always takes a bit of time. This card is so pretty and the faux mother of pearl background and the flower are beautiful, and the colours all go together perfectly. Love the watery effect you have done with the flower too. x

  16. HI Mary, really late to night 'cos of one thing and another , really lovely card and a great image, short but sweet I hope.

    Kath x

  17. Great to see you back home safely and love the beautiful image and fabulous background
    Carol x

  18. Glad you're home safe and sound, Mary. Love your FMOP background! Such pretty rich colors that go so well with this gorgeous flower!

  19. Love that gorgeously rich background Mary! Absolutely beautiful! Like how you embossed the die for the frame - very elegant. Lovely flower image and sentiment. You certainly got the right tones with the flower and background. Glad you got home safely. I'm off to Florida this weekend!

  20. Your creation is just stunning,. Love that sweet image and your creative goodies as
    {The Journey Is The Start aNNie my personal blog}

  21. Wonderful to hear you had safe travels home! Lovely card!

  22. Hi Mary, Glad you are home safe.

    Hope hubby get's on ok at the hospital appointment.

    Love the card. Not surprised your friend liked it.

    Hope your week goes well. Sue

  23. This is gorgeous Mary! I love the technique - such a beautiful background for that really pretty stamp too!


    Di xx

  24. What a lovely card Mary. A very interesting technique. Thanks for sharing how you did it. Barbxx

  25. Beautiful card, the background is fantastic! Have a great week, Shirleyxx

  26. Happy and safely home!
    Pretty card Mary!
    Sandy xx

  27. I'm happy to hear you are home and your trip was uneventful and safe. This is a beautiful card with a gorgeous background. I've never tried that so it will be put on my "things to try" list.

  28. Very, very pretty background. I think you picked up the colors of the flower nicely in your background. Glad you had a nice trip. Have a wonderful day.

  29. How absolutely wonderful! This is one magnficent technique - it's the first time I'm hearing of it so thank you for showing us this gorgeous sample! What a lovely thank you card, perfect colors for this time of year, too :) Blessings!

  30. Hi Mary,
    oh I am so glad your journey home went fairly good.
    I do hope you had the most wonderful time.
    Really lovely for families to get together every so often.
    What a wonderful card, and such a super technique.
    Love that stamped image, and your wonderful mother of pearl background to.
    great colours too.
    Love and bug hugs from my house to yours.
    Lots of crafty love Jenny L.

  31. What a nice marbled background. It looks really good with this bold flower.

  32. Your faux background is fabulous this is a very pretty card I am sure the receiver is thrilled with it ...Lis

  33. I'm glad you arrived home safely!! What a stunning card!! The background looks amazing!! The flower is gorgeous!! So pretty, Mary!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  34. Love the simmer and the shine of this gorgeous card. Hope you are settling in again. Thanks for sharing!

  35. Shimmery loveliness, Mary ... that sweet bloom is gorgeous against your amazing faux mother of pearl background! Hugs, Anita :)

  36. A beautiful card Mary, such a fabulous technique it makes such a pretty background.

  37. Mary how very beautiful, a superb background and beautifully done stamping.

    Glad you are back home safe and sound.

  38. Great card Mary, that background looks really interesting and goes with the flower so well. I love the idea of embossing with the dies to create the frame, must remember to have a go myself sometime!x

  39. Oh wow-Love the background style you did and I can see the pearl finish. It is really unique. I have to try this soon. Very nice Autumn card and your friend will love it. Thank you so much for your wonderful comments on my blog-I really appreciate it.

  40. Glad to hear that you arrived home safely, Mary, even though you got an early start. The Mother of Pearl background is stunning and works so well with the pretty image. Hope you're enjoying a relaxing weekend.

    Love and hugs

  41. Good to see you back Mary and I'm pleased you had a good trip.
    I love the beautiful background on this lovely card and how you brought the background colours into the flower which is framed perfectly.

  42. That Atlanta traffic can really be a nightmare when going thru during the busy times! Your faux mother of pearl card is BEAUTIFUL, Miss Mary! Loving the technique, and the colors you have chosen! Hope you are doing well, and that your friend will let you know how she enjoys the card! hugs, de

  43. Beautiful image and your background is so stunning, love it!! Donna


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