A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Faux-Mother-of-Pearl Ornament

Time to remind you to join in the December CAS Mix Up challenge!  You have until December 24th to link up a card.

I did a combination of plain sponging and some faux-mother-of pearl.

I die cut the ornament out of some shimmery white cs and out of a scrap of sponged faux-mother-of-pearl (see this video by Loll Thompson for the technique).  I took the internal bit from the faux-mother-of-pearl one and set it inside the white one.  I'll use the rest of it on another card.

I cut a panel of the same shimmery cs and sponged a random patch with the same ink colours - I didn't want to sponge the whole panel, but just enough for a contrasting background for the ornament.  It's interesting how different the same sponged ink colours look on the shimmery cs and on the regular cs that was used for the faux-mother-of-pearl piece.

I originally stamped my sentiment directly onto the panel but it smudged (the problem with shimmery cs), so did it on a scrap and punched it out.

Looking forward to seeing what you link up at the CAS Mix Up challenge!  Please remember to keep your card clean and simple.

Stamps - A Muse sentiment
Ink - Staz-on black; Distress Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Broken China, and Faded Jeans
Paper - scrap from previous faux-mother-of-pearl, shimmery white cs
Size - A2
Accessories -Tsukineko Frost White paint, Memory Box ornament die, Lil Inkers stitched rectangle, SU narrow oval punch, white ribbon


  1. Gorgeous inlaid Mother of Pearl ornament Susan. Your die cut ornament and snowflakes is so beautiful. I love how it is all One die cut! Your background sponging really highlights your die cut images. CAS beauty my friend. TFS Hugs, Nancy

  2. Great mix of sponging techniques Susan. You and I were on the same wavelength with Faux Mother of Pearl. :) Your ornament is just gorgeous. xx

  3. Beautiful card! Love that Christmas ornament, so cool ...and the two different effects of your sponging adds so much interest. That ribbon is the perfect finish, very pretty and delicate. HUGs xx

  4. I love the contrast between the background and the gorgeous FMOP ornament! Such a pretty card, my friend!

  5. what a beautiful iridescent look to this Susan - both the inlaid ornament and background blues are lovely! Julia xx

  6. love all the shimmer with the card stock and faux mother of pearl. By the way I have to see that die cut and try it cut, it looks awesome


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