I've spotted a faux mother of pearl technique on a couple of blogs recently so of course I just had to try it after popping into my local craft shop for some pearlescent medium. This was used as a resist by dabbing it onto white card and then sponging with two colours of distress ink. I then cut it to size and put it into an embossing folder before using the resulting piece as a background for some swirls and flowers. A small sentiment was added so that most of the pretty background was showing. I can see lots of possibilities for this technique and will certainly be doing more of it. I'm not sure the pearlescent effect comes over particularly well in a photograph but it is very pretty in real life as it catches the light.
Background - made using Pearlescent medium and Distress inks
Flowers - Heartfelt Creations Sunkissed Fleur stamp, coloured with alcohol markers
Flowers - cut out with matching Spellbinders die
Flower Centres - sparkles from Hobby House
Swirls - Sue Wilson Grand Vinery dies
Sentiment - computer generated on Cuttlebug die cuts.