Have you ever made one of those purchases that you knew was a poor choice right from the start but continue to have hope that it is going to be just right the next time you use it? I did - years ago - with a 150 sheet box of 8 1/2 x 11 photo paper. The instructions tell you to "print on the glossy side" - both sides look exactly the same to me and I almost always choose the incorrect side - each and every time I print. So I decided that I am done with the foolish stuff once and for all! But what to do with a nearly full box of paper? (It is paper after all and it would be a sacrilege to throw it away!) So I thought I'd try some different techniques on the paper to see what would happen. After all, it is glossy paper, so there were some properties of the paper that I did expect. Pigment ink wouldn't stay on and water beaded off. Not a surprise. I rubbed Distress Ink directly on the paper and that dried quickly and created a really cool colored glossy paper. A little buffing with a tissue seemed to make it permanent. On my work surface I had a bottle of water that had a bit of Pearl Ex powder in it from a previous project. I knew it would run off but I wondered what would happen if I sprayed the paper with the solution, added a few drops of dye ink and then dried with the heat gun. The result - the orange and yellow background of this card - which I just love! When I get the energy (I got up and went to the gym this morning at 5:30 for the first time in months - my behind is a dragging!) I'll experiment a bit more. Happy Monday everyone!