Thursday, November 21, 2013

Using Clear Micro Beads

Hello, and happy Thursday to you all!
Today I'm showcasing a technique I'd never tried before...using micro beads. What an interesting and pretty texture the tiny glass beads create! Makes it look so dimensional.
This is the new technique for the monthly challenge at SweetStamps which runs from Nov. 15 through Dec. 15. The beads are just called "Glass Beads" by Judi-Kins*.

 This Christmas card is made with non-traditional colors...rather out of my comfort zone! But I like the icey look the micro beads bring to the design.

Looking at the image of the bells from different angles shows the demensional, icey look a bit better.
What doesn't show up well is the glossy surface I added to the background frame...the whole pale pink area surrounding the wreath. I gave it a coating of Glastique Dementional Finishing Glaze* after coloring it with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.

and here are the other items I used:
Stamps - "Bells"* and "Scroll Shadow Box Frame"* from SweetStamps
Sentiment from Stamping Scrapping Design
Dies - "Catalina Wreath"* from Memory Box
"Standard Circles Lg" from Spellbinders
"Terrifically Tacky Tape" from Provo Craft
Flatback pearls - "Peach" from Pizzazz Aplenty

Check out the SweetStamps blog for more details and inspiration!
Then join in the challenge for a chance to win a very nice prize!
All of the items marked with the * are things I got at the online store

Challenges: - #3 Christmas without Green or Red - W for Winter Wishes - Christmas is Coming! - #94 Baby Its Cold Outside

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Faith Wallace said...

This is absolutely stunning. The layers of pink are so gentle, and the beads really add a shimmer. I have some glass beads that I haven't used in ages, so now, of course, I want to use them!

The details here are exquisite.

Thanks for joining up at ScrapbookerPhD.


Annette said...

WOW, Sandie! This is truly amazing! So very beautiful and your colouring is stunning! The bells really sparkles and I just love the pink!
Hugs Annette

Dot said...

Beautiful, Sandie, love the non.traditional colours uou have used for your card and I love the icey look the micro beads brings to the card.
Thanks for joining our W challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge, and good luck,
Dorte x

Sheryl said...

This is amazing! Your colouring and embellishments show case the image perfectly. Great to have you with us at THE PAPER SHELTER this week. Hugs Sheryl xx

Lena said...

Superb short! the small beads gives such a nice effect!
Glad you dared up on pink .. ;-)

Thank you for participating in The Paper Shelter Challenge this week!
Good Luck!
Hug Lena

Claudia said...

Hi Sandy, wow, this is really a great effect and I love especially the colour you chose, not usal, but great!

Thank you very much for joining us at the Cards und More Challenge.

Hugs Claudia

Shelly Schmidt said...

Thud....jaw dropping Gorgeous!!! Plus it is pink : ) : ) : )

Lacey Stephens said...

Fabulous card! Thanks of much for playing along with the ABC Christmas Challenge. We will have another one tomorrow and hope you will play along again soon!
ABC Christmas Challenge DT

Shawn Mosch said...

LOVE the beads and the sparkle on this card!

Shawn Mosch ~ The Buckle Boutique Design Team Coordinator
Crafty Chics Blog a searchable database of Cricut images

marilyn scott said...

That was a very pretty card. The layout is soo nice I almost wish that I could create something like that tho I know I can't LOL. Anyway, Here's expressing my best Christmas wishes to everyone. Have a merry Christmas ~ Marilyn