Tuesday 26 March 2013

More micro beads

On a roll here playing with micro beads - I made this card for two challenges:
Sheesh - micro beads are a pig difficult to photograph using flash 'cos it was dark and overcast here. The image isn't clear when the light bounces back, and then there's a milkiness to the beads close up although in real life they look perfectly clear.

I used:

- 5" x 7" white card stock

- stamped large flower from SU's 'Everything Eleanor' set, stamped onto a SU snippet in 'Melon Mambo, covered with Woodware Ultra High Bond adhesive sheet and then hand trimmed before being dunked in micro beads

- the flourish was stamped using the large flourish from SU's 'Everything Eleanor' set, in SU 'Old Olive'. As I didn't need the whole flourish I masked some of it off before inking and then removed the scrap of Post It before stamping

- I looked at 'Melon Mambo' card to back the panel of white card with the image on and realised that, even with clear micro beads, the shade of the flower looked deeper after its 'treatment'. Good ole SU to the rescue, a snippet of 'Rose Red' card did the trick :)

- the flower was stuck over the flourish and then the whole strip of card was attached using thin sticky pads

- sentiment is also SU, from their now retired 'Sincere Salutations' set - stamped using SU's 'Old Olive'

The two challenges I'd like to enter this into are:

Seize The Birthday - a feminine card using this sketch:
I was really tickled when the Kenny K card I made the other week was picked for 'Birthday Honours' - thank you ladies!

And, unheard of for me, a second entry into this week's 'Less is More' challenge, which is to use beads - I did so use beads too, tons of the little perishers!



  1. very pretty and i love the bloom :) So glad you joined us on Seize the Birthday.

  2. You are doing a great job with these little blighters...they look great and yours seem to stick...
    The couple times i have played with them, I had them stick to my feet for days. Just when i would think I had them all swept up, stick would go another one!

    Very pretty card and the 1st photo shows the glimmer and sparkle so well.

  3. Beautiful card. The flower looks Fab!

  4. Wow those beads are so effective Di, they give the flower wonderful brightness. Not heard of them before and not sure they'd be safe in my hands. I can just see them going all over the floor and some family member saying the words 'where there's a fall, there's a claim'!

    Have a great day. Still waiting for our parcel to be re-delivered, l think the snow is causing Royal Mail probs :(


  5. love this elegant looking cards, not sure about me using beads lol

  6. WOW, you can really see the effect in the first pic. Love it.
    Caz x

  7. Me again. You're not going mad, you did comment but I didn't see the email to publish it. It must of snook in the back way :)

    My Mum is still waiting for a re-delivery and we've had no post since Thursday so don't worry, l think it'll be on its way.

    Tat ta for now xx

  8. That's a really pretty flowery/swirly card you have there Di. LOVE Everything Eleanor . . .

    Sarn xxx

  9. Hello Di, you really are creating nice cards with those little perishers - love the flower and I think I might use that sketch for a card I need to make today. Congratulations on your success with your Kenny K card. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

  10. Luverly card Miss. What make are your little perishers then cos I did a trawl on the net for micro beads and most shops if they did em wos sold out? I have a couple of pots of beadazles but they are soooo tiny I daren't even take the lid off the pot! Ebay wasn't much elp either not unless I want em for sticking on me nails.
    Having a bad day already. Hugs Mrs A.

  11. Whatever you do don't sneeze when using these!! Nor have the door shut as if Len walks in they get everywhere!

    Beautiful card there Miss and love the colours you have picked.


  12. The beads make an elegant flower, Di! A beautiful card for both challenges!

  13. I love what you are doing with the micro beads and you must have the patience of a saint to get them all present and correct when you stand the card up! Great job!

  14. A beautiful card Di, the beads are stunning. Beautiful colours and a brilliant sketch.

  15. Wow Di, another stunner!
    Thanks again.
    "Less is More"

  16. Gosh Di this is beautiful and the close up photo is stunning xx

  17. Great card, super bead work and love your colours, I have images of me trying to coral beads, I think my desk must have a slope or maybe it is my floor. xx Flora

  18. Gorgeous card, love the flower with the beads and the design too.

    Kath x

  19. Love your micro beads! I tried to use some this week and managed to get them everywhere!!

  20. Very pretty card Di. Anne x

  21. Wow Di just awesome this card. I love the micro bead ( I mean that first one is just a great overall look wodnerful!) look even if you say it is hard to get it right (that does drive one very batty :D

    I had to say how you made me laugh about me running ahead.. with the PP after the brayer; about the only time I will as in real life never won a race best was second last :D
    And yes too bad of me huh, have been on my desk a while now and showed a piece with stampscapes but did not like linen card..

    They really are not hard when you get a cardstock you like and I wanted smooth, so did not want tooth so glad to find a smooth one that looks grand! Lvoe your Christmas one below and need to get one made for Sarn's Cahllenge day.
    I did have one on my mind using up snippets thinking of it last night in dreamland now what was it?? mm not sure now! mm ah well it will come dont worry or think of anew one not too hard is it?! God bless, Shaz in Oz.x

  22. di that flower is amazing

    Thanks for joining us this week
    Jen xx
    "Less Is More"

  23. The flower is stunning Di! It just pops! Thank you for joining us at Seize the Birthday!

  24. Such a lovely card :) Viv xx


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