May 30, 2012

Wednesday Wacky-Beaded Card!

One of the great quirks of being a demo is that we receive a monthly magazine called "Stampin' Success". Each month along with all the samples, Stampin' Up! shows us some new things and what I am about to show you today is one of them. I was so enthralled with creating my own bead in the card for today. Look at the center of the butterfly below:

I made this bead all by myself using a few Stampin' Up! supplies and if you keep reading, I'll show you how. This is a full photo of the card. I love how the bead matches the DSP layer in the back of the butterfly:

Here's what you will need:
  • DSP cut at 1 1/4" x 4 1/2". Taper to about 1/2" on the end.
  • Toothpick
  • Tombow Mono-adhesive
  • Crystal Effects
  • Empty embellishment dish
Start out with the Tombow, a toothpick and the DSP:

Apply Tombow to the reverse side of the DSP that will not be showing. Make sure you DO NOT add glue to the first 1/2" of the widest part of the DSP:

Place the toothpick at the widest end that does not have any glue and start rolling the DSP around the toothpick:

Keep rolling until you get to the end of the DSP. This is what you should end up with:

Very carefully, start applying Crystal Effects around the whole bead until it is completely covered. Because there was no glue at the widest portion of the DSP strip, you can freely turn the bead so it is moveable and easier to cover with Crystal Effects:

Using the empty embellishment container (we will be using the lid), turn the lid upside-down and place the toothpick on the edges to allow the bead to dry:

I let my bead dry for a few hours. Complete your card while the bead dries. Once the bead is ready to handle, apply Tombow to the center of the butterfly's body and glue the bead in place:

Card Supplies:
  • Cardstock: Lucky Limeade, Rich Razzleberry
  • DSP: Floral District
  • Inks: Lucky Limeade, Rich Razzleberry
  • Tools: Scallop Trim Border Punch, Beautiful Butterflies Die, Crystal Effects, Tombo Mono-adhesive
  • Accessories: Bakers Twine
  • Misc: Toothpick, Empty Embellishment Container
  • Stamps: Blessings From Heaven, Betsy's Blooms
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  1. That is so pretty, thanks for sharing! -Juliana

  2. Thanks for sharing, I also saw the project in the SS mag. I didn't think much of it , but yours is very pretty on your card and your instructions are great.
    Will have to give it a try. Thanks again and SIU,

    1. Thanks Seletta. You should see how shiny and glossy these beads turn out...give it a try!

  3. Love the addition of the paper bead! It really pulls the card together and this is such a gorgeous card! Love it!

    1. I agree Brenda, especially matching the DSP on the bead to the DSP on the card.

  4. Beautiful card! Love the new DSP and the paper bead is so pretty on the butterfly!

  5. too cute love the card

  6. I saw this technique in the magazine and was intrigued. You've inspired me to give it a try. Very pretty card.

  7. OMG Debbie what a wonderful idea and so very clever
    Thank you I love it and can't wait to try it

  8. This is so wonderful...getting ready to give it a try...thanks as always for your ideas and inspiration and great tutorials!

  9. WOW! The bead certainly adds to the beauty of this card! Thanks for the thorough tutorial...very easy to understand. Your card looks awesome. I will be trying this soon!


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