Thursday, November 21, 2013

Icey Christmas Bells

Hello, and happy Thursday to you all!
Sandie here again as Guest Designer this month.
Today I'm showcasing the technique for the Monthly Challenge.  I'd never tried this before...using micro beads. What an interesting and pretty texture the tiny glass beads create! Makes it look so dimensional.

This monthly challenge at SweetStamps runs from Nov. 15 through Dec. 14. 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. The beads can be attached using glue, two-sided adhesive, or anything really sticky! I used the wide adhesive tape and the beads are held on tight!

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 alcohol markers, for a shiney, glossy effect.

And here are the other items I used:
Stamps - "Bells"* and "Scroll Shadow Box Frame"* from SweetStamps
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 monthly challenge 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.
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Hugs! Sandie


rudlis said...

Stunning design and gorgeous card! Love the details and the way they are placed.

Jan Scholl said...

So pretty-I actually thought this was a Christmas WEDDING announcement. Would work I think.

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

wow this is gorgeous!!!

Roxie said...

A triple WoW card, this is beautiful!

ike said...

FABULOUS - that is soooo gorgeous and I like the look of the micro beads :-)


IKE xx

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Shelly Schmidt said...

Oh My- this is just stunning! Love all of the wonderful details you have added!!!

Donna K said...

This is an amazing card, non traditional colors and just stunning! You did a marvelous job, Sandie.

simply monica said...

Wow very stunning!!

Linda Carson said...

WOW! That's one exquisite card!

Sandy Fredrick said...

Gorgeous design, I love the non-traditional colors and the glass beads on the bells. Love the wreath layer and added pearls. Awesome!!