Monday, 13 June 2016

Silver Beads...

Happy Monday,

I have been playing with the brand new Coloured microbeads from Creative Expressions I can't believe how well they stick and what different looks you can get with them.,  Todays card is the first I have made using these and I chose, of course, the silver to use first. Hopefully you can see the picture well enough to see all the beads that make up the negative space on this card.

I stared by cutting the Atlas mini striplet three times in bright white foundation card using the outline and detail die.  next I added sheet of Creative Expressions double sided adhesive sheet to a pice of the card and then cut three of the striplet dies just using the outline die.  I simply then peeled off the backing and added the detail to the backing.  I then poured the tiny silver microbeads over the exposed adhesive where they stuck down really well with no shedding one I burnished the pieces.
Next I did the seam with the Gillian die outer and detail and added the beads cutting a preparing a separate section for the centre which I foam mounted on.  I added a 5mm stick on pearl to the centre points and all the areas on the gillian die where they fitted ( you will see with Sue Wilson designed dies there is always an obvious place to put a pearl or gem)

I then cut a Silver Shine pearl foundation card rectangle and mounted two of the striplet die cuts at each side with mounting cushion.  I added 2 layers of mounting cushion to the third and added this in the centre so that it sits proud.

I added a thin white mat and added this to the top of a further piece of the pearl which I embossed with the treasure box A4 embossing folder.  I then added a strip ion white seam binding and a bow before adding the gillian die cut and a couple of stick pins made with the Stick Pin elements from Creative Expressions.

A couple more layers, of course, of the pearl and white and finished.  A simple looking card with loads of texture and detail, if you look closely, and really card you want to stroke!



  1. Morning John, what a beautiful card today x

  2. This comment has been removed by the author.

  3. This comment has been removed by the author.

  4. Hi John.
    Thank you a great card today.
    Take care and have fun Kitty.

  5. Morning John, this card is gorgeous still have the three sizes in the original micro beads don't use them enough must dig them out.
    Nancyd xx

  6. Hi John
    what a stunning card love the colours and the dies thank you tracyw

  7. Beautiful, stunning card. Thanks John.
    D x

  8. Hi John
    WOW! that is stunning. Will try these.
    Anne M xxx

  9. Hi John,
    Beautiful card !!!! Stunning !!!!
    I have never used micro beads , but looking at this card they look really effective.
    Guess the Gillian die is one of your favourites.
    Love and crafty hugs
    Tina T xxxx

  10. Hi John, a stunning card, love the layout and of course the microbeads. Must look to get some. Have a good day all. Bx

  11. Card is stunning though the microbeads don't show up on my tablet

  12. Morning John, wow what a stunner today's card is, I have only got the clear micro beads from CE but I do have some coloured ones from a well know shop that used to be called 99p, anyway I digress, I will have a play when I get a minute and see how they turn out.

    Stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

  13. Good morning John. I don't have any micro beads but it looks as though I may need to invest in some if a coloured range is on the market. Very effective card today.

  14. Morning John,
    Wow this is stunning, you are naughty John, this means I have to buy the new micro beads now lol.
    I could always borrow some from my Sister Rose as she has already bought all of the new colours 😇
    Enjoy your day I'm babysitting our two youngest grandchildren again today so no crafting for me until this evening.

  15. Good morning John this is a gorgeous card I love the design. I also love my clear microbeads I am sure that the coloured ones are gorgeous. Have a great day today. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  16. This is a very elegant and timeless card, its great. Love the way you have used the beads and they might just need to be a 'must have! Luv jx

  17. Morning John, A very beautiful card, I love your design.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  18. Beautiful John. Simply beautiful. Love Rosemarie x X

  19. Stunning card, would be perfect for a wedding or anniversary card-love it.


  20. Good morning John beautiful card love from Jackie xx

  21. Hi John,
    Lovely card, both design and colours. I've got about 5 cols of the microbeads AND LOVE THEM. They are smaller than the normal ones but so luscious!
    Hugs, Rose

  22. Gorgeous card, John.

    Anne (Northampton)

  23. Hi John
    A beautiful card, loads going on, the embossing folder brings it all together.
    B xx

  24. Stunning card John, love the colour tone you have chosen, very classy X X X

  25. What can I say stunning !!!!!!!!love this card colours dies wow
    Thank you John love June Horrocks xxxxx

  26. Good Morning John, oh wow that really is very clever I love the silver microbeads they look just stunning on your card design. hugs Shirleyxxxxx

  27. Hi John

    I love today's fabulous card!

    June :)

  28. Hi John beautiful card, your design is amazing, and what Beautiful colours put together, Kate 😉

  29. Oh my lord John how I just love these new pearlised cardstock colours and the new micro beads, I need them to stroke and look at so badly ! I'm just released that when I double checked my dies the other day after visiting your blog I came across my Gillian die that I'd forgotten I had, that's how long it's been since I step foot in my little room !!
    Today's sample is gorgeous John, which is more than can be said about our weather up here in Bolton !
    Sending you hugs xx

  30. Hi John, Are the new micro beads the same size as the ones from about 5 years ago? The ones I have do not seem as small as the ones you used. Thanks heaps for sharing your talent. Bye for now.

  31. Hi John, Just had a stay in hospital,so have missed my daily fix of cards. This one is simply beautiful,and the new beads look very interesting.Must admit you brighten up my day particularly in this spate of atrocious weather. Take care,hope to see you soon on Hochanda
    Love Barbara D xxx

  32. Wow John beautiful card, really looking forward to seeing the coloured Micro Beads in real live as they look fantastic on here

  33. Hello John,
    This a really gorgeous card! I have seen the new coloured micro beads but not in action as it were!! These look beautiful! Thank you.
    Myra x

  34. Very elegant looking card - great.
    Many thanks,
    Sue Mac

  35. Gorgeous card. 'Nuff said.


  36. Ooh coloured micro beads! Love 'em Lovely card with real touchy feely texture Is there a gold? I'm thinking centres for poinsettias....

  37. Hi John. I was so impressed by the new coloured micro beads that I had to go and search for them to see what other colours were available and then I nearly forgot to leave a comment. Fab-u-lous.


  38. Hi John. I love micro beads, they add such a lovely texture to a card. Will have to check out the other colours

  39. WOW!!!
    Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!
    I wish you did YouTube demos. I would really like to see you build this card!!!!

  40. Hi John, Gorgeous card ! Have not seen
    the new beads but they look great on this card.
    Hope you had a good weekend,
    Maria x

  41. Wow John another gorgeous card and i love those coloured microbeads although i have yet to get my hands on them.
    I really love the detail and layout on this and those beads just bring it out perfectly.

  42. love the silver in this card ,a real stunner ,Laura O

  43. Eh up John
    Unusual and striking card. Hope you're taking the micro beads on your next shows.
    Ang x

  44. Stunning card John. Love everything about it. Thank you for sharing this with us.