People in the crafting world are amazing – I noticed that the day I joined this community. The most recent proof of this: a stunningly beautiful christmas card I received from Paulina who owns Pretty Pink Posh and a little surprise goodie that was enclosed. Paulina is expanding her product line from sequins, ribbon, and dies to now also include seed beads! Doesn’t sound exciting? Check out the video below to see how I put them to use:
While you can use seed beads for decorating something on the surface of your card, they are of course also super useful when you want to create a shaker card, which are still all the rage in the crafting world. The amazing thing about these super tiny things: you can create a rather flat shaker card and even fill up small shapes that wouldn’t work very well with sequins.
The card that I wanted to create is of course one of the most ambitious ones I’ve created so far … but only because I’ve never tried this particular method and literally made it up as I crafted. I wanted to have separate shaker compartments for each butterfly. Why? If you’d only have one single space behind the die cut, all the seed beads would stick to the bottom when the card stands vertically. The top butterflies wouldn’t have any filling. So I needed to make sure that each butterfly was it’s own little container.
In the video, you can see how I die cut the shape from both paper and fun foam, and then puzzle it together. This card took me about an hour to make, allowing for drying time of the glue, and it’s a bit fiddly at times, but hey – it’s not a race, right? It’s the journey. With patience and lots of holding my breath to make sure I wasn’t smearing glue where it doesn’t belong, I did it. And the result speaks for itself: the little seed beads fit even into the smallest butterfly shape and move around freely – I don’t think you’d be able to do this with sequins at all.
For the actual butterfly drift I picked bright and cheerful Copic colors and colored in the card stock. I really can’t see any red & green anymore right now, so everything that’s fresh is good for me. Adding some clear Wink of Stella gives the colors even more pop.
Since the Simon Says Anything Goes challenge is still open and I’m even using two SSS products, this card is being submitted to that challenge … off it goes!
I hope you’ve enjoyed the video and the card – let me know what you think and what you’ll be using the seed beads for!