Monday, December 2, 2019

Micro Bead Hearts

Hello friends! It is Monday again and I hope you had a good weekend. The snow and cold is here and this weekend we had sunny days, after several weeks of grey, rainy weather. The boys have enjoyed playing in the snow. I was at a big traditional Christmas market yesterday, which was great. 

This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog we have a Let's Sparkle challenge. Since it is the first Monday of a new month, the team is showcasing a specific company/designer. This week it is Brutus Monroe. You can find all their stamps, stencils, embossing powders and fun mediums here. You don't have to use their products to join, but it is always fun if you do. 

Since it is a new month, we also have a new guest designer. This month Autumn Clark, with her blog SewPaperPaint, will share her wonderful projects with you.

Layers of ink - Micro Bead Hearts by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I made two cards were everything shines or sparkles, which also made them pretty hard to photograph. The sparkly and shiny parts come from micro beads, metallic paper, sequins and glitter paper. I made Christmas cards, but if you change the sentiment they would work great for Valentine's Day as well as other themes.

Layers of ink - Micro Bead Hearts by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Brutus Monroe Simple Blended Heart.

I always liked micro beads and wanted to see how the Brutus Monroe Regal Micro Pearls would look on metallic papers. The papers come from Tim Holtz's Metallic Kraft Stock 3. The one to the right is champagne, a soft gold shade. The one to the left is Onyx.

Smear Ranger's Transparent Texture Paste Gloss through the Brutus Monroe Simple Blend Heart stencil and cover completely with micro beads. Pour the leftovers back in the jar and put aside to dry.

Layers of ink - Micro Bead Hearts by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I changed my mind and made the cards into square cards, instead of the original rectangles. Sand the edges of the metallic paper before adhering it to silver metallic paper and finally a black cardbase.

Layers of ink - Micro Bead Hearts by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The micro bead hearts look really nice on the metallic background. If you look closely, you see all the colors of micro beads that this jar is made up off. The snowflakes were die cut from silver paper with Simon Says Stamp Snow Flurries die set.

Die cut the sentiment with the Merry Christmas Ornament die, from SSS glitter cardstock.

The second card has more traditional Christmas colors, gold, red and silver. After sanding, it was mounted on black and then red cardstock.

Since the paste is pretty thick, the micro beads heart looks dimensional. The snowflake sequins come from Simon Says Stamp Winter Flurries.

The sentiment was die cut from gold glitter cardstock. I just love how glittery these papers are, without shedding any glitter at all.

I hope you will join us this week in our Let's Sparkle challenge. As always, you have a chance to win a $50 gift voucher to do some fun shopping at Simon Says Stamp. You have until next Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog today!  

Happy crafting!



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  1. Gorgeous cards Anna-Karin :-) I love the hearts filled with beads and the shimmer and sparkle are just lovely, very pretty :-)

    hope you have a great week!
    Lols x x x

  2. Love the cards, man you used a lot of different techniques.


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