Thursday, March 25, 2010

Stained Glass Crocuses

Welcome to Friday!  For us it's the start of Spring Break tonight so my kids couldn't be more excited.  I have a very spring like card to show you today for Flourishes Friday too. 

Recently in my blog hopping I saw Laurie Wilson do a technique that I had done a long time ago but had forgotten about, and in my SU order I got a new container of Microbeads....so the timing was perfect. 


Doesn't it look like stained glass?  Ok.  I'm just smitten with this creation so I have lots of pictures of it to show you. 

How do you do it?  Well....I colored the crocuses from A Year in Flowers with the Hydrangea Copic Collection and the Fields Collection, and ran it through a Labels 12 Nestabilities.  Then I took red-line tape or sticky strip and lined the entire image in strips with the tape, cutting off the excess over the sides. (I was so sure I had taken a picture of this to show you, but my memory card must have been out of the camera!  Sorry!)  Then you place this in a tray of some sort and take off the top layer of the sticky strips and gently cover the entire image with microbeads (careful microbeads are SUPER bouncy)  Burnish the beads onto the image by turning upside down and pressing.  This will give you the effect you're looking for!  It's all glittery and shimmery. 


Completely cool isn't it? 

Here's another view  - each time you turn it, the light hits it a different way and the colors take on a different look too.


And here's a closeup of the ribbon treatment.  I took a length of sticky strip and then ruffled the silk ribbon on top of it bit by bit, then added the green gingham overtop.  Then cut the sentiment out and looped it through the ribbon with some linen thread. 


I like it so much I think I'm going to use it for one of our former students' Bridal Shower next month! 

Well, the other Flourishes girls have some great things to show you today too!

Cindy Lawrence, Dawn Burnworth, Danielle Kennedy, Julie Koerber, Laura Fredrickson, Leslie Miller, Stacy Morgan

Recipe:  Stamps - Flourishes - A Year in Flowers II, Tag Lines;  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black;  Paper:  Certainly Celery, Lavendar Lace, Certainly Celery Prints DSP, Flourishes Classic Ivory;  Accessories:  Big Shot, Ribbon Tags Trio Shapeability, Labels 12 Nestability, Fleur De Lis Pendant Die, Silk Ribbon, Gingham Ribbon, Sticky Strip, Microbeads, Copic Markers, Dimensionals, Linen Thread, Basic Grey 1/2 Pearls.

19 comments:

Marisa said...

Gorgeous colours, Christine! Love the microbeads on the image!! Lovely gingham ribbon and a great tag. Love everything about it.

Enjoy your Spring Break :D Ours was two weeks long this year so thankfully we had the Paralympics around with venues carried over from the Olympics so we killed three of those days downtown enjoying them all. Highlight was definitely the Zipline :D Enjoy your time together.

Makiko Jones said...

Wow!! this is so pretty, Christine!! The microbeads mat looks amazing!! How cool is it!! Beautiful work as always!

Silke Ledlow said...

WOW Christine - this card is GORGEOUS!!! You are so right...the microbeads are perfect and I love how it turned out!!! TFS Hugs ~S~

Dawn B. said...

This is beautiful.. I love the way it gives this card such a rich look.. I have not done this on a card only a pen before.. What a card.. Great job Christine.. Have a great spring break. Ours is next week.

Jerri Jimenez said...

This is so beautiful Christine! I love your gorgeous color choices, the gingham ribbon is perfect! The microbeads are fabulous, love how they diffuse the image, very soft!

Yogi said...

very nice. The micro beads look great on that image.

Cindy Lawrence said...

This is SO beautiful, Christine! The microbeads over the image really make this one special card! ...and, girl, you have SUCH a knack for gorgeous ribbon treatments! Happy spring break, my friend! :)

Curt in Carmel said...

What a stunning card! I love this technique and your example is just beautiful. I also love the color combo and the bow is just wonderful! Best, Curt

Jane said...

I love this technique, too. Your card is beautiful. Did you know the red liner tape is made in sheets so you don't have to use strips for this technique. Some times hard to find but when I do find it, I buy in quantity!

the whimsical butterfly said...

WOW this is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!

Pam said...

I follow your blog faithfully .I don't comment nearly as much as I should. but know I appreciate you sharing your talent and all of the hard work you put into your blogging and your cards. This card is just gorgeous. I love all of the special details. Thanks for sharing,
Pam

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Oh Christine this turned out beautiful! I think this crocus is one of my fav's now and you have turned it into a beauty with the stained glass. Wonderful pendant background and ribbon bow.

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Soooooo gorgeous, Christine! I need to buy some micro beads (I know, can you believe I don't own ANY?) so I can try this. Gorgeous colors and I love that big gingham bow!

Beate said...

Christine, your card is gorgeous. I always forget about my microbeads! It does look like stained glass.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Hugs and smiles

leenda said...

Beautiful, beautiful! I'll have to give this a try!

maryr917 said...

this caught my eye on scs christine-but seeing it on your blog with all the close-ups really shows how beautiful this cards is-love the micro-beads

Rose Ann said...

I love the green and purple together, and your perfect bow!! Your stained glass looks gorgeous, Christine!!

Karen W said...

Oh my I have those beads also and had forgotten about them as well. I may have to start searching for them, your card is gorgeous!!!

Julie Koerber said...

Wow Christine, this is absolutely gorgeous!!! LOVE that technique!