Studio Monday with Nina-Marie: 5 Ways to Create with Seed Beads!

Studio Monday with Nina-Marie

Hello crafters! It’s Nina-Marie here with you today, sharing 5 unique ways to incorporate seed beads into your card projects! Seed beads are so often used for shakers, which I have featured in today’s tutorial. But I’ll also be sharing unique ideas for using them in other ways to further enhance and embellish your cards! Are you ready to get creative??

The first idea I’ll be sharing in the video is a traditional shaker card! By adding seed beads amongst the sequins, you pump up the noise of your shaker for some groovy sound effects! Seed beads also make great filler for a shaker! As they are oftentimes translucent, it lets you enjoy the sequins and the background behind your shaker while still giving you a nicely rounded out design.

Seed Beads 5 Ways

Inside this Impression Obsession Sea Life Frame shaker, I added Studio Katia Summer Sky seed beads and our Simon exclusive Mermaid sequins. There are a few Studio Katia Iridescent Bubbles amongst the fish, and the sentiment was cut from our Simon Good Vibes die set!

Seed Beads 5 Ways

The next seed bead technique we will play with in the video is creating a shaker OVER a stamped image! Seed beads are ideal for this technique, as they are small and don’t hide the image, no matter how big or small your shaker is! I used our Simon exclusive Beautiful Day stamp and coordinating die set in this card. Keep in mind that when you try this technique, it works best if you use a coordinating die to cut out the window for your shaker.

Seed Beads 5 Ways

Inside the butterfly cut-outs, I added Iridescent seed beads from Studio Katia. The color of these sequins really enhances the pretty colors of the butterflies!

Seed Beads 5 Ways

After we create the shakers, we’re really going to spice things up! I adore the Build a Cone stencil from Brutus Monroe. Check out how fun it is to stack layer after layer of ice cream scoops onto the cone! I used a few Oxide Ink colors to do the blending.

Seed Beads 5 Ways

But the best part of ice cream is ALWAYS the sprinkles, right? With a bit of imagination, you can use a colorful assortment of beads, such as the Iridescent Rainbow mix from Studio Katia as those delicious sprinkles!

Seed Beads 5 Ways

I’ve stepped up the sprinkle effect even further by making a “fudge sauce” with Light and Fluffy modeling paste and Vintage Photo reinker! While the paste was still wet, I gently pressed some more rainbow beads in the paste and let it all dry. Doesn’t this cone look good enough to eat?? The sentiments I used on this card are from our Everything Together and Love You Like stamp sets.

Seed Beads 5 Ways

Have you ever tried covering a die cut shape with seed beads? The effect is GORGEOUS! I especially love the look of those Iridescent seed beads on top of colored cardstock. With our Simon exclusive, Adeline Butterfly die, I cut many colorful butterflies and coated each with a layer of Glossy Accents; while the adhesive was still wet, I dropped beads into the glue, along with a touch of Lawn Fawn Prisma glitter.

Seed Beads 5 Ways

The Glossy Accents holds the glitter and beads beautifully, and nothing falls off! I layered these butterflies onto a colorful card, along with Flickering Butterflies and sentiments from our Yes You Can stamp set. Check out the dimension and shine!

Seed Beads 5 Ways

Finally, the last technique we’ll cover in the video is adding seed beads into an in-lay die cut design. This is such a unique way to fill in a shape, such as the petals of our Simon exclusive Hibiscus Frame die! I cut the flower from different shades of Tonic Studios glitter card, and in each of petal shapes, I added a layer of Silver Shimmer Pretty Pink Posh seed beads

Seed Beads 5 Ways

I used Glossy Accents again to hold the beads inside the petals. But oo-la-la! I adore the texture and shine it has once everything dried! I also used a Memory Box Double Stitch Square and our Simon Love You dies to finish off this colorful beauty!

Seed Beads 5 Ways

Be sure to watch the video to see all these techniques in action! I hope they inspire you to create some cards with seed beads too!

WATCH THE VIDEO


 

SUPPLIES USED

Impression Obsession Steel Dies SEA…
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Simon Says Stamp GOOD VIBES Wafer…
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Simon Says Stamp HIBISCUS FRAME Wafer…
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CZ Design Wafer Dies LOVE YOU 2 czd31…
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Memory Box DOUBLE STITCH SQUARE…
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Simon Says Stamp ADELINE BUTTERFLY…
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Simon Says Stamp FLICKERING…
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CZ Design Clear Stamps YES YOU CAN…
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Brutus Monroe BUILD A CONE Mixed…
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Simon Says Clear Stamps EVERYTHING…
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CZ Design Clear Stamps LOVE YOU LIKE…
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Simon Says Stamp SHINING HEART Wafer…
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Simon Says Clear Stamps BEAUTIFUL DAY…
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Simon Says Stamp BEAUTIFUL DAY Wafer…
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Studio Katia CLEAR IRIDESCENT Seed…
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Studio Katia IRIDESCENT RAINBOW Seed…
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Studio Katia SUMMER SKY Seed Beads…
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Pretty Pink Posh SILVER SHIMMER Seed…
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Studio Katia IRIDESCENT BUBBLES…
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Simon Says Stamp MOONSHINE CONFETTI…
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Tonic SUGAR CRYSTAL A4 Glitter…
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Tonic WELSH GOLD A4 Glitter Cardstock…
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Tonic OPULANT ORCHID A4 Glitter…
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Tonic TROPICAL TIDE A4 Glitter…
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Tonic LUCKY SHAMROCK A4 Glitter…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad WILD…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
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RESERVE Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink…
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  1. Good Golly! Amazing Monday inspiration, Nina! I love all the sparkle and shine on these projects! And that they are ALL unique. Love! I really love all the butterflies. I think I need the dies for the Beautiful Day set.

  2. I have so many seed beads left over from my
    needlepoint days. Thanks for showing me
    ways to use them. They raise the bar for
    beautiful.
    thanks for sharing
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  3. Oh my goodness, these cards are awesome. I love the ice cream card and it looks so real. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

  4. I’m impressed!!! Beautiful design, vibrant colors and lots of interesting ideas, plus I love sparkle and shine on these cards. Thanks for the inspiration Nina!

  5. Love the varying ways you used the seed beads! I have a ton of these in many colours that my daughter gave me after she graduated from art school. This definitely gives me lots of ideas to work with. I especially like the Hibiscus card. Simply beautiful!

  6. Awesome ideas, awesome cards as always! I recently moved and had to do something with all these seed beads I used for cross stitch beaded projects (that I don’t do anymore). So I separated the like colors and then combined them to make shaker mixes, or whatever. I am in the middle of making a canvas that will use one of those mixes. :-)

  7. My favorite is the butterflies – but I never thought of making them into shaker cards!
    How beautiful and different – have to try this one for sure. Thank you!

  8. These look like nice wall art instead of cards. Now I’m glad I saved all those beads! Thank for the tutorial.

  9. Great ideas, Nina-Marie. I have several bottles of seed beads and I’m going to look for spots where I can use them armed with your advice.

  10. Love your cheery and colorful cards! Such interesting ways to use seed beads. I will definitely be giving them a try. Thanks for all the tips, especially the one about using a second layer of acetate on shaker cards!

  11. Wow, that ice cream cone looks good enough to eat, especially on this hot, humid day in CT! All your cards are spectacular! Thanks for the wonderful video.

  12. Wow, I can’t even put into words how blown away I am with such beautiful and spectacular cards and colors! Holy smokes! FABULOUS is an under-statement.

  13. Wonderful ideas and awesome cards! I’m going to pull out those beads I’ve had sitting around and start using them!

  14. I love seed beads, for jewelry, needlework and I guess I have a new use!! These cards are really gorgeous and sparkly!!! Great idea!!

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