This week's challenge is to play with Diamond Glaze + glass beads.For many of you, as it was for me, this may be your first time experimenting with either Diamond Glaze and/or glass beads. I was attending a stamping show recently and picked up the beads as something cool I knew I wanted to try down the road.Since I grabbed a little jar of black glass beads I figured a Halloween project would be the perfect chance to play.
For Halloween this year I am going to put together an acrylic mini- book. This one is from Picture It/Page Frame and here's a list on online stores carrying this brand: http://www.scrapbookframe.com/ stores/online.shtml.The cover consists of a large web rub-on from Hambly, an intricate sticker from Narratives, the glass beads + Diamond Glaze combo on the bottom, and chipboard letters from Heidi Swapp.
Here's a close up look at what the glass beads + Diamond Glaze looks like when dry. Notice the lumps + bumps? It doesn't have to be this way, but I was ok with the result. A combination of my first time experimenting and not really caring if it was imperfect and lumpy and bumpy (also goes along with Halloween even more).
Here's a look at what you need to play: glass beads + Diamond Glaze (or some other dimensional adhesive - I also use Ranger's Glossy Accents).
Hard to totally see in this photo but these are literally little glass beads (rather than a fine powder such as glitter).
Here's an example of how you go about adhering the beads to your background. The blue sheet here is a piece of acrylic (with the backing left on the bottom so you could see where I was working). If you are wondering who makes acrylic sheets like this the company is called Grafix and they call the product: Plastic Craft Sheet.
Start out by defining the area you want your beads to adhere too. One of the cool things about Diamond Glaze (or Glossy Accents) is that you can actually set the area you want the adhesive to cover and it won't bleed (unless you pick it up and move it around).
Here's my defined area. On the album itself I adhered the rub on first and then used that as a guide for the bottom section. The thin tip is great for letting out just the right amount.
Here is the area filled in with Diamond Glaze. You can use your fingers to move it around and fill in the entire area.
Here is where I remembered that you shouldn't pick it up and tilt it - you can see now that my first example went outside the lines. Round two :).
After defining your area dump the glass beads directly onto the Diamond Glaze. Here I did just a sprinkling as an example but on the album I used a whole lot more to achieve the super thick layer I was after.Now let it sit (this is always the hardest part for me). It takes a bit for it to dry - I actually just put mine aside and let it sit over night. Now it is super solid.
Note from Jennifer: Stay tuned... the "regular" designers will post layouts on Wednesday morning. There is some fun stuff in there, so come on back!