A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Friday, 1 December 2017

Glass Bead Holly

The last month of CAS Mix Up for 2017!  Where has the year gone?  The challenge for December is wide open:

I'm still in Christmas card mode so made this:

The challenge says "2 items of your choice" (as well as stamping) - it has to be at least two - and can be more.  I have watercolour splash, stenciling, glass bead gel, glitter, heat embossing, and die cutting.

Using Distress Antique Linen and Shabby Shutters, I created a splash watercolour background.  Then I laid the Holly Bough stencil over the background and sponged over the stencil with Distress Evergreen Bough ink, cleaned off the stencil, put it back and went over it with glass bead gel.  When it was dry, I added glue and red glitter to the berries.

I found a small sentiment stamp that would fit amongst the holly and heat embossed it.

I trimmed the panel down to fit behind the die cut pierced frame (die cut twice and glued together for more dimension).

Please head over to CAS Mix Up and check out the cards by the rest of the Design Team and our fabulous Guest Designer, Ina (of Little Bits of Craft).  You have until December 24th to link up your card.  Have fun choosing at least two options from the list on the right hand side of the CAS Mix Up blog and combine them with stamping on your clean and simple card!

Stamps - Impression Obsession sentiment
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black; Distress Evergreen Bough, Antique Linen, and Shabby Shutters
Paper - white and mixed media cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Tim Holtz Holly Bough stencil, glass bead gel, MFT Pierced Rectangle frame, red glitter, clear embossing powder


  1. So pretty! LOVE that glass bead gel over your holly stencil. Not only gives it lots of sparkle, but dimension too. Lots of colour with the red berries and yellow splashed background. Beautiful card, Susan!! xx

  2. You make me want to get my glass beads out, Susan. Your holly turned out so glittery and beautiful. Wonderful Splash background too and how fun that your sweet sentiment fit...just right in the holly:-) TFS my friend & Happy Holidays. Hugs

  3. Beautiful card, Susan. Love the glass beads. I’ve only seen Christine demo it once. Adds so much dimension. Keep those Christmas cards coming!

  4. wow the glass beads are so sparkly and the glassy I love the effect :)

  5. WOW! Susuan what stunning shimmery leaves you created here. Awesome splash background (a favourite of mine) and perfectly finished with the beautiful red berries and wee sentiment. Fabulously framed. You certainly used quite a few mixed media elements.

  6. That glass bead gel really adds texture to your lovely stenciled holly, Susan! The red gives a nice punch of color on the berries! Wonderful techniques on your card! Julia xx

  7. This is really pretty Susan and the bright green holly with the glass bead gel over the top works beautifully and framed perfectly with the stitched rectangle. Love those bright red berries too. x

  8. This is so pretty, Susan! I don't have glass bead gel, but your sparkly, pretty holly leaves make me want to buy it. :-) Using the stencil twice (for distress ink and glass bead gel) is the key to getting this pretty color, isn't it? The small sentiment fits very well among the leaves too. Hideko xx

  9. This is gorgeous, my friend! I love the shine of the glass bead gel and the sparkle of the glitter! It's framed beautifully too!

  10. Lots of fabulous techniques that are so effective. The unique splash background looks great with the the texture of the green holly and the beads x

  11. Such a smart move with the glass beads. It gives the background a stained glass effect. The red touch of berries is the perfect warm punch too. Beautiful card Susan, xxx


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