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Old 05-25-2016, 11:05 PM   #1
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Has anyone ever come across any good info on the placement of sequins?

I know about using odd numbers rather than even, but I always struggle with the best places to put them on a card.

I sometimes see a card where I think, wow, they got those sequins in the perfect place in relation to the image, the layout, etc.

Any hints, anyone?
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I just lay them on my card and move them around until I am happy where they are. Then I attach them. I think they are so much fun to use and just a few of them on a card add so much to the card.
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I just lay them on my card and move them around until I am happy where they are. Then I attach them. I think they are so much fun to use and just a few of them on a card add so much to the card.
This is what I do also. I then pick each one up, one at a time, put a little dot of Mono-Multi on the spot, and put it back down. Here is a card I did with sequins:
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This is what I do also. I then pick each one up, one at a time, put a little dot of Mono-Multi on the spot, and put it back down. Here is a card I did with sequins:
Great card!!! I will definitely have to borrow it. Thanks
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OMG.........I also put the sequins down to get my placement right......I also attach them one by one..........BUT I would pick them up and then put the glue on them and put them back down...........not always in the exact right spot and not always without a bit of a mess. Bugga..........thank you so much for your detailed description.........a real "aha" moment for me.......put the glue on the paper and then the sequin! This truly is an amazing place to learn things!
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I usually make mine look "scattered". and I tend to not add more than about 3. But that is just my preference.
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OMG.........I also put the sequins down to get my placement right......I also attach them one by one..........BUT I would pick them up and then put the glue on them and put them back down...........not always in the exact right spot and not always without a bit of a mess. Bugga..........thank you so much for your detailed description.........a real "aha" moment for me.......put the glue on the paper and then the sequin! This truly is an amazing place to learn things!
You are so welcome! I also learn a lot here at SCS. I've had a lot of lightbulb moments here.
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You might enjoy this article and example of 10 ways to use sequins. In #8 (coffee cup) the sequins draw your eye down to the cup (focal point) and then the one sequin at the bottom grounds it, like a period on a sentence.

Deconstructing what I like - or even don't like - sometimes helps me figure out what works. (An instructor taught this years ago when I was studying glass and color. For ages I carried a little color wheel with me, and when a color combination on a sweater, a chair, a sunset, would grab me - I'd pull out the color wheel to figure it out.)

When a LO or card with sequins hits me, I try to notice where my eye initially went, how many or few, if they're close or far from the focal point, and so on. Not always, of course. But after a while a pattern might emerge, and you realize you tend like sequins placed in specific ways.

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Thanks for the responses so far. I do try to make them look scattered but I'm never sure the best places to scatter! And I do put the glue on the card and then add the sequins - much less messy that way!

Beth, thanks for the Simon Says Stamp link. The coffee cup card has perfect sequin placement. I'll start analyzing the placement of sequins when I see a card that has placement that I like - great idea!
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I try to create a visual triangle with them and vary how many I group together.

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Seriously, I will sprinkle or toss them on my project, then remove the ones that I don't like where they landed, gluing the rest down right where they fell. I am never happy with where I place them intentionally, so this method works great for me!
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Seriously, I will sprinkle or toss them on my project, then remove the ones that I don't like where they landed, gluing the rest down right where they fell. I am never happy with where I place them intentionally, so this method works great for me!
If I could like this a Million times, I would!!!!!!!
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Seriously, I will sprinkle or toss them on my project, then remove the ones that I don't like where they landed, gluing the rest down right where they fell. I am never happy with where I place them intentionally, so this method works great for me!
I am going to try this! Thanks for the idea - maybe I'll be happier with chance than with intentionally placing them!
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I seem to struggle with random placement... It looks random. Not a bit nice to my eye. Others look great! So I haven't done much with sequins although I like them on everyone else's 😏
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How do you combat the static??
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I put my sequin wherever there is a smudge that I am trying to cover up! Then just one looks lonely, so I give it some friends!
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I haven't tried sequins (yet), but any time I'm trying to add a few embellishments, or I'm making a card with banners of DP layered on the front; after I struggle trying to arrange it "just right" when I finally get it the way I like it I will take a picture with my phone.
That way when I have to pick up pieces and start gluing them back down I have a guide to work off of to at least get them as close as possible!
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I never noticed any problems from static. Sometimes I have sequins that stick together - maybe that is from static? If that is what you are talking about, I gently rub my fingers together as I sprinkle them to help them separate. If they still don't, I use my piercer to try to nudge them apart. And if nothing still is working or not looking pretty, then I brush everything off and start over with my sprinkling. I hope this answered your question. If not, ask me again!
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I never noticed any problems from static. Sometimes I have sequins that stick together - maybe that is from static? If that is what you are talking about, I gently rub my fingers together as I sprinkle them to help them separate. If they still don't, I use my piercer to try to nudge them apart. And if nothing still is working or not looking pretty, then I brush everything off and start over with my sprinkling. I hope this answered your question. If not, ask me again!
My sequins all stick to my fingers or their containers as I am trying to get them out! I want to be able to drop them onto the card but they just stick to me instead! Maybe it is in how I store them-- they're in plastic bead containers.
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I tend to like 3, apparently. And I'd place them in about the same place as I did the candy dots here:

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I tend to like 3, apparently. And I'd place them in about the same place as I did the candy dots here:

Really like your placement - it is what I try to achieve but struggle with. Thank you for a great example.
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To help remove static, get an EK Success Powder Tool Applicator (the one to de-stickify stickers and dab it in your container of sequins before you remove any. Works like magic and doesn't coat the sequins with any powdery film; well, I guess it could if you used too much.
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Touch something metal before you use the sequins. Will clear the static. If you get a noticeable shock, think about what you are doing. Are you not picking up your feet while you walk on a rug or rubbing your hands on yourself?

You can also just lightly coat your own fingers with powder. Esp in the summer-high humidity can make stuff stick where I am.
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Seriously, I will sprinkle or toss them on my project, then remove the ones that I don't like where they landed, gluing the rest down right where they fell. I am never happy with where I place them intentionally, so this method works great for me!
Me too! . From the random toss I will pick off the ones that look odd, and amazingly enough when I'm done there is usually a non-rigid visual triangle of sequins left to glue down. It has elimated the frustration.

Another thing I've discovered about sequins is that it is easier to use multi-sized sequins than single size sequins. Something about having the option of super large to super small sequins to choose from makes it easier for an amateur (me!) to balance a design. My current go-to sequin choice is Simon Says Stamps, moonshine. The sequins are not clear, and don't have a weird blue/green reflection that similar sequins have., They look nice with every color. Here's a link:

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Touch something metal before you use the sequins. Will clear the static. If you get a noticeable shock, think about what you are doing. Are you not picking up your feet while you walk on a rug or rubbing your hands on yourself?

You can also just lightly coat your own fingers with powder. Esp in the summer-high humidity can make stuff stick where I am.
Excellent advice! Thanks for sharing the idea of touching metal, and using powder on fingers before handling. Problem for me is lack of humidity. I live on the desert side of Oregon and our humidity is often in the teens.
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Me too! . From the random toss I will pick off the ones that look odd, and amazingly enough when I'm done there is usually a non-rigid visual triangle of sequins left to glue down. It has elimated the frustration.

Another thing I've discovered about sequins is that it is easier to use multi-sized sequins than single size sequins. Something about having the option of super large to super small sequins to choose from makes it easier for an amateur (me!) to balance a design. My current go-to sequin choice is Simon Says Stamps, moonshine. The sequins are not clear, and don't have a weird blue/green reflection that similar sequins have., They look nice with every color. Here's a link:

https://www.simonsaysstamp.com/produ...S?currency=USD
Thanks, Susy! Great hints! And would you believe, I just ordered those Moonshine sequins from SSS - so glad to know you like them!
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Seriously, I will sprinkle or toss them on my project, then remove the ones that I don't like where they landed, gluing the rest down right where they fell. I am never happy with where I place them intentionally, so this method works great for me!
This is what I do also. I use needle nose tweezers to pick them up then place them after putting a dot of glue on my paper. I also try to use an uneven number, I read somewhere to use embellishments in odd numbers or groups of three and in a triangle pattern and most of the time it works.
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Since three of you suggested the random toss, I gave it a try on this card:

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I took a few off and paired up a couple of them and left it alone instead of endlessly fussing - and I'm really pleased with the results so I think that will be my method in the future!

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Love the idea to just throw them on the card and see where they lay LOL. I also think you should just have fun with it. The more relaxed I am when I stamp, the better the card (usually) turns out.

Here's a card I did with a CRAZY amount of sequins that I ended up loving.



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Here's a card I did with a CRAZY amount of sequins that I ended up loving.



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I try to create a visual triangle with my sequins/gems/pearls etc.
I look to see if there is a particular spot on the card that I want to draw attention to and group a couple there. Then I place one at the other 2 points of the triangle (usually an isoceles triangle to make it more abstract and irregular) I might then group a couple more at one of the points.
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You might enjoy this article and example of 10 ways to use sequins. In #8 (coffee cup) the sequins draw your eye down to the cup (focal point) and then the one sequin at the bottom grounds it, like a period on a sentence.

Deconstructing what I like - or even don't like - sometimes helps me figure out what works. (An instructor taught this years ago when I was studying glass and color. For ages I carried a little color wheel with me, and when a color combination on a sweater, a chair, a sunset, would grab me - I'd pull out the color wheel to figure it out.)

When a LO or card with sequins hits me, I try to notice where my eye initially went, how many or few, if they're close or far from the focal point, and so on. Not always, of course. But after a while a pattern might emerge, and you realize you tend like sequins placed in specific ways.

10 Ways to Use Sequins!!! | Simon Says Stamp Blog - #8 is the coffee cup one

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Seriously, I will sprinkle or toss them on my project, then remove the ones that I don't like where they landed, gluing the rest down right where they fell. I am never happy with where I place them intentionally, so this method works great for me!
LOL! This reminds me of a photo of a collage I saw in art class in high school. I think it was by Matisse. It was just pieces of blue colored paper glued to a background. Supposedly, he had just dropped the pieces onto the background, then glued each where it fell. It looked awfully "organized," though, so we were all kind of suspicious. We figured he had nudged at least a few into place! I haven't thought about that in years. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!
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Can this article on 10 ways to use sequins be posted to Pinterest? I would love to save it there and share!
Yes! Just hover over the photo in the post, then click the "Pin It" button to pin it to your board.
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I've heard you should just hold the sequins above your card & let them drop, see where they land & if one is closer than you like to another, just move it. I think this is kind of a free style way of doing it, but it works for me & I don't fret so much about it.
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My sequins all stick to my fingers or their containers as I am trying to get them out! I want to be able to drop them onto the card but they just stick to me instead! Maybe it is in how I store them-- they're in plastic bead containers.
Now I understand. Sometimes a sequin or two will stick to me fingers but I never thought about it really. I like the suggestions made here about touching metal or rubbing your fingers with an anti-static product beforehand. Those would help!
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