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Old 10-11-2011, 06:19 PM   #1  
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I have lots of these little treasures in a multitude of colors and haven't used them for a long time. Looking for new projects/ideas for using them (with any type of craft or on cards). Thanks.
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I found this site Oh for Joy!: Cards Made with Micro Beads on Google. If you type how to use micro beads on Google you will find more sites.
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Score tape started me using my stash of micro beads again. You just put down a strip or strips of score tape, peel the top layer and cover with micro beads. It makes beautiful waves, chevrons, etc.
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thanks for reminding me that I've got 2 jars of microbeads that have sat unused for years! I think I've even got a roll of that sticky tape with the red backing.

question: is it safe to put these on cards for children? Not toddlers, but 6 to 10 year olds. Do they fall off the scor-tape? Do they make a mess that the children's moms will be mad about?
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Use them in the centers of flowers, add them on sticky tape for cool borders, use them in my christmas ornaments. I seem to use a lot of them for holiday decorating as I usually have red, green, blue and silver/white..
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Thanks for this discussion, because I too have a little nice stash of MB and other than flower centers I don't use them and they are so pretty to go to waste. I appreciate all the tips shared, which I will put to use with the upcoming holidays.
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I saw a wedding shower invitation that had the skirt of a dress filled in with microbeads - it was gorgeous!
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I made a Christmas card using Stampin' Up Tree Trimmings stamps. I used glue following every other stripe on the striped ornament and covered it with red microbeads. It is super cute and adds a nice depth to the ornaments. If you want to see an image you can look on my blog under the thread Christmas in October!
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This is great timing! I just got a set of Micro Beads in a birthday present, now I have some ideas on what to do with them. Thanks everyone!
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Great ideas ladies. A couple of months ago, my Michael's was clearancing the Martha Stewart micro beads so I bought every color I could because they are just gorgeous colors. Now I have some great ideas on how to use them besides shaker cards. Thanks.
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A number of people have mentioned using double-sided tape. I have attached a link to one of my cards - I didn't use microbeads (I used clear glitter) but it is a technique you can use microbeads on and it's very pretty. You would stamp or print your image and colour as you normally would. Cut a piece of double-sided tape to cover the whole image (the same size as the pc of paper, not just the image). Expose the 2nd side of adhesive and cover with microbeads. Press firmly so they are adhered really well! It would create a bit grainier look than the card I have attached but it's really pretty!

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I'm a mom of two, soon to be three, and I'd be fine with microbeads on a child or toddler card. The beads are not going to hurt them as they are too small. Even if they ate a jar of them, i wouldn't expect anything bad would happen. And kids love cards they can touch with different tactile elements. They might be prone to picking them all off if they are pickers, many kids are, so keep that in mind or maybe ask specific moms first. But whenever making a card for a kid, you can't expect it to have a long life if they child is young and allowed to handle it.

I love the vintage, almost stained glass look they give when used all over a water coloured image. I first saw them used in a magazine over watercolored grapes. That's still my favourite effect! I believe a dimensional glaze was used as adhesive.
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I'm a mom of two, soon to be three, and I'd be fine with microbeads on a child or toddler card. The beads are not going to hurt them as they are too small. Even if they ate a jar of them, i wouldn't expect anything bad would happen. And kids love cards they can touch with different tactile elements. They might be prone to picking them all off if they are pickers, many kids are, so keep that in mind or maybe ask specific moms first. But whenever making a card for a kid, you can't expect it to have a long life if they child is young and allowed to handle it.

I love the vintage, almost stained glass look they give when used all over a water coloured image. I first saw them used in a magazine over watercolored grapes. That's still my favourite effect! I believe a dimensional glaze was used as adhesive.
I was just wondering about this. You could use the clear glaze to seal the microbeads, too, I'm guessing. Oooooo. I've managed to resist the microbeads so far, but I think those days are numbered.
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Thanks for the link. I found other ideas on this site I want to try!!
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I'm a mom of two, soon to be three, and I'd be fine with microbeads on a child or toddler card. The beads are not going to hurt them as they are too small. Even if they ate a jar of them, i wouldn't expect anything bad would happen. And kids love cards they can touch with different tactile elements. They might be prone to picking them all off if they are pickers, many kids are, so keep that in mind or maybe ask specific moms first. But whenever making a card for a kid, you can't expect it to have a long life if they child is young and allowed to handle it.

I love the vintage, almost stained glass look they give when used all over a water coloured image. I first saw them used in a magazine over watercolored grapes. That's still my favourite effect! I believe a dimensional glaze was used as adhesive.
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We altered these cute spoons, and used a clear liquid glue and microbeads to look like the tip of the spoon had sugar in it! These spoons were really fun, and they decorate shadow boxes wonderfully!
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Oh...a dab of glue in the center of one of the new hot trend, Rolled flowers and you have the perfect place to tuck some MB's...
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Thanks! I think this thread may have solved one of my current card making conundrums!
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Love your card. In the picture it looks like snow.
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A number of people have mentioned using double-sided tape. I have attached a link to one of my cards - I didn't use microbeads (I used clear glitter) but it is a technique you can use microbeads on and it's very pretty. You would stamp or print your image and colour as you normally would. Cut a piece of double-sided tape to cover the whole image (the same size as the pc of paper, not just the image). Expose the 2nd side of adhesive and cover with microbeads. Press firmly so they are adhered really well! It would create a bit grainier look than the card I have attached but it's really pretty!

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I use them in shaker cards, mixed in with sequins and glitter.
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Excellent idea! Shaker cards are like the soup of stamping - all the littles bits and bobs that are leftovers can go into one and it turns out fantastic!
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I used to be a demonstrator for Stamp La Jolla when they came to town for conventions and we sold sheets of double sided adhesive for adhering the beads.

First you watercolor the image (we used H2O's). Then lay on the adhesive and then pour the beads all over the image. Your adhesive needs to be totally clear and a good quality one so the beads stay put.
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I just bought some at Michaels. I like the tip about using double sided tape.

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You can use it on die cuts too, just apply to cardstock and then run thru die cutter. Then peel back top layer and then pour on beads, for example frames; alpha letters, flowers, etc.
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Forgot to say that I saw a card where someone saved the cut off bit from die cutting to create mosaic/bead designs on cards. Loved that no waste idea.
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