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Just Add a Technique - Challenge # 17 at Just Add Ink

Paper Beads and Faux Silk

Asian Artistry

This week at Just Add Ink we have a challenge with a difference. It takes on the form of a Blog Hop. You will need to visit all the Design Team Member's Blogs and check out all the wonderful tutorials the girls have put together to highlight a certain technique.

Decide on which technique you'd like to try and make a card, scrapbook layout or 3D item etc. and enter it in this week's challenge on the Just Add Ink Blog.

I have put together a very simple tutorial to show you how to make Paper Beads and Faux Silk.

Paper Beads

Step 1 - Using your paper cutter, cut out some long triangular strips of paper the length of your chosen DSP. Mine have been cut about 1.5 centimetres at the widest point. I only needed 3 beads but I cut an extra one in case I 'muffed' up.

Step 2 - Starting at the wide end, roll up the strip of paper applying glue as you roll. At the beginning make sure you leave a big enough hole to thread your Hemp Twine through. Secure firmly at the end with an extra dab of glue. I prefer to use the 2-way glue because of the finer point on the end.

If you have a quilling tool it would make this step nice and easy!

For a really lacquered look, apply Crystal Effects (not used in this example).

The finished beads all ready to thread.

A close up photo showing the beads attached to the finished card.

Yep ... it's that simple! Thanks, Andrea, for teaching me how to do these last September school holidays. I've finally got around to making some more to put on a card!!

Faux Silk

Step 1 - Stamp your image onto tissue paper and add extra colour if desired. For the bird I used Riding Hood Red ink with a blender pen.

Step 2 - Make sure the ink is dry and scrunch up your stamped tissue paper paper a few times.

Step 3 - Unfold and straighten it out a little.

Back View

Step 4 - Apply a good coverage of glue to the FRONT of a piece of neutral cardstock with a glue stick. I have used Confetti White to add some extra 'fleck' to give it the appearance of raw silk. Turn over the edges of the tissue paper and glue them down at the back of the cardstock.

Don't straighten out the tissue paper too much when attaching it to the cardstock as this will take away the lovely Faux Silk look that you are trying to achieve.

A close up of the finished faux silk section which has been double backed using Basic Black and Confetti White cardstock.

Thanks for taking the time to check out these mini tutorials. Your next stop along the way is with the lovely and talented, Chantell. You can hop to her blog by clicking on the picture below.

Have fun!
Bron XX

PS: How cool is this! Sarah, Kirsty and I all made it to the Late Night Stampers' Blog Finds of the Day for our tutorials!


Anonymous said…
Awesome Bron. These colours and DSP are perfect with this Stamp Set & Technique. Love it. Fantastic Beads - Must have a go at them. Chantell.
Anonymous said…
wow I cant wait to make some paper beads..They look so easy to do!
Rachel said…
WOW Fantasic.
Anonymous said…
Bron, this is gorgeous! I love how easy those beads are, and your faux silk is divine. Even I can do that, I think! Beautiful - thanks for the tutorial.
Nicole said…
This is a very pretty technique, Bron. Looking forward to trying it.
Richelle said…
I didn't realise the faux silk tech was so easy! will have to try that too!!
Kim Mc said…
wonderful! Thanks for the inspiration!
AmandaR said…
WOW, WOW, WOW! This is wonderful Bron. Will have a go at the beads for sure. xx
Lee said…
Fabulous tutorials Bron! I've never seen anything like these beads! They look especially awesome in the DP you have used. And I think I may even have some tissue paper lying around! Thanks for the inspiration, I'm off to make some 'silk'!

Lee x
Helen Williams said…
Thanks Bron, Great tutorial. I'm sure going have to have a go. Thanks for the inspiration.
Paula Fuller said…
Thanks for sharing. The beads look perfect with this stamp set and faux silk.
Sarah Klass said…
Wonderful tutorial Bron. I just LOVE those beads and they're perfect for the Asian theme that you do so well :)

S x
Christine Blain said…
Great tutorial, Bron - I really enjoyed seeing what you'd made. Love the knotted twine in between the paper beads. Your project is beautiful. Thanks for sharing!
Andrea said…
Love this card. Mmmm wonder who taught you how to do those beads?!! They look great Bronwyn, good job.
Bronwyn Eastley said…
Oh oops!! Forgot to acknowledge that my lovely friend, Andrea, originally taught me how to make these beads!! Not only can she crochet up a storm, she does an awesome job with lots of papercraft projects!
Mae Collins said…
Great tutorial Bronwyn. When I have made these beads before I have used a wooden skewer to get me started on the rolling and it is also useful when applying the Crystals Effects to the bead for drying if you hang them over a container of some sort, although you do have move them occasionally so they don't stick to the skewer! TFS
Caroline said…
Fabulous Bron - great choice of stamp for this technique! TFS!
Karen said…
Thanks for sharing your tutorial. I love the faux silk technique but have never made beads before so will have to have a go. Lovely card too!
Belinda said…
Very cleaver..think it would be a great way to use up scraps!!
Danielle Daws said…
Fantastic tutorials Bron! Can't wait to try them. You've used the perfect paper for your beads too - they look fantastic! xx
Sandybeaches said…
Love 'em!!! Great tutorials! Thanks for the inspiration:)
WOW, love the card and thanks for the tutorials. I never knew how to do faux silk and you made it look easy thanks and a bonus too paper beads. Great Job.
Makeesha Byl said…
Oh wow I have never seen anything like it Bronwyn!!! Fabulous and fun embellishment for sure! Will definitely have to give them a go! Thanks so much for your tutorial! Love Keesh x
Brenda said…
Wow, wow, wow. Loved your beads and how you did them. Thank you so much for sharing that technique.

Faux silk -- I have been wanting to do that for ages and your tutorial made it easy to understand.

I'm thinking future swap idea!!

Thanks so much.
Karyn Schultz said…
thanks for sharing this wonderful technique. I often want to try new things but need to be shown how-to first! great tutorial.
Andrea said…
I saw it! :)
nadine said…
Oh is that how you make those beads! Cool. Love the faux silk too! Great with that stamp too. Thanks
H2 :) said…
Beautiful card & fantastic tutorial Bron. Love the faux silk effect & will now be giving it a try thanks to you! TFS :)

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