Friday, August 01, 2008

Rhinestones, Beads and Sparkle!

As most of you already know, I'm a rhinestone kinda girl... glitter, rhinestones, sparkle, glitz - that's me (or my cardmaking anyways). So when I stopped by the Kandi Corp booth while at CHA... well you can imagine what it was like. I wanted to stay all day and run my fingers through the sundae glasses full of rhinestones that had on display!! I used the Hot Fix applicator to apply the rhinestones to this card. There are 2 methods of applying the rhinestones... you can put them on a mat shiny side up and actually pick them up with the applicator and apply them to your paper (or fabric or lots of other mediums). Or you can lay them out on the project and just use the applicator to warm the glue in place. I actually prefer the second method because I like to like up my project before glueing it together. All in all it's a pretty simple process!


This card was made with my new PTI Chocolate paper that just arrived in the mail a few days ago.... I'm so glad they released brown because I was all out of chocolate chip!! I matched it up with some butterfly paper from K&Company's Urban Rhapsody 12x12 pad. It's pretty rare that you see a card from me with only a few layers on it!!
Here is a closeup of the rhinestones. I embossed the image first before applying the rhinestones and realized (belatedly) that you need to keep the heat applicator away from the embossed lines because they will melt (duh!) so you see there is one spot where I learned that. But once I was a little more careful I had no problem heat applying the rhinestones to the embossed image.


Leave me a comment and let me know what you think. Also stay tuned because I have some CHA swag to give away as blog candy - maybe this weekend?

21 comments:

VyanMica said...

beautiful beautiful card :) i love the butterfly <3 <3 <3 and you put all the colours beautifully together <3 thank you for sharing. kind regards vyanmica

Karolyn L said...

Now THAT'S what I call a blingy card! Love the butterfuly image, and ALL THOSE SPARKLIES! Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing, Michelle!

Jennifer said...

Oh wow, all that bling is just gorgeous!!!! I love it.

Terri said...

Very pretty.

~Q~ said...

neat! I'm all about the bling too so I love your butterfly. :) Would you be able to provide a tutorial on how the hot fix works and show pics as you go through the process? I've been debating whether I should get one. TIA!

Anonymous said...

LOVE the glitz. It adds so much to the card and you have a way of putting it all together. I'm really glad to hear it's so easy, I too want to get on of these applicators and crystals. Thanks for sharing!!! Polly

retiredheather said...

Oh this is soooo sweet. There is something beautiful about the butterfly but add some bling and it becomes fansinating and beautiful. What a wonderful card.

Conniecrafter said...

Ohhhhh I liiike!! Love the rhinestones and the beaded body too, so pretty, really makes it pop!

Jody said...

WOW! I've never heard of Kandi Corp and can tell I'm going to have a "Hot" fall! With the hot wax writer and the cool hot fix applicator, I'm very intrigued! Can't wait to try them out! Your butterfly is gorgeous and it does seem the 2nd way would be the easiest.

Ida said...

I think this is just GORGEOUS! Love all the "bling" and what a wonderful patterned paper that you paired your beautiful butterfly with.

Ishadow said...

great card!!! very intrested to hear more on the "fix" things. I'll be watching...

Bunny B said...

Ahhh... that's gorgeous! Love the bling!!

DeniseLynn said...

OMGoodness ... Love this!!

Belas Creating Place said...

Beautiful work on this card. I love the colours. Michelle you are soooo talented. Have you ever been published or tried?

Heather Lee-Reppen said...

OMG, this is gorgeous!!!

yvette said...

Gorgeous card!!!I love glitter and bling my husband hates when I whip out the glitter but i just love the stuff

Jan said...

Your butterfly is wonderful! Impressed how you used the seed beads for the body!

Bunny Cates, digital-scrapbooking.org said...

beautiful card! love the sparkles!

Hege-Annie Simonsen said...

This is such a beutiful card! This butterfly and the whole card is just gorgeous!!! Love the colours!!

Chrissy D said...

Gorgeous! TFS!

Mrs Weyremaster said...

WOW OMGosh that is so gorgeous, rich and wonderful. I love it :)

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