Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Blooming Friends Bead Masking

Sharing Jean’s Love card yesterday reminded me of a card I once made using the masking technique for a PWA shoebox party.  The party was a couple of years ago in Idaho at Mary Jo Mcgraw’s home.  I was thrilled to discover that I still had the instructions for this card saved on my computer!  (see below)

Suzannes Project

Blooming Friends Card

© Suzanne Glazier, Pennywise Arts


White Cardstock 8.5” by 5.5” folded to make card base

Blue Cardstock 4.25” by 5.5”

Green Cardstock 4” by 5.25”

White Cardstock 2” by 2”

Blue Cardstock 2.25” by 2.25”

Green Cardstock 2.25” by 2.25”

O’So Sticky Tape™ Sheet Cut 4” by 5.25”

Tidy Tray

Blue Gingham Ribbon 7” long


Foam Tape



Verse Stamp of Choice

Fuschia Ink Pad

Lettuce Translucent Micro Beads

Teal Opaque Micro Beads

Purple Opaque Micro Beads

Royal Blue Opaque Micro Beads

Fuschia Opaque Micro Beads

White release paper liners from previously used tape

Miscellaneous Floral Punches to punch tape liner shapes



Gather supplies and cut all paper and O’So Sticky Tape ™ per above dimensions. Using floral punches and release papers from previously used O’So punch out several different shapes and sizes of flowers.

Step 1:  Adhere  blue cardstock to white card front and set aside.

Step 2:  Adhere large precut piece of O’So Sticky Tape™ to large green cardstock.  The secret to applying O’So Sticky Tape™ perfectly every time is to peel back just one small corner of the tape sheet to begin with as pictured below. Next, with the fold facing down towards your cardstock base begin to align the O’So Sticky Tape™ sheet to fit squarely. The folded flap will keep the O’So from actually touching your paper. Once the tape is lined up with the base press firmly on the exposed corner to anchor the O’So Sticky in place (see photo below.)  Next remove the rest of the liner from the back of the tape and gently smooth it into place as you go.



Step 3.   Remove the liner from the O’So and lay the blue and white ribbon on the card about 2/3 of the way down.

clip_image002Step 4:   Place the small piece of green cardstock as shown in finished picture

Step 5:   Place paper liner flower masks randomly over the remaining areas of the O’so.clip_image006Use the tweezers to do this part, it will make it so easy!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Look closely at the flower masks, they will be shiny on one side and flat on the other. You MUST place them shiny side down for them to release and come back off later!

Step 6:  Lay card in tidy tray and pour Lettuce Translucent micro beads over, press in and tap off excess, return beads to bag.  Use a brayer to roll the beads firmly into the O’So

clip_image006Step 7:  Gently remove liners at random and add colored beads as desired. Take care not to tear them They can be used over and over.It is easiest to lift several liners at once and bead 2 or 3 flowers at a time of the same color. My preferred bead method for this project is to remove the liners and lay the card IN the tidy tray, then pour the beads onto the areas that are exposed, press the beads in with my fingers, tap off excess and return them to the bag. Repeat until all flowers are done.



Step 8:  Stamp verse onto white cardstock square.

Step 9:  Apply verse to blue cardstock square.

Step 10:  Adhere verse to card with foam mounting tape.

Step 11:  Secure ribbon to the back of the green flower piece with 1/4” O’So.

Step 12:  Adhere green flower piece to the front of the blue card.

Suzannes Project Stamp Credits:  Unknown

Soon I will be showing you some amazing artwork made by a very special lady who used this technique and took it extremes we never imagined!  Be on the watch for Brooke’s Boxes!


  1. Very cool project. Thanks for the tutorial. Thanks too for the tip using the large piece of O'So. I always seem to have it sticking to me. Darlene

  2. I remember making this one at Mary Jo's! Such a cool one too!


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