Micro Beads & Glitter Made Easy With Maya Road

Jen Chesnick

Good Friday Roadies! Today I thought I would do up a quick tutorial on how to use Micro Beads and Glitter on our Maya Road Chipboard pieces. 

Supplies Used:

Chipboard Pieces, I used How's The Weather

Iridescent Glitter

Ranger Paint Dabber in Snow Cap

Martha Stewart Micro Beads

Glossy Accents

I started by prepping my chipboard with paint.  I choose white because I wasn't too concerned with the color underneath showing through.  If you were using black glitter obviously you might want to prep with black.  You can certainly leave them un-painted, but know you might have some chipboard show through.

I actually keep two bottles of Glossy Accents handy.  When I am applying glitter and the like I use one that I have cut the tip down low to give the glue and easier way out and it makes for a nice thick coat.

Apply your glossy accents to the chipboard using nice even strokes making sure even coverage.  For micro beads I tend to do a thicker coat.  (as seen above)

Sprinkle a good thick coat of beads onto your chipboard.  Do not dump off the excess beads, simply let them stand as is to dry.  This will ensure full coverage and good depth.

Next is the glitter!  You will follow the same process for beads as glitter however I tend to use a thinner coat of glossy accents.  You do not need as much "hold" on the glitter as you do the beads.

Once again leave your piled on glitter as is to dry.  I typically leave my pieces alone for at least 15-20 minutes.  They will be dry enough to attach to your projects, but will still need some more to time to harden up.  In no time you will have super cute and custom accent embellishments for your next project!

Have a good weekend!

Jen Chesnick

Categories: Mixed Media
Tags: beadwork, chipboard, embellishments, glitter, mixed-media, painting