This week we are thrilled to welcome back Faber-Castell! In today’s spotlight you’ll learn more about Faber-Castell, see a fantastic project by Margie Higuchi and have the opportunity to win a jar of Glass Bead Glitter Gel, Gesso and the Metallic Gelatos – Gold and Silver (details at the end of this post).


About Faber-Castell

Founded in 1761, Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft is a leading manufacturer in high quality crafting supplies.  2011 was a milestone year for Faber-Castell USA as we celebrate the 250th Anniversary of Faber-Castell. We are proud of our longevity and what it represents – consistent delivery of a quality experience in all areas of business. In keeping with Lothar von Faber’s quote, “to rise to the highest rank by making the best that can be made in the whole world” Faber-Castell USA is committed to staying true to this vision of quality, tradition, and innovation now and in the future.

countThe 8th generation behind Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft: Count Anton Wolfgang von Faber-Castell

Faber-Castell Designer – Margie Higuchi

Today we welcome Margie Higuchi. We are so excited to have her showcase her work today on Paper Crafter’s Library. You can see Margie’s fabulous project below, but first, here is a little more about her:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAResiding in the northwestern suburbs of Chicago with my husband and our two sons, I enjoy different types and styles of paper crafting from creating scrapbook pages to making cards to dabbling in mix media! I was fortunate to have been a product designer for a line of chipboard and acrylic products, a design team member on several craft manufacturers and scrapbook retailer teams, published artwork and articles in several online and print magazines in the U.S. and overseas. I am thrilled to be a part of the Faber-Castell® Design Memory Crafts® Guest Design Team! The Design Memory Craft colors are amazing and their textural accent mediums are fabulous. It makes showcasing them SO EASY!


Peace Card

Today I am SUPER EXCITED to showcase Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft® amazing Textural Accents Glass Bead Glitter Gel! It sparkles like no other and it doesn’t flake when dry. In a one word description = WOW!

Using Glass Bead Glitter Gel in three different ways, I created this sparkly holiday card. It not only has wonderful texture, it: 1) highlights the stamped image underneath; 2) gives chipboard die cut an extra “something” and 3) stays on hard surfaces like the trinket pins!


I started by cutting chipboard with Spellbinders® Die D-Lites™ S2-120 Peace Sentiment holiday die template.


To prime the die cut for some fun, I covered it with Textural Accents Gesso – two coats with dry time between coats.


When dried, I colored the die cut with Design Memory Craft® Silver Ice Gelatos® stick and blended with my fingers to completely cover the edges. This amazing acid-free pigment stick glide on a creamy brilliant shimmering color that blends beautifully with or without water. Add another color or textural accent medium for a WOW! factor like I did below.


Lastly, I spread Glass Bead Glitter Gel over the die cut with my fingers to control the coat. Make sure it doesn’t get in between the letters so it dries crisp words.


Set the die cut aside to dry and work on the card front. I stamped JustRite Papercraft’s Winter Wonder Cling Background Stamp with Nautical Blue ink. Let dry or use a heating tool to dry.


Once dried, I spread Glass Bead Glitter Gel over the stamped image. Depending on how thick you apply the gel, dry time varies so I left mine overnight to dry. Below are images to show the before and after…note: do not use a heating tool to dry – the texture will bubble.



To embellish more, I added self-adhesive rhinestones to the card front and die cut. Even textured, the stones stuck with no issues. Love the solid surface the gel becomes when dried. The sparkle from the glitter is stunning…



OK….so I had to add more embellishment! It’s the holidays! LOL! I dipped these trinket pins into the Glass Bead Glitter Gel jar and then scraped the excess off. Let dry for an hour and both turned out amazing!!


I tied a white organza ribbon bow on the side of the card front over the rhinestone border, added the pins into the bow, adhered the die cut and it’s ready to send! Here’s a second look at the finished card…



Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft – Glass Bead Glitter Gel, Gesso and Design Memory Craft® Silver Ice Gelatos®
JustRite Papercraft Stamps – Winter Wonder Cling Background Stamp
Spellbinders® Creative Arts – S2-120 Peace Sentiment
Ink – IMAGINE Craft®/TSUKINEKO® (Memento Luxe – Nautical Blue)
Cardstock – Darice
Bling – Want2Scrap©
Trinket Pins – Maya Road
Adhesives – ScraPerfect (Best Glue Ever) and SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L® (Dodz™ medium)
Other – Chipboard; White Organza Ribbon

We hope you have enjoyed today’s feature. We want to extend a sincere thank you to Margie Higuchi for her fabulous project and Faber-Castell for sharing their company with us. Be sure to visit Faber-Castell to see more of their products and their blog for some inspiration!

In order to enter the give-away to win the prize shown above, please leave us a comment in the comments section of this post. One winner will be announced next Wednesday on the Paper Crafter’s Library blog!


98 replies on “Featured Company: Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft”

  1. STUNNING card Margie!!!
    LOVE the sparkle & texture, from the GLORIOUS Glitter Bead Gel base to the PRETTY pins and BEAUTIFUL bow – LOVE IT ALL!!! How EXCITING that the rhinestones adhered to the textured surface – I LOVE bling & sparkle and look forward to trying it too 🙂
    THANK YOU for sharing your tutorial and CREATIVE INSPIRATION today!!!

  2. This is such a completely gorgeous card!
    I didn’t realize how much the Glass bead glitter sparkled!
    Glad to know there’s such a talented crafter in my area.
    I am from the southwest suburbs of Chicago.

  3. I love the faber-castell products but I haven’t seen the bead gel, what a wonderful effect it gives, just a beautiful card.

  4. Beautiful card, Margie! I had no idea of what Glass Bead Glitter Gel could do–it’s Awesome! This card is stunning!! Thanks for sharing your steps and introducing yourself, Margie!! XOXO-Shari T.

  5. Oh my this card is amazing, I love those glass bead glitter gel, I think I would be using it all the time. Very pretty effects. Great feature and spotlight!!!

  6. I have not used the glass bead glitter gel yet. It gives such a stunning effect. Beautiful card.

  7. This is absolutely gorgeous! Love everything about it but the final embellishment of the stick pins, that for me just sent it over the edge!

  8. What a gorgeous card! Love the techniques used – the sparkle and glitter look amazing! Thanks for showcasing Faber-Castell – I’m a big fan of their products.

  9. Margie’s card is beautiful. I especially love Faber Castell’s FABULOUS Glass Bead Glitter Gel, and learning techniques for how to use it. A-Mazing!! Love it! 🙂

  10. Thanks so much for taking the time to make such a detailed photo tutorial of this lovely project. I’m going to have to look for these products.

  11. Wow! What a gorgeous card!! I love the Faber-Castell products that I already own and I’m so anxious to add this new glass bead glitter gel to my line up. I can’t wait to see the sparkle in person. This is now at the top of my wish list. Can I say that I need to do some shopping right away?!? LOL!

  12. Wow, glad to see all these options with the bead glass gel! I don’t have it yet and am excited to try it out now! Beautiful card and ideas. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  13. so very cool! i had no idea there were even products out there that would do this! with halloween and christmas on the horizon, having the gesso and gel in my stash of goodies. thank you for the generous giveaway and the tutorial so i will know how to use these products.

  14. simply gorgeous. love the glitter gel. and that it doesn’t flake off and go everywhere is a blessing . we all know that once you add glitter you can NEVER get rid of it .I would love to add these products to my arsenal of tools.

  15. Oh my goodness-!!!!!
    Sign me up for the glass bead glitter gel–I want a gallon size of this please !!!!!
    I am going to the stamp store today-I surly hope I can find that there and I will definatly be telling them all about this product. I love glitter and bling and this sounds perfect, especially the part about not flaking off.
    Thank you for sharing, I can’t wait to try this myself–hopefully today. 🙂

  16. Welcome aboard! This is the first time that I have heard of the glass bead glitter gel. Your project is amazing

  17. What a beautiful card!! Would love to see it “in person”! The glitter gel is amazing……gotta get some before the holiday crafting begins! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Thank you for sharing this card! It is beautiful and i expect even more beautiful in person! Thanks again.

  19. Definately a lot of WOW factor here! Can’t wait to try it! Thanks for the great tutorial and the opportunity to win!

  20. Definately a lot of WOW factor here! Can’t wait to try it! Thanks for the great tutorial and the opportunity to win!

  21. This is a great tutorial for me. I just started using gelatos and it is cool to see the mediums at work.

  22. What an absolutely gorgeous card! I love learning another new technique. Thank you VERY MUCH for sharing your talent! WOW!!!(Wonderfully Outstanding Work!)

  23. This is really stunning. I love the glitter and never knew about this great product before. Thank you for sharing the technique and your lovely card and information about the company and product and yourself.

  24. Beautiful card! I had not heard of the glitter gel before, so thanks for sharing this product and the technique.

  25. Totally love all the mediums you used (and awesome instructions) for this beautiful card. I would love, love to win this prize to try these techniques as I am just moving into this direction for crafting projects and would like to try the products (especially the Metallic Gelatos). Thanks for a great tutorial.

  26. What a gorgeous card! Thanks so much for the tutorial of these great products. They are on my list for my next visit to the craft store here in Calgary.

  27. Thanks for sharing the process of making your beautiful card. It does have awesome “glam” with
    the glitter all the extras you added. I appreciate the opportunity to win some “candy”.

  28. Love how you used the styrofoam cup to hold your pins. Great tip. The background turned out so beautiful and sparkly. The colors are amazing!

  29. WOW, glitter that won’t fall off?!! Just what I need. I’ve been wanting those metallic gelatos forever! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  30. Wow, I Love the glitter gel and the fact that you can use it one so many different surfaces is great!

  31. Margie, your card is breathtaking! I love it so much. The blue looks beautiful with the Glass Bead Glitter Gel. I got a little sample of it with one of the Gelatos kits and I’ve been looking everywhere for more but no one around here has it yet. I love the ribbon on it and the pins. Every bit of it is exquisite. The silver Gelatos looks amazing on the die cut. Your card is flawless. Thank you for sharing! Thank you for the giveaway!

  32. The Glass Bead Glitter Gel and the Gelatos are fabulous and so is your tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing them with us. Can’t wait to try them.

  33. The card is BEAUTIFUL! I hadn’t heard of the Glass Bead Glitter Gel before but I’ll be on the look out for it now. I’ve seen the Gelatos in the store but had no clue how to use them. Awesome! Thanks for the inspiration!

  34. Beautiful card. I love to use gelatos, and the glass bead glitter gel sounds intriguing. I can’t wait to try it!

  35. I have seen an open jar of the Glass Bead Glitter Gel on another crafter’s work table, and thought, “Meh”. Your project and tutorial on this product has sure made me change my mind. Now I can’t wait to find it in a store and give it a try. Thanks for opening my eyes to a fascinating product.

  36. Thank you for the tutorial and showing the before and after when you put the Glass Bead Glitter Gel all over the card. Gotta go find some. The Holidays are coming and this is JUST what I need.

  37. I couldn’t believe the sparkle on this card! Wow! So beautiful! I love the peace die too. Fantastic card! This is definitely something to be very proud of. Great job! Thanks for sharing.

  38. Simply lovely and I can see that the glitter gel really dries clear and sparkly, really adding to the richness of the background stamp and the die cut word. I want to win a jar of it; I am starting to grow holiday cards in my brain and this stuff would be amazing!

  39. This card is awesome, I’d love to try those products – one can see the card glittering, it would be nice to actually see one, thank you for sharing this tutorial, it is really appreciated

  40. What a great winter card. So pretty.
    thanks for sharing a beautiful card and the techniques used in making it.

  41. I have ventured from card making into the world of art journaling and mixed media, and have wondered about this product. Thanks for the “skinny” on it…………….now I KNOW that I NEED it, both for my cards and my mixed media. LOVE the card!

  42. I love anything of this card ! Colors, background, glitters, and products used (I have never known how to use them well). Thank you for the step-by-step tutorial and the chance to win wonderful and very useful products !

  43. Thanks for showcasing products I have been drooling over and some that I have recently bought! The card is gorgeous and the process to make it, was a real pleasure to experience!

  44. What a stunning card, thank you very much for sharing the process, I can not wait till I can get my hand on this new product. This would be one of those special cards for a special person. Once again thank you.

  45. The card is fun, full of bling. The card would be one that anyone would keep forever. Great learning. Time to go to the store.

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