Adventures in Card-Making

Glitter, glitz and glamour

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Today, I thought I would talk about glitter. My husband has often told a story about finding glitter in his steak! (It was at a time before I had a stamp room). Anyway, there are several types of glitter:

  • Translucent thin and semi-clear. Use when you want the bottom color to show through.
  • Opaque – solid and bold color.
  • Low-grade chunks of glitter. Typically sold in Dollar Stores for youngsters.
  • Fine and micro fine – Remember Tinkerbell from Peter Pan? It is the type of “fairy dust” she would have sprinkled. Typically sold in small jars.
  • Spray bottles – Sold in aerosol cans and used primarily for large items. Use in well-ventilated areas. Works for clothing and silk flowers.
  • Liquid squeeze on -works well on wood or clothing. Dries very slowly. Also good for paper
  • Brush-on – water-based and comes in primary colors. Good for wood and plastic.
  • Vintage glass. Comes in very small shards. Use for Christmas ornaments.
  • Clear glitter glue dries clear, letting color shine through.
  • White glitter glue – dries white use for snow.
  • Fabric glitter glue -use for permanent application on fabric
  • Double-sided adhesive tape  – less mess and can be purchased in sheets or stripes

Several tips for using glitter:

  • Work over a shallow container
  • Use a plastic (empty) plastic squeeze bottle to blow away particles
  • For even control, use a small plastic spoon
  • Thin piece of cardstock can be used to  scrape away mistakes
  • always replace covers
  • For extra glitter mix with embossing powder

Ideas:

  • Add a touch of clear drying liquid glue, then sprinkle on your glitter of choice. Apply different colors to the section of your stamped images for a kaleidoscope effect.
  • Sprinkle into warm embossing powder to add texture
  • Apply glitter to clear acetate for a stained glass effect
  • Add glitter paper for matte cards

Til next time,

~Sallie

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