Adventures in Card-Making

Everything is better with glitter

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Let’s face it, if you’re a crafter, you use glitter. The younger crafters among us refer to this product as “bling.” Either way, glitter makes everything sparkle but chances are we hardly use it. Why, you ask – because of the mess.  If ever there was a season to change that action this is it!!  If you doubt this, check out the sleigh below:

santa and sleigh

 

Before we get to controlling the mess, I learned some new things about this great craft product since my last post about glitter Glitter, glitz and glamour  that I thought I would share with you. When considering buying glitter you have to think about the type or project you want to use glitter on, how long the glitter must stay on the project  and the size of the glitter.  Some types of glitter are:

Micro glitter ( a very fine glitter)

Glass glitter (glitter made from glass- really!)

Tinsel glitter (long, thin strands of glitter)

Flocking glitter (glitter in flocking powder- think snow on roofs, trees etc.)

Embossing powder (glitter powder- you can make you own)

Now that you are seriously thinking about using glitter again and wondering, like me, where those jars are in your craft room, I invite you to check out these tips I found recently on controlling the mess that makes you hesitant to try using glitter again:

1.   Apply baby powder to your hands before using craft glitter and it will not stick.

2.   Don’t touch the glitter on your project until it is completely dry. You know the old adage: Look, but don’t touch.

3.    Baby wipes work well when trying to remove glitter from tables and hard floors. Use a lint roller for rugs.

Rule of thumb:  The finer the glitter, the less glue should be used.

Stencils are a great way to shape glue into any shape or letter. You can use regular stencils or the negative image from a die. If using a stencil, fill out the stencil with a bead of glue. Lift the stencil to make sure that it is not glued in place. Allow the glue to set for the amount of time specified on the bottle then sprinkle on the glitter. Shake off the loose glitter then let dry.

Check out this great video  Glitter on cards

and…. if you seriously think that you couldn’t possibly use loose glitter, here are some tips for adding some sparkle to your holiday cards:

  1. Try glitter cardstock. I found mine at Hobby Lobby. It comes in a small packet of pages that can be cut, punched or die-cut.
  2. Try glitter glue. It comes in lots of colors and is ideal in that it adds color and sticks to your image.
  3. For shimmer rather than bling, use DecoArt Glamor Dust on your pieces. This very fine glitter adds a sophisticated sparkle and can be added to your piece with paint, ink or glue.
  4. Use a fine-tip glue pen or paintbrush and loose glitter.

Happy Crafting!

~Sallie

 

 

 

 

 

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Adventures in Card-Making · Mod Podge

Mod Podge Extreme Glitter

Dear Fellow Crafter

Mod Podge Glitter

Mod Podge Glitter lets you decorate any craft project in shimmering, iridescent glitter particles. There are several colors available. These include silver, blue, purple and bronze.

An idea for a new home owner is to create a greeting card and a gift. Take a clean mason jar and stencil the house number on the front. Apply Mod Podge Glitter to the number. Tie a skeleton key with twine to the lid.

Mod Podge Glitter Jar
Mod Podge Glitter Jar

Happy Crafting!

~Sallie

PaperCrafting 101

Mod Podge revisited

Mod-Podge-formula-guide-updated-for-2013-with-all-the-new-formulas

 

Dear Fellow Crafters,

I re-discovered a crafting product this past summer and in doing so opened up a whole new world. My daughter-in-law decided to make Styrofoam blocks for her daughter for Christmas and asked me if I had any Mod Podge. “Somewhere in my craft room” I replied. It was an older bottle but I still heard liquid in it when I shook it. The minor problem was the cap it was “glued’ to the  bottle. After some hot water and strong muscles (courtesy of my husband) we got it opened at last. “Mom, did you know that there are now more than 5 kinds?” “Really?” I asked, now fully aware that I was hopelessly behind my times in this area.  Of course, after she left with the bottle, I had to go on-line and here’s what I found out:

Mod Podge is made by Plaid Enterprises. It was invented in the 1960’s. It’s a glue that holds tight and dries clear for adhering paper, fabric and other porous materials to almost any surface. It’s a sealer that protects decoupage, acrylic paint, stain, fabric and more. It’s a finish that is durable, smooth and fast-drying. It’s a “go to” for parents because it is non-toxic and cleans up with soap and water. What’s not to like?

Here are the types they make:

Classic, Antique, Brushstroke, Dishwasher Safe, Extreme Glitter, Fabric, Furniture, Glow in the dark, Hardcoat, Kids Washout, Outdoor, Paper, Satin, Shear Colors, and Sparkle.

They also make special formulas that don’t glue but act as special finishes. They are:

Crackle Medium, Dimensional Magic, Photo Transfer Medium, and Super Gloss.

In the beginning, there were 2 finishes, Gloss and Matte, but it soon became apparent that other glues/finishes would need to be invented and so they did. In future posts we’ll discuss the various types and I give you a tutorial on how to use each one with a picture. So that you can have some knowledge when you visit your favorite craft store (with gift card in hand) later this month, I offer the following.

   Classic: All around “go to” . 2 types of finishes: Gloss – shiny finish and Matte- non-shiny finish.

Antique: Matte finish only – Your project will have a slightly brown tint to give aged look

     Brushstroke: Glossy or matte finishes. Very textured and clear dimensional.Your project will look hand-painted.

 Dishwasher Safe: This was a new product released in 2014. The formula glues, seals and finishes and the finished product can be put in the dishwasher. The finish is glossy. You would use this formula to add paper or fabric to something that you want to wash. Note: Keep the Mod Podge away from your mouth (3/4″ from the top of a glass).

 Extreme Glitter: This sounds like something I would like! The formula looks best on dark surfaces and is VERY Glittery.

   Fabric: Use this formula to prepare fabric for decoupaging to surfaces and for decoupaging things to fabric. It also prevents fraying – good for ribbon.

 Furniture: There are 3 finishes- glossy, matte and satin. Obviously, this one’s for furniture.

Glow in the dark: According to the manufacturer, you need to use several coats to achieve the desired result. To recharge, you just expose the project to light.

Kids Wash Out: The finish is glossy and will wash out of kids clothing if the liquid is spilled.

   Outdoor: This formula was made to protect outdoor projects, think clay pots, from moisture and the elements.

Paper: The 2 finishes are glossy and matte. Unlike the original formula, this one is for archival photos and papers.

 Satin: This formula gives your project a slightly frosty look. it is good for items where you want a non-glossy, soft appearance that wears well.

   Shear Colors: This is original Mod Podge with tints. There are only a few colors now but apparently it is good for dyeing glass.

and finally, there is Sparkle: This formula contains glitter and you only need one coat.

“Til next time,

~Sallie

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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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New Websites to visit

New web sites

 

Dear Fellow Crafters,

The following are some more web sites for you to check out!

Happy surfing!

~Sallie

K & C Company    www.kandcompany.com

Glaze pens            www.sakuraofamerica.com

Color Box Mica Magic   http://www.clearsnap.com

Glitter                     http://www.artglitter.com

Stickles                  www.rangerink.com

Brads                     http://www.paperwishes.com

Hampton Art Stamps     http://www.hamptonart.com

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Inkadinkado            www.inkdadinkado.com

Tsukineko               http://www.tsukineko.com