Stampendous offers a wide variety of glitters and other similar products. These items are typically attached with some type of adhesive, either glue, tape or a double-sided adhesive sheet cut or punched to size, depending on the application.
For the most common use of glitter, to enhance a stamped and colored image, the glitter should be applied as the final step in the project creation. This prevents the glitter from adhering to the project where it is not wanted.
- Work over a piece of scratch paper with a crisp fold in the center. The fold will help you return excess glitter to the jar.
- A glue pen, either chisel tip or fine point, such as these by Zig™, is ideal for coloring in a very small area to be enhanced by glitter.
- Color in the area where glitter is desired with the glue pen.
- Sprinkle glitter over the glue and press gently with your finger to insure maximum coverage.
- Allow glue to dry slightly, then tap excess glitter off of project on to a folded scrap paper. A small, soft, dry brush may be handy to remove excess glitter particles.
- Use the fold in the scrap paper as a funnel to return excess glitter to jar.
- Do not place a glittered card in an envelope until it is completely dry.
- Do not mail cards with applied loose glitter to active-duty military personnel. The glitter can become attached to clothing and will reflect light at night, possibly jeopardizing a life.
- Glitter clean up can be simplified with the use of a lint roller.
Glitter may be applied to larger areas with the use of double-sided adhesive sheets such as Stampendous Sticky Panels. When applying glitter to this type of adhesive sheet, burnish glitter carefully with a finger or a piece of the liner paper to make sure that the entire surface is thoroughly covered with glitter. Many of these products have a pressure-sensitive adhesive and will not work effectively unless pressed firmly in place.
Double Glitter Technique
Glitter may also be used with metal stencils. The Double Glitter Technique produces a sparkly result that is very dramatic.
- Apply VersaMark ink to the back side of the metal stencil coating it thoroughly. This will act as a release agent to remove the stencil from the adhesive paper.
- Place a sheet of double-sided adhesive paper, cut to size, on your desired cardstock panel.
- Remove the backing sheet and save it.
- Place inked side of stencil on adhesive paper and press to make sure there is good contact between the paper and the stencil.
- Carefully add glitter in colors to desired areas of the stencil. Tip excess glitter off of project away from areas of open adhesive. Burnish each color into adhesive using the backing sheet.
- When stencil areas are all glittered, turn project upside down so the stencil is flat on the table and peel away the paper from the stencil.
- Apply a final color of glitter to the now open adhesive area to act as a background.
Louise Healy demonstrates this gorgeous technique in this YouTube Video.
Sticker Background Technique
Glitter makes a gorgeous background for a card panel with Class A'Peels Stickers and/or stamped images embedded in the glittered surface.
- Stamp, color and cut out your desired images.
- Adhere a pre-cut Sticky Panels double-sided adhesive panel to your precut card panel. It helps if the card panel is a similar color to the glitter you plan to use.
- Remove the backing from the Sticky Panel and position your stamped image and any stickers, ribbons, or anything else you'd like to embed. Press firmly to adhere.
- Rub in one or more glitters or other elements to cover all the remaining exposed adhesive. You can mix glitter sizes, micas, color fragments and more.
- Secure your panel to the front of your card or project.
Home Decor Pieces
Glitter can make creating Home Decor pieces fast and simple. Or it can be used to enhance more complicated pieces.
- The project at left was created from a large paper mache letter purchased at a large craft store. Paint with an acrylic paint similar in color to the background glitter being used.
- Apply adhesive to front and back and cover with Melon Micro Glitter.
- Apply adhesive to sides and cover with Fuchsia Crushed Glass Glitter.
- Add circles of adhesive or glue to front and press Fuchsia Crushed Glass Glitter into adhesive.
Glitter can also be added to melting embossing powder if heated from underneath as in Fran's Encrusted Jewel Technique. You can find directions for this technique under Embossing.
Stampendous glitters are availble in Jewel Ultra Fine Glitter, Pastel Ultra Fine Glitter, Crystal Ultra Fine Glitter, Crystal Fine Glitter, Crystal Medium Glitter, Crystal Glitter Mix, Crystal Snow Ultra Fine Glitter, Crystal Snow Fine Glitter, Halo Ultra Fine Glitter, Halo Fine Glitter, Halo Medium Glitter, Halo Glitter Mix, Micro Glitter, Crushed Glass Glitter, and Shaved Ice. Other products that can be attached with adhesive or added to melting embossing powders are Mica Fragments, Color Fragments, and Lux Mica and Glitter Mixes.