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Using Glitter For Arts & Crafts

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I’ve on more than one occasion been called the”glamour queen. I love adding sparkle to just about every project imaginable. Include a glimmer to a basic project and it’ll give it a touch of personality.

So many colors of glitter exist that it is impossible to ever have all of them! Begin with the ones that you really love and add others to your collection as you discover them on your travels. The varieties will amaze you and open up new possibilities in your work:

Neon glitter
Glow-in-the-dark glitter
Matte glitter
Hologram glitter
Transparent glitter

The majority of businesses that sell loose glitter will have a color chart and a size chart, so you can pick the best glitter for your needs. You can buy loose glitter in small containers or sets of containers; the one with the smaller size is more cost-effective.

What are the various Types of Glitter?

Ultra Fine: This glitter can float through the air if you drop it. It’s like fairy dust. It has an opalescent fine that is nearly invisible until it catches the light. Crystalina ultrafine is an opaque glitter that reflect color in a different way. You must be up close to be able to appreciate this glitter. This is the type of nail glitter and you’ll be able to locate it virtually everywhere
Extra Fine: It is available in a broad variety of colors and offers excellent coverage. It carries a beautiful delicate sparkle. It has the same quality and coverage, but it’s sold at a lower price than the ultra-fine glitter.
Fine: Perhaps the most popular of the glitters. It is well-covered, has plenty of shine and is very affordable. It is much easier to clean up than the fine and ultra-fine glitters. It is also less glitter as the fine and the fine.
Medium It is designed to be seen from a further distance. It’s available in a limited color selection, but the price for this glitter is quite reasonable.
Large: Large glitter is not typically used in paper applications. It would be used more in floats rather than on pages.

Types of Glues for Loose Glitter

Clear or Tacky Glue The chances are you already have what you need in your stash.
Spray glues: Anything that dries clear will work. There is also a specific glitter glue spray. Whatever you decide to use, remember to use spray glues that are well ventilated area.
White Glue or Mod Podge is the most used glue used for glittering
Double-Sided Tape: comes in many sizes

You can place a large amount of scrap paper in the area below the project to which you’ve applied loose glitter. In this way, you’ll be in a position to take any glitter that remains. Make a funnel to collect all the glitter back into the container.

Make One of Your Own Glitter Ribbons

It’s very easy to make your own sparkling ribbons that you can use for your cards for greetings Scrapbook pages, cards, and tags.

What You’ll Be Needing

Double-Sided Tape Choose it in the width of your choice.
White Cardstock
Absolutely Fine Glitter: any colour will do.

Instructions

Tape strips of the double-sided tape onto the card stock to the length you prefer.
Peel back the top strip of double-sided tape.
Apply the glitter, completely cover the tape.
Use the tape to work (burnish) to melt the sparkle into the tape.
Remove any loose bits of glitter from on the tape (tape).
Cut the ribbon in strips.

Applying Glitter By Using Double-Sided Tape

Score tape, or any other double-sided tape is the best way to add a bit of sparkle to a scrapbook or greeting card.

Set a large sheet of scrap paper on your work surface.
Your project should be placed on top of the scrap paper.
Use the tape with two sides by taking off one side , and then placing it on the location you wish to glitter.
Take off the other side of the tape.
Apply the very fine glitter across the tape.
Tape or rub the excess glitter off.
Place the scrap of paper on top of the taped areas and rub it in using your fingers.
Utilize a bone tool and burnish it some more.

Utilizing Glue with Glitter

The application of glitter over glue is among the most requested techniques for crafters who work with paper. Here are some suggestions to ensure you get the best results

Adhere the glitter using glitter glue or thin-bodied glue. Do not over-glue or your glitter will begin to lose luster. The goal is for the glitter to appear to float on top glue and not sink into it. Do not delay applying glitter to glue.
You’ll want the glue to be as glossy and wet as possible for the best overall adhesion.
Apply glitter as close to the glue as possible to again avoid getting the glitter everywhere. Remove any excess glitter and then immediately pour the glitter back into its container. Let the glittered area set until it is dry. Again, tap off any remaining excess.

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Incorporating Glitter to a Die Cut Piece

Everyone loves adding glitter to die-cut items However, the glitter can fade away. This is a simple way to permanently add glitter to an item cut with a die.

What You’ll Be Needing

Die Cut Pieces
Versamark Ink or Emnossing Ink
Ultrafine Clear Embossing Powder
Glitter
Heat Gun
Craft Mat
Long Tweezers

Instructions

Place your craft mat on your work surface
Cut any die-cuts that you’d like to use
The die cut should be covered using the Versamark the ink. You can also use any embossing or other ink
Then cover the die in crystal clear embossing paste
Start heating the die using the heat gun
When the glitter is hot, sprinkle the fine glitter over the top. As the embossing powder cools the glitter will stay in place,
Once cool, I reheated the glitter with my heat gun and this helps the glitter to last more. You can do this using any kind of glitter!

Project Tips

Utilize the tweezers to secure the die while using the heat gun.
Warm the heat gun for 10 or 15 seconds before you apply it to your die

Stamp With Glitter

Are you looking to have some fun using those acrylic stamps? Here’s a fun method that will add bling to your paper crafting

What You’ll Need

Cardstock
Stamps in acrylic
Glue
Glitter

Instructions

Attach the acrylic stamp to a block.
Instead of using ink, use glue.
Stamp the paper using the stamp.
Sprinkle the image in glitter. Make sure you over the entire stamp image.
Let the image dry.
Be sure to wash the acrylic stamp right away in warm water so that the glue doesn’t dry on the stamp.

Sealing Your Glitter Projects

When you apply your glitter, there will be scattered glitter all over your work. Sealing your glitter will make it last forever. It’s not difficult to accomplish, and you’ll be happy with the outcome.

It is possible to use a tiny decoupage medium, or some white glue that has been mixed with a small amount of water. Avoid using “matte ” mediums because they will tend to dull the sparkle. Use a glossy or satin medium. Two coats will make an impervious seal.

Create a Glitter Mouse Pad

Get the most stylish mouse pad to your desk using easy tools you already have in your work space.

Supplies

A mousepad, recycle what you have
Cardstock, 80 lb. or higher
Painter’s tape, or any other low tack tape
Mod Podge or any other decoupage medium
Foam Brush as well as any other type of soft brush
Glitter
Paint
Pencil
Brayer

Instructions

Trace the outline of the mousepad with a pencil on the cardstock.
Use Mod Podge in a disposable cup or cupcake liner.
Utilizing the foam brush, apply a large portion of Mod Padge on one other side. Apply an even coat.
The top and bottom parts of the paper.
Then, go over the top of the paper with the brayer to take any air pockets or wrinkles out.
Painter’s tape can be used on the paper to draw an image.
Blend some Mod Podge with the glitter color.
Paint the Mod Mix of Podge/Glitter over the design.
Paint can be applied to the design area If you wish.
Make sure that one of the colors is dry before starting on any other color.
After the project has dried Add another coating of Mod Podge to make sure the project is sealed.

What Is Distress Glitter?

Distress glitter is different from ordinary glitter. It has a vintage appearance, and is manufactured from Tim Holtz/Ranger. The line is coordinated with the colors of the stain paints, and inks. It is regarded as a rough glitter that actually reflect the light. It currently is available in 24 different colors.

The great feature of this glitter is that it allows you to put ink on top of the glitter!
It’s great on every type of paper, which includes watercolor paper. It’s especially effective on dark colored papers.
You can apply it to packaging plastic. The light will shine through the glitter and the plastic.

You can apply Mod Podge, Glossy Accents or any liquid glue that you prefer. If you ink your project before applying the glitter, your glue is likely to interact with the color of the ink and increase the ink color!

More Distress Glitter Techniques

Make use of a cupcake liner or a coffee filter underneath your project to store and collect the leftover product.
Coat the project liberally with the glue.
Utilize tweezers to grab the project to move it to the drying area if it is small.
If you apply the same ink to pre ink your project prior to glittering it, you will have more vivid color and sparkle.
It is better to use a wet adhesive instead of an adhesive sheet. The glitter will attach better and reflect light.
It is possible to allow your glittered creation to air dry or use a heating tool for drying it.

Stenciling Glitter

It’s so simple to obtain a gorgeous stencil with high-quality glitter and an adhesive double-sided page.

What You’ll Need

Strip of adhesive double-sided. Stick it to the wall of my home.
Very fine glitter: The finer the glitter, the better
Some washi or painters tape
A stencil: Pattern stencils work best
A soft brush

Instructions

The adhesive paper should be placed on a mat or a huge sheet of card stock
Then, remove the top layer of the double-sided sheet
Set the stencil directly onto the sheet. You can secure it with some low-tack tape to ensure that it isn’t shifted
Apply a liberal amount of glitter on top of the stencil.
Brush the excess off
You can burnish ( Rub ) with the glitter with your finger or with a bone folder
Rub lightly with a brush to clean any excess
Put any remaining glitter back to your container
Wash the stencil right away using dish soap and water.

Now you can apply the stenciled piece to a piece of cardstock to create an attractive greeting card. It is also possible to make it strips for a card or a scrapbook layout.

What Are Glitter Glues?

Glitter Glue has become very popular among paper crafters. It is available in pen and bottles. Perhaps one of the best recognized and most well-known glues are the Stickles created by Ranger. The particular line comes with 48 colors and comes in an easy-to-use bottle that has the fine tip. It comes in quite number of different finishes, from smooth to bulky. Most importantly, it dries flat, and has virtually no flaking. It is important to be cautious with it because if you use it too thick it could take quite a long time to dry.

Another glitter glue that is popular is called Neuvo Drops. They are made through Tonic Studios and also come in a variety of beautiful colors.

There is another product along this line, called Glitter Glaze. It comes with an applicator like nail polish. It is non-acidic and archival. It also dries quickly.
Elmer’s also produces a glitter glue. It is used to make glitter slime. It also for paper crafts. It comes in bottles and pen.
Crayola offers a range of glitter pens, too!

What are the possibilities with Glitter Glue

Highlight and outline letters on images that are stamped.
Embellish scrapbook elements
Make custom backgrounds and papers by adding dots or glue into the pattern
On top of that, paint objects like vases or boxes
Color a stamped butterfly with your sticks

Glitter Glue Tips

Before you begin using any glitter glue that is contained in bottles, you must remove the cap from the bottle . You can then mix the glue using the tip of an old thin paintbrush. In this way, the glitter will be evenly distributed throughout the bottle.
It is important to secure the cap on the bottles of glitter glue. So they are less likely to dry out.
Always store your glitter glue upside down. The nozzle is less vulnerable to blockage.
Make sure you have a corsage pin on hand or needle with your glitter glues to clean the area if required.