If there’s a crafting self-help group along the lines of “Glitterholics Anonymous”, I’d probably would have to join that group. Especially now that Make The Day Special Stamp Store in UK is stocking all the Elizabeth Craft Design micro fine glitters. Oh, the temptation.
Usually, you use those glitters on an adhesive surface like tape or sheets. But of course curiosity got the better of me and I wanted to know: can I glitter up stamped images? Turns out: you can!
The colors for this card were taken from the MTDS Stamp Store November challenge and I was so giddy that I had glitters in the right colors. I think so far I like the green best – such a happy bright color.
But back to my card: as you can see, I stamped the images in Versamark, but since the ink is not strong enough to to hold the glitter, I poured Judikins Sticky Stuff embossing powder on it and heat set it. After hearing it up (only to the point where it becomes glossy!) it’s like a strong glue. Then you can quickly pour the Microfine Glitter on it.
The sticky stuff doesn’t stay sticky forever, so you want to hurry up a bit for this part. Then press the glitter firmly into the stamped image to me it bond with the glue. Shake off the rest of the glitter, and then press down again a few times and lastly rub over the glitter to make it shine.
As you can see, after the procedure the little hearts in the Wplus9 Heartfelt Holidays stamps are very crisp, the lines of the stamped images are clearly defined and the entire image is solidly coated in glitter. It might take you a few attempts to figure out how to do it best – I had some issues in the beginning because my Versamark ink pad isn’t very juicy anymore and that meant I didn’t have great coverage of the stamped images. But when it works, it looks breathtaking!
Why use Elizabeth Craft Glitter for this and not Ranger Distress Glitter or other brands? You can try, of course. For me personally, the EC glitter stands head and shoulders above the rest because it’s “microfine”. It’s so tiny that it’s grabbed by the glue or adhesive sheets (if you want to use it on that) completely, whereas more “coarse” glitters like the Ranger Distress Glitter are not entirely attached and rub off easily. The EC glitter sticks – and doesn’t come off. So even though it might be a little bit more expensive, the quality you get is well worth the investment (and it lasts forever).
Now, if you do not have the Sticky Stuff embossing powder, don’t despair. I was actually also thinking about just using the die cuts without stamping. In that case, you can grab a piece of card stock, adhere onto a double sided adhesive sheet, then die cut it. Once you have your shape, remove the lining from the other sticky side of the adhesive and cover it with glitter. Works just as well 🙂
I hope you enjoyed the card and give this technique a try. The possibilities are virtually endless.