On many an occasion been called the”glamour queen. I just love adding sparkle to just about every project that is possible. Include a glimmer to an ordinary project and it will exude some personality.
A myriad of colors of glitter exist that you will never get them all! Start with the ones you truly love, and then you can add others as you find them along your trip. The array of options will surprise you and provide new options to your project:
Most companies that sell loose glitter come with the color chart and size chart, so you can select the right glitter for your needs. You can purchase loose glitter in small sets or in sets of containers; the latter is the more affordable.
What Are the Different Types of Glitter?
Ultra-fine: The sparkle will be floating in the air when your throw it. It is similar to fairy dust. There is an opalescent ultra fine that is nearly invisible until it strikes the light. Crystalina ultra fine is an opaque glitter that has a different way of reflecting color. way. You must be up close and personal to experience the glitter. This is the type of glitter you can use on your nails therefore you’ll be able to find it virtually everywhere
Extra Fine: It is available in a wide spectrum of colors, and provides an excellent coverage. It has a gorgeous, delicate sparkle. It may have the same sparkle and coverage, however it’s sold at a lower price than the ultra-fine glitter.
Fine: Most likely the most popular of the glitters. It covers well, has plenty of shine and is very affordable. It’s easier to clean up than the fine and ultra-fine glitters. But it’s less glitz that the ultra-fine or fine.
Medium The glitter is designed to be seen from a further distance. It’s available in a restricted variety of colors, but the price on this glitter is quite reasonable.
Large glitters: Large glitters aren’t usually used in paper-based applications. It’s typically used on floats than on pages.
Different 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 which has a clear drying process will work. There’s also a glitter glue spray. Whatever you use, remember to use spray glues in a well-ventilated space.
White Glue or Mod Podge: most common glue used for glittering
Double-Sided Tape Available in various sizes
Use a large sheet of scrap paper in the area below your project, where you will be using loose glitter. In this way, you’ll be in a position to make a collection of any glitter left. You can create a funnel that will get all the glitter out of the container.
Make Your Own Glitter Ribbons
It is so easy to make your own sparkling ribbons to put on your greeting cards as well as scrapbook pages and tags.
What You’ll Be Needing
Double-Sided Tape You can use them in the width of your choice.
Very Fine Glitter: Any color will be able to do.
Tape strips of double-sided tape onto the card stock to the length of your preference.
Peel and peel back the entire top strip of double-sided tape.
Apply the wholesale glitter completely over the tape.
Make (burnish) to melt the sparkle into the tape.
Brush any loose particles of glitter from on the tape (tape).
Cut the ribbon strips.
Applying Glitter by using Double-Sided tape
Score tape or any other double-sided tape is the best method to add a line of glitter to your scrapbook page or a greeting card.
Lay a large piece of paper scraps on your work space.
Place your project on the scrap paper.
Spread the double-sided adhesive, removing the one side and putting it over the area you wish to sparkle.
Remove the other side of the tape.
Apply the glitter in very fine granules over the tape.
Use tape or a brush to sweep the excess glitter away.
Fold the scrap of paper over the taped areas and rub it into the tape by rubbing your fingers.
Get a bone cutter and then burnish it a bit more.
Applying Glue Using Glitter
Applying glitter on top of glue is among the favorite techniques of crafters who work with paper. Here are some suggestions to ensure you get the most effective results:
Adhere glitter with glitter glue. You can also use thin-bodied glue. Be careful not to over glue, or your glitter will lose some luster. The goal is for the glitter to appear to float on top glue rather than sink into it. Do not put off applying the glitter on glue.
The glue should be as shiny and wet as is possible for the best overall adhesion.
Tap glitter onto the glue as close to the glue as possible to again avoid getting the glitter everywhere. Remove any excess glitter and then immediately put the glitter back in the container it came from. The glittered surface will set up until it is dry. Tap off any remaining excess.
Add Glitter to a die cut piece
We all love to add glitter to our cut-out pieces However, the glitter will disappear. Here is an easy way to add glitter permanently to a die-cut piece.
What You’ll Be Needing
Die Cut Pieces
Versamark Ink or Emnossing Ink
Ultrafine Clear Embossing Powder
Place your craft mat on the work surface
Cut any die-cuts you’d like to make
Cover the cut area with the Versamark Ink, or another embossing marker
Then cover the die with crystal clear embossing paste
Start heating the die with the heat gun.
While the glitter is still hot, sprinkle the fine glitter on the top. As the embossing powder cools, the glitter will stay there,
Once cool, I reheated it with my heat gun. This allows the glitter to stick more. It is possible to do this for any type of sparkle!
Utilize the tweezers to secure the die cut while using the heat gun.
Warm the heat gun for 10 or 15 seconds before applying it to the die
Stamp With Glitter
Do you want to have a bit of fun using the stamps you make with acrylic? Here’s a creative technique which adds bling to your paper crafting
What You’ll Have to
Stamps made of acrylic
Place the acrylic stamp on a block.
Rather than using ink, instead, use glue instead.
Stamp the paper with the stamp.
Sprinkle the image with glitter. Be sure to completely cover the stamped image.
Let the image dry.
Take note of washing the stamp immediately in warm water to ensure that the glue does not get dry around the stamp.
Sealing Your Glitter Projects
After you have applied your glitter, you will see some scattered glitter on your project. The process of sealing your glitter makes it last forever. It is easy to do and you’ll be happy with the results.
You can try using a small decoupage medium or a little white glue mixed with a tiny amount of water. Avoid any “matte ” mediums as it can dull the glitter. Make sure to use a glossy or satin medium. Two coats of paint will create an impervious seal.
Make a Mouse Pad with Glitter
You can make a stunning mouse pad for your desk with some basic tools that you may are already using in your work space.
A mousepad, reuse what you have
Cardstock, 80 lb. or higher
Painter’s tape or any other low-tack tape
Mod Podge, or another decoupage medium
Foam Brush and any soft brushes
Mark the outline of your mousepad using a pencil the cardstock.
Add some Mod Podge in a disposable cup or cupcake liner.
With the foam brush apply a liberal size of Mod Padge on the opposite side of the paper in an uniform coat.
The top and bottom parts of the paper.
Cover all over the surface of your document using the brayer to remove any wrinkles or air pockets out.
Painter’s tape can be used on the paper to create an image.
Mix some Mod Podge with the glitter color.
Paint the Mod Podge/glitter mix on top of the design.
You can paint part of your design If you want.
Dry one hue prior to starting working on the next color.
After the project has dried you can apply a second coat Mod Podge to finish the project.
What is Distress Glitter?
Distress glitter is a little different than regular glitter. It’s got a more vintage look and is produced through Tim Holtz/Ranger. The line corresponds to the colors of the stain paints, and inks. It is considered a coarse glitter that really will reflect light. As of now, it comes in 24 colors.
The great aspect of these glitters is you can apply ink over the glitter!
It’s great on every type of paper, which includes watercolor paper. It’s especially effective on dark colored papers.
It can be used on packaging plastic. The light will shine through the glitter and the plastic.
You can use Mod Podge, Glossy Accents, or any liquid glue that you prefer. If you decide to ink the design before applying the glitter it will be able to react with ink and intensify the color of the ink!
More Distress Glitter and Tips for Distress
Utilize a cupcake liner, or a coffee filter underneath your project to save the extra product.
Apply a generous coat of the glue.
Make use of tweezers for picking up the item and transfer it to a drying location If it’s not big.
If you use the same ink for pre ink your project prior to glittering it, you will see more vivid colors and shine.
It is best to use a dry adhesive to make this product, rather than sheets of adhesive. The glitter will attach better and reflect light.
You can allow your glittered creation to dry in the air or use a heat tool for drying it.
Stenciling with Glitter
It’s easy to create a stunning stencil with very fine glitter and a double-sided adhesive page.
What You’ll Be Needing
A double-sided strip of tape. Stick It is my personal choice
Very Fine glitter: The purer the more refined, the better.
A few painters tapes or washi tape
A stencil A pattern stencil is the best choice.
A soft brush
Put the paper with adhesive on either a craft mat or a large sheet of card stock
Remove the top of the doubled-sided sheet
Place the stencil directly on the sheet. It can be secured with some low tack tape so that it isn’t shifted
Use a lot of glitter over the stencil.
Make sure to scrub the excess away
Burnish ( use your fingers to rub ) onto the sparkle with your finger or with a bone folder
Use a soft brush to scrape any excess
Place any remaining glitter to your container
Remove the stencil using dish soap and water.
Now you can apply the stenciled design onto a piece of cardstock to make an attractive greeting card. It is also possible to make it strips for cards or scrapbook layout.
What Are Glitter Glues?
Glitter Glue has become extremely popular among paper crafters. It is available in bottles and pens. One of the most known and most popular glitter glues are the Stickles manufactured by Ranger. Their line is comprised of 48 colors that come in an easy to use bottle that features a fine tip. It is available in quite a variety of finishes, ranging from fine to big. Best of all, it dries flat, and there’s virtually no flaking. You should be cautious when using it, as if you apply it too heavily it could take quite a while to dry.
Another glitter glue that is popular is called Neuvo Drops. These are produced by Tonic Studios and also come in a variety of beautiful shades.
Another product in this line called Glitter Glaze. It comes with an applicator like nail polish. It’s acid-free, and archival. It also dries quickly.
Elmer’s also makes a glitter glue. It’s used to make glitter slime. However, it can also be used for paper crafts. It is available in bottles as well as pen.
Crayola makes a line of glitter pens as well!
What can you do with Glitter Glue
Highlight and outline letters on a stamped image.
Embellish scrapbook elements
Design custom paper or backgrounds by incorporating dots or glitter glue to the pattern
On top of that, paint things like vases and boxes
Color a stamped butterfly using your sticks
Glitter Glue Tips
Before beginning with any glitter glue you can find in bottles, be sure to remove the cap from the bottle . You can then stir the glue using the tip of an old thin paintbrush. So, the glitter will be evenly distributed throughout the bottle.
Make sure to tighten the cap on the bottles of glitter glue. This will make them less prone to drying out.
Always store your glitter glue upside down. This way, the nozzle is less susceptible to getting blocked.
Keep a corsage clip or needle in your glitter glues to clean the area if required.
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