Thursday, December 3, 2009

Technique Thursday - Glitter!

Another one of my favorite (and easy) techniques is to use glitter to emphasis patterns on paper. I used a glue pen to trace the snowflake pattern, sprinkled some glitter.... super easy! On this mitten ornament in addition to tracing the snowflakes I also added lines of glitter to the cuff of the mitten. If there isn't a pattern on the paper, you can always create your own. I then attached the papers to the chipboard mitten found in the December kit. Repunch the hole using a paper punch or Cropodile and you are ready to hang this on your tree.

Tips when using Glitter:
  • When using a glue pen, do a small area at a time, so the glue doesn't dry out too quickly.

  • You can also use a glue pen to apply glitter to flowers, stickers or anything else needing a little sparkle.

  • When doing a large area such as a chipboard piece, I often use Modge Podge. You can also rub a glue pad over the surface or use a spray adhesive or other liquid glue.

  • Use a tray or small, flexible paper plate, so that you can easily put it back into the bottle.

  • There are different sizes of glitter - the glitter I used was very fine. If you have a chunky glitter, you would want to use on a much larger, less detailed project.

  • Baby wipes are a great way to clean the tray or help to get the glitter off your hands. They also help with static cling.

  • Use a small paint brush, Q tip or eyeshadow applicator to brush away excess glitter.

  • Be prepared - you will probably be a little shimmery for awhile! Whenever I go to a crop on Saturday, I always seem to be a little sparkly at church on Sunday :-)

  • If anyone else has any other tips feel free to share!

A couple other non glitter related tips on this project. I used the left over foam dots packaging to add dimension to my cuff. Never throw it away - it is great to use on larger pieces of paper for dimension. I used a border punch for the cuff, but you could easily draw a scalloped cuff and cut out with scissors.


That Scrappy GIrl said...
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That Scrappy Girl said...

Great post Jen! I need to get my glitter out. And I've seen Jen glitter, she does get it everywhere, but she looks so colorful in it! Ha! xoxo