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December Glitter Tutorial 12/03/2008

by Nicole Harper

Observation #1: people fear glitter.
Observation #2: people think glitter is hard to use.
Observation #3: people think glitter is messy.

So let’s eliminate all of these worries, ok?

One of the best ways to use glitter that is WAY easier than you may think is with stamps...and once you get started, you just may never stop, so consider yourself warned.

First, a few tools to start with:
-Tsukineko Glue Pad
-Ranger Glossy Accents
-Glue Dots on a roll
-your favorite stamping ink
-your favorite stamps
-GLITTER!

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(if you have one of those static cling bags to use with embossing powder, this is an awesome tool to have handy as well.)

When you first open your glue pad, it will be completely dry. Grab the little bottle of glue that comes with it and squirt some onto the pad.

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After I get some on there, I use the tip of the glue bottle to spread it around so it soaks in.

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(if you have the anti-cling baggie I mentioned above, dab it on the area you will be stamping now)

Apply the glue to the stamps by stamping the glue pad onto your stamps...it will look like this after you do:

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Stamp on cardstock, and it will look like this:

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Start sprinkling your glitter on...I like to pile it on there!

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I like to take a scrap piece of cardstock and press the glitter into the glue when I use this pad.

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Hold your cardstock up and shake off the excess glitter onto a piece of paper that has been folded...this comes in handy later.

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Now, if you used the anti-static bag, your project won’t look like this next picture...I still need to get one, so mine looks like this:

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I just wait until the glue has time to dry (it’s actually very quick), and then take a small paint brush from my stash to carefully remove the stray flecks of glitter from around where I stamped. When I’m done, it looks like this:

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Perfecto!!

Next, let’s play with Glossy Accents!!

After stamping your image with your favorite ink and waiting for it to dry, carefully apply the Glossy Accents within the stamped image. It will be ‘raised’...that’s what we want. It will look like this when you’ve applied it:

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Sprinkle your glitter on with a heavy hand…really pile it on there.

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When you shake off the excess, this is what it looks like...a nice ‘raised’ glitter image.

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An easy way to create a fun border is to use a strip of Glue Dots right off the roll. Just tear off however many you need, and apply them to the cardstock while they’re still attached to the paper they come on...this will keep them spaced evenly and allow you to place them in a straight line.

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Carefully remove the paper backing and sprinkle your heart out. It will look like example #3 in the picture below. #1 is with Glossy Accents, #2 with the Glue Pad and #3 is the Glue Dots.

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When you’re done, you’re left with a nice little pile of glitter on the paper you’ve been working over. The fold will help you ‘funnel’ the glitter back into the tube...it really is easy!

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One of the best advantages to glitter is how far it will go...you’ll be amazed at how little it takes to make an impact on your projects! And once you get the hang of it, you’ll be a glittering fool like the rest of us, lol.

So what are you waiting for??
GET GLITTERING!!