Each month I choose a Stampin' Up! product as my Feature Product. For the month of August I am featuring Glitter! All glitter is on special this month when purchased through me. My Technique Tuesday feature during the month of August will feature ideas for using glitter. As well, throughout the month of August, you can expect to see lots of projects on my blog featuring Glitter, and I will be demonstrating with glitter during all my August workshops.
Here is the special for August:
- 10% off Glitter through til August 30th
- My August hostesses will receive 20% Off!
If you wish to place an order, you may contact me via email. I accept all major credit cards. Canadian orders only please. Sorry, them's the rules!
Technique Tuesday: Colouring with Glitter
You know I have really found myself trying a lot of different things for my Technique Tuesday. Not everything is an original idea, but often something I haven't tried before. Today was just that...creating a tutorial for something I was trying myself for the first time. I'll share a few tips based on my trials!
To colour your image with glitter you will need:
- Glitter - I'm using the Cosmos fine glitter
- Crystal Effects
- Cheap paint brushes...tapered work best
- Stamps (I'm working with Doodle This)
- Embossing powder
I also used a stylus to get into the little nooks and crannies that a paintbrush couldn't.
Stamp and emboss your image. I embossed because it helps you stay "in the lines", and the lines are more pronounced.
Plan your colouring. You will do one colour at a time, so you want to make sure you colour all the areas with that colour before starting another.
Puddle some Crystal Effects on a non porous surface. I used a scrap of acetate, which you can barely see here. You could use an old CD or a Pringles lid as I often do.
Dip your brush in the Crystal Effects and paint the area you want in one of your glitter colours.
Crystal Effects dries very quickly when only a thin layer is painted on, so work quickly.
Don't paint too much...better to do one area then add the glitter, and go back and paint the CE on the next area.
Note: I did try just using the tip to squeeze out the Crystal Effects and spread it around. However I found the drying time increased significantly since so much more was pooled into the area. If I moved on to the next colour before the CE had dried...and with the glitter on, it was really hard to tell...the 2nd colour got mixed into the first. You would have to be very patient to allow drying times in between colours, although I felt I had better control over the spreading of the glue.
Pour your glitter colour over the image.
Tap off excess and pour back into container.
When you are done, you can begin painting the next area with CE and move on to your next colour.
With this image, I found I could only do one petal at a time without the CE drying.
Here is the finished card! I could not get a picture to show of the incredible sparkle and glimmer of this image. I took about 30 shots in various different lighting and this was about the best.
I felt the Cosmos glitter colours closely matched Taken with Teal, Purely Pomegranate and Certainly Celery, so that's how I chose the colours.
I originally had the image layered on the Certainly Celery and Purely Pomegranate, but decided (after adhering it) that it was off balance and had too much white on the left. So I lopped of a 1/2", and added a border of Purely Pomegranate studded with green square rhinestone brads. The focal image is popped up on dimensionals.
OK...now what other sentiment do you add to a card this glittery...except "Sparkle" from Warm Words. I punched it out with the large oval punch and layered it on a Purely Pomegranate scalloped circle with a Certainly Celery centre. I added some Crystal Stickles and some green gems to finish.
Request for Feedback
OK...I'm running out of ideas for products to showcase for my Technique Tuesday feature. Tell me what else you would like to see! I originally started Technique Tuesdays as follow up's to my workshops, where you might only get to see a product used in one way, or on one project. Technique Tuesdays were intended to share the versatility of a product. Also, I have for the most part featured Stampin' UP! products...should I expand beyond that? You let me know your thoughts. You can email me or leave a comment. I really look forward to hearing from you!
Happy Tuesday! Thanks so much for dropping by...I always love it when you do!