Monday, 17 November 2008

Fun with Glitter

Crikey, I had just re-discovered my inner Blogger, then I couldn't sign in! There was a time (1984) when I was ahead of the techno game - unfortunately technology is ahead of ME now and the distance is widening more and more ...

Moving on, what I am confident with is glitter! I love glitter, so thought I would show off this card that I made for my son. We like Scooby Doo. The base for this card is double sided adhesive paper (Jac), which is available here. Here is the easy method:
  1. Cut a piece of jac paper to the size of your choice and attach to the front of your card. You could even print onto the paper prior to cutting. Lay your card onto a piece of scrap paper (A4 printer paper is fine), folded in half ready to catch the glitter and return it to the pot.

  2. Using a very sharp knife, cut through the top layer of the jac paper (doesn't matter if you cut into the adhesive layer as long as you don't go through the card), following all the lines. On this card I did very thin outlines in black.

  3. Assess the glitter colours you will use and start with the darkest colour first. As you cannot avoid mixing glitters, the light ones won't show on the dark colours, but obviously the dark ones will!

  4. Carefully lift off the top layer of paper, exposing the sticky surface, from those areas you deem to be darkest. Now pour your glitter over the exposed parts and then gently tip your card so all the adhesive is covered and your glitter falls onto the scrap paper. Be generous with your glitter, after all, it is all going back into the pot anyway! Give the card a good flick with your fingers to remove all loose glitter. It is then easy enough to pour the glitter back into the pot (you may need to use your 'Spirit Fingers' to ensure all glitter is safely returned. Any that is left over, I just flick into the bin. A pot of glitter can last years - it goes an awful long way!

  5. Carry on in this manner using your glitters from darkest to lightest until all areas are filled.

It is as easy as that! Your card will be awesome and shiny and you will then be able to go on to a nightclub as you are covered in glitter dust!

I also use glitter in my scrapbooking. I feel as long as all the loose particles are flicked off (as much as possible, anyway) then there is no harm. The jac paper is neutral, too. For glittery letters, simply use your die cutting machine (I have used Sizzix, Cuttlebug and Quickcutz dies with great success).

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