All that Glitters
Show of hands: Who out there loves Stampin’ Up! Dazzling Diamonds Glitter? And who does not especially love glitter? (You don’t really have to raise your hand. I can’t see it anyway.)
I am a glitter lover. My husband is not. Fortunately for me, Miss Amelia loves glitter even more than I do, so when she’s here Mike is outnumbered. We have a great time playing with glitter. I learned how much she loved glitter when she was about one year old. I keep my glitter in little containers with screw-top lids, and at that point in her childhood, she didn’t know how to open them. But there was one container of gold glitter that came with a kit and it was in a zip-lock baggie. I did not realize the girl knew how to open zip-lock bags. Even after vacuuming and cleaning the carpets (several times) we still have glitter in the basement, which is now Mike’s exercise area. Whenever he works out, he comes back upstairs with a little tiny bit of glitter on his face. (That may be why he doesn’t appreciate it as he should.)
Anyway – I have a few tips for glittering a project that won’t shower the recipient with the glitter. I made a quick video showing some of the glitter techniques. Of course, this is absolutely not all-inclusive! But I can honestly say that none of the glitter has come off of any of these projects.
Here’s one of the cards using my “embossing powder/glitter” mix and the Stampin’ Up! Bloom by Bloom Stamp Set from the Occasions Catalog.
I stamped the darker part of the flower (the smaller stamp) on Whisper White Cardstock in Gorgeous Grape Classic Ink. Then I stamped the larger part in Highland Heather. The stem/leaf is stamped in Granny Apple Green. Note: You may like stamping the larger image first, and that’s fine. It’s easier for me to line up a lighter color over the darker, but that’s just me.
Next, I used my Stamparatus to stamp the lines of dots. I positioned my stamp, stamped in Granny Apple Green, then moved the plate down one hinge and inked and stamped again.
I cleaned the stamp but left it on the plate while I stamped the sentiment (from the Love What You Do Stamp Set in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog) in Gorgeous Grape. Note: You may be asking, “Why didn’t you just ink the dots with Versamark and emboss them before you stamped the sentiment since you were already there?” Excellent question! Answer – I knew parts of the “k” and the “y” were going to be in the “dot area” a little, and I didn’t want to stamp over the embossing powder/glitter. The ink on the embossing wouldn’t have dried, and I would have had smudges on the front of the card.
After switching the plates back, I stamped the dots in Versamark (and if you watch the video, you’ll see I’m using a brand new Versamark Pad. Ah…happiness!), then sprinkled a mixture of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter and Clear Embossing Powder over the images. I shook off the excess powder/glitter, then heat embossed.
I added a few Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins from the Gingham Gala Suite in the Occasions Catalog, then adhered the Whisper White layer to a Highland Heather note card base (5″ x 7″, folded in half to create a 3-1/2″ x 5″ card.)
The other card I showed is a swap, so I’ll blog it in a few days after the other members of the swap group have received theirs.
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!