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General Techniques

A little "mini-class" regarding our Velvet Glitters.

What makes them so different from our sparkly Ultrafine Glitters?

(Adapted from our Winter 2014 Bingo Game)

Mountain Mint Velvet Glitter

Velvet Glitters are part of a class of glitters known as "microfine". The particles are tee-tiny. The result is that they have amazing sparkle and feel velvety soft to the touch. Their size allows them to be used in different ways from conventional glitters.

If the proper adhesives are used, the glitters never come off. These glitters also enjoy being "colored on" with assorted products:

Barbara Paints with Water Color PencilsBarbara paints with Water Color Pencils above.

  1. Alcohol Markers
  2. Copic Markers (solvent-based markers)
  3. Tombow Markers (and regular water-based markers)
  4. Watercolors, including pencils, tubes and crayons
  5. Applications of alcohol inks with traditional applicators
  6. If opaque mediums are used, the sparkle under the inks will not show.

Our T&T pages have examples for each of these techniques.

We've made Marie's Card extra large so that you can see the glittered areas. Details for her card are here.

Cut it to size and use it, to stay in the 1/4" max thickness and be able to use up your brands and ribbons, protecting your card.

Even bold images work great when stamped directly on top of properly adhered velvet glitters.

Because any regular and "alcohol" markers can be used on them, we can change their colors, or "antique" around their edges to produce interesting shading and combinations. Most inks work on Velvet Glitters, and even watercolor mediums (re-inkers, tubes, crayons, pencils). As long as your coloring medium is transparent or translucent, the sparkle will shine through. If the coloring medium is opaque (cannot be seen through), then the sparkle under the color will not show.

Click on Marie's photo to enlarge and see details. Directions are here.

You may want to click on the above photo to see the details. The 3 little bunnies are made on sticker paper. Cut a small size of sticker paper. Remove the protective layer. Apply Cloud Nine velvet glitter and burnish into the sticky part. Brush off excess into coffee filter. The bunnies were stamped with VersaMark and stamped directly to the Cloud Nine glitter. Teddy Brown EP was added to the VersaMark and heat set. Then the bunnies were colored in. It is EXTREMELY EASY to shade colors on top of Cloud Nine velvet glitter. The same technique was used on the big bunny on the card front. 

Combining techniques (like masking and using alcohol inks on Cloud Nine glitter) produces dazzling results!

Both of Marie's cards feature glittered, horizontal "panels" with white glitter. Both panels use the Masking Technique. Not your usual mask. These masks were made from the protective layer from sticker paper and Tear-ific Tape. This allows you to use your edge/border punches (or die cuts) to create beautiful, glittery panels. It is not a messy technique as long as coffee filters are used.

Another fun technique is to use "outline" style stickers. Prepare your Glitter base, then firmly press the sticker in place. The following card shows stickers which have been colored in with watercolor crayons and a Dove Blender Pen. Even the edges of the white glitter panel have been colored with watercolor crayons.

Card Directions here.

TIP: try not to scrub your images while coloring. Over saturating the glitter with water or alcohol markers might cause problems with the adhesive holding the glitter in place.

We hope this overview affords a sampling of what can be done with these fun glitters!

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Margaret Myers

Sparkle N Sprinkle

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