Glitter - what is it and where to use it

Today I have prepared for an interesting review about a shimmering and sparkling helper - glitter. In this article I will tell you what types of glitter are and how to use it.

Glitter - small particles of paper, film, glass or plastic painted in different colors. With it, you can add sparkle to your work. Glitter can be dry, mixed with glue, mixed with embossing powder or micro-glitter.

Dry glitter is subdivided into regular (large glitter), extra fine (very fine glitter) and with holographic particles. I prefer to buy glitter in bulk for my crafts.

Micro-glitter (extra fine) is produced by many companies in the scrap industry and everyone comes up with their own name. In order to make it easier for you to find it in scrap stores, I decided to write under what names large manufacturing companies produce it: Stampendous - micro glitter, Prima - Art Sugar (sugar glitter), Ranger - Stickles Dry Glitter, American Crafts - “Wow! Extra Fine Glitter ”, Inkadinkado -“ Glitter Powder ”. The budget option is sold in the "Body Gloss" cosmetics department.

Glitter glue - glitter is mixed with glue and poured into small jars with a dispensing spout. How to use: squeeze out the glitter glue in the middle of the element and spread with a brush or finger over the entire surface. When using glitter glue, the surface becomes smooth with a shimmer.

Tim Holtz together with Ranger have released a line of glitters: Distress Glitter - regular with larger particles, very fine Stickles Dry Fine Glitter and Stickles glitter glue. The photo shows how they differ.

I use American Crafts "Wow!" very fine glitter (Extra Fine) and glitter with holographic particles (it can be used in shakers). It is a pleasure to work with the glitter of this company, the jar has holes on the lid through which the glitter is poured to work. If you need to pour back the glitter, the cap can be easily removed.

Now let's try to work with dry glitter

When working with dry glitter, you will need glue. First, we spread the surface with glue, and sprinkle with glitter on top, then shake off the remnants of the glitter back into the jar and the shimmering element is ready! When using dry glitter, the surface has volume and texture. To fix dry glitter and prevent further shedding, it is advisable to cover the surface with a transparent varnish at the end of the work, you can use a transparent varnish for decoupage. Dry glitter can be added to embossing powder or textured paste, but more on that later.

Icicles with Distress Glitter and Glossy Accents

  • We take a transparent film and draw icicles by hand with Glossy Accents glue.
  • If there is a stamp "icicles", then we put an impression with a stamp using archival ink Archival Ink or StazOn
  • Fill the entire drawing / print with glossy accent
  • Sprinkle with dry glitter
  • Shake the excess glitter back into the jar
  • Let the glue dry
  • The icicles are ready, it remains to remove them from the film and glue them to work.

Embossing and glitter

As part of this topic, I want to show you three options for working with glitter using the embossing technique. Let's start with a bad experience - you shouldn't immediately cover the craft chipboard with transparent powder and then with glitter. In some places, the chipboard is not completely covered and this is very visible on the craft chipboard. I tried several times to warm up the powder and sprinkle it with glitter, and still remained unhappy with the result. The result is in the photo below.

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