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Incorporate Glitter Into Your Crafts

By: Maria Nerius

Glitter is a great way to add some extra sparkle and pizzazz to any paper art project from a scrapbook page to a greeting card to a collage. However, glitter can be a little intimidating and if you aren’t careful you will have glitter from head to toe and in every room in the house!


Glitter

  • Work with clean hands and use an anti-static bag or dryer sheet. Lightly dab or rub anti-static bag or dryer sheet over your surface to prevent glitter scattering due to static electricity.
     
  • It is best to work with ultra fine glitters for the most beautiful results. Plus the ultra fine glitter is a little softer than the chunkier glitters.
     
  • Adhere glitter with glitter glue or a thin-bodied paper glue. Don’t over glue or your glitter will lose some luster. You want the glitter to float on top of the glue, not sink into it. Don’t delay in apply glitter to glue, you want the glue as wet and shiny as possible for best overall adhesion.
     
  • Work in an area with no drafts or breezes to carry the glitter in the air. Place surface or item to be glittered into a paper plate or other container. Tap glitter onto the glue as close to the glue as possible to again avoid getting the glitter everywhere. Tap off excess glitter and immediately pour glitter back into its original container. Let glittered surface set until dry. Again, tap off any remaining excess.

Tips

  • Glitter can be applied to paper, vellum, transparencies, wood, fabric, metal, glass, and plastics.
     
  • Add a dot of glitter to accents on a page or card. For example: the antenna of a butterfly, as a drop of water on a rose petal, or the tip of an alphabet letter.
     
  • A less messy form of glitter is glitter glue. You can write, draw and accent with this fine tip glitter in a bottle. The adhesive used in glitter glues usually dries clear.
     
  • Add ultra fine glitter to your watercolors, embossing powders, and chalks.
     
  • Write out a message with glitter. Use a fine tip on the glue bottle for fine lines. You can also accent titles and large text words with super thin lines of glitter.
     
  • Glitter is perfect for accenting snow, rain, water, and fog. Glitter can be mixed with clays for fabulous results.
     
  • Use old spice jars with the sprinkle tops for big glitter jobs. You can also use a drinking straw to sprinkle glitter onto surfaces. Just place your finger over the top of the straw (after filling with glitter) and remove to get the glitter flowing.
     
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