Saturday, January 1, 2011

Glitter is Glam

How about starting the new year with a new technique?

I really wanted to take part in the Moxie Fab World Challenge: Glitter is Glam where the challenge is to use glitter in a new and innovative way. Here's what I came up with......... "Embossed Glitter"
I'll show you how.

Gather some supplies. A sheet of patterned paper, an embossing folder, glitter and glue is all you need really. The stamps are for decorating later.

Use a drop sheet (I use some scrap paper) underneath you at all times for this messy technique!
Shake glitter all over your open embossing folder so it fills all the imprinted design. 

You want to brush away as much of the excess glitter as possible so that it's only in the 'holes'. I tried a paint brush but that wasn't working so well. I found an old credit card to scrape off the extra was the best solution. But it won't be perfect and I've learnt to live with that :-)

Put your patterned paper on a flat surface and cover every inch of it with glue. To get an even coverage I found a glue stick worked the best.

Then put the paper (glue side down) on top of the glitter in the embossing folder and run it through your machine as normal. Mine made this awesome crunching sound as all the glitter was embossed onto my paper!

Quickly peel away your sticky glittery paper and put it down somewhere to dry. While you're waiting, go and wash your sticky glittery embossing folder :-)

Now create!

It's hard to capture the intense glittery-ness of this card in a photo, but it sure was 'Fun Times' putting this together :-)

I used a very fine pink Martha Stewart glitter in the first card, and then I tried it with a coarser glass glitter for this card. 

The end result seems very similar, but I did find it was harder to scrape off the extra glitter in my embossing folder whilst keeping it confined to the imprinted design. It still does make me Smile though :-)

Anyway there you go. Hopefully giving you some good ideas - now go forth and experiment!


  1. You know I'm particular to glitter...and this is indeed Moxie Fab!!! :D
    Great tutorial!!!

  2. Fabulous idea, Natalie, with truly fabulous results! Wonderful tutorial! Good luck.

  3. What a cool idea! Did your embossing folder clean up well? I totally want to try this. Thanks for the tutorial!

  4. Looks awesome Natalie. What a great idea.

  5. LOVE this idea!!! I will try it one day for sure!!!

  6. Hey Natalie! Thanks for entering the Glitter is Glam challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you played along! :)

  7. Wow, love the glittery goodness on the embossed folders~~super idea ~ your cards came out beautifully, Natalie!


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