Dazzles with Colored Glitter


I have this and one more project with Dazzles to consider, and then I will be quite ready to move on.  Any suggestions about what you’d like to see next from the stash list?

This card involves using the Dazzles as a border to contain white glitter on double-sided adhesive, and then coloring in the results.  I’ve seen this technique used in one of the Online Card Classes, and also done by Julie Ebersole on her blog.  It works like this:

Apply an adhesive sheet to a layer of cardstock (or maybe use a Xyron if you have one big enough?), uncover it, and then lay an outline Dazzle carefully down on the adhesive sheet and press it down.




Adhesive to adhesive, this is a very tricky step.  You can see my first, failed attempt stuck to the scrap paper on the left there.  For this project you do want a nice, open outline dazzle with a lot of negative space to fill in. (But you might want to use one made with thicker lines than the one I used here — it was so delicate, it was really hard to manipulate.)  You can see how I did not get it quite right there at the bottom.

Once the Dazzle is down, cover the project surface liberally with a white or clear fine glitter.  Julie Ebersole recommends micro-fine.  What I had on hand was extra fine, so I used that.




Press the glitter down onto the card surface.  Then shake off the excess, and burnish the attached glitter into the card surface with your fingers, so that it clings firmly, the excess is rubbed off, and the glitter assumes an even, tightly packed surface.  It should look something like this:




Once it is all tightly burnished, you can color the glitter inside and around the sticker with alcohol markers.  The sticker, which resisted the glitter, will look rather like the leading in a stained-glass window, separating and containing the colored shapes.

This again is another tricky step — the glitter is a rough surface, not easy to color. You have to kind of dab at it gently with the brush tip of your marker, and build up color in small spots. Kind of a pointillist technique.  The markers I am using here are American Crafts Chromatix markers, but you can use any alcohol markers.




This is the finished project:




I’m not going to lie, this project was not easy, and I am not happy with the final result.  I had real trouble getting the sticker to cleanly attach to the adhesive surface, as you can see.  And in the end, my glitter did not burnish thickly and evenly to the adhesive cardstock.  There seemed to be a lot of empty, unglittered space on the panel.  Whether this was because my adhesive was not sticky enough, or because I did not use micro-fine glitter, I don’t know.  Maybe a combination.  I tried to supplement the glitter with a second layer, filling in gaps with liquid adhesive, Glossy Accents — but this gave the piece a bumpy appearance, which you can’t see too well in the pictures, but it’s there. Also, the coloring — it’s blotchy and just not good.  It looks better IRL than it does in the photo (honest!) but it’s still not great.

I have tried a variation of this “coloring glitter technique” before, in one of the Card Classes, and that also did not turn out too well.  Here it is on my other blog.  Here, I stamped on DCWV glitter cardstock with Staz-On ink, and colored with cheap alcohol marker (Bic Marks-It, I think.) The problem here is, the coloring came out very splotchy and uneven, not attractive.

So I have not had good success with this technique. In lieu of afflicting you with more of my botched efforts, let me refer you to Julie Ebersole’s much more effective and beautiful version, which she even has a video for — here.

Thanks for sticking with me through the failure! Hopefully our last Dazzles technique will be better.





3 responses »

  1. Hi Kirsten,

    oh my, Julie wrote it’s easy, but it sure doesn’t sound like it. I can even mess up simple washi tape, I dare not think what I would make of a technique like this… So don’t be disappointed, your flower turned out very pretty. No one knows it didn’t turn out exactly how you intended… It’s meant like this… 😉

    But as you’re asking opinions on what to use next, here’s my vote: Watercolor!

    It’s really hot right now, everyone is using watercolor, so there is plenty of inspiration all over the internet. And you would not have to stick to one product, you could use Twinklinge H2Os, Distress Inks and Markers, watercolor pencils and whatever else watercolor mediums you have.

    AND you could also use stamps and embossing powders for all kinds of resist and iron off techniques.


  2. I was thinking watercolors, too, Ela. Then I could be “on trend,” and not have to but any new stuff. I have Twinkling H2Os, pearlescent watercolors, regular dime store watercolors, watercolor pencils, Distress markers — I have plenty of watercolors.

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