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Saturday, August 25, 2012

good and stuck...

Hello my wonderful crafty friends!

Have you ever opened a card and found more glitter in the bottom of the envelope than is left on the card? Or how about those scrapbook pages that you look at later just to find a mess of glitter covering the inside of the sheet protector?

Yeah, I hate that!

For a long time that really turned me off to glitter. I hated the mess!

Well, today I want to share with you some tips on using Creative Inspiration's Resplendence glitter.

Here is my super (not so secret) tool...

 This, my friends is a heat activated sticky embossing powder. A mouthful to say, but a fabulous thing to have! This amazingly genius powder has been around for quite some time, but it doesn't seem to be widely known.  There are several companies that make similar powders, this is just the brand I found at a local big box store.

Allow me to give you a guided tour...

First of, we start like any other embossing powder... ink up your stamp with a clear embossing ink.

 Next you need to stamp your image... not too hard, right?

 Continuing in our typical embossing process, cover your image with heat activated sticky embossing powder.

 Gently tap (don't flick) off the excess powder and return it to the jar. No waste. 
If you need to, use a fine tipped paint brush to remove stray bits of powder. Perfect!

Now, here's where we jump off the normal train...
Gently heat the image from the UNDER side. Only heat until the powder is glossy. Don't over-heat, or it won't work.

 Covet the image with CI Resplendence.

Once again, give heat the UNDER side briefly to set.

 Once the paper has cooled, shake off the excess glitter. I like to shake it off into a coffee filter and return it to the jar from that. Seems to be less messy.

Use a stiff paintbrush or your finger to brush off more of the extra glitter.

You may find stray pieces of the Resplendence glitter are rather stubborn. If this is the case, you can use masking tape or a lint roller to clean up the image. This is how you know the sticky powder works. If you can roll a lint roller over the image and the glitter stays put, it won't be going anywhere soon!

Now you have a beautifully sparkly stamped image!

But Kassi, you may say, what if none of the Resplendence colors are right for my project? 
Never fear ye who are color OCD! I've got you covered! (after all, I'm a little OCD myself!)

May I introduce you to my personal favorite Resplendence color...

Angel Dust

This is a clear iridescent fine glitter. LOVE IT!

Now, you may be asking, how does that help me?

Allow me to explain...

Instead of using clear embossing powder to ink up your stamp, use a pigment ink in the color of your choice. It does need to be a PIGMENT ink as only  that kind will stay wet and sticky long enough to hold the powder.

Follow all the steps as before...

*sigh* Pretty, isn't it.

Here's another fabulous thing you can do with the pigment ink idea...
Try using more than one color of ink on the stamp!



jessica said...

What awesome ideas Kassi!! Great picture tutorials and beautifully stamped and embossed images!!

Michelle H. said...

Thanks for the awesome tips!!
Your card is so pretty!

Kianel said...

Wow Kassi!
I will definitely use that one! what a great idea!
Thank you so much!
Love, Kianel.

Cheryl Walker said...

Awesome Idea with the glitter, I really love that technique and will have to try it out! thank you!! Love your card too with the flower!!