by Dina Kowal
Stencil a glittered pattern onto cardstock or a colored image.
- Plastic stencil
- Paper for masking
- PVA glue, heavy gel medium, or another dimensional medium that dries clear
- Craft spatula or stiff, straight-edged card for scraping glue
- Glitter, microbeads, mica powders, etc.
- Craft knife
- Stamps and other embellishments as needed to complete the project
Step 1To make your own glittered cardstock, position a stencil over a cardstock panel and tape it in place.
Put PVA glue or other dimensional medium onto a flat palette. Using a plastic card or other straight-edged tool, scrape the glue through the stencil openings onto a cardstock panel in an even layer.
Step 2Lift the stencil carefully to reveal the pattern.
Sprinkle glitter over the glue and allow the panel to dry completely.
Step 3Use the finished panel to complete a project.
In the sample, the glittered cardstock is used as a background for a framed die cut scene (dies by Impression Obsession, stencil by the Crafter's Workshop).
Step 4To apply glitter to one area of a colored image, use a coordinating stencil or die cut (if available), or create a reverse or mortise mask by stamping the image on another piece of cardstock and cutting inside the outline with a craft knife.
Scrape glue through the opening, then remove the mask and apply glitter. Allow the panel to dry completely.
Step 5Use the finished panel to complete a project.
(stamp and stencil by Penny Black)
Step 6To add glitter to the background of a stamped scene, mask the image first.
Lay the stencil over the masked image. Scrape glue through the openings.
Step 7Remove the stencil and apply glitter. Allow the panel to dry completely.
If glue and glitter overlap the stamped lines, gently push them aside with a craft knife before the glue dries.
Step 8Use the finished panel to complete a project.
(stamp image by Artful Stamper, stencil by Tim Holtz)