Monday, March 8, 2010

Glitter Puzzle Hammock by Emily Montenaro

I am excited to have been asked to be an Art Glitter guest designer for March-May! For my first project, I thought it would be fun to make a sparkling sunset scene, so I chose several colors of Art Glitter Ultrafine Transparent glitter and some relaxing images from A Muse, then set to work on a glitter puzzle design!

This is a fun and easy glitter technique that I learned from this tutorial on

To make my version, the basic instructions are the same. Run a piece of white cardstock through a Xyron machine. Remove the clear plastic, then use a craft knife to cut lines into the coated backing sheet. Peel away one of the backing sheet sections and add glitter. Since the rest of the backing sheet is still in place, it acts as a mask! Tap off excess glitter, then peel away the next section and change glitter colors. Then repeat one section at a time until you have covered the layer completely in glitter! Adhere that layer to your card base. Then stamp desired images on a transparency sheet and attach to the glitter layer and card base using ribbon, brads, or eyelets. With this technique, you get amazing sparkle and color with stunning results very quickly! Love it!

Art Glitter Ultrafine Transparent Glitter in Lemone’, Orange Crush, Pink Smoothie, Tropical Rain, and Fauna
Art Glitter Transparency Sheet
Rubber Stamps: Hammock and Life’s a Breeze by A Muse Artstamps
Polka Dot sheer ribbon in White by A Muse Artstamps
4-bar notecard in Slate by A Muse Artstamps
White cardstock
Black stamp ink suitable for transparencies
Craft Knife
Xyron with permanent adhesive cartridge


Sizzle Sun by Emily M. Miller

Thank you Emily! This looked so fun I had to try it out immediately! Way easy, way fun. Then I started thinking and wondered if it could be done with our Sticky Paper? My first attempt was terrible, no matter how little pressure I used, my craft knife cut clear through. So I gave up for a second and then realized what I was missing was the cardstock. So I glued my sticky paper (the white paper side) to a scrap piece of cardstock and tried again, worked like a charm!

It was slightly more difficult than using the Xyron Machine, the backing doesn't come off as easily. You have to use the tip of your craft knife to lift it up. But same results. And I've never been very skilled at getting a good stamped image and the inside of my sun's glasses didn't turn out so great. So I filled them in with our Microfine #507 Black Wing. I LOVE the Microfine! I also used #500 Ruby Red for the lips. I didn't have an appropriate stamp sentiment so I just drew 'Sizzle!" with the Designer Dries Clear and covered with Ruby Red. And the brads, they were a color that didn't match so...Ruby Red again!

If you click on my photo to see it larger you'll notice that there is a small amount of red glitter on top of the black sun glasses. That's what we call 'polluting' the glitter. When I glittered the lips the glasses hadn't dried much (well, not at all!) and a little of the red stayed. It's more common with the Microfine colors than the Ultrafine so you need to let them dry some. And the Opaque colors will always pollute the Transparent, so make sure you use Opaque first and let them dry before using Transparent. I like it anyway, you almost can't go wrong, after all it is GLITTER!

Thank you again Emily! And thank you for indulging me!

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