Thursday, June 14, 2012

Distressing - Art Glitter style with Dreamweaver Stencils


Visit the Art Glitter blog and the Dream It Up! blog for fabulous inspiration from both talented design teams. We are encouraging all of you to play along with the challenge of creating with Dreamweaver Stencils and Art Glitter*, preferably using the Double-Glitter Technique. Just link your creation to the Mr. Linky on the Dream It Up! blog, or email pics to, for an opportunity to win one of four fabulous glitter and stencil prize packages. One winner will be chosen each week. (US and Canada only, please).

For more inspiration from the Dream Team, here's the blog list for this week:

*For the month of June Art Glitter is selling 1 oz jars of glitter for $5.98 (regular price $7.32)! Get the deets HERE!
 Supply List: 

100% Natural Soap (DHHS)
Dreamweaver Stencil LL587 Nest Flourish
Harlequin stamp (unknown)
Pumice Stone, Chipped Sapphire, Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain, Ranger Distress Inks
Ribbons, May Arts (my stash)

Well, to say I’ve been having fun with Art Glitter while on this design team is an understatement! I’m really enjoying the challenge of working this product into my style because my projects tend to be more organic and earth tone in color – not all shiny and bright! 

This month we’re cross-promoting with Dreamweaver Stencils so you’ll see some really cool glittered designs using Dreamweaver Stencils from the team. I selected my stencil designs and when they arrived I wondered what the heck I was going to do with them – that’s where the challenge comes in. Makes you think. 

Here’s what and I made and how to get this look using Art Glitter’s Double-Glitter Technique:

 Soap up the backside of Dreamweaver Stencil (LL587) and place it on a piece of Double-Sided Mounting Paper from Art Glitter (MPDS). The trick here is to read the instructions. They tell you to mount it to a piece of cardstock that is larger; it can be trimmed later to a finished size. This is a very important step. 

Mask off all the openings in the stencil using scrap paper and tape except the eggs. Sprinkle on Art Glitter’s Navy Ultrafine Opaque No. 27. Tap off excess and carefully removed the masking.

Leaving the stencil on the paper, hold it at an angle and waterfall Art Glitter’s Goldenrod Ultrafine Transparent Glitter No. 305 over the holes in the stencil design. Tap off excess and place your design stencil-side down on the table. Carefully peel the glittered cardstock off the stencil, making sure the stencil remains flat on the table.

When your stencil is free your background paper is open and sticky. This is when you waterfall Art Glitter’s Dreams Ultrafine Transparent Glitter No. 364 over the paper; tap off excess and your glittered design reveals itself –very pretty!
I did all of this thinking I’d make a card but it just wouldn’t come together. After wasting an hour on that failed attempt I went to bed. About an hour later it came to me – a tag! I resisted the urge to get up and jot down notes.

The next morning I set to work inking and distressing a tag, attached the glittered element, punched the bottom edge, used a version of the faux lace technique on Art Glitter’s Sticky Strips at the top and bottom of the glittered element, stamped a sentiment and ... it still wasn’t working. I hated it; scratch that and start over.

I salvaged the glittered element by cutting it off the tag; I was not going to give that bird’s nest up! This time I inked a tag using an ink applicator with Ranger’s Pumice Stone Distress Ink and then Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink (light hand on this color); spritzed a mixture of water and Ranger’s Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls on the tag and let the colors dance around a bit before drying with a heat tool.  

Next I took a very old harlequin rubber stamp inked with Chipped Sapphire and stamped partially on the tag. Inked Penny Black’s Letter Background (1999L) rubber stamp with Pumice Stone and stamped the entire tag. Then I edged the tag using an ink applicator and Vintage Photo Distress Ink followed by Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Then, I spritzed very lightly with the shimmer mist concoction again allowing the colors to dance and bleed slightly; heat set to stop the process. I loved it! It shimmered and the colors were perfect.

All that’s left is to assemble and embellish! To tone down the brightness of the glitter I decided to try a little Vintage Photo Distress Ink on it and it turned out great. I used Designer Dries Clear, with the fine tip, to attach my glittered element rescued from tag No. 1. Cut out the words ‘create’ and ‘life’ (felt those were appropriate with the eggs and nest), outlined them with a fine-tip black marker and inked slightly with Pumice Distress Ink. Glued in place and adhered the bird charm all with Designer Dries Clear. Ribbons are from my stash but the gold is dyed using Scattered Straw Distress Ink pad.

I love the fact the glitter toned down so nicely with a touch of Distress Ink. Give this a try and let me know how it worked for you; I appreciate your comments.

Check out another Art Glitter/Dreamweaver project at


  1. Oh Linda, I absolutely love this! Next to stencils and glitter, the Distress products are my go to products!

  2. What a fabulous work of art! Love the combination of all the elements!

  3. Thank you Louise! I love distress and to be able to fit that in with glitter and stencils is a real pleasure!

  4. Thank you Louise! I love distress and to be able to fit that in with glitter and stencils is a real pleasure!

  5. This is just so stunning and beautiful Linda! Glad that you persevered and I'm also glad that I'm not the only one that gets temporarily stumped when putting things together!

  6. this is stunning Linda! everything just came together to make a beautiful piece, even if it wasn't your original place!

  7. Thank you all for the nice comments. Check out another glittered tag on my blog: