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How To Apply Glitter

On many an occasion — been called the”glamour queen. I just love to add bling to almost every project imaginable. You can add a little sparkle to your simple projects, and it’ll exude personality.

Many colors of glitter exist , and you’ll never be able to have everything! Start with the ones you are awestruck with and include more as you find them along your quest. The variety will be awe-inspiring and unlock new options that you can use in projects

Neon glitter
Glow-in-the-dark glitter
Matte glitter
Hologram glitter
Transparent glitter

Most companies that sell loose glitter have both the color chart and size chart to ensure that you can select the right glitter to suit your needs. The glitter can be purchased in smaller containers or sets of containers. The smaller ones are more affordable.

What Are the Different Types Of Glitter?

Ultra fine: This sparkle will appear to float in the air when the user throws it. It’s like fairy dust. It has an opalescent fine which is almost unnoticeable until it is reflected by the light. Crystalina ultra fine , which is opaque glitter that reflects color in a different way. You must be up close to be able to appreciate the glitter. This is the kind of glitter that is used on nails, so you should be able to find it in a variety of places.
Extra Fine: It is available in a vast spectrum of colors, and provides great coverage. It is a stunning, delicate sparkle. It may have the same sparkle and coverage, however it’s sold at a lower cost than the ultra-fine glitter.
Fine: Most likely to be the most popular of the glitters. It is well-covered and has a lot of shine and is very affordable. It’s much easier to wash than fine and ultra-fine glitters. However, it is less glitter as the fine or fine.
Medium: This sparkle is intended to be seen from a further distance. It’s offered in a limited color selection, but the price of this glitter is excellent.
Large: Large glitter is not generally used in paper applications. It would be used more in floats rather than on pages.

Types of Glues for Loose Glitter

Clear or Tacky Glue There’s a good chance you have what you require in your supply.
Spray Glues: Anything that dry clear can be used. There’s also a glitter glue spray. Whatever you use, be sure to apply spray glues in a ventilated area.
Mod Podge or White Glue: most common glue used for glittering
Double-Sided Tape Available in various sizes

Make use of a large piece of paper to cover the area below the project in which you’re using loose glitter. That way, you can collect any glitter left over. Use a funnel to bring all the glitter out of the container.

Create your own Glitter Ribbons

It is so easy to create your own glitter ribbons to put on your greeting cards Scrapbook pages, cards, and tags.

What You’ll Have to

Double-Sided Tape: Use it in the width of your choice.
White Cardstock
Very Fine Glitter: Any color will work.


Attach strips of the double sided tape to the card stock at the length you want.
Peel back the top layer of the double-sided tape.
Apply the glitter to the tape, completely over the tape.
Do the work (burnish) the glitter into the tape.
Rub any loose particles of glitter from the ribbon (tape).
Cut the strips of ribbon.

Applying Glitter With Double-Sided Tape

Score tape or any double-sided tape is the best way to add a line of glitter to a scrapbook page or card.

Lay a large piece of scrap paper on your work space.
Place your project on the top of the scrap of paper.
Spread the double-sided adhesive, removing the tape from one side before placing it on the surface you want to glitter.
Take off the other side of the tape.
Apply the fine glitter on the tape.
Use tape or a brush to sweep the excess glitter off.
Fold the scrap paper over the taped area , then rub it in using your fingers.
Get a bone cutter and burnish it some more.

Applying Glue Using Glitter

Applying wholesale glitter on top of glue is one of the most popular techniques used by crafters who work with paper. Here are some suggestions that will help you get the most effective results:

Apply glitter glue. It can be thin or paper glue. Don’t over glue or your glitter may lose some of its luster. You want the glitter to float on top of the glue, not sink into it. Do not put off applying the glitter to glue;
You’ll want the glue to be as shiny and wet possible to ensure the highest overall adhesion.
Put glitter on the glue as close as possible to again avoid getting the glitter everywhere. Tap off excess glitter and immediately return the glitter to the original container. Let glittered surface set until it is dry. Once more, clean off any remaining excess.

Add Glitter to a die cut piece

We all like adding glitter to the die-cut pieces we make, The problem is, the glitter is likely to fall off. This is a simple way to apply glitter permanently to an die-cut piece.

What You’ll Will

Die Cut Pieces
Versamark Ink or Emnossing Ink
Ultrafine Clear Embossing Powder
Heat Gun
Craft Mat
Long Tweezers


Lay your craft mat on the work surface
Cut any die-cuts you’d like to make
Cover the cut die with Versamark Ink, or another embossing marker
Then cover the die with your clear embossing powder
Start heating the die using the heat gun.
While the glitter is hot Sprinkle the fine glitter over the the top. When the powder that embosses is cool, the glitter will stay there,
After cooling, I heated the glitter with my heat gun, which helps the glitter to stick more. It is possible to do this regardless of the glitter!

Project Tips

Use the tweezers for holding the die while using the heat gun
Heat the gun for 10 or 15 seconds before applying it to the die

Stamp With Glitter

Want to have a little fun with the stamps you make with acrylic? Here’s a fun method which adds bling to your paper crafts

What You’ll Need

Stamps in acrylic


Mount the acrylic stamp onto the block.
Rather than using ink, make use of glue instead.
Stamp the paper using the stamp.
Sprinkle the images with glitter. Make sure you over the entire stamp image.
Let the image dry.
Make sure you wash the stamp immediately in warm water , so that the glue will not remain on the stamped.

Sealing Your Glitter Projects

When you apply your glitter, there will be scattered glitter all over your projects. It is important to seal your glitter to make it permanent. It’s easy to accomplish, and you’ll be happy with the result.

It is possible to use a tiny decoupage medium or some white glue that has been mixed with a little water. Beware of “matte ” mediums since it can dull the sparkle. Choose a glossy or satin medium. Two coats can create permanent seal.

Make a Mouse Pad with Glitter

Glam up the mouse pad on your desk by using basic tools that you may already own in your craft space.


A mousepad, recycle the things you already have
Cardstock, 80 lb. or higher
Painter’s tape, or any other low tack tape
Mod Podge or any other decoupage medium
Foam Brush, or any other brush that is soft.


Trace the outline of the mousepad using a pencil on the cardstock.
Add some Mod Podge in a disposable cup or cupcake liner.
With the foam brushes, apply a generous portion of Mod Padge on the opposite side of the paper, in an even coat.
Align the top parts of the paper.
Then, go over on top using the brayer to take any air pockets or wrinkles out.
Painter’s tape can be used on the paper to create an outline.
Combine some Mod Podge with the glitter color.
Paint the Mod Glatter/Podge mix over the design.
Paint can be applied to parts of your design, if desired.
Let one color dry before you start working on the next color.
When the project has dried after drying, apply another coating of Mod Podge to make sure the project is sealed.

What Is Distress Glitter?

Distress glitter is a little different than regular glitter. It is more of a vintage appearance, and is produced from Tim Holtz/Ranger. The line corresponds to the colors of the stain, inks, and paints. It is thought to be a rough glitter that actually reflects the light. It currently is available in 24 different colors.

The most appealing thing about it is the fact that it allows you to apply ink over the glitter!
It’s great on every kind of paper, even watercolor paper. It’s especially effective on dark colored papers.
It can be applied to packaging plastic. The light will reflect off the glitter and onto the plastic.

You can apply Mod Podge, Glossy Accents, or any liquid glue of your choice. If you ink the project before applying the glitter your glue is likely to interact with the color of the ink, and will intensify the ink color!

More Distress Glitter Tips

You can use a cupcake liner as well as a coffee filter in your project to collect and save any leftover product.
The project should be coated liberally with the glue.
Make use of tweezers for picking up the project to transfer it to a drying space if it is small.
If you use the same ink for pre ink the project prior to sparkling it, you’ll receive more vivid color and sparkle.
It is recommended to use a dry adhesive for this product instead of sheets of adhesive. The glitter will attach better and reflect light.
You can let your glittered project to dry in the air or use a heater for drying it.

Stenciling with Glitter

It’s so simple to get a beautiful stencil that has high-quality glitter and an adhesive sheet that is double-sided.

What You’ll Be Needing

Two-sided tape. Stick It is my personal choice
Very fine glitter: The more fine the more refined, the better.
Some washi or painters tape
A stencil is a pattern stencil that works best
A soft brush


The adhesive paper should be placed on a mat or a large sheet of card stock
Cut off the top of doubled-sided sheet
Put the stencil directly on the sheet. You can fix it using some low tack tape so that it isn’t shifted
Spread a generous amount of glitter over the stencil.
Take the excess and scrub it off.
It is possible to burnish ( apply a rub ) onto the sparkle using your finger or a bone file
Make a light rub with a brush to scrape any excess off
Put any remaining glitter back to your container
The stencil should be cleaned immediately using dishwashing detergent and water

It is now possible to apply the stenciled piece onto a cardstock piece to create cards for greetings. It is also possible to strip it for the creation of a scrapbook or card layout.

What are glitter glues?

Glitter Glue has become very sought-after by paper crafters. It is available in bottles and pens. Probably one of the best known and most sought-after glitter glues are the Stickles created by Ranger. The particular line comes with 48 colors and comes in an easy to use bottle that has a fine tip. It comes in quite a variety of finishes, ranging from fine to bulky. It is the best of all because it is flat to dry, and there’s virtually no flaking. You want to be careful with it since if use it too thick it may take a long time to dry.

Another glitter glue that is popular is known as Neuvo Drops. These are produced from Tonic Studios and also come with a range of delightful colors.

There’s another product in this line, called Glitter Glaze. It comes with an applicator like nail polish. The product is acid-free and archive-proof. It also dries quickly.
Elmer’s also makes glitter glue. It is used to make glitter slime, and also has application for craft projects on paper. It is available in bottles as well as pen.
Crayola produces a line of glitter pens also!

What can you do with Glitter Glue

Outline and highlight the letters on an image.
Embellish scrapbook elements
Create custom papers and backgrounds by adding dots , or glitter glue into the pattern
On top of that, paint objects like vases or boxes
Create a butterfly-themed coloring page with your sticks

Glitter Glue Tips

Before you begin using any glitter glue that is contained in bottles, be sure to remove the cap from the bottle and stir the glue with the end of a thin paintbrush. In this way the glitter can be dispersed evenly throughout the bottle.
You must ensure that you tighten the cap on the bottles of glitter glue. That way they will be less likely to dry out.
Always store your glitter glue upside down. So the nozzle is less prone to clogging
Keep a corsage clip or needle in your glitter glues in order to remove the edge if needed.