Tutorial Tuesday: Glitter Embossing (and blog candy)


Have you ever thought that your card was a little plain and wished you could put your finger on what it was that was missing?  I know I do.   Take this card, for example.  Because it is an all ivory confirmation card, I felt it needed something special without adding colourful Prima’s, chipboard, or other popular embellishments.  Instead, I wanted a subtle embellishment so I decided to add a little sparkle to the image by simply adding glitter to my clear embossing powder.  The sheen of the embossing powder adds a professional finish that is sure to delight.

This tutorial shows you how I combined glitter with embossing powder, as well as how I made the sky and the frame surrounding my image.  This lovely background came from the recent February issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter and is called Mono Dies.

This week Pat Huntoon, owner of the Technique Junkie Newsletter, graciously sponsored this week’s tutorial.  Pat donated her most recent CD that is overflowing with techniques.  You can read all about this prize here.  Simply leave a comment at the end of this post telling me what your favourite technique is.  The technique does not have to be one that is in the newsletter, so you all have an equal opportunity to win.  Your comment will put your name into the draw for CD7.


Stamp out your image and let dry completely.


Mask areas that you do not want to get inked up.


Cut the shape of a cloud out (I used stiff watercolour paper) and rub ink over the top.  Place your template at the bottom of the image, working your way up.


Mix glitter with clear embossing powder.  With a new, or clean VersaMark pad ink up the area that you want to emboss.  A dirty VersaMark pad will dirty your image.


Sprinkle your image with the glitter/embossing mixture.  With a heat gun held away from your image, carefully heat the embossing powder.  It will be difficult to avoid the loss of glitter with this technique, so add more glitter than you think will be necessary.


Measure your image to determine what size the cardstock frame should be.


Keeping the Nestability centered, run the cardstock through the Cuttlebug.  Next, emboss the cardstock frame.


Adhere the image to the frame and finish your card as desired.

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy little trick.  Don’t forget to leave a comment for your chance to win CD7 of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.

A full index of my tutorials can be found on my Tutorial page above.

Posted on : Feb 02 2010
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57 People have left comments on this post

Feb 5, 2010 - 08:02:51
Maryann said:

This just looks really gorgeous, and is definately something, I´ll have to try.
I´m a complete newbie to this, so I can´t really say, which technique is my favorite yet, but I´ve tryed to color with markers and pencils, and of these it must be to color with pencils as my attempt with the markers looked awful, and went right in the garbagebin he he he , but I´m sure, I´ll just have to practice some more and learn a lot more, and that´s also why I love this blog, cause it´s a mekka for me with tutorials, and I can spend hours onhere now he he he. Thanks soo much for a great site Beth. Your tutorials is really great. I just need a bit more time to practice.
Biiig hugs Maryann

Feb 6, 2010 - 05:02:44
marianne said:

That is just beautiful! Love the glitter!

Feb 7, 2010 - 12:02:17
Connie said:

How beautiful your card is! And I love that idea…I am going to try it out today and see how mine turns out! Thank You from a fellow TJer 😉

Feb 7, 2010 - 06:02:52
Corie Foster said:

WOW Beth this is jaw dropping gorgeous!!

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