Sunday, 13 December 2015

Christmas shine

Christmas is the time where glitter is a pre-requisite rather than an afterthought so I decided to finally have a go at a glitter technique I have seen many moons ago (we are talking years here...).

It's a very simple technique, on a stamped image apply a double sided adhesive sheet, rubbing with a bone folder to ensure a perfect bond, then a fine glitter over the top. Preferably a white/transparent glitter... but mine is blue so the result is not as good as it should, let's face it, it does cover the image a little bit too much. However it SHINES!!!

I then decided to substitute glitter for mica powders as they are finer so should work better than my blue glitter. This was quite fun as I proceeded to "paint" the mica over the image with a brush, in different colours of mica. Rather successful experiment, I think. Although you'll have to look at the photograph below to actually see the design as, even with the cloudy weather, the mica just bounce the light at this angle!

For my last experiment I had the curiosity to try the double sided adhesive technique with a non shiny substance... Fun Flock, and although it does dampen the image's colours quite a bit I like the result.

And finally all tags together.

The Hollie Hobby Christmas stamp is an old freebie from a magazine and I coloured the images with alcohol markers.

What is your favourite result?

I am entering my glitter tag in the Live and Love craftBunny Zoe's Crafts and Tando Creative (W2) challenges.
And all of my tags enter the SSS Wednesday and Craft Barn challenges.


  1. What an interesting look the technique gives Christine, almost like mosaic, very effective indeed.

    B x

  2. Yes it is a great technique Christine but like you I haven't tried it in years. Love the stamped image and your colouring is extremely good. Hope your weekend has gone well?

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

  3. Great ideas but I have never even heard of fun flock

    Love Chrissie xx

  4. Thanks for sharing your creative process. The result is lovely! So glad that you join the fun over Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Tag It” Challenge!

  5. Lovely tags, each looks so different! Nice to try these processes. Thank you for entering The Craft Barn Challenge.
    Jane x

  6. Une super expérimentation ça! At a priori (mais sans l'image réelle bien sûr c'est toujours difficile de se rendre compte au mieux...), c'est le second colorisé aux pigments Mica que je préfère !!!
    Trop mignonne cette série !... :D

  7. What a coincidence we should use the same stamp. Thank you for letting me know its origins. I have used the glitter technique in the past and it is so effective. I love your other experiments especially the mica tag. Well done on winning the weekly challenge.

  8. This looks like a fun and interesting technique! Thanks for sharing your lovely tags (love the Sarah K images) with LLC. HNY!

    Hugz, Sandy
    Owner & Operator @Live & Love Crafts

  9. Very pretty tag and definitely ties in with our all that glitters theme at Tando creative. Thank you for entering this month.