Sunday 8 October 2017

2017 #14 Glitter: Glitter Three Ways with EKC {by Nikki Acton}

2017 Topic 14: Glitter

I'm getting the feeling as we work through this topic that most of the PaperArtsy bloggers are not massive glitter fans! They all seem to be finding subtle ways with it! Nikki is up tonight, and she uses a lovely autumnal colour palette and has some tricks for keeping your sparkles under control!

Hi everyone, it's Nikki from Addicted to Art with you today, and I'd like to share with you a glittery Christmas card featuring the wonderful Christmas stamps from Kay Carley.

When I think of glitter I think of mess and those cheap Christmas cards you buy and open the packet or envelope and the glitter goes everywhere! But I do love a bit of sparkle and have realised there are ways of using glitter where it doesn't keep coming off.

Glittery Card featuring PaperArtsy Eclectic stamps - EKC10 EKC11 - by Nikki Acton

I have used glitter in 3 ways on this card and thrown in some gilding flakes for extra dazzle and used stamps from both EKC10 and EKC11.

Both sets of trees work wonderfully for the simplest or more layered, mixed media style cards. I have used the snowflakes / stars and branches to add interest to my backgrounds.

The gilding flake and glitter backdrop to the frame is Sue Wilson's 'Fire and Ice' technique - gilding flakes on one side of a double sided adhesive sheet (clear) and glitter on the other. I used Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels. The technique really does produce a wonderful glimmer and sparkle that is hard to see on the photographs.

Layered die cut frames were painted with Snowflake Fresco Chalk Paint before being covered in matt medium and clear glitter added - I used Tim Holtz Rock Candy Distress Glitter here. The stamped tree has gold coloured glitter glue added - eg Stickles.

The Christmas Wishes greeting on EKC11 is on two lines but I really needed the words on one line so out came the post it notes! Mask one word, ink, remove the mask and stamp and then repeat with the other word. I find it can take a couple of attempts to get the words lined up so I always make sure I have spare of the card I am working on.

As the glitter is hard to photograph here is a 20 second video that shows the sparkle!

While perhaps not my normal style I really love the gilding flakes and glitter together. I will have to make some more of my Christmas cards with this and some of Kay's other trees with the snowflakes in the background this time. I am pleased to say after a few days the glitter is not coming off at all! 


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Corrie Herriman said...

Love it !

Helen said...

Beautiful and subtle use of glitter! Love the gilding flakes.

Hazel Agnew said...

Adoring your creation Nikki. It's worthy of becoming a picture framed upon the wall! Xx

Words and Pictures said...

The "fire and ice" panel is amazing, and I love how you've sandwiched it between the green layers creating those multiple frames, drawing the eye inward towards the golden baubles on the tree. Brilliant!
Alison x

Miriam said...

Great project Nikki - more grungier than I would expect when I think of glitter!

Craftyfield said...

Love the look of the Fire and Ice panel! Nikki showed that glitter doesn't have to be gaudy.

Art By Wanda said...

This is gorgeous!!!!!!!!!

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Great take on the glitter theme Nikki, it can be difficult to tone down so much glitter but you've perfected it!! This would look fab framed..
Hugs Tracey xx

Mac Mable said...

Thank you for more ideas to using glitter. Yes I am not a dry glitter person but I love a bit of bling using it in different ways has inspired me to give it a go! Great project...Thank you x

SewPaperPaint said...

What a beautiful color combination and array of glittery techniques. I simply love this Nikki!

UplayOnline said...

Love the gilding flakes.


sarascloset said...

Thank you for sharing your ways of practicing 'safe glitter'. The effects are really stunning and your design is fabulous! Hugs!

Kirsten said...

That is lovely. I like the idea of glitter over gilding flakes.