There are so many great glitter gels that are on the market. But as the case in most of my crafting purchases, I just do not have the space for all of the colors. But I do have plenty of glitter and Gloss Matte Medium! So I went about experimenting and finally settled on a way to make my own that is full of color and sparkly goodness! Watch the video down below to see how easy it is to make your own DIY Glitter Gels!
For all the details on making your own glitter gels, be sure to watch the video above. That really is the best place to see it in action! But here are a few tips and tricks! First and foremost, other mediums will work – Matte Ge Medium even Clear Modeling Paste – but none will give you the shine and glittery effect like the Gloss Gel Medium. The gloss finish really has the best finish!
Second, I like to use the micro fine glitter, but really any glitter will work. You just need to make sure that if you do use a chunkier glitter it will fit into the openings of your stencil. Also, with the chunkier glitters, you may not get as smooth of a result as you do with the micro fine glitter that I used today! There are lots of options on the market, and I’ve linked a few down below. But if you are impatient and want to go to your local Michael’s check out the kid’s section for glitter! It’s half the price of the glitter in the paper crafting area and just as pretty!!
Finally, I’ve used glitter before in my stencils with the Tacky When Dry Medium from The Crafter’s Workshop. You can find that tutorial HERE. And I still love that technique! It yields beautiful results, but the glitter still does shed a bit. If you do not like glitter because of the mess but you love the look, this is the technique for you!! The Glossy Gel Medium seals in the glitter and there is absolutely NO SHEDDING!! I rubbed and rubbed my finished cards to make sure and to get the glitter off, you would really have to pick at it! Also a little off topic tip, if you do have a little glitter mishap when you’re mixing up the glitter gel, just use a sticky roller (they’re marketed for pet hair and lint!), they’re perfect for cleaning up glitter and embossing powders!
I LOVE this technique and I will be using it a lot in the future. Like I said, I just don’t have the space to store all the magnificent colors of glitter gel, but I can make my own little batches now! And, I can mix my own custom mixes, too!!
If you are interested in any of the supplies I used today, you can find them all listed and linked down below! Thank you so much for stopping by today!!
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- TCW Gloss Gel Medium
- Glitter (Wow!)
- Glitter (Arteza)
- Glitter – you can find loads of glitter at places like Michaels and Hobby Lobby, but shop the kid’s crafting section first!!
- Palette Knife Set
- TCW848 Pineapple 6×6 Stencil
- TCW838 Floral Spectacle 6×6 Stencil
- TCW851 Dotted Rings 6×6 Stencil
- TCW858 Delicate Impression 6×6 Stencil
- Catherine Pooler Inks
- Blending Brushes
- Painter’s Tape
- Paper Smooches “Sentiment Sampler”
- Banner Die Set
- Big Shot
- Joy Clair “Martha’s Flowers” Stamp Set
- Versamark Ink Pad
- Princess Gold Embossing Powder
- Anti Static Tool
- Heat Tool
- Foam Tape