Glitter, in all forms, is very messy and that, unfortunately, turns a lot of people off from using it. But even if it doesn’t hinder you from using it, you may be more hesitant to send those glittery cards that might shed all over the recipient. I love to use glitter paper, but I have only found one brand that I trust not to shed and to be honest, it isn’t that glittery. And after making my own glitter gel, I figured why not try and make my own! I have three different ways below that you can easily make your own glitter paper that doesn’t shed! Be sure to watch the video for all the details!
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There are a few different products you can use to create your own glitter paper, and each one gives a different result. The first is by the far the shiniest and has texture to it. I used Gloss Gel Medium and added fine gold glitter. After mixing the glitter gel I applied it in a thin layer over heavy weight white cardstock. This is the trickiest part. You can a thin and even layer. I used a palette knife, but use whatever tool works best for you!
For the second project I again went with gel medium, but instead of gloss I used the matte version. This still allows the glitter to show, but it is a much more matte version. It’s really different and beautiful! Again, I added fine glitter (red this time) and once mixed add it to heavy weight white cardstock!
The final project is by the far the most non-shedding version of glitter paper and has the least amount of texture! Again, I used gloss gel medium and mixed it with a fine copper glitter. But this time, instead of spreading the glitter gel onto white cardstock I spread it onto acetate. Because acetate is clear you have two options with this glitter paper. You can use the textured side with the glitter on the outside, or you can flip it over and have the glitter securely underneath the acetate with a really smooth surface. This doesn’t diminish the glitter or shine at all, it just gives a smoother surface and because the glitter is behind plastic, there absolutely NO shedding!
A few things to know about this technique. First, fine glitter does work best here, but you can use a chunkier glitter, too. Just know that the chunkier glitter may shed a bit, whereas the fine glitter will be securely embedded in the gel medium. Also, you can customize this gel to whatever suites your needs! You can even mix your own glitter for complete customization!
I am so excited to have found a way to create my own glitter paper that doesn’t shed! And even better, I can cut it with my paper trimmer and use my dies with it as well!
If you are interested in making your own DIY glitter paper or in any of the supplies I used today, you can find them all listed and linked down below. Until next time, happy crafting!
- TCW Gloss Gel Medium
- TCW Matte Gel Medium
- TCW5000 Bricks Stencil
- TCW829 Heartful Flower Stencil
- WOW! Gold Fine Glitter
- Kat Scrappiness Wood Grain Frame Die
- Heffy Doodle Thanks Die
- Catherine Pooler Sugared Lavender Ink Pad
- Jumbo Ink Dauber
- Fine Red Glitter (Mine is from Target Dollar Spot)
- Kat Scrappiness Zig Zag Heart Die
- Kat Scrappiness Heart Dies
- Heffy Doodle Hugs Die
- Catherine Pooler It’s a Girl Ink Pad
- Wow! Copper Fine Glitter
- Duralar Film .005
- Waffle Flower Carnation Stamp Set
- Catherine Pooler Icing on the Cake Ink
- Catherine Pooler Sweet Sixteen Ink Pad
- Catherine Pooler Eucalyptus Ink Pad
- Lawn Fawn Banner Die Set
- Versafine Clair Pinecone Ink Pad
- Painter’s Tape
- Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
- Foam Adhesive
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