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Sparkling Stained Glass Technique

>> Thursday, August 14, 2008

Ready to add a little extra sparkle to your stamping projects? Try this fun technique, first introduced to me by a talented stamping friend (Thanks, Deb!) to create amazing, personalized embellishments.

Supplies needed: Stamps with several open areas (I used the Large Silhouette Butterfly and Small Silhouette Butterfly), heavy weight acetate (these were re-used mounting sheets from previously purchased acrylic sets), Versamark ink, embossing powder (regular gives a smoother framework and less static residue than fine detail EP), embossing heat gun, clear-drying glue such as Crystal Effects, and chunky glitter.

Stamp image in Versamark, sprinkle with embossing powder, and heat emboss. Be sure to hold the heat gun at least 12" away from the acetate; you can move in closer if needed, but starting too close may melt the acetate. Don't worry about a bit of stray embossing powder because the image will be cut out before placing on projects.
After the embossing powder sets, flip the image over to the non-embossed side and carefully apply glue to desired areas. You may choose to leave some areas open for the cardstock color to show through.
Sprinkle glitter over the glue areas, then tap off excess. Wait until each area is completely dry before applying glue and glitter to the next area.

This is how the glitter areas will appear on the work side:

And this is the completed butterfly:

Glittered stained glass butterflies are the perfect accompaniment for this wonderful sentiment:

Additional supplies used: Old Olive, Night of Navy, and Lavender Lace cardstock, Night of Navy ink, Scallop border punch.

Use this fun and easy technique to create your own stained glass marvels that will sparkle and shine on any project!


Heather Lee-Reppen said...

Great tutorial, beautiful card!

Anonymous said...

This is gorgeous!! What a wonderful technique! TFS!! ;)

Kim said...

Great tutorial! Love that technique! tfs!

Etha said...

Wow that looks lovely! I have to go see what images I have where I can try this technique! I also always save all sorts of acrylic packaging, those are nice and sturdy. Beautiful card!

dcorder said...

Just beautiful! It's a great technique for line images. And I'm very glad to know about the crystal effects!! I've always used white glue! :D

Dawn said...

OH I AM SOOOOO GONNA COPY THIS! I have tons of glitter and I have that stamp!! wahoo... thanks,the tutorial is awesome!

Littlekel90 said...

This really is gorgeous, Jessica. Great tutorial, and now I wish I had that stamp. Another one to add to my monthly list. :) Kel

Janette said...

awesome tutorial and technique Jessica! love it- needing that stamp now too LOL

Lena said...

Oh Jessica this is very pretty and a great technique! TFS

Tracy said...

Great tutorial and beautiful card, Jessica. I love how your butterflies look. I'll have to try this soon!

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