Glitter and acrylic – a perfect marriage!


I thought some of you might like to see one of the projects I submitted for review when auditioning for the Art Glitter and Xyron design teams. This is an acrylic book I taught as a class a while back.

I was inspired to create this project after Barbara Trombley, owner of Art Glitter, held classes in Scrap Tales where I was working at the time. I had not been a huge fan of glitter before taking Barbara’s classes that week, but in watching and listening to her I realized I could use her product and still stay true to my distressed, vintage style.

I favor Art Glitter’s Microfine and Ultrafine glitters because of their subtle shine and sparkle. The Vintage Glass Shards are another favorite and Laura has recently managed to turn me on to Dazzlers as well!

To stamp on the acrylic pages of this book I used a variety of flourish and vine-like stamps with Butter Cream Opaque Staz-on ink because of its ability to dry and remain permanent on just about any surface. I stamped my image on one side of the page then using Designer Dries Clear with the fine metal tip, outlined that image on the other side of page and spooned on the glitters. Working in small sections, outline only what you can in about a minute then sprinkle on your glitters. The glue might dry too quickly when working in larger sections – small is best.

I used a mix of Art Glitter glitters in this book – Microfine, Ultrafine, Micro Beads and Vintage Glass Shards. It’s fun to mix the different sizes within a stamped image. The flourish below is outlined with Microfine glitter and the inside uses Micro Beads and Glass Shards.

One thing I discovered, and wasn’t expecting, is the DDC does just that, so when the glue dries clear the glitter shows through the back side as well. That’s why I love using Art Glitter with acrylic or other clear products. The shine shows through!

Art Glitter can also make your accent pieces really stand out! Look at this parenthesis I punched out of plain white cardstock. I then run it through a Xyron 1.5 Sticker Maker, peel off the protective cellophane, flip it over and run it through it again. Peel off the protective covering on one side and dip it in a tub of Art Glitter. I used Microfine here but you could use the Art Glitter of your choice. This would be a great accent piece on a scrapbook page as well!

The Microfine and Ultrafine Glitters lend a subtle elegance to the piece on every page.

I’ve made several of these books: Autumn, winter and summer. Some day I’ll get around to adding the final season! It is so easy to become addicted to using Art Glitter on acrylic. There are so many creative possibilities!


8 thoughts on “Glitter and acrylic – a perfect marriage!

  1. Donna Hall

    I LOVED making those books! You did such a fabulous job! I think they were my all-time favorite classes (although I think we did a spring book and not the summer book). Looking forward to it! I also was not a fan of glitter until you created these books.


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