A quick note: this article marks the end of Sharon Harnist’s term with Craft Critique. I want to thank Sharon for all the hard work and talent she’s shared with our readers. We will follow her new endeavors on her blog with great excitement! Thank you Sharon!
Reported by Sharon Harnist
Ahhhh, glitter . . . Don’t we all love the sparkly look it gives? I know I do and I was amazed the first time I used it in combination with my rubber stamping – I think it lends a professional finish to just about anything.
Glitter in pen form is the least messy way to add sparkle to any papercrafting project. I debated for some time about purchasing these new glitter pens by Copic, especially since I already had another manufacturer’s glitter pens. But since I have a weakness for glitter, I decided to try out the Clear Spica pen first. I heard it was totally clear, leaving only a lovely sparkle behind, unlike Sakura’s Clear Stardust Gelly Roll pen which has a silvery base. Here’s a comparison for you:
Needless to say, I was hooked and purchased the other 12 colors, too! Here’s a closer look at the individual color swatches:
Some additional information about these pens:
• water based pigment ink
• acid free
• micro glass flakes for maximum sparkle!
• twice the writing length of other pens — 360 yds.
• perfect for card making, scrapbooks and doodling
• transparent ink – great for color and bling overlays
• 1 clear pen & 12 bold colors: Black, Clear, Silver, Gold, Lemon, Orange, Pink, Red, Lavender, Sky Blue, Turquoise, Olive, Melon
Besides the clear pen actually being clear, another one of my favorite things about these pens is that they dry very quickly. Here’s a comparison for you:
Immediately after writing with a Stardust Gelly Roll pen, I rubbed my finger across it and the top line is the result – the ink smeared everywhere. The bottom line is the Atyou Spica Glitter pen – just a small amount of smearing at the very end, the last color layed down.
Since they are acid-free and archival, these pens are fabulous for your scrapbooking, writing inside your greeting cards or to add a wonderful accent to any of your papercrafting. Here, I’ve used them to accent a rubber stamped image that was colored with Copic markers. I used some corresponding colors of the Atyou glitter pens over the marker colors (lemon fruit, orange fruit and bow) and then used just the glitter pens to color in the purple and red fruits:
I was very pleased with my purchase and I know you will be, too!
Where you can find them on the web:
All That Scraps carries the individual pens for $2.99 each.
Oregon Art Sales for $2.99 per pen.
EclecticPaperie is carrying them for $2.49 each.