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Review | Introduction to Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Glitter

Reported by Deena Ziegler

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Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Glitter

Here’s another winner in the deep product line from Tim Holtz and Ranger Industries, which is always well thought out with perfectly matching colors and attractive packaging.

Distress Glitter comes in 24 different colors and coordinates with the nostalgic palette of other Distress products . Somewhere between a fine glitter and a glass glitter, the blend is best described as a vintage mica creating a unique glitter product. MSRP is $5.49, in my opinion a good value for a quality product that will last you quite a long time!

Apply this glitter with a wet adhesive such as glossy accents, with gel medium, or you can even use tacky glue like I did on the edges of the flower above. The wet adhesive allows the Distress Glitter to stand up and attach the the adhesive at different angles giving the sparkle even more interest.

I’m a little impatient and really appreciated that this glitter can be heated to dry the glue faster and the glitter did not melt or fly off.

And here’s a bonus feature – Distress Glitter is inkable! It’s amazing… just add a little contrasting Distress Ink with a blending tool and you’ll achieve some beautiful shading.

This glitter doesn’t disappoint… give it a try, you’ll love it just like I do!

Pros:

  • Coordinates with the Distress palette of products
  • Unique sparkle
  • Heat Stable
  • Inkable

Cons:

  • Not available in every Distress color (yet!)

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Glitter is available in 24 colors, and has an MSRP of $5.49.

Review | Tim Holtz Distress Glitter

Reported by Angela Butler-Carter

Tim Holtz is know as “The Man” in the scrapbooking industry for many reasons. He is the most famous male name in the scrapbooking community. Tim’s Distress line of color mediums manufactured by Ranger Industries is immensely popular with all styles of crafters from the shabby chic artist to the clean more graphic style artists, and he also creates products that are gender neutral since they appeal to both males and females.. Tim is also know for his innovative products that advance the industry toward more user friendly multi-functional products. For that reason alone, I knew his new Distress Glitters were going to be something special and they did not disappoint!

The Ranger Ink website describes Distress Glitter as a nostalgic pattern of unique glitter that mimics the look of vintage mica. A quick Google search gave me a better understanding what mica is:

Mica is a mineral that comes in a variety of colors and can be easily separated into thin transparent sheets.In addition to being beautiful, it’s non-toxic, tough, chemically inert, transparent, and waterproof. – via MicaSnow.com

Based on the images I found online, vintage mica was used largely to represent snow or provide shine in Christmas decorations and other crafty projects in the early 1900’s. I remember seeing it on the edges of pine cones in the winter. I may even remember using it in an arts and crafts project in school.

Distress Glitter very much resembles mica because of its shine properties. I found that the Distress Glitter, unlike traditional glitter, has a color cast shine to it. What does that mean? It means when you tilt your project it doesn’t reflect silver as traditional glitter does. It, instead, gives off the color that it truly represents in a beautiful subdued glimmer.

Distress Glitter MacaronUp
DistressGlitter Macaron3

For both these cards I stamped the macaroon image onto the card base using a similar color ink to the Distress Glitter. Then I used a wet adhesive to trace and fill in the stamped image. Then I sprinkled distress glitter onto the image and let it dry. The result is fantastic.

I shot both these pictures from different angles. You can see that the color reflection is the same. The Distress Glitter gives off its color from any direction and doesn’t reflect white light. The Picked Raspberry Distress Glitter shines pink and the Mustard Seed Distress Glitter shines a beautiful yellow color. I love that especially for when you want to make a masculine card and it needs a bit of sparkle. It is not girly glitter sparkle but just a bit of shine to bring attention to certain things. Distress Glitter is PERFECT for that!!!

Here’s a quick and easy card tutorial using Distress Glitter.

Distress Glitter Step1

I started with an A6 cardbase made of kraft cardstock.

Distress Glitter Step2

I used a stencil to create geometric shapes on the front of my card base. I then pressed a sticky based ink over the holes in the stencil to adhere the glitter.

Distress Glitter Step3

Next I removed the stencil and sprinkled the Distress Glitter in Picked Raspberry and Mustard Seed strategically over the card base.

Distress Glitter Step4

I added a few embellishments and a little bit of stamping in black ink.

Distress Glitter Step5

A sentiment finishes everything off nicely. And here you see the finished card. Versamark ink is a watermark ink that is very sticky. I found that it was not sticky enough to hold the Distress Glitter so I used some Glossy Accents over the Distress Glitter area to seal the glitter and keep it from falling off the card. That worked very well.

Pros:

  • The glitter shines the color in which its dyed so no over kill on the shine
  • The pieces are soft so there’s less of a chance of getting cut by the pieces
  • The wide range of colors and availability

Cons:

  • It’s still glitter so it gets everywhere.
  • The pieces are very small and soft so they easily stick to each other and other things.
  • The pieces tend to stand up when emptied from the jar so you will get quite a bit of texture. (Though this could be considered a positive as well, depending on your preference.)

Tim Holtz Distress Glitter is available in 24 colors that coordinate with the Distress line of products. It retails for $5.50.

Vendor Spotlight: Stampendous Chunky Glitters

Reported by Christina Hammond

If you are a crafter of any kind, undoubtedly, you have a stash of glitter.  Glitter makes everything better, no?

I, honestly, have so much glitter that I have to hide it from my glitter-phobic husband.  I have glitter stashed in so many places, I often forget what I have and just go buy more.  The different kinds of glitter out there are amazing, too.  There are shiny glitters, glass glitters, matte glitters, fine glitters and chunkier glitters…  and the colors?  OH MY!

I thought I had seen it all until I got a selection from Stampendous.  They sent me the BEST, the CHUNKIEST glitters I have ever seen!  I was sent Crushed Glass Glitter, Shaved Ice chunky glitter, and Fragments.

To be truthful, the chunkiest of the “glitters” isn’t really a glitter – it’s fragmented mica flakes that have been dyed.  And they are so pretty just to look at. 

To show you the difference in sizes.

I loved just looking at the glitters in the jars, they were that pretty- but I had a hard time finding something to do with the fragments. It was so chunky that I couldn’t think of an application for it. In the end, I took a cheap IKEA glass lamp and added a band of the mica using sparkle Mod Podge. It added a nice rustic, earthy tone to an otherwise boring lamp. It is hard to tell here, but the mica is naturally slightly translucent, so the flakes glow when lit from behind.

Here I took a ribbon flower hair clip and applied the shaved ice around the edges. My little girl loves anything glittery, so she really loves it. It really sparkles now!

For a little something different, I applied silver Crushed Glass Glitter to the inside of a small cookie cutter to hang on the Christmas tree. This crushed glass is so reflective and shiny, that I think it’s going to really sparkle once hung on the tree.

Pros:

  • The color are amazing!
  • The number of options, variations, and types of Stampendous glitters will keep you busy
  • I really liked the big wide jars, easier to pour product back into

Cons:

  • The mica is so big you might have a hard time thinking of ways to use it.
  • You’ll have glitter everywhere!
  • You’ll quickly learn you don’t have enough things in your house to apply glitter to.

Have you tried Stampendous chunky glitters? What’s your favorite type? What would you make with it?