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Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY: Simply Screen by Plaid (article 1 of 2)

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I’ll admit that my husband gifted me with a giant silk screening machine and I love it.   However, I haven’t used it very much because I find the process daunting and time consuming.  I plan to explore it more – but in the mean time, I was excited to whet my appetite with the Simply Screen Silk Screen by Plaid.

Plaid sent a very generous box to me just as some crafty friends (The Fabulous Crafty Girls) arrived from out of town, so we decided to make an evening of Simply Screen, wine, a Royal Wedding and fun.  The box contained two Simply Screen Silk Screen Stencils (a Peace sign, and a beautiful butterflies theme), tons of different colors of paint, some Plaid paint brushes and glitter.

When doing traditional silk screening, you have to deal with designing, emulsions, burning screens and fidgeting with placements.  And if you have multiple layers, you repeat each step over again.  Plaid has thought of all this and taken care of the hard work for you! 

Each Simply Screen package comes with an already prepared silk screen with a tacky backing and a squeegee.  The designs can be used over and over again (about 20 times) with proper care and washing.  Inside there are instructions with simple illustrations on how to use Simple Screen.  You can also watch a nice video filmed by Craft Critique at this year’s CHA on how to use the Simply Screen. 

One thing we found the instructions lacked was a note to use a t-shirt board or at least put some wax paper between the layers because there was some bleed though on some of our projects.



Since the Fabulous Crafty Girls and I planned to craft all night in an attempt to stay up for the Royal Wedding, we went out and picked up a few more supplies.  We upped our glitter quotient and bought a few more designs since they were on sale at JoAnn’s and I had a stack of coupons to use.  We added sexy hot lips, a Rock-n-Roll theme, and since we were crafting on the eve of the Royal Wedding, we got a very regal crown.

Here is an example of the two kinds of paint – matte and shiny.  The matte line of colors has more options and is found by noting the matte finish on the labels.  The shiny colors are just that – SHINY and almost glittery.  I preferred them for the glamour they added to our projects, and they wear really well so far.


Okay, here we go!  Onto our night of silk screening.  We really went nuts and tried to silk screen everything in sight!  Tote bags, denim, t-shirts, canvas and paper.

After positioning your stencil, make sure you add a generous amount of paint.  You need more than you think.

IMG_0651Voila!  A crown fit for a Queen. There are a few missing bit in the design because I didn’t add enough paint, and was afraid to go back over for fear of smearing.  Why, you ask?  Well, the designs just don’t stick down…  IMG_0652Here you can see that the stencils just don’t stick down as well as one would expect.  The stencils are backed with a low-tack adhesive, and it’s very low-tack.  It just didn’t stick to anything.  The result of this screening was a smeared and sloppy kiss.

So we tried again.  We tried lightly spritzing the back with water (because the directions say that washing reactivates the adhesive) – no go.  We tried using a clean squeegee to really press it down – again, no go.  Next time, I think I would try some spray on repositionable adhesive.

We found that if you want to use multiple designs or colors in one project that you could help the drying process along with a quick shot from a hot hair dryer.

April, one of the Fabulous Crafty Girls, noted that the squeegee included in each design has two different sides for use with different applications.  If you are trying to squeegee paint over a large area, use the long tapered side.  If you are working with a more intricate or delicate area, there is a small tapered corner perfect for the job.  Great tip, April!IMG_0656
After each application of color, it’s best to gently wash the screen with a mild soap before moving onto a new color.  In fact, because so much paint seeps beyond the stencil area due to the stickiness issue (or lack there of), we found we had to wash the stencils each time we wanted to move them if we wanted a clean design.  Washing was quick and easy because the paints are water-based, so while a mild annoyance, it wasn’t really that big of a deal (and let’s face it – it gave us another chance to refill our wine glasses while we waited for it to dry a little!)
IMG_0657After a while, we just gave up on the squeegee-ing because it just wasn’t working.  Many of our early pieces have runs and smears, so we switched from “silk screening mode” to “stenciling mode” and used the really nice Plaid craft brushes sent in the box.  We got MUCH MUCH better results. IMG_0659As the night progressed, more and more glitter came out too! IMG_0661Note the tip of the glitter bottle.  It has a really fine tip to help control where the glitter goes, and the top screws off so you can attempt to reclaim any over-zealous glittering.  I really like that you can do this, because I am, admittedly, a really cheap crafter and hate wasting a single drop.


This was my favorite project, I mean, you can’t go wrong with sexy lips and tons of hot pink glitter.  Or so I thought.  After allowing the glitter to dry and properly heat setting it, I wore it out and about.  I got glitter everywhere.  With every move the glitter flaked off, leaving a trail of hot pink pixie dust.  Just in case I got lost, I guess.  I will spare you the “after wash” picture because it’s just ugly.  Awful.  Every single spec of glitter washed off, despite having washed the shirt inside out, on hand washables, and line drying it.  I even got a message on Facebook from Fabulous Crafty Girl April, with a picture attached that showed the same fate of her “Red Hot Sex” lips.  Disappointment all around.  I would save the glittering for things that aren’t going to be worn or washed – and honestly, the shiny paints have a ton of glitz and glamour.

Here’s an example of where to use the glitter:  Home Decor!

I painted a cheap canvas with some Plaid craft paint and allowed it to dry.  Once well cured, I applied the chandelier Simple Screen, and admittedly, this was the ONE place that the stencil actually stuck.  Go figure!  I painted the Glitter and Foil Adhesive on with a small brush to prevent bleed through, removed the stencil and covered all with the copper glitter.  I left it to sit 24 hours and tapped off the excess.


In the end, we had a great time and had the chance to repurpose some old and new items.  While we weren’t overly pleased with the squeegee method of applying the paint, fairly consistent results were achieved when painting the colors on ala traditional stenciling. 


  • design work already done for you!
  • inexpensive
  • plenty of designs to choose from
  • water based paints come in a very wide variety of colors
  • you can use them for more than just t-shirts and totes!
  • glitter tubes have removable caps so you can put excess glitter back into the tubes


  • stencils aren’t as tacky as one would think
  • directions don’t indicate to use a shirt board, but there can be bleed through, so use one!
  • glitter washes right off, even with proper techniques
  • best results achieved if you paint on the color versus skimming the paint ala traditional silk screening
  • only one print can be done at a time, washing in between because so much paint seeps underneath

Our friends at Plaid have provided us with $50 prize packs for 2 of our lucky readers. Just leave a comment answering the following question to be entered to win!

What designs would you like to try?  Would you repurpose old items?  Be sure to show us what you make, we love to see them!

One comment per person, per article, please. Winner will be selected on Saturday, June 4, 2011.


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Crystal and Jewel Glitter Ritz by In The Making

Reported by Wendy Jordan
Up until a few months ago, I hadn’t really paid much attention to glitter. I loved the shimmery bling, and I had a few jars here and there. I didn’t like to use it. It was so messy and I didn’t like having glitter on my face all the time. I had a horrible time cleaning it off all the surfaces.
Recently, my glitter world was turned upside down when I was introduced to Crystal and Jewel Glitter Ritz Micro Fine Glitter by In The Making Enterprises. With 60 opaque beautiful colors and 5 transparent highlight colors, you will find something you love.
On the Crystal Glitter Ritz Color Chart they had examples of each of the transparent highlight glitters displayed on a white background and a black background. You will see in each of the following pictures that the color of the glitter changes beautifully depending on what color the card stock is underneath the glitter.

I started my project by using a 1.5″ roll of double sided tape. I adhered the tape on a piece of black card stock, and took off the protective covering. With a border punch, I punched a decorative edge into the protective backing of the tape and adhered the backing again to the tape, this time with the decorative edge in the center of the double sided tape.
The first glitter I used was Transparent Blue Crystal Highlight Glitter Ritz.
You can see the decorative edge left from the masking.
Using Transparent Green Highlights Crystal Glitter Ritz, I filled in where the decorative punched backing was placed.
I adhered various widths of double sided tape to the upper edge of the 1.5″ tape and used Transparent Warm Highlights and Transparent Purple Highlights Crystal Glitter Ritz.
While researching my glitter find, I came across a technique on the In The Making Enterprises website that was intriguing called Burnished Velvet.

I chose four complimentary colors. Liberty Blue, Sky Blue, Western Blue and Grasshopper.

I found that “sprinkling” the micro fine glitter from the jar was not as easy as with ultra fine glitter . The Jewel Glitter Ritz is SO micro fine, it comes out of the jar clumpy and doesn’t spread using traditional methods. Using this tiny scoop worked really well.

I placed two tiny scoops on my project

and rubbed it into double sided tape with my finger, careful not to touch the sticky tape with my fingers.

Making a funnel with the paper and sliding the glitter back into the jar isn’t as easy with Jewel Glitter Ritz Micro Fine Glitter as with ultra fine glitter. A lot of extra glitter was left clinging to the paper.

I brought my duster to the rescue and got all of the excess glitter off of my product.

I moved the masking (or backing) of my double sided tape to make another strip of color on my project. I used the same small scoop method with the Grasshopper Jewel Glitter Ritz.

Another move of the masking.

Once I had enough colored strips, I used the Crystal Cool Highlights Transparent Glitter Ritz to cover the rest of the double sided sticky tape and to give the background a shimmer.

Here is the finished Burnished Velvet project. The texture of the finished project is very smooth like velvet.

Using my little glitter scoop, I did my best to sprinkle the Western Blue Jewel Glitter Ritz all over a sticky butterfly. You can see where the glitter would come off the scoop more in some areas. Using the same technique as above, I rubbed the glitter in with my finger to spread it around.

I placed the gold outline sticker of a butterfly on double sticky paper. Using my tiny glitter scoop, I placed four different colors of glitter right where I wanted it and rubbed the glitter into place. The effect is stunning.
The cost of each jar of Glitter Ritz is roughly $7.00 for a half ounce jar. I find that price point to be sufficient, as a half ounce of the micro fine glitter will last quite a long time.

  • 60 beautiful colors to choose from
  • The glitter is manageable, if you use the right tools
  • The finished project has a soft, velvety feel
  • A little goes a long way
  • The glitter is so fine, that it gets clumpy when being “sprinkled” from the jar.
  • The glitter doesn’t move off of the paper as well when using the paper as a funnel to pour the glitter back into its jar.
  • All five of the Transparent Crystal Glimmer Ritz Glitters look similar on white card stock. It would be nice for the highlights to be a bit more apparent when using it by itself.
I found this glitter to have purpose in my crafting. I was finding ways to incorporate glitter that I hadn’t before. Do you think that Crystal & Jewel Glitter Ritz would make a nice addition to the glitter your currently using or do you think it could replace your current glitter? Tell us what glitter you currently use and what is different about Glitter Ritz?
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Folk Art Extreme Glitter by Plaid

Reported by Taylor Usry

Have you tried the Folk Art Extreme Glitter by Plaid? I love all things glitter and all things paint, so I was super excited when I discovered this. Their website promises the look of “sugar” glitter, and says you can pair it with similar colored paint for an even cooler look. As you can see on the bottle, Extreme Glitter is still considered an acrylic paint.

The Extreme Glitter is available in a variety of colors (see here), and comes in 5 ounce jars (retail price: around $6) or 2 ounce bottles (retail price: around $2.00). You can purchase them online or in retail stores. I happen to have the bottles, because I like that you can squeeze the paint out when you want to get messy. So I stuck with what I was familiar with. Today I’m showing you six colors I have – Peridot (2789), Turquoise (2790), Red (2792), Silver (2787), Hologram (2796), and Gold (2786).

When you squeeze out a drop of each (as pictured above) they look like little glass pebbles. I was apprehensive, because I could see the glitter but it didn’t seem very sparkly!

I took a small paintbrush and smeared each drop of paint. The top half of the picture above is what the paint looks like about five minutes after I did it, and the bottom half is after just over an hour of drying time. What a difference! The color is much deeper, and the glitter is more sparkly. The directions on each bottle say that you should allow each layer of paint to dry for one hour before adding the next coat, and on the website it says that a layer of Extreme Glitter will be dry in 20 minutes. I gave it the finger test after ten minutes (I’m so impatient!) and it seemed good to go!

Next I decided to see how the paint would do when used for small spots, and with paper products. I chose a digital image from Pixie Dust Studio, printed it out, and opened up the Red Extreme Glitter. You can see above what I meant earlier about how paint-like the Glitter looks when it’s wet.

I dipped the paintbrush directly into the container and lightly painted over the heart. No smearing occurred, as can sometimes happen with waterbased products. I did have to add more paint to my brush fairly often, and the paint dries quickly, so it got a bit gummy in spots. So work fast – that’s what I learned! The paint had a pinkish hue as I applied it, but it was very faint.

This is after the Extreme Glitter had dried for thirty minutes. I loved the way it turned out! Transparent enough to till see through to whatever color is underneath, but still adding serious sparkle and color.

Next up I started a page in one of my art journals. Since taking this picture, I have added doodling with a Sharpie marker, and some actual journaling, but I didn’t want to share all of that 😉 This journal is a Watson-Gupthill sketchbook (widely available online and in stores). Notice how shimmery it is? You can see the glare from my Ott Lite. It did wrinkle the page a bit, but the book still closes flat.

Lastly, I decided to try jazzing up a plain old box, for a sweet gift. I took one of those generic white boxes that people put jewelry in, and added two coats of red to just the top. I then added a label (from Lizzie Anne Designs) and a ribbon and within an hour (drying time included) had a pretty little package! The more coats you add, the more depth to your sparkle. But I really like to contrasting color (in this case, white) showing through.

The Plaid website offers a fantastic area for FAQs, videos, and samples. Check it out today! Here is a quick overview on my thoughts about this product:


  • provides lots of fun sparkle on projects
  • can be used on a variety of porous surfaces
  • works much like an acrylic paint
  • comes in two sizes.containers, so you can choose which works better for you


  • gets gummy very quickly, so you have to work fast
  • seems to take quite a bit of paint to get good coverage
  • wish there were more colors available!

Have you ever used this product? What did you think of it? Leave a comment and let us know!

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