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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 ModPodge.  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?


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Vendor Spotlight: Stampendous Glitter

Reported by Susan Reidy

Some of my first, and favorite crafting memories, involve glitter and glue. It’s rare to find something so basic, so easy to use, that can add so much to a project, not to mention good for all ages.

While the act of glittering hasn’t changed much since my childhood, the glitter sure has. Stampendous recently sent me a box of their glitter goodies. The variety in textures, colors, and sizes are simply amazing!

They have just about every type of glitter you could possibly want. Do you want a bright, shiny, jewel color? They’ve got you covered. Or maybe some shimmering crystal is more your style? They’ve got it, in three different grain sizes: ultra-fine, fine and medium.

Here’s a rundown of the five types of glitter I tried. I’ll also show you later the difference in three sizes.

First up is the Crystal glitter, available in ultra-fine, fine and medium grain. This glitter is translucent, so the underlying color shows through. I like to mix the different sizes to make snow, but more on that later. It has a great sparkly shine.

The Pastel glitter also is translucent, and adds a hint of its own color. It’s available in five colors, all ultra-fine. Stampendous says it’s best used over similarly colored surfaces.

If you’re looking to add lots of color to your project, the Jewel glitter is perfect for you. It has a great sparkle, and deep, rich colors that in general will cover up the underlying color of your project. It’s available in 24 colors in the ultra-fine grain size. As Stampendous explains on its web site, this opaque glitter will add a metallic shine to projects.

Now for those of you want the super shiny, bling-bling, the Halo glitter variety is for you. It’s available in gold and silver in ultra-fine, fine, and medium grain sizes. This glitter is holographic, so it picks up a rainbow of colors. Stampendous says it can be mixed with embossing powders. I give that a try later on in the article, so stick with me.

The Pearl glitter is another opaque variety, available in 13 colors and the ultra fine size. It’s a polyester glitter, and I found that while it has a shine, it has more of what I would call a matte finish. It’s best in thin layers, over similarly colored surfaces.

Phew, now after that glitter primer, I bet you all want to know how to use it.

First up, I tried out this lovely Jumbo Pine Drift tree stamp and stamping block that Stampendous sent me with the glitter.

Check out the size of this stamp; it’s perfect for a card or even a scrapbook page.

I wasn’t sure if I would like the Jumbo Perfectly Clear Handle. I was worried it was too thin, and would get all inky. You can see the thickness here; it kind of reminds of a cutting plate for a die cut machine.

Oh, how wrong I was. The size and thickness of the handle made it so easy to get a nice clean image of the jumbo stamp. I don’t know if it would have worked as well with a traditional stamp block.

To bling out my tree in some yummy glitter, I used an EKSuccess 2-Way Glue Pen, also sent by Stampendous. I highlighted certain areas of the tree’s needles, and dumped on Jewel moss green glitter first.

Then I added more glue in different areas and dumped on Jewel sea green glitter. I love that the Jewel glitter has different shades of the same color, so you can add a little more interest, shading, or highlighting to your projects.

I also used some Pearl glitter in cherry on the ornaments. Here’s my finished tree.

But then I decided I wanted my tree to look like it was out in a snow storm. For this, I mixed Crystal fine and medium, and dumped it over strategically placed globs of Scotch Scrapbookers Glue with 2-Way Applicator. I wanted the glue to stay dimensional.

My tree needed a home, and clearly, it needed to be just as sparkly. I decided to mix Halo Gold in medium with Halo Silver in fine with some Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE). Here’s my special little mix.

I stamped the swirl stamp from the Stampendous set with embossing ink, dumped on the mix and heated it up. I was concerned that it wouldn’t work, especially with the larger crystals of UTEE, but it looks great. I like the slight shimmer the Halo glitter gives to the embossed image.

And here is my finished card:

Next up, I put together a gingerbread garland for my kitchen this Christmas. I started with a chipboard gingerman mini book from Michaels. I covered four pieces with patterned paper, then outlined each with my Scotch glue before adding ultra-fine Crystal glitter. I wanted it to look like icing.

Every gingerbread man must have buttons. I added some 3-D Glue Dots.

And then glitterfied them with Pearl glitter in cherry.

Oh, they look like tasty little gum drops.

I added some brads for eyes, and used my Scotch glue and Pearl glitter for the smiley mouth.

For his jaunty holly, I used my Vagabond to die cut the leaves, ran them through my Xyron Create-A-Sticker 150 for overall adhesive coverage and added moss green Jewel glitter to one and sea green Jewel glitter to the other.

Check out the great, sparkly coverage.

Here’s my girl gingerbread woman. Her buttons are in moss green, and she got Pastel pink glitter cheeks, courtesy of some Glue Dots.

I needed some accent pieces for my garland. I took some plain wooden spools from the craft store and wrapped them with Scor-Tape.

I removed the paper liner, and spread on some moss green Jewel glitter. Love this! I know I’ll be doing this again. By the way, after all the use of the moss green glitter, I still have 3/4 of a tube left. A little truly goes a long way.

Look at those towers of glittery goodness.

But I didn’t stop there. Gingebread men/women are cookies, right? So naturally, I needed to add some cookie cutters. I didn’t want them to be jealous, so of course they got glittered too.

For this job, I decided to use Glossy Accents. I used Halo Gold and a mix of ultra fine and medium Crystal. Here’s the Cyrstal mix.

And here’s the Halo. I think I like this one better.

Here are some glamour shots of the finished banner. Phew, that took a while.

By the end of my crafting sessions, I was covered in glitter and so was my craft area. But it was so worth it. I loved all the variety of the Stampendous glitter, and then it could be used on so many different surfaces. It also worked well with different adhesive, whether it was liquid, tape or glue dot.

Stampendous glitter is available individually in small jars (4.5 grams) and large jars (15 grams) as well as glitter kits.

Pros:

  • Lots of variety in color, type and size of glitter, whether you want opaque coverage or something more subtle.
  • Can be used on multiple surfaces and with multiple types of adhesives.
  • Adds a great sparkle to all projects.
  • A little goes a long way, so even with the smaller jars, it will last you awhile.

Cons:

  • Like all great crafts, it can get a little messy.
  • You’ll want to glitter anything that sits still long enough.

Have you tried Stampendous glitter? What’s your favorite type? What do you like to glitter?

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Vendor Spotlight: Stampendous "Painting with Powder Technique" Embossing Powders

Reported by Maria Del Pinto
The “Painting with Powder” line of embossing powders by Stampendous offers the user an opportunity to paint a surface in a manner that can have results that look like chalk, enamels and other media.  The more well known technique to painting with embossing powder is Fran’s Painting with Powder Technique™ which you can view on the Stampendous YouTube channel.  The powders are used to create fun abstract paintings on various objects but using her special technique and these embossing powders.  This is being promoted as a fun way to use embossing powders to create a different type of art.

The kit they sent me was the Scenic Selection which comes with 14 jars in a variety of colors:
white, star dust, clear bark, olive, lettuce, periwinkle, baby blue, clear lemon, sunny yellow, golden sand, honey, paprika, Chinese red, and ruby red.
This kit has a helpful “Tips & Technique” chart and comes with two scoop straws to aid in the use of the embossing powders.
The manufacturer recommends using the Versamark™ Clear slow drying ink with these embossing powders to get the best results.
For my first project I decided to use the embossing powders on a glass ornament to see if it would work.

I used one of the stamps enclosed in the kit, the “VersaMark” ink pad and some of the embossing colors.
I stamped the image onto a clean glass ornament and applied the powders.  Since it was a curved surface, I had a little trouble getting a clear image.

I decided to keep the image as is and a little more embossing powder in certain areas to give it some definition.
I also added a little glitter to the embossing powder to give it some sparkle.  I heated it carefully (to keep too much of the glitter from flying away).  It is a bit difficult to see the sparkle on the picture, but it looks great hanging in the window.
For the next project, I decided to try my hand at the “Fran’s Painting with Powder Technique”™.  In case you have not already figured it out, I do not have very much experience with embossing powders.  However, I decided to give it a try anyway.  I applied the VersaMark pad all over the board.
Then added each color, starting with the lightest.
Then adding more color,
until I ended up with this finished gift tag which looks similar to the sample on the packaging label.
For my third project, I decided to make a card for a friend.  I also decided to test the powders on different colors of paper to see how the embossing colors would look on them.
Here is how the colors look on a black board.  Interestingly enough, the lighter yellow embossing powders on the top left corner, look green on the black background.
Here is a sample on regular card board.  Again, the yellow colors on the top right corner do not look yellow but kind of a yellow green.
And here is what the embossing powder looks like on cold press water color paper.  Because of the texture of the water color paper, it almost looks like chalk.  The colors showed up fabulously.
I used these samples to make the third project which is a card for a friend.
The embossing powders are a mixture that ranges from translucent to opaque.  This allows for some interesting results, depending on the surface you are going to use them on.  The embossing powders can be used on paper, wood, glass, and a variety of other surfaces.  I also used these same powders to make a faux enamel-type box for a friend of mine, by mixing these powders with some mica and glitter.
It worked great and the box looks exactly the way I wanted it to.
Pros:
  • Interesting selection of earthy colors that darken once they are set by the heat gun.
  • Some of the colors are opaque which is great for covering darker surfaces.
  • Some of the colors are more translucent which lends well to working on lighter surfaces and glass.
  • You can add a variety of materials like micaglitter, etc. to the embossing powder to create additional special effects, as long as you heat the paper from beneath the stamped surface.
Cons:
  • There is no purple or black shade in the kit.  Two colors that I personally can not live without.
  • The small containers make it challenging to get the left over embossing powder back into the container without waste.
  • The sunny yellow turns a strange color when used on dark surfaces, so be mindful of that when planning out your project.
Have you ever tried to add glitter and mica to the embossing powder and what was the final effect.  What are your favorite embossing recipes and tips?
 
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