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Ranger Ink’s Distress Stickles

Reported by Susan Reidy

I firmly believe that into every project a little bling must fall. But what if your style is less flashy/glitzy and more shabby/vintagey? Try Ranger Ink’s Distress Stickles by Tim Holtz.

According to Ranger, this brand of Stickles combines “variegated glitter sizes and a matte look to complement the nostalgic palette of Distress products.” Translation: Compared to regular Stickles, the Distress line has more muted colors and less sparkle, which is great for vintage and shabby projects.

In the picture below, you can see how Distress Stickles compare to the standard Stickles, more shine in the traditional, more texture in the distress version. As promised, the Distress Stickles do provide “a thicker, bolder application.”

Distress Stickles come in a .5 fl. Oz. bottle and start at about $2.49 per bottle.

I love me some Stickles, so I had to give these a try. The first thing I noticed is that the bottle tip has a wider opening, which makes sense since the glitter in the Distress Stickles is chunkier.

I found both pros and cons to this feature. On the plus side, the glitter glue flows rather easily from the Distress Stickles (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used my paper piercer to open up the tip of my traditional Stickles). This also makes covering larger areas easier.

On the negative side, the glitter glue flows rather easily. I know — same point, different view. Because it comes out so easily, if you get a little excited while using it (isn’t crafting fun?), you may end up with great globs of gluey goodness. But if you’re working on a shabby project, that’s the look you want anyway, right?

The point is still fine enough to more or less accurately get it where you want it, even if it’s only around the edge of an item. Below, I used Peeled Paint to highlight the edges of my flowers made from vintage sewing pattern paper. The Stickles worked well, even on this delicate surface.

Distress Stickles are currently available in 29 colors, which match the other Ranger line of Distress products including ink pads, embossing powders and crackle paint. And you’ve got to love the names — Broken China, Fired Brick, Dusty Concord, Shabby Shutters, Worn Lipstick and more.

The products match nicely. Here’s antique linen in Distress Stickles and crackle paint.

I liked using these together on my project below for a tone-on-tone look. It gave the butterflies some nice texture and a touch of sparkle, without going over the top.


And here’s a little trick I learned from the Ranger web site. You can ink the Distress Stickles for a tarnished look on the glitter. That’s a pretty cool look. On my heart below, I used Worn Lipstick Distress Stickles and rubbed Old Paper Distress ink pad over it once it was dry.


Overall, I think Stickles are still the easiest, cleanest way to add glitter to a project and a multitude of surfaces. With the distress version, I like that it matches the other distress products and it gives you texture and dimension without looking like a Vegas stage show.

Distress Stickles are available from a wide range of retailers, including Michael’s, Jo-Ann, A.C. Moore, Archiver’s and several online sites.

Stickles – Tim Holtz Designer Series Distress Stickles Collection Pack are also available at Amazon.com

Pros:

  • Easily adds texture, and some sparkle.
  • Great color choices, which match other distress products.
  • Ideal for vintage/shabby projects.
  • Works on a variety of surfaces — patterned paper, chipboard, cardstock, etc.
  • Glitter glue flows easily from applicator.

Cons:

  • Can get rather pricey, especially if you want the whole color collection.
  • Glitter glue flows easily, which can make it tricky if you want to do super fine detail work.

Have you tried Distress Stickles? What do you think? Do you like them more/less/the same as traditional Stickles? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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Stickles Glitter Glue by Ranger

Reported by Heather Strenzwilk

In the past I never liked using glitter because it was so messy- glitter seemed to be everywhere but my project. Stickles Glitter Glue from Ranger is an easy way to add glitz to a variety of surfaces. No shaking required- these 35 shades of non-settling glitter glue come in fine tip applicator bottles. They work on a variety of surfaces- paper, chipboard, scrapbook pages, clear album covers and more. Once dry, Stickles are permanent and the glitter is very difficult to rub off (I tried for this review).

Stickles are non-toxic and acid free making them practical for use on scrapbook pages or albums. I was especially happy with how it worked to embellish pre-printed scrapbook papers. I found that on some rougher surfaces such as wood or chipboard, it was easier to apply Stickles to a pre-painted surface. In my experience, the product took longer to dry on non-paper surfaces. To fill in a larger space, I usually trace around the outline and then fill in the rest by using the tip to help smooth the product.


The fine tip is ideal for fine detail work in including writing and drawing. It is very easy to control the flow of the product, especially if you test it on a piece of scrap paper first! When I first started using them I had a few issues with air bubbles resulting in blobs of product. Since glues by nature have a tendency to clog applicator tips, I now store my Stickles upside down and I find the flow of the product more consistent.


Limited color selections of Stickles are available in chain craft stores such as Michael’s and AC Moore. Local scrapbook stores or The Stampin’ Place normally carry the full product line for around $2.50 per bottle.

Pros:

  • Non-toxic and acid free and safe around pets and children
  • Inexpensively priced
  • Easy to clean up

Cons:

  • Need to expand the product line to match colors of Ranger inks
  • Takes a long time to dry- usually overnight

Stickles delivers glitz and shine to your project without making a mess. The rainbow of colors and special fine applicator can be used to create fine detail work. My personal favorite shade was Diamond which is semi-transparent and allowed background color to show through it. Stickles are economically priced, portable and one of my favorite products to embellish projects.

Are you a Stickles fan? Do you think this is the best way to apply glitter to a project? What is your favorite shade of Stickles? Share your comments with our readers!

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