Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Puttin' on the Glitz!

Do you think all Art Glitter is created alike? Well, think again! I haven’t seen anything that compares to the sparkle and shine you will find in the PK Glitz glitter. This product is in a class all of it’s own!

I received six ¼ oz. jars of Glitter Glitz, sample pack of Glitz Stick Paper, small plastic spoon, and Sticky Paper Stencil Picture instructions, all packaged in a cute see-thru cosmetic style bag. At first glance you may think these beautifully colored glitters were just like any other, but once you open the jars you will notice a shine and sparkle that doesn’t compare with anything I have found as of yet.

The Glitz Stick Paper was very intriguing and I couldn’t wait to find out how well it would work in my Wishblade. With the holiday season quickly approaching, I chose a snowflake die cut for my first test. The Glitz Stick Paper worked wonderfully in my Wishblade and it was super easy to remove the backing from the image once it was cut. As suggested in the Sticky Paper Stencil Picture instructions, I poured the Crystal Glitter Glitz into a coffee filter to make it easier to work with. I then drug the die cut – sticky side down – through the Crystal Glitter Glitz and I was completely amazed at how easy and beautiful this snowflake was to make. Of course I couldn’t stop at just one, I had to make a couple more. After deciding on the design of my card, I used my Quickie Glue Pen and Real Red, Pine Forest, and Crystal Glitter Glitz to add sparkle to my stamped image. I was hooked!

Snowflake-upclose

 Snowman-card   
Title: Snowman Card
Products used: Cardstock (Prism Prismatics)
Glitter Glitz (PK Glitz)
Glitz Stick Paper (PK Glitz)
Snowflake Die Cut (mamawslegacy.cuttersmarket.com)
Corner Punch (EK Success)
Quickie Glue Pen (Gellyroll)
Snowflake Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug)
Silver Pen (Krylon)
Stamped Snowman (Stampin’ Up)
Embossing Powder (Tseuniko)
Colored Pencils (Prismacolor)
Pens (Bic)
Adhesive (Adhesive Tech, Permanent Bond Glue Runner)

The Sticky Paper Stencil Picture technique states that you should use a metal stencil but I didn’t have one that I wanted to use so I improvised and used a plastic stencil that I had on hand. I poured all of my colors into individual coffee filters per the instructions and used the small enclosed spoon to begin “painting” in my stencil. I chose to use Real Red, Eggplant, NST Copper, and Pine Forest Glitter Glitz for my picture. It was amazing how quickly the picture came to life! The Glitz Stick Paper easily removed from the plastic stencil and I filled in the background in with Crystal Glitter Glitz.

Both of these cards were created with minimal time and effort and I have to say I was very impressed with the final results. I set them on the dining room table and when my husband came home he noticed the cards and commented on how nice they looked. He usually likes stuff to be fairly plain but he was impressed by how “professional” the cards looked and remarked on the exceptional sparkle and shine that was achieved using the PK Glitter Glitz.

Small-Bird-card
Title: Merry Christmas
Products used: Cardstock (Prism Prismatics)
Glitter Glitz (PK Glitz)
Glitz Stick Paper (PK Glitz)
Gold Pen (Krylon)
Plastic Stencil (StenSource)
Stamp (TAC)
Gold Ink (Encore)
Embossing Powder (Stampendous)
Adhesive (Adhesive Tech, Permanent Bond Glue Runner)

While cardmaking is so much fun, my passion is really scrapbooking. I love to add bling to my layouts and I knew that the Glitter Glitz would add just that. I used the Glitz Stick Paper and my Wishblade to cut leaves and a bird. I began by adding Pine Forest and NST Copper Glitter Glitz to the leaves. For the bird I added a small amount of Blueberry for a shadow effect and colored the bird with the Pine Forest Glitter Glitz.
Great-Outdoors-upclose

Great-Outdoors-Layout 
Title: The Great Outdoors
Products used: Cardstock (Prism Prismatics)
Patterned Paper (My Minds Eye)
Glitter Glitz (PK Glitz)
Glitz Stick Paper (PK Glitz)
Title Die Cut (My Minds Eye)
Leaves (mamawslegacy.cuttersmarket.com)
Bird (bgladpapercrafts.cuttersmarket.com)
Brown Pen (Micron)
Adhesive (Adhesive Tech, Permanent Bond Glue Runner)

Like with many other adhesives, the glitter will usually flake off some, but not with the Glitz Stick Paper. I found that once I finished my project, if I brushed it with a soft brush, then it removed any excess glitter, it kept the glitter where I wanted and not on the rest of project.

PK Glitz Glitter is a hand blended ultra fine art glitter in colors to compliment their already popular Embossing Powders. It is my opinion that since these products are made right here in the United States by Owners, Janelle Kelso Marshall and Jim Marshall, you are sure to receive a superior quality product every time!

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