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Repost ~ Sprinkle with Sparkles

February 27, 2009

In trying to get all my tutorials in one spot…Here’s a repost of an oldies fave!

Well it’s my turn over at the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog to host Fab Fridays and what I’ve got for you is a small tutorial and the “Sprinkle with Sparkles” challenge!

Some of you may have heard about Burnished Velvet Glitter, where once you’ve glittered, the glitter feels as soft as velvet! It’s a technique that’s often associated with microfine glitter and Terrific Tape. But you probably haven’t seen it with a Cuttlebugged embossed image! I learned this technique from my best gal pal Peggy Toole who is also a DT member on the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog.

For this technique, you will need: cuttlebugchallenge-burnishedvelvet-spike14f

-an embossing folder (I used Leafy Branch)
-quickie glue pen by Sakura (or a Zig fine tip, 2 way glue pen by EK Success, it works the same way)
-microfine glitter (the finer the glitter the better! I used Glitter Ritz, Grasshopper)
-old blush brush

1) Emboss your piece of card stock using your Cuttlebug embossing folder.
Next, decide which areas you would like glittered. It works best glittering the negative embossed areas.


2) Then with the glue pen, add glue to all the recessed areas you want to glitter with one colour. In this example will add glue to the entire area. (I added a little colour to the embossed area for contrast to see easier)


With the Sakura Glue, you will see it change colour from blue to clear, it becomes nice and tacky. Wait until all areas turn clear before adding the glitter, don’t worry about the glue drying as it will remain tacky until you glitter it. (Try not to touch the glue at this point, it will reduce the stickiness…I learned this the hard way!)


3) Lightly sprinkle with glitter. Be sure to cover your workspace first so that you can collect the excess glitter later.


Make sure that all parts are covered.


4) Use a couple of fingers and with medium pressure in a circular motion rub the glitter firmly onto the glue areas.


This is the burnishing process.


Burnishing ensures that all areas are fully loaded with glitter and it polishes the glitter at the same time making it nice and shiny!


5) After burnishing, shake off the excess glitter.


6) Then brush off any stray bits of glitter.


If you’re working with multiple colours, repeat steps 2-6 for each colour but start with the darker colours first. (else stray dark specs of glitter will end up in the lighter areas)

And voila! There you have it, burnished velvet glitter! With this technique, you won’t find glitter flaking off your finished project.


Here’s a card using the Grasshopper burnished velvet on black card stock. This technique leaves stunning results where you may not want to do anything else with the finished piece!


Here’s another card using the Snowflakes Cuttlebug Folder and Glitter Ritz Colors: Blue Teal, Western Blue, Royal Blue and Cool Highlight. The sentiment is from Verve Stamps, Snowflake Splendor. And the cardstock is Bazzill Bling. The only tough part is taking photographs that turn out nicely without too much glare.



Here’s my most fave card that Peggy made using this technique!

Okay, now it’s your turn! It’s the Sprinkle the Sparkles Challenge! For trying out this burnished velvet technique, I will give to two lucky recipients, 2 x 10g jars each of Glitter Ritz microfine glitter! (colours will be different from the ones below…winners will get to choose!)


One will be a random draw from all burnished velvet entries and the other will be my favourite Cuttlebugged burnished velvet creation!

Be sure to follow the directions on the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog on the Sprinkle with Sparkles Challenge post to enter. If you don’t have a blog and wish to load your creation on SCS or PCP, please use CBCSpike1 in the keywords and be sure to add your link so we know where to find you.

The deadline for this challenge is March 8th, noon EST.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, please leave a me comment in the comments section.

Thanks so much for taking the time to drop by!

Have a happy, crafty weekend!


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Glenda permalink
    December 27, 2010 11:56 am

    Congratulations on your new blog tutorial site. It will be a tremendous hit because your blog is terrific. You have some wonderful people and resources around you, Haroldine being one of them. If you ever get a chance to take a Cathie Allen class I highly recommend it! It is truly a wonderful gift you give to all of us who follow you.

    Thanks so very much



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