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Glitter Glue -Tips and Ideas

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Glitter Glue For Crafters

Glitter glue has been a staple for all kinds of crafters. From Christmas ornaments to scrapbook pages to greeting cards, it has been the bling for all things crafty. there are so many options when it comes to glitter glues.

It comes in plastic bottles in a variety of colors. The bottles generally have small nozzle tips that allow to get just the right amount of product that you need.

There are smaller bottles of glue like Stickles as well as the larger glitter glues made like those from Elmer's. I find the larger bottles have less proportion of glitter suspended in the glue. However, each glue is very helpful, depending on your use and the material you are using it on.

Elmer's glitter glue is washable and not recommended for use on photos, bare metal, submerged surfaces, or heated surfaces.

There are also tubes of glitter glue that come as sets.These tubes have small nozzles attached to them.

You can also purchase glitter glue in larger bottles. These bottles have larger nozzles, but are priced better per ounce.

Glitter glue comes in a wet version as well as glitter glue sticks that you can use in your craft glue gun

If you use glitter glue that has the clear white tops, my favorite suggestion is to dab the top with a bit of the glitter glue and allow to dry. That way you will have a reference to how the color looks when it dries.

Create Glitter Glue Flowers

It is easy to create your own glitter glue flowers, Cut out a flower of your choice on heavy card stock. Paint the glitter glue on top of the flower petals, Allow to dry. Add a half gem to the top. Perfect for a scrapbook page or a card.

It is easy to create your own glitter glue flowers, Cut out a flower of your choice on heavy card stock. Paint the glitter glue on top of the flower petals, Allow to dry. Add a half gem to the top. Perfect for a scrapbook page or a card.

Where To Use Glitter Glue

There are so many ways to use glitter glues and pastes. Here are just a few to get your creatives juices flowing:

Scrapbook Pages

Glitter glue is so much easier to use on your scrapbook pages. It is much easier to use than glue and glitter. You can highlight a title or add to embellishments. Create a frame around a picture with glitter glue.

Greeting Cards

Highlight your stamped images or make some dots for a decorative touch, You can also glitter glue your sentiments. Create a background with stencils You can even stamp with glitter glue if the stamp is a simple outline.(make sure to wash the stamp right away in soap and water )

Art Journals

There are unlimited uses for glitter glue on your art journal pages ! Use it like paint. Make glitter glue buttons. Use it with a stencil !

Create A Custom Frame

You can create a custom frame with a wood frame or any other frame. Use the glitter glue to paint the frame. Use a single shade or mix several shades. Just add a few dots of glitter glue on the frame. Spread with a brush and allow to dry.

Decorate A Pumpkin

Once you brush away all the dirt from your pumpkin, you can decorate it with any motif you can think of with glitter glue

Make Clothes Pin Magnets

Decorate a clothes pin with glitter glue and add a magnet on one side. Great idea for a gift your kids can make.

Decorate Glass Jars

You can use glitter glues to decorate glass jars. This is a great recycle idea,, Make sure your jar is clean. Apply the glitter glue in your pattern or design. Allow it to dry. Apply Modge Podge over the top so that it will seal the glitter glue.

Decorate Rocks For A Garden

Add some glam to your garden by painting glitter glue to some good sized rocks. Make sure that the rocks are clean. Apply the glue. Allow to dry and decorate your garden

Make Glitter Butterflies

One of my favorite ways to use glitter glue is to create glitter butterflies. Stamp a butterfly shape and decorate with the glitter view of your choice

One of my favorite ways to use glitter glue is to create glitter butterflies. Stamp a butterfly shape and decorate with the glitter view of your choice

Uses For Glitter Glue

  • Outline Letter Stickers- You can customize any letter sticker that you may have with the glitter glue.
  • Use glitter glue with stencils
  • Accent and decorate to any embellishment
  • Create glitter glue drops on a non stick mat. Use them to circle shapes
  • Use pre-made glitter glue drops to create a faux shaker card
  • Make glitter pebbles. Use large drops of glitter glue to create little pebbles/ Use a non stick mat. Let them set for a minimum of two days.
  • Use strips of paper that are a plank like shape. Rough the edges with scissors. Set them against a black or very dark color on a card base. Use complimentary colors of glitter glue in groupings of color
  • Outline letters in a title on a scrapbook pag
  • Use them on top of brads or buttons to make them glitter
  • Create special icing with them on cards and die cuts
  • Use them as a boarder on a scrapbook page or card
  • Use them as the center of a flower
  • Use them with a stencil instead of ink
  • Use them for the rays of the sun
  • Use them to create a glittery rainbow

Glitter Snowflakes

Stickles

One of the most favorite glitter gels on the market

One of the most favorite glitter gels on the market

Stickles

Stickles is probably the best known glitter glues because of its quality and rainbow of colors. It is manufactured by Ranger and comes in .5 ounce bottles.

Currently, Stickles come in 48 colors,

It is non toxic, acid free and cleans up with water. Because it is acid free, it can be used in scrapbooks.

Stickles Glitter Gels are the newest addition of Stickles to the Ranger line. They come in 1 ounce fluid jars. They are spreadable over a surface or over a stencil. They currently come in 4 metallic colors. They work nicely with stencils.

10 More Ways To Use Stickles

Get a few more ideas ti use stickles on your projects

Get a few more ideas ti use stickles on your projects

5 Ways To Use Stickles

Nuvo Drops Products

Nuvo Drops are another option when it comes to glitter glues. They come in a host of colors in 1 ounce bottles with precision tips .They are a self leveling product which means that you should get perfect drops every time.

Glimmer Paste is a thicker option of the Neuvo drops and is perfect to use with stencils.

Nuvo Glitter Accents allow you to create a three dimensional effect . These are a textured effect rather than a dome effect.

Nuvo Glitter Markers-They come in packs of three. They have a brush markers that allows you to add glitter wherever you need it.

Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter comes in 100 ml bottles with 28 colors. The bottle has a wide opening that makes it easy to pour any excess product back into the bottle. They work nicely with stencils.


Glam Up A Phone Charger

Great idea especially if there are multiple chargers in your home. Do one color for each person !

Great idea especially if there are multiple chargers in your home. Do one color for each person !

Glitter Glue Tips

  • If you are writing on fabric with glitter glue, write on felt rather than fur. The glue will not write as clearly on fur.
  • Glitter glue generally takes 24 hours to dry, so set your project somewhere safe so no one touches it
  • Never use a heating tool with glitter glue
  • If you glitter glue has become clogged, stick a paperclip into the nozzle to loosen the glue
  • Always keep your glitter glue upside down to minimize air bubbles
  • Like any other glue, glitter glues will dry out over time. Ensure that the lid is tightly closed after using your product, to reduce the glue’s exposure to air. As stated above, always store your glitter glue upside down.

Glitter Glue Earrings

Glitter pastes are available in many colors and can be used on all kinds of projects

Glitter pastes are available in many colors and can be used on all kinds of projects

Glitter Paste

This thick paste (perfect for using with stencils) contains iridescent glitter in a glue carrier that dries clear. Apply it to surfaces with a brush or spatula. It is made by several different manufacturers with a wide range of colors.

You can get two effects from using this product with stencils. If you use a spatula, you will get a raised effect. If you use a cloth to apply, you will get a flat effect.

It works on paper, cork, fabric, wood, an acetate.

These are fairly small jars, but a little goes a long way. Using these products means that you get a better mix and less mess than making your own.

Make Your Own Glitter Paste

Glitter can be expensive. Here is a way to save some money and have some fun. Most of these supplies may be found in your dollar store.

You can make custom colors of glitter paste instead of purchasing them. In this recipe one portion equals one ounce, so you can increase the amount that you make. Experiment with different colors and brands to find the combinations that you love.

Here is how:

Supplies

  • Baby or talc powder-the unscented kind works best
  • White PVA glue-use the inexpensive white glue
  • Metallic or pearl paint-use inexpensive metallic paint
  • Fine glitter
  • Coarse glitter
  • A container that can be sealed
  1. Mix 1 ounce of paint, 1/2 ounce of glue and 2 ounces of powder in your container.
  2. Mix in 1/2 ounce fine glitter and 1./2 ounce course glitter, Make sure that you mix everything together.

Another Way To Make Your Own Glitter Paste

You can combine glitter glue with embossing folders to create unique art

You can combine glitter glue with embossing folders to create unique art

Glitter Glue And Embossing Folders

You can use glitter glue with an embossing folder to create a very custom look on your cards.

Supplies

  • Clear piece of acetate the size of a card
  • Embossing folder
  • Stickles or other glitter glue
  • Craft spatula
  • Card form
  • Adhesive
  • Sentiment
  1. Take the clear piece of acetate and place it into an embossing folder
  2. Run the embossing folder through a die cut machine, following the manufacturers directions
  3. Chose the embossed or debossed side of the acetate
  4. With a craft spatula, spread and swipe the color of glitter glues you have selected over the piece of acetate.
  5. Set the acetate aside to dry
  6. use the same color of Stickles or glitter glue to the back of the acetate piece as an adhesive for the card base. Attach the acetate to the card base.
  7. Add a die cut sentiment to the card. Emboss with white or black embossing powder to make the sentiment stand out.
  8. Attach the sentiment with glue or use the glitter glue to attach
  9. Using the same colors as was used on the acetate, place a few drops of the glitter glue on the card


Stickles And Glitter Glue Resources

Make Your Own Glitter Glue

You can make your own glitter glue at less expense than buying the name brand glitter glues in the same containers. Here is how to do it.

You only need two things, very fine glitter ( or glitter flakes) and clear glue. You will need a clear glue like Elmer's clear glue (or another brand) and fine glitter in the color of your choice. You will also need some small containers. ( this is tp place part of the glue into to save for later)

  1. Start by pouring a little bit of glue into a small container. You need area in the glue bottle to make space for the glitter. Once you have removed some of the glue, remove the cap of the glue bottle.
  2. Slowly pour the glitter into the glue bottle.
  3. Replace the cap on the glue bottle. Shake it and then shake some more.
  4. Twist the cap open and you are ready to use

Make sure that the glue you use is acid free, especially if you are using it on cards or scrapbook pages.



Coloring With Glitter Glue

More Glitter Glue Ideas

Glitter Glue Vs Stickles

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Glitter Glue Sticks

Glitter glue sticks, combined with your hot glue gun have so many options and applications.

Start with greeting cards. You can really go to town adding character and texture to your cards.

You can also decorate ornaments for holidays.

They come in mini and standard size sticks. They can be used with either a low temp or standard glue gun.

Instead of doing a project with a glue gun and then adding glitter, you use the glitter sticks to create just about anything with less mess

Glitter Glue Stick Crafts

Glitter Painting

Glue glue is actually a medium that can be used to paint. Here is how to go it

Glue glue is actually a medium that can be used to paint. Here is how to go it

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How To Unclog Your Glitter Glue Bottles

The fine tips on many of the glitter glue bottles help control the application on your projects. But the smaller tips also help them to clog.

A simple solution to this problem is a thin paperclip. I keep several handy in the box where I store my glitter glues.Simply unbend the paperclip and insert the straight wire down into the clogged tip.

Organizing Your Glitter Glues

The first step once you start getting serious about glitter glues is to get organized. You can get a chart to catalog your glitter glues in your favorite browser. Just type in the browser glitter glue color charts, then images. You should be able to find the chart that you need. Then print the chart. If you want to be more specific or only need one brand, then request that specific name.

Once you have done that, You just add a little of the colors that you have. Then set it aside to dry. AS you add more colors to your stash, just add that color to your chart,

Also look for a chart that just has empty spaces. Many times a company will change their colors or add more colors that are not on their present chart.

Put your charts in page protectors in a three ring binder.

Once you have this done, you can refer to it when you need to buy or replace a glue,




Perfect Way To Store Glitter Glues

This art bin is perfect to store all of your glitter glues. Holds a lot of product. This is my preferred storage

This art bin is perfect to store all of your glitter glues. Holds a lot of product. This is my preferred storage

Storing Your Glitter Glues

Like any glue or color medium, the moisture in glitter glues will tend to dry out over a period of time.

There are a couple of ways that you can help prolong the drying out process:

  1. Always make sure that the lid on your glitter glues are very tight
  2. Store your glitter glue tip side down. This helps to keep your glue fresher longer, and flow better - preventing messy glitter glue burps on your beautiful projects.

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