Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Glitter Fishies

This was a project I took with me for all the gals in Colorado to do together, so I was the one who caused the glitter explosion all over Joanne. This is one of my favorite, although time consuming techniques. I think I made five cards using the same pattern and technique once, but because of the time it takes I usually stick with one card and one card only! 
The minute I saw these stamps online though, I knew I wanted to use the glitter window technique because fish are so sparkly anyhow and you can use just about any color on them and it will look okay. The directions are simple, the process takes a long time. Find a nice, open stamp. Stamp using black Stazon or another good black permanent ink on acrylic. Let it dry completely. 
Select one color at a time and use Art Institute's Dries Clear glitter glue with the fine applicator tip, put glue in the section where you are using a specific color, for example, for the fish's face where I have orange, put the glue there and there alone if that is the only orange patch. Then sprinkle liberally with glitter and wait at least fifteen minutes for it to partially dry before tapping off your excess. The glue won't dry completely for a few hours, but will dry enough for you to add your next color. I usually glitter in one section, go do some laundry or some dishes with a timer on, tap it off, do the next section, then do a little more housework . . . see how it goes? The important thing with this technique is to be patient and let it dry at each stage. 
When you're done, you flip the image over so you can see your stamped lines and the glitter will be on the back, so it won't rub off. For this card I cut out a rectangular hole and pasted a piece of very cool sea-looking background paper so the fish would look like they are swimming. Thanks for looking.
Stamps: Basic Grey beta series Gone Fishing
Ink: Black Stazon
Paper: Acetate and variety of DPs from Archiver's, SU Orange, PTI White, other papers that shall remain nameless because I didn't write them down before I cut them up
Other: SU Turquoise and Bluebird GG ribbons, a button, Martha Stewart glitter pack, AI dries clear glitter glue and applicator tip, assortment of nestabilities (including my new inverted scalloped square)

24 comments:

cadnileb said...

Oh love the glittery fishies and the fun colors!

Melissa said...

This is very cool! The glittery fishes are great!

Mothermark said...

How come your's looks better than mine?

Saved By Grace said...

Wow this is very pretty and very unique...nice job.

Tracey Cuccia said...

Love this PeggySue!! I've not dabbled in this in some time! Might have to...thanks for sharing!!

One Picky Family said...

cute card PS

The Mama Monkey said...

This is just beautiful! TFS this technique! You do have to be very patient! Not sure if I can do it! LOL

Joanne (jojot) said...

You forgot the most important rule of this technique.......DO NOT mistake the glitter container for a glue stick.....or you too will have Liberace pants.....lol

This really is a beautiful technique for the glitter-able....and you did a fab job of explaining it for us.....

thanks, gf

Gina said...

What a great project! I am going to have to try that.

laos348 said...

Very cool use of the glitter - looks great!

Leah said...

WOw! This came out great, love the glittery fish:)

Lee said...

Those fishies are really lovely. You are one patient stamper. Don't think I have the patience for this technique but the results are sure stunning.

BethieJ said...

Peggysue that is BEAUTIFUL! oh my! I love that glitter.. and such cute fish!!!
have a GREAT weekend!

IamDerby said...

This is completely awesome! I want to try that!

Diane said...

WOW, Peggsue, this is beautiful! You did a fantastic job. I've never seen this technique so thanks for sharing!!!

BethH said...

Oooo, that is adorable. Love it....so cute!

katiesniche said...

What a fin-tastic idea! Thanks for the steps on doing it, I wouldn't have been that patient, but I guess I can always do laundry too :)
Beautiful card.

Kay said...

This is beautiful! I am such an instant gratification type of person that I know I wouldn't have the patience but boy is it pretty!

JazzyH said...

How pretty!

Holly said...

This card actually reminds me of a segment in the original FANTASIA movie. The part where the beta fish are swimming around (there are black ones and pink ones, etc.) and they keep swirling around and around....anyhoo - I love this card and the glitter just adds to the fun!

Grace said...

Oh my goodness this is adorable!!! I love these sparkly fish! You couldn't have picked a better image for this technique! I wish I was in COL! Sounds like a fun get together!!!

DaDoodleDiva said...

This is fabulous!! I can see why this technique is so time consuming.

Katy said...

This is such a cool card! Love it!

Diane said...

Oh, WOW, PS...this is spectacular! I soooo want to try that technique! Love everything about this card. Will have to sort through my stamps to see what I have that will work for this technique. Guess you find the glue at any LSS or hobby shop?