Monday, October 22, 2007

Tutorial on Glitter Window Technique

*Note: In this tutorial you will end up with ATC sized samples. Also, the colors in the photographs are not necessarily the colors in the final project, as this was tried on a couple of different "phototypes."

FIRST STEP: You cut your 8 1/2 x 11-inch card stock (cs) with the short side up at 2 1/2 and 5 inches (I use a guillotine-type cutter made by Boston). I have had it forever. So I actually push the paper through to 6 inches and cut, then 3 1/2 inches and cut again. This gives you 3 strips (one 3 1/2 inches wide and two at 2 1/2 inches wide). You want to cut these all down so they are 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches for ATC size. This way is the best to get 10 pieces from one piece of 8 1/2 x 11 cs. (You will actually need 3 sets of these ATC pieces. I used ruby red for my front piece, a white one for the stamped image, and More Mustard for my back piece to cover it all up and give it more stability. The white one can actually be a little bit smaller since it is fitted between the other two pieces).

SECOND STEP: I stamped my pumpkin image on the white cs pieces. You can take the time to color them now if you would like. If not, you will need to do this before you attach the front and back for sure. Don't color it lightly, as it will not show if it is too light. Lay the coluzzle template on top of the stamped image to decide which circle you need to cut so it can be seen through the front piece.

THIRD STEP: Then I used my coluzzle (once I had decided what size) to cut the circle on the ruby red piece for the front.

*Note: You could also use the nestabilities dies if you have those. Just be sure to choose one large enough to fit the stamped image you are using (in my case the pumpkin), but be sure your tape is wide enough to cover the hole too.

FOURTH STEP: Place your ruby red cs in the embossing folder and run through your machine (i.e. Coluzzle, Sizzix, Wizard, etc.). You can also decorate the front piece however you would like now or wait until you are all done. I then placed my stamped image behind the cut out hole again, sized it up, trimmed it if needed, and taped it down to the back piece of cs. This step is to keep your image centered in the hole (ya know kinda like the carpenters say measure twice, cut once--if this is off it will be too late once you have it all together.

*You may want to use the embossing buddy to keep the static down on your front piece prior to taping and dusting with glitter.

FIFTH STEP: Place the packing tape on the back of the front piece with the sticky side out. Make sure it is tight across the hole so that you get a good window to see your image through.

SIXTH STEP: Then sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds (DD). Tap off extras onto paper and funnel back into the dd container.

LAST STEP: Use mounting tape or double sticky

tape to adhere the front and back pieces.

Your final project will look similar to this depending on the color choices and the embellishments you used.

Hope this tutorial was helpful to you.


KayellWY said...

What a nice tutorial. Thank you for sharing!

Karen, WY

jlazarski said...

Very good tutorial! Precise, yet covers all the steps -- great job!

Kelly S said...

Great job on the tutorial! I just got dazzling diamonds, so I can't wait to try this out!

Donelda said...

Awesome job on the tutorial Kelly!! and what great ATC's ... those pumpkins look awesome behind the glitter!! Maybe I'll need to try that on my next ATC swap.

Lynn said...

Great tutorial! I can't wait to try this technique.

Seleise said...

Hey - I'm so glad you had this posted on your blog. I was looking for this technique and yours is the perfect explanation!!! Great job!! - your SBS4 sister, Seleise