If you love the look of glitter, but dislike the mess, then you probably gravitate toward glitter glues. So now let me introduce you to the Cadillac of glitter glues- STICKLES by Ranger, Ink.
Stickles are super glittery and come in a wide range of sparkly and iridescent colors. They are a great way to add a little pizzazz to your projects without the mess of loose glitter. Here’s a swatch of how these colors look when they are applied to paper:
Now, if you are looking for some texture, but don’t want a lot of sparkle, Distress Stickles might be what your are looking for. Created by the famed Tim Holtz for Ranger. Here’s how they look in the bottle:
There are two big differences that I have found between Stickles brand glitter glues- 1), when they are dry the medium shrinks up almost entirely, giving you the “pile of glitter” look. Both Distress and regular stickles totally look like glitter when dry.
The second is that these bad boys don’t clog, gunk, or sputter the way some other glitter glues do. I don’t know what magic they put in that medium, but it almost always flows smoothly without the “burps” of air bubbles that can potentially ruin a project.
I noticed that the two versions of Stickles actually have different nozzles:
You also might want to know that when I created a “fall card” using Stickles, it warped my paper a bit. (That means that there is a fair amount of water content in the glue media.) To solve my problem, I waited until the Stickles were dry, then lightly misted the back of the card with water. I then placed it under a phone book to press it flat again. Problem solved!
Here are some examples of how I used Distress Stickles and regular Stickles.
Or take home decor to a whole new level! Check out this amazing Sugar Skull by Vicki O’Dell:
Click on the image or this link to go to her blog to see how she made it- using Stickles, of course!
Stickles are an inexpensive, fun way to add glitter and sparkle to your project without the mess of loose glitter. And for under $2 USD, that’s a lot of happy in a half-ounce bottle. I’d also like to note that it’s non-toxic, so you can let your kids play with it too….that is, if you let them!
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