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Old 12-09-2021, 10:10 AM   #1  
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I'm working on Christmas cards and I want to create the look of snow on my pine branches and pine cone diecuts. I tried using glue and white glitter, but I think my glitter is too fine and once the glue dried, I was just left with a sparkle but not the look of sparkling white snow. I also tried a white sparkle embossing powder from Sparkle and Sprinkle, but although there was a little bit of sparkle, it was flat and just looked like white paint dabbed on the branches. I tried looking for a chunky glitter that would give me more dimension but all I found was the ones that look like little hexagon sequins. I want more of chunky crystal type look. Any suggestions for what I could use?
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If you can find glass glitter, that has a lovely crystalline look to it. I would probably look for sellers on Etsy (I’m on the wrong side of the Pond to be able to offer any useful pointers, I’m afraid).

Good luck finding something that gives the effect you want!
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If it were me, I'd try mixing some glitter with white acrylic to use what I have on hand. Or what I often do is sprinkle glitter over acrylic paint while it's still wet.

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https://www.amazon.com/Aleenes-14642...ct_top?ie=UTF8, which I find much easier to use than Snowtex - it's softer and goes on very easily. I'd agree with the reviewers who say it's not super-glittery, but it does sparkle.
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I've used a white paint pen, a little tacky glue, and chunky glitter. Paint pen first. Let it dry (only a minute or 2). Apply glue. While it's wet, sprinkle the glitter.
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I use stickles-a glitter glue. Gives me the raised effect. It will flatten a bit when drying but you can do another layer...they have a solid white that has a bit of sparkle but not tons-or they have ones that have a lot of sparkle.
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I use Stickles as well. There are a lot of colors as well as a lot of different whites. Like Margot said, they flatten a bit when dry, but you can easily add a second layer.
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You could use paint pens, some puff up when you hit them with an embossing tool. First paint the area, then add glitter, then heat. This used to be the rage many years ago and they looked so neat. I think this is the one I used and it seems it's still available: https://www.simonsaysstamp.com/produ...ffy-Paint-5656
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You could use paint pens, some puff up when you hit them with an embossing tool. First paint the area, then add glitter, then heat. This used to be the rage many years ago and they looked so neat. I think this is the one I used and it seems it's still available: https://www.simonsaysstamp.com/produ...ffy-Paint-5656
Every time I used these, I would end up with brown snow. Not the look I was going for. I guess I just can't help over-heating it. It also yellows very quickly in the tube.
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A white gel pen. Then glitter. Let me find a picture of my favorite one I’ve made.
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I didn’t add glitter but you could.
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Gorgeous card, Debra!

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Thanks Shirl. It was a long time ago. But it’s a timeless card.
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There is a dimensional medium called Snowtex that might be worth looking into... another one I have is by Aleene's, and it's called Glitter Snow - it's another light texture paste that you can shape with a brush or palette knife and it will hold its shape and dimension when dry.

https://www.amazon.com/Aleenes-14642.../dp/B000Y3GSGI
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White gel pen + sparkle EP would work. I've used the snow-tex and a few others mentioned - just note that they will make dye based ink bleed, so use a waterproof ink underneath.
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Hello, I understand what you are saying because I had the same issue. I wanted a snowy look so I purchased a jar of liquitex light modeling paste and applied it to the some white 100lb card stock I cut into hills. You can make any design you want and even use an old credit card to smooth to the look you want. You have options now, you can sprinkle the amount of sparkle you want and let it dry. I am a great fan of stickels and have about 25 bottles but, I I have never seen a thick white one. So if you have the diamond etc. you can apply it over the modeling paste when dry where you want it. One thing I noticed is I made some samples a couple of years ago and when I opened my Xmas craft box this year I noticed the modeling paste had cracked. There might be a more pliable paste out there you 'd have to check around. My Son saves all my cards, other folks toss them. So my take on this is don't send the paste ones to keepers of cards, send them to tossers. lol
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Modeling paste comes in different weights - you might want to look for a light or even 'whipped' one for next time!
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I always use either white liquid appliqué, heated just enough to puff it up, or white dimensional fabric paint---works just fine on cardstock.
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I love the new Distress Mica Flakes. I used it on this card.

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Thanks for the tip Lydia about the water-based ink.
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Thanks everyone for the great suggestions. I ended up using Stickles glue with a coarse glass glitter sprinkled on it to get a dimensional effect.
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