Colored Glitter Inlay

by Dina Kowal

Color inside a glittered die-cut outline with alcohol markers for a classy inlaid look.


  • White cardstock
  • Chipboard (cereal box used here)
  • Cutting die (Spellbinders Classic Rectangle and In'Spire Paradise Palms dies used here)
  • Glue
  • Craft knife or piercing tool
  • Die cutting machine
  • Wide double sided tape or adhesive sheet (2 1/2" wide Sookwang tape used here)
  • Microfine or ultrafine glitter (Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter from Elizabeth Craft Designs used here)
  • Alcohol markers (Shinhan Touch Twin markers used here)
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the card (Impression Obsession Warm Fuzzies clear stamp set, Scor-Pal, and adhesive pearls used here)


  1. Step 1

    Create a card panel that is approximately 1/16" thick. (The intention is to create a thickness that cannot be cut clean through with a standard wafer die.)

    First, prepare a layer of white cardstock by covering it with wide double-sided tape or an adhesive sheet. Die cut the prepared cardstock using a basic shaped die.

  2. Use the same die to cut two pieces of chipboard. Glue the 3 pieces together, with the adhesive sheet on top.


    *Allow the glue to dry completely before proceeding.
    *Matboard can be used in place of the layered panels.

  3. Step 2

    Position a cutting die onto the panel and secure it with removable tape.

  4. Step 3

    Adjust the plates of your die cutting machine to accommodate the thicker sandwich.

    For the Big Shot, turn the base plate to Tab 1. Layer a cutting plate, the thick panel with die on top, a second cutting plate, and 1-2 chipboard shims.

    For the Cuttlebug, layer plates A and B, the die and panel to be cut, 2 to 4 chipboard shims, and plate B.

  5. Adjust as needed to create a thickness that will allow the die to cut slightly into the surface of the panel, through the liner of the adhesive. Create the same pressure that is normally felt when cutting something of regular thickness – do not force the machine.

    Run the panel through the die cutting machine. The die will cut through the liner of the adhesive, but not through the entire panel.

  6. Step 4

    Using a craft knife or piercing tool, carefully remove the adhesive liner inside the die cut shape.

  7. Step 5

    Coat the exposed area with clear microfine glitter.

  8. Buff in a circular motion with your finger to smooth and press the glitter into the adhesive. Return excess glitter to the container and brush off any extra with a static cloth.

  9. Step 6

    Use alcohol markers to color the glitter inside the die cut outlines. Shade and blend as usual.

  10. The remaining liner paper acts as a stencil to keep the coloring inside the outline.

  11. Step 7

    Remove the remaining adhesive liner.

  12. Step 8

    Coat the exposed surface with glitter.

  13. Again, buff in a circular motion with your finger to smooth and press the glitter into the adhesive. Return excess glitter to the container and brush off any extra with a static cloth.

  14. Step 9

    Color in the background if desired, taking care to preserve the coloring from previous steps.

  15. Step 10

    Embellish and complete the project.



  1. Instead of coloring clear microfine glitter, use colored glitters. When using different colored glitters, as opposed to coloring clear glitter with markers, begin with the background areas first, and work to the foreground.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Colored Glitter Inlay. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

That is pretty darn awesome Dina! What a creative technique! Just in time for the Valentines I need to make!! Great tutorial as always!
Itsapassion  |  Wed Feb 4, 2015 at 6:29 AM
Dina, thanks for the clear tutorial on this wonderful technique. So nice of you to go through the steps to show a DIY option for matboard since you already had matboard available for your own use. Beautiful card!
Leanne Cyr  |  Wed Feb 4, 2015 at 6:31 AM
This is brilliant, Diana. I absolutely love your ideas and so appreciate the kindness with which you share and feed the crafting passion. Thank you so much.
Elaine F. Lawson  |  Wed Feb 4, 2015 at 6:42 AM
So sorry, Dina!! Got your name wrong, no excuse.
Elaine F. Lawson  |  Wed Feb 4, 2015 at 6:43 AM
Wow! This is gorgeous!
Kittie  |  Wed Feb 4, 2015 at 7:07 AM
LOVE this technique, Dina!! I need to see if I have the right glitter to try it. Or the adhesive sheets. Hmmm...!
Libby  |  Wed Feb 4, 2015 at 7:56 AM
Very cool technique!
Julie Heyer  |  Wed Feb 4, 2015 at 8:01 AM
Wowzers!!!! This is amazing!
angela bode  |  Wed Feb 4, 2015 at 9:32 AM
It probably wouldn't be archival, but would carpet tape work? It's wide, double-sided, readily available, and pretty inexpensive. I've used it as a substitute for adhesive sheets in the past.
Blue-Spruce  |  Wed Feb 4, 2015 at 10:50 AM
Ooh, give it a try and let us know!
dina  |  Wed Feb 4, 2015 at 10:56 AM
Excellent and you make it look so easy! I will try this--Thanks Dina!
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Feb 4, 2015 at 2:28 PM
Another absolutely fantastic way to use our dies. Outstanding video!
Susan Sieracki  |  Wed Feb 4, 2015 at 4:18 PM
wow fantastic tutorial. must try this. love that card!
kel  |  Wed Feb 4, 2015 at 4:54 PM
You do need to be careful coloring glitter with your markers if using strokes of color. This can shred your marker tips. It's best to use a dabbing motion to prevent this from happening, especially if you plan on doing a lot.
Geri S  |  Wed Feb 4, 2015 at 6:38 PM
Can't wait to try this it's gorgeous!
Sylvia Johnson  |  Wed Feb 4, 2015 at 10:58 PM
How did you get yours colored without the markers bleeding under the tape? I have tried twice now and each time my marker bled underneath the tape and made it look messy. Maybe its the tips on the markers. I used Spectrums and they only have the fine tip and broad tip. The broad is more like a chisel tip.
muscrat  |  Thu Feb 5, 2015 at 1:26 PM
Thank you so much! this is very cool! I love learning new things from people with talent, thank you again for sharing! smile
LilChippewa  |  Mon Feb 9, 2015 at 9:14 PM
Thank you Dina. This turned out so lovely, esp with palm trees, coconuts and ocean smile Many thanks!
Rosy Newlun  |  Thu Mar 12, 2015 at 10:35 PM
I am wondering where you get the adhesive in the roll like you used? TIA
Kristen  |  Mon Apr 13, 2015 at 10:44 AM
Hi Kristen! The tape was purchased on Amazon... the brand name is Sookwang, and it comes in rolls from 1/8" all the way up to a 6" width! You might also find it marketed as ScorTape.
dina  |  Tue Apr 14, 2015 at 5:00 AM

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