Glittered Stenciling

by Dina Kowal

Stencil a glittered pattern onto cardstock or a colored image.


  • Plastic stencil
  • Paper for masking
  • PVA glue, heavy gel medium, or another dimensional medium that dries clear
  • Craft spatula or stiff, straight-edged card for scraping glue
  • Glitter, microbeads, mica powders, etc.
  • Craft knife
  • Tweezers
  • Stamps and other embellishments as needed to complete the project


  1. Step 1

    To make your own glittered cardstock, position a stencil over a cardstock panel and tape it in place.

    Put PVA glue or other dimensional medium onto a flat palette. Using a plastic card or other straight-edged tool, scrape the glue through the stencil openings onto a cardstock panel in an even layer.

  2. Step 2

    Lift the stencil carefully to reveal the pattern.

  3. Sprinkle glitter over the glue and allow the panel to dry completely.

  4. Step 3

    Use the finished panel to complete a project.

    In the sample, the glittered cardstock is used as a background for a framed die cut scene (dies by Impression Obsession, stencil by the Crafter's Workshop).

  5. Step 4

    To apply glitter to one area of a colored image, use a coordinating stencil or die cut (if available), or create a reverse or mortise mask by stamping the image on another piece of cardstock and cutting inside the outline with a craft knife.

  6. Scrape glue through the opening, then remove the mask and apply glitter. Allow the panel to dry completely.

  7. Step 5

    Use the finished panel to complete a project.

    (stamp and stencil by Penny Black)

  8. Step 6

    To add glitter to the background of a stamped scene, mask the image first.

  9. Lay the stencil over the masked image. Scrape glue through the openings.

  10. Step 7

    Remove the stencil and apply glitter. Allow the panel to dry completely.

  11. TIP:
    If glue and glitter overlap the stamped lines, gently push them aside with a craft knife before the glue dries.

  12. Step 8

    Use the finished panel to complete a project.

    (stamp image by Artful Stamper, stencil by Tim Holtz)


Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

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That is cool, Dina. Love the look! I'm going to try that tonight!
lori  |  Tue Jul 1, 2014 at 4:11 PM
AWESOME - what a fun technique. I will be trying this out soon. What's not to love about glitter?
Yvonne Hellyar  |  Wed Jul 2, 2014 at 3:45 AM
Wow I love that The glitter really makes the card Thanks for sharing
Jill VanDieren  |  Wed Jul 2, 2014 at 5:58 AM
what is the name of the bunny stamps please? they are soooo cute
debbie  |  Wed Jul 2, 2014 at 6:32 AM
Wonderful samples! I really enjoy your tutorials because I can read it, see it, do it. I learn best that way, and you my friend are a good teacher. And, I can't choose which card I like the best - I love them all!
Susie Lessard  |  Wed Jul 2, 2014 at 6:46 AM
Debbie - the stamp is called "Smooches" - I have a direct link on my blog and I'll add it in the gallery as well.
Dina K  |  Wed Jul 2, 2014 at 6:52 AM
I love the Bunny stamp! It reminds me of the children's book "Guess How Much I love you".
Love the technique as well. Just curious if you could use Gesso, or Dimensional Paste?
Gina  |  Wed Jul 2, 2014 at 8:46 AM
Absolutely love this technique! How do you clean the PVA glue off of the stencil!

Kathy Bolam  |  Wed Jul 2, 2014 at 9:42 AM
I really like this technique, so many possibilities. I am going to give it a try!
Hermy Acosta  |  Wed Jul 2, 2014 at 10:25 AM
Gina, those mediums would absolutely work for the technique as far as giving the glitter something to stick to - BUT - they would dry white instead of clear, which would give your piece a different look.

Kathy - PVA glue cleans right off with water!
dina  |  Wed Jul 2, 2014 at 12:45 PM
I want the bunny stamps! Some awesome cards here and super techniques. I am getting the bunnies and that cool glue! TFS! Hugz!
Nancy Williams  |  Thu Jul 3, 2014 at 3:01 AM
Great tutorials for lovely glittery cards!!! Thanks so much for sharing, I must try this.
Donna Whitten  |  Thu Jul 3, 2014 at 10:14 AM
Love this and the timing could not be better! My sister and I were just saying that we needed to come up with an alternate way to use our glitters. Can't wait to give this a try!
Cindy Phillips  |  Thu Jul 3, 2014 at 4:18 PM
Love the tutorial. I used modeling paste to do mine.
muscrat  |  Thu Jul 3, 2014 at 5:58 PM
I want to try this technique, BUT I went to Michael's in search of of PVA glue and they didn't know what it is. Neither do I know what it is. I need some remedial help here. Thanks.
Mary Doerder  |  Fri Jul 4, 2014 at 11:31 AM
Would this glue be in the "artists" section versus the arts & crafts section? Love the look of this and especially the rabbits. Where can I purchase the rabbits?
Lynn Capps  |  Fri Jul 4, 2014 at 2:23 PM
PVA glue is maybe more of a hardware glue...? It's a pretty heavy-bodied white glue - I was overseas when I purchased the tub in the video, and it's just what I had to use there. It's used for wood and also for bookbinding, because it is flexible when dry. Heavy gel medium would be a great substitute - you'd find that in the artist/paint section with other acrylic mediums.

The rabbit stamp is linked in my gallery post - you can click through from this page to the gallery to find the card. smile I love that one!
dina  |  Fri Jul 4, 2014 at 2:43 PM
Aleene's Tacky Glue is labeled as a high-tack PVA glue. It doesn't hold the outline of the stencil quite as well as what I used in the video, but it will work if it's all you have!
dina  |  Fri Jul 4, 2014 at 2:45 PM
Thanks. I will go look again.
Mary Doerder  |  Fri Jul 4, 2014 at 3:03 PM
Fabulous video tutorial, Dina! It sure takes the mystery out of it for me! And it's a beautiful technique! Guess I need to open my bottle, get an old credit card, and try one! Smile! Thanks so much!
CherylQuilts  |  Sat Jul 5, 2014 at 6:14 AM

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