Glitter Highlighted Embossing

by Mary Anne Walters

Add glitter over dry embossed cardstock to create a sparkly background.


  • Glitter gel/glue
  • Embossing folder
  • Die cutting machine
  • Rubber brayer
  • Cardstock
  • Piece of acetate
  • Plain paper
  • Repositionable adhesive
  • Paper Cutter
  • Small Paint Brush
  • Flat Brush, optional


  1. Step 1

    A word about the embossing folders:
    Pick a folder with an edge to edge all over pattern, without wide open areas. These are good folders:

  2. These are less good - when brayering over the embossing, the brayer is more likely to apply the glitter into the wide open areas.

  3. Step 2

    Apply reposition-able adhesive to the inside back of the embossing folder. Stick the cardstock to be embossed to the folder. Run through your die cut machine to emboss.

  4. Step 3

    Squeeze out a good blob of glitter gel onto the acetate.

  5. Roll the brayer over it to load it with glitter gel.

  6. Step 4

    Quickly roll the brayer onto the plain paper to smooth out the glitter gel. You want a thin coating, with no obvious blobs on the brayer.

  7. Step 5

    With the embossed piece still in place in the folder, with a VERY light touch, roll the brayer over the raised embossing.

    DO NOT put too much pressure on the brayer, to keep the gel just on the raised areas. Two light coats are better than one thick coat!

  8. Step 6

    If the gel slips into to recessed areas, you can whisk it away with a small paintbrush while it is still wet.

  9. Let it dry. This is what you will have:

  10. Step 7

    Gently remove the piece from the embossing folder. Trim the edges just to the edge of the embossing.

  11. Step 8 (Optional)

    For a nice finish, squeeze out another blob of glitter gel onto your acetate. Load a wide flat brush (a fan brush is great for this) with glitter gel.

  12. Step 9 (Optional)

    Holding the brush upright against the edge, drag it DOWN to lay a thick coating of glitter gel along the edge.

  13. Set aside to dry. This will take some time, as the coating should be thick.

  14. Step 10

    Finish your card.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Glitter Highlighted Embossing. 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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Is the "plain paper" used to remove access glitter gel?
Jessica  |  Wed Aug 29, 2012 at 7:11 PM
Yes. If the glue is too thick it will be more likely to slip into the recessed areas instead of staying on the raised bit only smile

Ukmaryanne  |  Thu Aug 30, 2012 at 9:04 AM
I just found glitter gel on the 'net at Dick Blick Art Supplies for $6;79. It's advertised as a body/face paint. Is that what you used? Michaels and Hobby Lobby have all sorts of glitter glues but no gel. Please advise.
rita urling  |  Thu Aug 30, 2012 at 7:05 PM
I did not like the music, I like to hear someone talk me through the project. I felt that it missed the personal touch. But whatever get rid of the music. Very down beat. Just my thoughts.
Pat  |  Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 8:01 AM
I don't know if the Snazzaroo gel is the same consistency. The Reeves gel is pretty much the consistency of Stickles, but it's just a hobby store thing here, not a specialist product. I would try whatever glue you can find where you are and see how it works. I think in the SCS thread link I posted there were comments on other brands that worked, but it's been a while so not sure.

As to your similar comments on the video, Felice and Pat, sorry you don't like it. I don't have a working video camera, or a mic on my Mac, so I did my best to accommodate Beate's request for a video. Being cautious about copyright I got the music from a Creative Commons site and the timing fit. I rather like it, but music is a very personal thing smile
Ukmaryanne  |  Sat Sep 1, 2012 at 1:14 AM
What a lovely card. Thanks for sharing this glittering technique.
Susan  |  Wed Sep 5, 2012 at 3:00 PM
Hi Mary Ann,

I am going to try and duplicate the card you had on display for the glitter highlighted embossing tutorial and am wondering if you have the sizes of the cardstock and just how you put it together.

Thank You for your help. Carolyn
Carolyn66  |  Thu Sep 6, 2012 at 4:26 PM
The base is a standard 5 x 7 card blank. The black piece is a piece of scalloped cardstock cut to 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inch . The embossed piece is trimmed just to the edge of the embossing and is about 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches. The embellishment is layered on a 2" black scalloped circle (could be a Nestie, like mine, or punches) with a smaller one in white. The 1 inch embellishment circle is from 7 Gypsies 97% Complete Q is for Quote sheet. HTH!

Mary Anne
ukmaryanne  |  Fri Sep 7, 2012 at 1:10 AM
Thank you for the video tutorial, very nice. The only comment I have is please change your music, very somber and depressing
Laurie Pelcher  |  Tue Oct 9, 2012 at 2:21 PM

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