Glitter Painting

by Jessie Hurley

Create a sparkly image with Glitter, stencils and double sided adhesive.


  • Brass stencil, Dreamweaver Stencil used here
  • Assorted glitter
  • Double-sided adhesive sheet, cut down to the size of your stencil
  • Neutral colored cardstock, cut down to the size of your stencil
  • Removable tape for masking
  • Pure coconut soap, other brand name soaps can get in the way of the glitter sticking to the adhesive sheet
  • Water
  • Glitter Gone Mat, or other product to clean up glitter


  1. Step 1

    Attach the double sided adhesive sheet to a piece of neutral colored cardstock for stability.

  2. Step 2

    Wet your finger with a bit of water and rub your finger into the soap creating the consistency of moisturizer. Rub your soaped finger onto the stencil.
    Once your entire stencil is covered in soap, lay the soaped side down onto the adhesive sheet you prepared in Step 1.

    The soap shouldn't be too wet (lots of soapy bubbles) or too dry (hardly see the layer on the stencil) and getting to the right consistency requires some practice, but once you get it, you will always get it.

  3. Step 3

    Using the removable tape (or tape of your preference) mask off any areas where you do NOT want glitter to be.

    As there will be 4 colors of glitter used in this example, only the branches were left unmasked in this step.

  4. Step 4

    Pour the first color of glitter (bronze) over your unmasked areas.

    Press the glitter into your image to ensure it sticks, and tap off the excess back into the container.

  5. Step 5

    Remove the tape from the areas where you would like the second color of glitter to be. In this example, the tape was removed from the berries which were then glittered with Apple Red.

  6. Step 6

    Remove the remaining pieces of tape.

    Using your finger, dip into the third color of glitter (Moss Green in this example) and rub into the areas where you would like it to have a darker dimension.

    Keep adding more glitter by rubbing it into your stencil until you have it how you like it. Keep the lines a little rougher on the inside edges, it makes it easier to blend in the color in the next step.

  7. Step 7

    Add the final color of glitter (Grasshopper)

    Press the glitter into your image to ensure it sticks, and tap off the excess back into the container.

  8. Step 8

    Clean off your surface area with the Glitter Gone Mat.

  9. Step 9

    Lay the stencil face down on your work table and carefully peel your glittered cardstock off your stencil. If you have the right amount of soap on your stencil from Step 2, the cardstock will remove easily, if there isn't enough soap, it may fight back a little, but be patient and remove it slowly.

    It is important to remove the paper from the stencil, and not the stencil from the paper to try and ensure that your stencil does not get bent during this step.

  10. Step 10

    Apply Clear Glitter all over the background to cover every sticky inch of the adhesive covered cardstock base.

    You can use another color of glitter in this step, but because a cream cardstock was used in Step 1, the Clear Glitter allows for the color of the cardstock underneath to show through

  11. Step 11

    Mat your image, and attach to a card.


Your Turn

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

Questions and Comments

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

Love this and can't wait to try it. I just need a couple of items, which I'll pick up today. Thank you so much. Your card is beautiful!
Pamela  |  Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 5:15 AM
I can't wait to try this. I am in the process of making my Christmas cards now so this is great. Loved your card.
Pat Presley  |  Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 6:02 AM
do you need the mentioned soap, or will most any brand work? (jergens, ivory..)
Susan  |  Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 6:47 AM
I LOVE this, but I just can't wrap my head around what the soap is for?
Marian  |  Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 7:06 AM I get it, but how does the clear glitter then stick to the soaped part? Maybe it's just early in the morning for me! lol
Marian  |  Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 7:09 AM
I cannot understand why you need to soap the stencil first can you please explain
Margaret  |  Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 7:35 AM
Love the idea but just can't figure out how it works, with the soap, etc. I would like to see a video attached so we can see the reasoning.
Patricia Turner  |  Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 7:54 AM
I understand the soap helps remove the project from the metal stencil. I assume that this would work with plastic stencils also? I'm new to this craft, but am willing to try anything. What a beautiful card for Christmas!
Deb  |  Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 8:02 AM
Love the project and will give it a try after Thanksgiving. Where to you get the "Glitter Gone Mat"? Thanks so much for sharing, Kaye
Kaye Dye  |  Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 8:12 AM
This method also works with low tack spray adhesive, which saves on the expense of the adhesive sheets. To stabilize the glitter afterwards spray with a sealer. You don't need the soap for this technique.
Lazymoo  |  Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 9:39 AM
Beautiful card. I am so gonna try this one. I bet I can make gorgeous dreidels with this technique.
Laurie CT  |  Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 9:56 AM
We at Dreamweaver Stencils very much appreciate that you chose to use our Holly & Swirls stencil and Hawaiian Soap along with the Double Glitter technique for your tutorial. Could you please give credit for the stencil to Dreamweaver? Also, you can just rub the bar of soap over the need to wet it. Just remember to use a soft brush to remove excess bits of soap from the insides of the stencil image. Thanks again!
Pam Hornschu  |  Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 9:58 AM
It seems complicated...I thought this is what stamps and embossing glitter was for!
Kay Oxford  |  Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 10:31 AM
Love the tutorial, I have a great Dreamweaver stencil to use for this technique. Thank you.
Barbara Hickson  |  Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 11:05 AM
I LOVE THIS TECHNIQUE! Thanks for highlighting it!
Cherylynn  |  Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 11:35 AM
Hi Susan,

I'm afraid that only a pure coconut soap or pure olive oil soap will work, with the regular soaps, there are preservatives that stick to the SookWang Tape and prevent the background glitter from sticking properly. Your background will then look funny, and after you've done all that work, you definitely want the last step to be perfect! If you can't find coconut soap where you live, we sell it on our online store at
jessie  |  Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 12:41 PM
Hi Marion & Margaret,

The soap is important because if you've ever tried to get something off of SookWang tape, it's nearly impossible! So to prevent your stencil from being ruined when it's removed, apply the soap to the stencil and the soap layer then allows the stencil to come off easily. However, it HAS to be pure Coconut or pure Olive Oil, as other soaps have preservatives etc that stick to the SookWang and then prevent the glitter from sticking to where the stencil was. I think this answers both of your questions at the same time, but i assure you, when you try this out, it will make more sense smile
jessie  |  Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 12:45 PM
Beautiful card, I'll be having a go at this one, love using glitters. TFS
Margaret J  |  Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 12:49 PM
great project.
i've also seen liquid soap used on the reverse of plastic masks with this technique so assume it can also be used with metal stencils.
Kathleen Mc  |  Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 1:18 PM
Hi Pam,

I listed Dreamweaver as the stencil I used in the supply list, but I guess I should have listed it in the instructions as well, sorry.
A comment was made above that a plastic stencil would work, and I'm sure it would, but i like the detail that Dreamweaver stencils offer me, that plastic stencils don't.
Also, I used to just rub the soap on the stencil, but I found that the extra soap just got in my way (I don't have a soft brush i guess!) I found that once I started wetting the soap, it made teaching the technique, a lot easier, for me. I hope everyone who tries this technique will try it both ways and find what works best for them...Have Fun!
Jessie  |  Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 1:56 PM

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