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.

Hi Arah,

The soap prevents the stencil from sticking to the SookWang Tape. If you were to put the stencil directly on the Sookwang, you'd most like bend your stencil out of shape when you tried to get it off. (Sookwang is not forgiving!)

However, if you were to use any kind of soap, then the soap also sticks to the SookWang Tape, preventing the glitter from sticking. That is why I recommend the Pure Coconut soap which is fairly easy to come by, or the Goat's milk soap as was suggested above. Because it is pure, there aren't any chemicals etc that get in the way of the Glitter sticking.

I hope that helps make it a little clearer...?
Jessie  |  Fri Nov 25, 2011 at 5:16 PM
I have many stencils but I wanted to do a Butterfly so I used one of my die cuts & it out of plastic & then did the "Glitter Painting" turned out awesome!! Thanks for a great idea!
Joanna  |  Fri Dec 2, 2011 at 4:44 PM
Hi Joanna,

I LOVE that you "thought outside the box" and used your Die-cut! Now you've inspired ME to try that!

I hope you've posted your butterfly to the gallery, 'cause I'm going to look for it!
Jessie  |  Fri Dec 2, 2011 at 5:13 PM
Not yet, I'll load it tomorrow after the battery on my camera opens up soo many more options! I've now been looking around at all of my diecuts to see which would work LOL! I think even my CriCut would many possibilities!!
Joanna  |  Fri Dec 2, 2011 at 7:17 PM
Hi Jessie,

Lovely technique. Just wanted to know what the brand of the double sided adhesive sheets are that you used. I have been trying to find some in Aust without would be good to have a brand name to continue my search.
Sam Simpson  |  Mon Dec 5, 2011 at 9:37 PM
Hi Sam,

If you're in Australia, you might be able to find Jak Paper, it works better than the Sookwang that i used.

Sookwang is the Name of the company that makes it in Korea, but here in North America, there are 2 distributors Scor-Tape (from Scor-Pal) or Be Creative Tape. We just sent a package to Australia, so if you can't find double sided sticky sheets out your way, then you can order them from my online store, and I will ship them out to you asap. My online store is
Jessie  |  Tue Dec 6, 2011 at 3:31 PM
How lovely, that it jst what I was looking for. TFS
Lynne N  |  Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 11:17 AM
Interesting card. I wonder if it will work with embossing powder. I might just try it, heating it at the very end! I think it would be really gorgeous.
dottie  |  Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 12:41 PM
Hi Dottie,

I think Embossing powder work really well, as the sookwang tape is heat resistant and you'd be sure to get a more perfect coverage than with Versamark. I'm going to watch the Gallery to see your card!
Jessie  |  Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 12:54 PM
I am the Australian distributor for Dreamweaver stencils. I just wanted to let the Australian crafters know that it is Jac paper that I use and is available here in just about every stamping or scrapbook store.
Julie Makela  |  Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 8:09 PM
This looks very cool ..I have a lil bit of a glitter phobia.. BUT ,I think I could totally handle this ... Love the out come .. Thanks so much .. not sure why the soap doesnt ruin the stickiness of tape but I will give it ago .. hugs Anne
anne marie  |  Sat Jan 28, 2012 at 5:41 AM
I'm so glad you're going to try this Anne!! You CAN handle it and you're going to have so much fun doing it, you'll see smile
hugs back at cha!
Jessie  |  Wed Feb 1, 2012 at 4:56 PM
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Beats By Dre Pas Cher  |  Mon Oct 8, 2012 at 3:57 PM
Graphix is a USA vendor of double-sided adhesive paper.
My cardmaking addiction began with Dreamweaver stencils and embossing paste. The look is so much more predictable than stamping. But I had no idea there was a way to add more than one color of glitter and no idea about using the soap, so thanks a ton Jessie. Your tutorial is like getting all new toys without spending any money. YIPEEEE!
Bahb  |  Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 2:23 PM
Can you do this same technique using glitter paper and just coloring it with an alcohol marker???
It's beautiful. I have quite a bit of brass stencils that can be used with this technique. Thanks so much for showing it.
Cathy Toy  |  Mon Jul 7, 2014 at 12:05 PM
Hi Cathy,

Yes, you can totally use Glitter paper and Alcohol Markers...the only down side is that the glitter on the paper may "tear up" the tips of your markers, so be prepared to replace the tips if need be...
sometimes it's better to put the alcohol ink on another non porous surface like a teflon craft mat, and pick up the colour with a blender pen, cleaning the blender between colours...this way, you only ruin 1 tip instead of many smile
I hope that helps!
Jessie Hurley  |  Mon Jul 7, 2014 at 1:58 PM

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