A crafting start; All that glitters

Posted by on November 8, 2011 at 9:05 am.

Milk 11 06 11

This weeks challenge at A Crafting Start is all about glitter.

The name of the challenge is ‘Stickles’. Stickles is a popular glitter glue that many paper crafters use. I’ve used it in the past but these days I make my own glitter glue. My homemade glitter glue does just as good of a job as Stickles, and the bonus is I can make tons of the glitter glue for a fraction of the cost.

The coloring page was found at the Deviant Art website. This lineart drawing is titled, Milk. It was drawn by the lovely and talented JadeDragonne. Jade also has art tutorials which are located on You Tube.

This sweet little girl reminds me a lot of my daughter. My daughter loves pink, so I chose that color for her outfit and hat. I used my Bic Mark it pens and colored pencils for this card. I edged the picture with silver glitter, I used white glitter for the spilt milk. I used the same glitter for the dots and starbursts on this page.

I’m new to shading, so there’s room for improvement, but I know I’ll get better as I color more. However, I was happy with how this turned out, and more importantly, my daughter liked it. She’s displaying this card in a prominent position within her room.

If you’re new to paper crafts, or would like to participate in some of the crafting challenges, stop on by A Crafting Starts virtual home.

 

19 Comments

  • Karen says:

    that turned out really well! You are very creative.
    Karen
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Karen,
    Thanks, when it comes to cards, I’m slowly improving. I had a lot of fun with this one. 🙂
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  • suituapui says:

    Another nice piece of work there… Actually, you can make your own Christmas cards – maybe not for everybody – just for those special people in your life. We always got those from our daughter when she was small…and my missus has saved some of them. Treasures to keep and cherish.
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    Opal Reply:

    Thanks @suituapui,
    I make my own cards, and so does my daughter. In the past, I’d make the pictures too. It’s easier using stamps or sketches that I have to color. At the same time, it’s still hard since it takes me a while to figure out how I want the card to appear.

    I also make gifts. It’s usually handmade soaps, perfumes, aftershave, etc., I’m a certified aromatherapist and create natural skin care products. Sometimes I’ll make beaded jewelry, and occasionally a sewn item. It takes a lot longer to do then simply going out and purchasing an item, but the people I do make hand crafted gifts are special and they seem to cherish what I make. 🙂
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  • philip says:

    I’m not too much into crafts but that’s a nice piece of work. Your daughter is very blessed to have such a caring mom.
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @philip, I’m blessed to have her. I always enjoy sharing things with her. It doesn’t have to cost anything, but I want her to always know how much she is appreciated. 🙂

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  • Dyane says:

    Hi Opal! Thank you for stopping by in my blog!^_^

    Your card is so pretty! Great work!Tfs!

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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Dyane,
    Thanks for stopping by and thank you for the compliment.
    I had a lot of fun with this card. 🙂
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  • Jennifer says:

    Totally LOVE everything about this! So exciting you are making your own stickles, too, that’s awesome! I am working on coming up with my own spritz and/or tattered angels type glitter mist…fingers crossed!
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Jennifer,
    Yes, thus far this has been my favorite card. It was so fun to make. It took a while since I didn’t know what direction I wanted to go.

    I haven’t used glitter mist yet, but it looks interesting. There are a few glitter mist recipes out there.
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  • Beth Parker says:

    Nice job on the card. How do you make your glitter glue? Just craft glue and glitter?
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Beth Parker,
    Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for the compliment.

    Yes, just combine glitter and glue and mix well. I do about half and half. I rarely measure, but I guess I will so I can post the exact recipe here. I tend to use the clear glue, but have used Elmer’s glue since it dries clear.

    I believe the reason that many like Stickles is because of the applicator. It’s a lot smaller than many of the other glitter glues that are sold. If you already have Stickles you can save those bottles and reuse, or at times you can find bottles with a small applicator type. You can usually find those in pet stores, for people who need them to give their pet’s medicine.
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  • Sire says:

    Hey Opal, what a lovely card and the glitter for the spilt milk was a nice touch.

    That’s really smart of you learning how to make your own glitter glue too. Are you going to market that? 😉
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Sire,
    Thanks for stopping by, yep I faced a block for the milk but it dawned on me that I could use the glitter glue.

    Are you going to market that?

    I’ve actually thought about that, along with a few other ideas, I think some would do very well.
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  • Lesly says:

    Hi Opal!

    It’s nice to come across a blog with an interest in creative projects. I do all my own artwork and recently have gotten involved in paper collage which I like. I can sit for hours fooling around with paper. Shading is something you can learn by looking at nature and noticing what direction the sun is coming from. Then you can see the shading on objects. You get better with each project. Thank you for visiting me and I’ll be back to visit you again! 🙂
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Lesly,

    You sound like my daughter. She makes a lot of paper collages. The main reason I got back into paper crafts was to do something with her. In my teens I used to sketch a lot, I stopped. I have been thinking about doing it again.

    You’re so right about the shading, I realized that and started looking at photographs, and checking out how some of my favorite artists handled shading. It’ll take practice, but I know I’ll improve.

    I also need to upgrade my pens. I’ve been using Bic Mark It, and although they’ve served me well, at times it lacks the colors I need (mainly skin tones).

    Thanks so much for the shading tips, I appreciate that. I love your place, mothering is an honorable profession. Your site was added to my RSS feed, so I’ll definitely be returning. 🙂
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  • Teeni says:

    Oh, I love the card! I think your shading is nice. It looks like watercolor which is perfect for the little girl’s sweet face!

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