A Unique Glitter party, what fun. Gabriela Delworth is hosting a glitter party today and through the 20th of June. So get your glitter out and join in the fun. If you visit Gabriela HERE you can find all of the participants.

Glitter, a staple in the life of any crafter. I love to add glitter to my watercolor paintings, and sometimes paint with glittery embossing powder. Here is an example that I created a while back that shows how to incorporate glitter into a painting.

My creation

the-garden-gate-bannerI took an image from a painted journal and digitally enhanced the image and created a twosome for printing a 5 x 7 card.


the-garden-gate-bannerAfter printing it out I painted the roses and highlighted some roses in the image.


the-garden-gate-bannerI used embossing powder to paint a bit of metallic embellishment.


the-garden-gate-bannerUsing a product called Perfect Pearls by Ranger.


the-garden-gate-bannerI painted around the roses.


the-garden-gate-bannerThen I found this new embossing product at the craft store called Glitter Pink by Ranger.


the-garden-gate-bannerUsing a clear Embossing Ink by Inkssentials by Ranger, I highlighted areas using a paint brush where I wanted the pink glitter to reside.


the-garden-gate-bannerThen after brushing the embossing powder over the surface and removing the excess, I was ready for my heating tool. Using the tool until the glitter was shiny and adhered.


the-garden-gate-bannerHave you ever noticed how artists never seem to care if they have a manicure because they get so caught in the zone that the only manicure is a glitter one!


the-garden-gate-bannerFolding the card to show off the image on the front and the back, I thought it needed a bit of ribbon.


the-garden-gate-bannerI had found these lovely gold robins in a Vintage shop. So,I thought why not use one for this card.


the-garden-gate-bannerI tied the robin to the card and created a bow.


the-garden-gate-bannerI then took one of the images and cut it into a nice bookmark size.


the-garden-gate-bannerAfter hole punching the top, I added a bit of ribbon.


the-garden-gate-bannerNow the outside and bookmark is finished,


the-garden-gate-bannerI found a sweet envelope that would work nicely. I trimmed the card to fit into the slender pink envelope I got on sale at Paper Source.


DSC00687I needed something for the greeting. So, I wrote a greeting to go with the theme of The Secret Garden.


the-garden-gate-bannerSo, I tucked the card and bookmark into the pink envelope to send to my someone special.


the-garden-gate-bannerI have created the graphics and greeting for you to print out.


the-garden-gate-bannerYou can click on the image and it will carry you to flickr.


the-garden-gate-bannerJust click on the image once you are there and the browser above the image will appear.


the-garden-gate-bannerClick on ALL SIZES and a new window will open. You can download whatever size that you would like. All the images are in a set called Pink Saturday. You can download the original size or the large size for printing. These two 5 x 7 images fit nicely on an 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper.

My creation

the-garden-gate-bannerI hope that you try your hand at using some embossing by using a paint brush to paint with the ink pad. Then just sprinkle some embossing powder, or add some glitter.

the-garden-gate-bannerJust a bit of heat from a heating tool and you can embellish to your heart's content.

I have added a set of a different version of The Secret Garden cards to my etsy shop. Five cards and white envelopes printed on fine art paper note cards. Each card holds the same greeting. Wrapped in an organza ribbon, ready to send, give as a gift or embellish.


A Scrapbook PageOften I will leave the house, only to discover a bit of glitter on my face. Glitter just makes me happy, and adding it to a project is like adding bits of glittery sunshine. The song for this post is Powder Your Face with Sunshine, sung by someone who makes me smile too...Doris Day.

My creation
Duni said...

Glitter sounds like fun!
That is such a pretty card. And the glitter looks fantastic on it!

Snap said...

How generous of you! What fun. A Happy Glitter Day to you!

Lynda Naranjo said...

Karen, you are absolutely amazing! Your cards look beautiful! I'm not a very "glittery" person but I've been known to sprinkle some on occasion. :)

Charlene said...

Lovely Cards! Great Post & thank you for sharing the image with us.

What girl doesn't LOVE GLITTER!

Beverly said...

I can personally tell you that I am so happy that I have been one of your "someone specials". You have made my day.

I love my treasures from you.

Gabriela said...

Hello Karen,

I love your cards, I should definitely check that glitter from Ranger...if I can find it here...

Love Paper Source, have visited their stores while in SF!

~ Gabriela ~

Amisha said...

These are beautiful!

I didn't know you could use glitter with embossing inks so thank you for sharing.

Blondie's Journal said...


I love this project and your Secret Garden card. the Journal page you made me had a bit of gold glitter on it. I treasure it!!

I love the pretty ribbon and the gold robin~such nice details!

Have a great weekend!


laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Karen, I am just so glad to have recently discovered your blog, because you are obviously one of the most generous bloggers I've "met". How nice of you to let us copy your image and use it. It's really beautiful. Thank you so much for your giving attitude. laurie

Vee said...

Oh so that's what's happened to these gals I sometimes see wearing a bit of glitter. So cute!

It's been fun to go over the last several posts looking at peonies, and daisies, gardens and graduates, and Mosaic Monday, too.

Always a delight is A Scrapbook of Inspiration!

Nancy said...
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Nancy M said...

Nice job and fun too. Thanks for sharing your talents and the inspiration to try it ourselves.

TattingChic said...

That is a beautiful card! You're so amazingly talented. :)

Gifts By Kathi said...
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Gifts By Kathi said...

Happy Glitter Party,


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest Karen,
Glitter is my middle name! You can see specks of it all around my house, and my husband just lives with it! You are so generous for allowing us to share your art. Thank you so much, what a lovely image. OH! My next post will be on YOU, my angel for the month. Look out this weekend. Jesus bless you dear one, ANita

xashee's corner said...

Thank you sooooooo much for sharing Glitter party and your AWESOME painting!!! Have a SPARKLY day! :D

Darlene said...

Very pretty card!!! Nice tutorial too.

Kathleen Grace said...

Thank you for the image Karen! I love the card and bookmark you made and one of these days I plan to try some embossing. I have always thought it adds such a pretty dimension to things!

Charlie McGee said...

Hey Girl, It is beautiful, as is all your work. Thanks so much for sharing.

Karen Valentine said...

Hi Karen! Wow what an amazing blog you have. Full of beautiful art and photography! I'm so glad you are going to join us for the WBC party. It's going to be really fun and full of inspiration!


Laurie said...

I love that version of the card. Thank you for sharing how you accomplished it! You are always so very accomplished :) !!