Nicky Stokes asks:
I loved the glitter cards and photo art in the November issue of Martha's magazine. I really want to try making a card, but I don't want to send my friends a mess of glitter for Christmas. How do I keep the glitter from falling off the card? Is there a special technique or glue that I would need to use to keep the glitter from making a big mess?
Just one of the many glittered clip art projects featured
Canned air, usually used to dust keyboards and electronics, is a great method for blasting away those loose bits of glitter. To even further secure your work, brush on a glossy craft sealant such as Mod Podge over the glittered areas. If you really want to eliminate any chance of stray sparkles, try mixing the glitter with a bit of craft sealant and brushing it on your card or project. The glitter won't be as dense, but it may be a nice technique for subtle glitter accents.
In a related question, Debbie asks:
I made salt dough ornaments, using mini cookie cutters and Martha Stewart Glitter. I just love how they turned out. But I'd like to know how to make them permanent. I glued the ornaments onto napkin rings and will make approximately 40 for our family gathering at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Before I finish them I thought I should ask!
You can use the same method suggested for these glittered bells featured on one of THREE (!) covers you will find on your December issue of Living. They call for polyurethane spray if displayed outside. Even sealed, they should be kept in a covered area, as glitter would not fare well in a rain or snowstorm. The polyurethane spray will help protect against the elements, but will also seal the glitter coating on projects and reduce shedding. And in your case Debbie, the sealant should also protect your beautiful napkin rings from moisture damage.
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