Fun with Glimmer Mist – Tutorial!


So, if you’ve been following my blog for the last couple of days, you will know that I have been playing with Glimmer Mist, in an effort to learn some techniques that I may be able to use in a class at Scrappin’ Great Deals.   I have gotten some results that I am VERY happy with, and others…not so much.  It is definitely versatile!  Depending on how you use it, what you spray it on, and what other products you combine it with, you can get completely different, and (some) BEAUTIFUL results!  But, it is extremely difficult to photograph the results!  And, I tried really, really hard to get good photos.  So, you’ll just have to trust me!  LOL  First, what I was able to learn about Glimmer Mist:

 Manufacturer:  Tattered Angels


 What is Glimmer Mist? 

  •   Water-based, archival safe, acid-free, and non-toxic. 
  •  Will wash out of fabric/clothing.  
  •   Cleans up easily with soap & water, from most non-porous surfaces.
  •   The liquid itself is also tinted/dyed so it’s not just colored glitter and water.
  •    You only need a fine mist to get the glimmer on your projects.
  •   #1 tip!  Shake REALLY WELL before using – make sure the glitter, which settles on the bottom of the bottle, is distributed really well!  Not only will this give you a better result, it prevents the nozzle from becoming clogged.
  •    There are TONS colors to choose from.
  •    If you don’t like the drips and drops of glimmer mist that will inevitably end up on your project, just blot gently, with a paper towel, while still wet.
  •   Protect your work surface.  I use a non-stick craft pad, which cleans easily with water.  Wax paper will work, too.
  •   You can never have too much Glimmer Mist!  Add multiple layers for a dramatic look!  Hold the nozzle closer to your project for a more intense shine.
  •    Use like hairspray for a subtle shimmer
  •   Dries quickly – it’s water based.  Use your heat gun to speed up drying time.

Spray it on: 

  •     Cardstock – the thicker, the better!
  •     Try BLACK cardstock!  STUNNING!
  •      Patterned paper
  •     Ribbon
  •     Lace
  •     Fabric
  •     Glass
  •     Plastic
  •     Metal
  •    Paper or silk flowers
  •     Chipboard
  •      Grungeboard
  •     Corrugated cardboard
  •    Paper mache
  •     Wood
  •      “scrunch” or krinkle your paper , either before spraying, or after
  •     Spray on non-stick surface, and drag paper edges through glimmer mist for a cool, subtle shimmer around the edge of your card, or stamped image
  •     Buttons
  •      Will pool on acrylic for a unique look
  •     Polymer or paper clay embellishments
  •    Foam embellishments
  •    felt embellishments

 Use it with:

  • Tattered Angels’ Glimmer screens
  • Stencils
  •  Masks (Tim Holtz and Heidi Swapp both make masks)
  • Glitter glue (Stickles or the like)
  • A paintbrush – spray into a small container, or directly on to a non-stick surface, and dip your paint brush into it!  Paint your stamped image!
  • A foam brush – spray directly on to foam brush, or project, and drag or paint
  • your Nesties (Nestabilities)!  Spray paper before or after removing die.
  • Distressing methods – sanded or distressed edges will soak up more glimmer mist
  •  Distress crackle paint – glimmer mist will settle in the cracks
  • Brayer it!
  • Use with resist techniques – eg, stamp and heat emboss an image, then spray with glimmer mist and wipe excess off of embossed image
  • Stamp with it!

The possibilities are only limited by your imagination!


 Ideal for:

  • Scrapbooking and cardmaking
  • Spray plain cardstock to make background paper – try multiple colours!
  • Punch shapes out of pre-glimmered cardstock or patterned paper
  • Use glimmer mist for painting stamped images (use a paint brush, or not!)
  • Altered items – picture frames, mini albums, boxes, etc.
  • Paper crafting
  • Multi-media art projects
  • Artist Trading Cards
  • Handmade Jewelry

And now, some photos…again, I have to re-iterate – this product is gorgeous on almost everything I tried it on, but the pictures don’t really do it justice.


This is a “before & after” photo, but the before version didn’t photograph so well!  lol  I sprayed the centre with lime green, then dipped the edges of the petals in periwinkle that I had sprayed on my non-stick craft pad.





Next, I tried it with my Cuttlebug.  I sprayed the white cardstock first, let it dry, and embossed it to get this subtle effect:



I got a much more dramatic effect, (which is not really evident in the photo) – I sprayed the cuttlebug folder with Glimmer Mist, sandwiched the white cardstock in the folder, and then ran it through my Cuttlebug.



Next – I used one of  the Tattered Angels’ Glitter Screens – first I used it as a mask, then I flipped it over, and used it to stamp the second image.  VERY COOL! 




So, that’s all for today.  I have some more photos to share – tomorrow.


Thank you so much for stopping by!





5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Angie
    Mar 09, 2009 @ 23:32:28

    I like. Looks pretty cool. I may need to get some more colours now.


  2. Beth Norman
    Mar 18, 2009 @ 04:58:16

    Awesome, awesome tutorial. Great results. TFS. Found you from the SCS thread.


  3. Olga
    Nov 21, 2009 @ 12:16:58

    Very helpful – thank you.


  4. Susie
    Jul 08, 2010 @ 14:50:59

    Hi there! just started using glimmer mist, so I am thankful for your tutorial. I didn’t realise you could do so much with it.


  5. Maroeska
    Dec 27, 2013 @ 14:56:38

    Thanks for your post, gives me a good first idea of how to use glimmer mist.


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