April 14, 2008

Product Spotlight: Heat & Stick Powder

Have you ever received a card that left more glitter on your hands that on the actual card? Luckily, Stampin' Up! have a few different ways to keep the glitter where you want it, and off the floor, cat, kids, desk etc! The 2 Way Glue Pen and Crystal Effects are great adhesives for glitter and work wonders at sticking it really well to your project, but the king of them all has to be Heat & Stick Powder.
I always use Heat & Stick Powder when I'm doing a lot of glittering on a card. It works in a similar way to regular embossing powder, here's a short guide to getting the best out of this product.

First, stamp your image. You'll need to use a pigment ink, Encore works great, or something like Versamark or an embossing pad. Here I wanted to use Pink Passion, so all I did was ink my stamp with Versamark first, then with Pink Passion. The Versamark won't hurt your classic ink pad, and this way you can emboss with any of our wonderful colours!

Next, cover your image with Heat & Stick powder. Tap off the excess using a Powder Pal or piece of paper to catch it. Funnel this back into your container for next time! Before you heat the image, get everything ready for the glitter step, you want to be ready to pour the glitter on as soon as you stop heating.

Gently heat the image with your heat gun - I find this takes less time than embossing powder does. As soon as you see the powder melt you're ready. Pour the glitter over your heated image (turn your heat gun off first if you don't want to look like a sparkly snowman!) and tap off the excess, returning this to the container.

Your image will look like this. All that remains is to gently heat the image once again, just to set the powder. Then I like to take a stiff bristled paintbrush, and brush quite vigorously over my image. This gets rid of any stray particles of glitter.

The finished card! I kept the base of this one a simple square of Whisper White with the sentiment stamped in Pink Passion. The flower provided all the "wow" factor this one needed! I stamped and glittered two flowers, and stamped and embossed another two before cutting out different layers of each. The layers were put together using Stampin' Dimensionals for height.

I hope this will inspire you to try Heat & Stick Powder, you'll love being able to glitter a bold, chunky image, or a delicate image with ease!

Stampin' Supplies:

Fabulous Flowers Stamp Set.
Whisper White card stock.
Pink Passion ink.
Heat & Stick Powder.
Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.
Heat Tool.
Powder Pal.
Rhinestone Brad.
Stampin' Dimensionals.

All supplies available from Stampin' Up!

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