Thursday, November 22, 2018

MISTI Tricks for Glittering Your Coloring

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's still quiet here this morning, and I don't have to put my turkey in the oven until noon, so I thought I'd do a quick post showing how I made the card panel that I'd shared in The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

This is the panel I made yesterday using this snowflake from Unity Stamp Company's November 2016 Kit of the Month.

I had several people ask for a tutorial, so I made a very quick photo tutorial.

Today I chose to try another ornate stamp from Unity Stamp Company.  This one is from the December 2017 SMAK Kit.  This is a large ornate snowflake-like mandala stamp.  I removed my Mouse Pad from my Original MISTI to accommodate the depth of the rubber cling mount stamp, then used my Creative Corner to make sure I had plenty of room for the stamp.  I stamped twice with Inkon3's Fade Out ink to give a deeper color since I'm stamping onto Strathmore's Toned Gray paper.  I cleaned my stamp right while it was still in place in my MISTI, because I'm going to need it again after a bit and I want it to be in the exact same place.

 Now I colored the mandala with Polychromos pencils.  I like Polychromos oil-based colors when I color on deeper colored papers because they are so rich in color.  As you can see, I simplified the coloring quite a bit.  I wasn't concerned so much with the details, more so the "areas" of details. 

I then put my colored panel back into my MISTI in the same spot.  I prepped the surface with my powder tool, then stamped with embossing ink and heat embossed with clear powder.

Here is what it looked like after heat embossing once:

I wanted a bit thicker layer of embossing, so I placed the panel back into my MISTI and repeated the embossing process.  Here is the thicker layer now that it's been embossed twice:

Now I want to glitter it.  So I cover the panel with Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter, and carefully pick up the panel and use my Wagner Heat Tool to heat from under the panel.  This is a bit tricky, so I suggest you do this over a table just in case you lose a bit of the glitter; it's easier to clean up that way.

The heat will re-melt the layers of embossing powder and the glitter will stick.  Once the panel cools, you can pour the excess back into your container.

Here is  the glittered panel:

And once it's been adhered to a card base.

I used a Swiffer dusting cloth to dab at the panel to remove any stray glitter.  Just dab, rather that wipe, just in case you snag the glitter and tear it from your embossing.

Now my card is ready for whatever word diecut I need when I need a last minute card!

That's it from me today!  I can hear my family in the kitchen.  Time to leave the craft room!  

Have a fantastic day!


  1. I don't understand how you could heat that last time without melting the excess powder. It seems like it would just be a big glob of embossing powder trying to hold the glitter on. Maybe it just isn't clicking with me. Your card is very beautiful though. Awesome