Have I mentioned how much I love the Tim Holtz loose Rock Candy Glitter from Ranger? There is something really special about this stuff. It’s like glitter…but it’s not. It has glitter properties, but it’s colorless. It can be fancy and pretty, but it can also be understated. It’s quite versatile!
I have used it in quite a few projects lately, so I wanted to share some different ways to use it.
Rock candy glitter 5 ways
1. Embellish Thickers – there are many varieties of Thickers that come with glitter these days. But if you have a thicker style you love or want to use and it doesn’t have glitter, you can add some yourself with Glossy Accents.
For this example, I’m creating a snowy, winter page (and it may very well be my last one as I get through the last of my Nashville winter photos!) and I wanted to use the Rock Candy to create a snow effect. I added the liquid glue to the bottom of each letter and then sprinkled on the loose glitter.
2. Enhance lace paper – for the same layout, I wanted to use up this bit of lace cardstock I’ve had for way too long. This one is from KI Memories. With the Thickers and other silver elements in my layout, I wanted to add a tiny bit of silver to the glitter.
For this example, I tried 3M’s Scotch Quick Dry Glue, which is another liquid type of glue. It comes out white and it dries clear. There’s really no difference between the way this holds vs. the Glossy Accents. Since I had both types of glue, I just wanted to see if this one worked as well, and it does.
First I sprinkled on the rock candy glitter straight from the jar. Then, I poured a little bit into this clean yogurt container and added in a little bit of the Silver Mixative Alcohol Ink from Ranger. According to Tim Holtz (check out this video from Scrap Time) you can mix in any color of alcohol ink into this loose rock candy to color it. It will work while it’s still loose or you can dab on the color after you adhere the glitter to something. I mixed up the silver into some loose glitter and then sprinkled it over the plain rock candy glitter, just to get a little silver. I didn’t want all the glitter to be sliver, just some of it. But I had to be quick because this glue is just as the name implies — quick dry!
3. Cover punches – I had this idea of double punches to decorate a card and I wanted a way for the center punch to stand out. Why not add subtle glitter?
I punched a heart shape from red cardstock and then double punched around it with a circle punch to get two separate pieces.
For this example, I wanted to try something different. I ran the hearts through the Xyron Sticker Machine and was happy to see the glitter adhered beautifully to it. I pressed the glitter into the punches and when I flicked off the excess, the glitter on the heart stays in place. It does not flake off at all.
I placed the heart punch on dimensional adhesive so that it pops up from the background.
4. Fussy cut elements – since it worked so well for punches, how about larger elements that have been cut from pattern paper? I’ve had these Basic Grey papers for a long time but never found a way to use the papers with the larger flowers. I wanted to cover the entire area with the loose glitter to tone down the paper and give them a full coating.
My large Xyron worked just as well as the small one did. When I fed the paper through the Xyron, I made sure the pattern side was down. That way, the adhesive goes onto the pattern side and gives the glitter something to stick to.
5. Sand filler for jars – I shared this one a few months ago, but I wanted to share it again. Rock candy was the perfect way to add the look of sand to my jars in this layout. Now that I know alcohol ink will add color to the glitter and that you can add it after you adhere it, I might try to add some Latte alcohol ink to get more of a sandy color.
In this example, I also used the rock candy to add a subtle border along the top and bottom of my layout.
No matter if you want the effect to be bold by adding bright alcohol inks or more subtle, as a snow effect on the thickers, loose rock candy glitter can help you achieve the right look. The versatility is what I love. The next time you see it on the shelf, pick it up and see what kind of cool effects you can get with it. You won’t be sorry!
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