Glittered Holly
by Sue McRae


Hi everyone, Sue here with my first Christmas card of the season and I thought I would sparkle it up big time!

I couldn't wait to use the gorgeous Holly Background die and decided that all the open spaces in the design would be wonderful to fill will glitter glue.


If you follow along with my posts, you'll remember that I used glitter glue to create a Valentine's Day card that can be found here. Since that card was posted, Memory Box came out with their own brand of glitter glue which I'm using on this project. All the scrumptious colours can be found here.


First I took the Holly Background and die cut it 3 times from 110lb Neenah Solar White and once from gold glitter card stock. I adhered the white layers together and attached it to my card base.


I chose my colours of glitter glue and squeezed them into the different die cut areas. I used a toothpick to help get the glitter glue in the corners because the glitter glue does shrink as it dries. Because of this I make sure to use enough glitter glue so it comes to the top of the third layer of the die cut panel. It will drop down after it dries and if you get a little bit of glitter glue on the top portion of the die cut panel it doesn't matter because it will be covered up with the last layer, the gold glitter piece.


This technique is easy and quick and since there are so many fabulous glitter glue colours out there, the options are boundless!


I did my glittering in the evening and left it overnight and it was dry in the morning. Then I added my top gold glitter layer and a simple white heat embossed sentiment.


I had a lot of fun with this technique and I may be eyeing another Christmas die to use with the glitter glues. I hope you give this a try!


Have a great week!

Sue Floral Signature copy







Hello Sue, this is one stunning card! And your tutorial is much appreciated. I've Pinned it. Just one thing though, I literally scoffed at the thought of gluing those die cut layers being EASY? Ha! I'm 64 years old and that's by far the hardest part! Do you have any tips at all for making it easy? And what adhesive do you use - spray? Xyron? Craft glue? Would be much appreciated! I admit, thinking about laying down that top gold layer after all of that glitter gluing gives me anxiety, lol. At any rate, you are well-skilled at it! XOXOX

Wow!! So sparkling and elegant too!! Great design and fabulous idea!! Thanks for sharing!
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Aimeslee thanks for your comment! I used Elmer's Craft Bond Spray Adhesive for this project because I wanted to make sure there was adhesive covering the entire die cut instead of small drops of liquid glue which I normally use. I spray the die cut really well and take my time to place it on the layer below. I start by lining up one corner and gently laying it in place then move on to another corner and gently lay it in place until I'm done all the corners. I then do the middle section. By gently laying the die cut instead of firmly placing it down it will give you the ability to move the piece around so that it lines up with the piece below. When I like the position of it I then press firmly and put something heavy on it for 10 minutes. The key is to go slow and take your time. I hope this helps!

Hi Sue, This is a gorgeous card !! I love all the colours you have used to 'fill in' the holly background die-cut, what a brilliant idea, I would never have thought to use glitter glue in this way, but what a fantastic effect.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Hi Sue.
a very stunning card. It looks lovely with all that glitter.
Love seeing your cards x

Gorgeous! I can't wait to try this.

very crafty! love how the design of the die is perfect for this technique

Wow!! This is beautiful!! Never thought about using the glitter. Thanks! Great card.

Wow that is a lovely Christmas card, Love all the sparkle!

Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing.

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