Glimmer Paper to Dye For

Posted by on April 4, 2017 in Techniques, Tool Time on Tuesday


(Sorry… I just couldn’t help myself!)  I’ve been making a new color of Glimmer Paper by dying it.  I got out a scrap of Silver Glimmer Paper and the Emerald Envy Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill plus some isopropyl alcohol and got ready to start creating a different color of glitz for my project.

The scrap was about 4” x 3”, so I decided to dye all of it.  I was using it to punch out three hearts, as shown in the photo.  I didn’t want to soak the Glimmer Paper, so I used a cotton ball and dripped equal numbers of drops of alcohol and ink refill on it.  Then I started daubing the color into the paper.  This method goes a long way and I found I didn’t have to re-ink the cotton ball before I finished.  To get the color depth, you do need to go over the area several times.

Lesson learned:  use gloves!  Even with water-based ink, it can take a few days to get the stains off your hands.  Let the dye job dry long enough, too.  I should have let it go overnight OR got out my Heat Tool and set it.  Luckily, I didn’t start making the project the same day or I would have had smears galore!  I recommend keeping the gloves on while you punch out or die-cut your shapes, just in case.

The Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper will give you a truer color, but it’s not as glittery.  The Silver or the Gold Glimmer Paper will give you the metallic glitter effect but with a less intense color.

Using Stamping Sponges instead of cotton balls will also work, but you may need to squeeze the sponge from time to time.  The sponges soak up the liquid more, so squeezing encourages the dye to come out.  In either case – use gloves!

I don’t recommend submerging the paper or floating the ink & alcohol combination over it.  The paper can warp while it’s drying and it’s harder to use the Heat ToolNever mind the time it takes to dry.  The only advantage is, you wouldn’t necessarily have to use gloves!

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