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Glitter Gel

Hi All,

So… remember I had to cancel our family trip to DisneyWorld last year because my husband had to work? Well, believe it or not, I was supposed to be there today! Our flight yesterday was canceled, which actually worked out because they closed the parks today. The good news is that this time I was able to get refunds. God doesn’t want me visiting Disney for some reason. Although I’m really disappointed, I am thinking about and praying for everyone inside the track of this hurricane. I hope you all stay safe.

One more thing: the winner of the Summer Garden set is Andrea (jvillecardgal40)! Congrats Andrea, I will contact you about mailing you your goodies. 🙂

The cards submitted by Carol Mac in the last couple of challenges have really motivated me to break out my glitter gel and play with it! Although it’s a little higher effort than other products, the results are amazing and very, very cool. Here is a close-up of the colored circles:

Glitter Gel

I used Faber Castell’s Glass Bead Glitter Gel, but I’d be interested in the thoughts of others who have different brands. For me, the biggest downside is drying time. The biggest upside, though, is the awesomeness of the results. 🙂

Enjoy the video!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.

Glitter Gel
Glitter Gel
SSS Irregular Dots Stencil
SSS Irregular Dots Stencil
Birthday Border Die
Birthday Border Die
Palette Knife
Palette Knife
Broken China Distress Ink
Broken China
Salty Ocean Distress Ink
Salty Ocean
Dusty Concord Distress Ink
Dusty Concord
Wilted Violet Distress Ink
Wilted Violet
Ink Foam Applicator
Ink Foam Applicator
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
SSS Vellum
SSS Vellum
Thin Paper Tape
Thin Paper Tape
Micro Glue Dots
Micro Glue Dots
Zig Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on October 7th, 2016 at 6:55 am


    Wow! That glitter gel is really something speciall. I’ve never heard about it before. So there you are! I’ve learned something new. And I really do want to try it soon. I’m also sorry you didn’t get to have your Disney World holiday with your family again this year. But, I’m also relieved that you are all safe and sound in Texas and not in Florida right now. We’ve been watching the unfolding of the hurricane and hoping and praying that things will be okay again very soon.

  2. wrote on October 7th, 2016 at 1:31 pm


    Wowsers!! That gel is super sparkly!!! Looks amazing ? here’s a tip I learned from Tara @curl e cues, I use Bo Bunny glitter paste and I mix it w distress inks before I use it on the stencil. I love the way it looks. I’m not sure if it would give a different look but you might try that ?. I’m sorry you can’t seem to make it to Disney that’s a bummer. I live on FL west coast gulf side so not much damage here. Thanks for sharing!! I love everything you do!!

    • wrote on October 7th, 2016 at 5:26 pm

      Carol Mac

      Carrie, I have used the BoBunny gels too and they work just as good. I purchased some BB colored glitter paste so I didn’t have to blend a color into them, and bought the clear bead gel so i could color if I wanted to.

      I noted below that Darlene’s gel is old and should not be so thick and sticky.

  3. wrote on October 7th, 2016 at 1:35 pm


    That glitter is so pretty!

    I also had issues with that really fine tip glue pen before I realized you have to treat it more like a gel pen with a roller. So, I squeeze first, then actually press down when applying and i have not had an issue with it since then. Hope it works for you! I use the fine one all the time.

  4. wrote on October 7th, 2016 at 2:40 pm


    Oh my Darlene. How ironic that you couldn’t make Disney AGAIN. As the winner of your giveaway last year, I understand the special place that Disney is. What a fantastic time my husband and I had. This is our 50 year anniversary and since that trip we bought annual passes (since we live in Florida) so that we can celebrate all year. We were supposed to be there Wednesday. So happy that for the most part everyone is safe in the U.S. Have a great day everyone!

  5. wrote on October 7th, 2016 at 2:44 pm


    Beautiful card. I hadn’t heard of the glitter gel before. I’m sorry about your Disney trip again, but I feel for the people that are living through the hurricane.

  6. wrote on October 7th, 2016 at 3:01 pm


    Beautiful card as always ! I’m definitely going to try some glitter paste. I too have had trouble with that glue pen. I also tried the Tombow glue pen without success. Have you tried it?

    I’m glad you were able to get a refund on your trip. The third time will be a charm ?

    • wrote on October 10th, 2016 at 9:49 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Cheryl. No, I haven’t tried the Tombow glue pen. There are so many different brands! I’ve been very happy with the Zig two-way, and I also really like the XpressIt Glue marker. I hope the third time is a charm!!

  7. wrote on October 7th, 2016 at 3:13 pm


    I use the glue pen all the time and love it, but you do need to press down as you use it o allow the glue to dispense. It is the only glue pen I use! – Kim

  8. wrote on October 7th, 2016 at 4:22 pm


    How timely! After seeing Carol’s cards, I became interested in the glitter gel. I went into the craft store to use a “good” coupon that I got with the intent of getting some UTE powder and started looking at the texture paste. I ended up walking out with the glitter gel instead along with some gelatos! (I had my husband with me, and from what I understand, I’m not the first crafter to do this.) 🙂 I came home and started searching for videos on how to use it, as I was thinking about trying to tint it first before using it on a card. Glad you shared this video!

    • wrote on October 7th, 2016 at 5:28 pm

      Carol Mac

      DPenny, you should do a tinted glitter paste card for the October card challenge!!

      • wrote on October 7th, 2016 at 9:26 pm


        I just might try it!

  9. wrote on October 7th, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Carol Mac

    Yay!! So glad you got that gel out of your cupboard!!! The card is beautiful and yes, your gel is really old! Mine spreads like soft butter, much like the embossing pastes. Mine is not sticky and takes no time to spread. DPenny, yes you can tint it with any ink. One of my cards I sponged first like Darlene and you get a nice background, and the second card (fish) I tinted the gel with Stampin Up Pool Party and then spread it.

    I really like the addition of the two strips…I never think of that unless I am copying a card I see online (like yours)!!

  10. wrote on October 7th, 2016 at 5:31 pm


    Neat card, Darlene! Love love love the color gradient you got, and how it shines with the glitter gel. I have the Golden version of glass bead gel. I’m not sure if the glass beads are larger or not with that one. I tried it recently for the first time, and it was a disaster. But I think the stencil I was using just had too-small openings, which made it quite a mess. I’ll have to try it again with a different stencil. Like a couple other people said, the key to that fine-tip glue pen is to press down while you’re applying it. I guess the ball in the tip is a stopper of sorts, and the glue only comes out right when you press the ball tip up into the pen. Hopefully you’ll have better luck with it. I like it myself, and use it more than the chisel-tip version! Sorry about your canceled Disney trip, but at least it got canceled BEFORE Matthew blew in! Thanks for sharing another wonderful card! 🙂 ~ Andrea

    • wrote on October 7th, 2016 at 10:06 pm


      Congrats Andrea on winning the stamp set. Hope you display some of your cards on the Challenge this month!

  11. wrote on October 7th, 2016 at 5:42 pm


    Oh my goodness the first time I used the glasses beads I went crazy over it, it is beautiful on anything that you use it on.


  12. wrote on October 7th, 2016 at 6:34 pm


    Darlene, extremely gorgeous effect with the distress inks and bead gel!! I especially love the areas where the ink colors blended together. Just beautiful!! I see you got some other responses already about your glue pen. I’ll just chime in that I had the same frustrating experience then the same realization that you have to “dot” the glue on. I am going to go back now and check out those cards by Carol Mac you were inspired by.

  13. wrote on October 8th, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Lesley S

    I’ve always wondered about those jars of “Glitter Gel”. Thanks for letting us in on how gorgeous it is! Stick with the glue pen Darlene. As others say, it works best with a bit of dabbing pressure, and is fantastic for fine details. You’ll get to Disney World yet!!!

  14. wrote on October 8th, 2016 at 9:09 pm


    I am totally loving the new Glimmer Pastes from Nuvo by Tonic Studios! The 12 colors are so vibrant and beautiful and they dry fairly quickly- faster than stencil pastes. You may want to give them a try.

  15. wrote on October 8th, 2016 at 9:58 pm


    Lovely! And I hope you can make it to see Mickey soon!

  16. wrote on October 9th, 2016 at 4:52 pm


    So sorry that you didn’t get to go to Disney World again. Your girls must be so disappointed. My thoughts have been with all involved in the hurricane, would be a terrifying experience.
    Wow! I love your card Darlene and it is an almost “any occasion” card. Love the simplicity of it.

  17. wrote on October 12th, 2016 at 11:50 am


    Pretty card!

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