Glittery, wobbly jack o’ lantern + video!

From the minute I saw this pumpkin I knew that I wanted to stamp him on black cardstock with orange glitter! I tried making my own glue pad but that just didn’t work out — and in fact it ruined my stamp, had to get another — doh!

So when I spotted this Essential Glue Pad from Tsukineko I just had to get one and give it a try! Check out the video and find out all about it:

A Spooky, Glittery, Wobbly Halloween Card from Lisa Spangler on Vimeo.

Isn’t that just too fun? Can’t wait to mail it to someone and give them a little treat. And! J saw it on my desk and he was really impressed — he kept playing with it, ha!

Some things I learned about the Essential Glue Pad:

  • This type of glue pad does not require heat setting — woo! This is a real bonus for me, as I haven’t had much luck with the heat-set powder type of adhesive. I must get overzealous and cook it too long.
  • The glitter sticks on there fairly well — as you can see from the video, I brushed over it to remove the excess glitter. However, you can rub the glitter off if you work at it as it’s not set in stone. I might try some other tricks to make it more permanent, will keep ya posted!
  • Ultra-fine glitter works best for this. I bet that flocking would work great too! Gotta try it.
  • The tip that I shared in the video where you ink a stamp first with the glue pad and then apply colored ink over top seems to work best with dye ink. Lightly cover the stamp with the ink so you don’t remove too much glue.
  • Recommended dry time is only 15 minutes, yah!
  • And one last tip — the less absorbant the paper, the better! This is because the glue seeps into the paper instead of staying on the surface so that the glitter can stick to it. Glossy paper and coated cardstock work better than more porous paper like construction paper or uncoated cardstock like the ones that are solid core (not white inside).

While we’re talking glue, I gotta say that I really like the glue pen that came in the package with the Martha Stewart glitter! It dried super fast and the glitter is really stuck on there. Makes me want to check out some more of her glitters, like this NEON!

And, be sure out the Hero Arts blog for more on the NEW goodies from Sizzix like the stamp and embossing folder combo that I used on the card. Can’t wait to play with them some more!


Hope you have a great weekend,

14 Replies to “Glittery, wobbly jack o’ lantern + video!”

  1. So super cute, Lisa! Love how awesome the glue pad worked for you. I have one and always forget about it in favor of other adhesives, but I’ll definitely give it another try after seeing your vid. Your wobbly, sparkly pumpkin turned out PERFECT!! :)

  2. What an adorable card! I love the wobbly action. I haven’t played with looses glitter for such a long time and you’ve really inspired me to break it out again.

  3. I love this fun, interactive card, Lisa! The wobbly pumpkin is a riot! Thanks for the glue pad info and fab video! Have a great weekend! :)

  4. barbara lassiter says:

    Great ideas and thanks for the video. It’s always helpful to see the “behind the scenes” action (no pun intended)! The card is so cute and I love the colors and all the details!

  5. AMAZING!!! I love this glittery goodness.

  6. Wonderful card and video! I love your tip about using the paper to press the glitter into the glue as well as catch the glitter!!! I’ve seen the idea of catching before, but not the pressing! I think the tray I have for catching glitter and embossing powders is officially going into my bin for “put this up for sale”! I’ve had the glue pad for a while, but have yet to put it to use. It was so good to see it in action in your video. Now I’m thinking about how I can use it right away!!! Thanks for the great tips and inspiration!!!

  7. Barb Ghigliotty says:

    Hi Lisa ~ This card is absolutely adorable…just like YOU!!!
    Thanks so much for the video…I always get so many cool ideas from you, and I really appreciate that! Have a great weekend!!!

  8. Ha! So fun! Love that wobbly glittery pumpkin!!

  9. Thanks Lisa! You make me want to play with glitter – oh no! Very cute card.

  10. Thanks for the tips, Lisa! I love all the details on this card.

  11. Such a fun card! Love the glittery, wobbly pumpkin!

  12. Hi Lisa, great video! How does the glue pad compare with Versamark?

    1. Hi Carolyn! Well, they’re not really used for the same purpose. The Versamark pad isn’t sticky like the glue pad is. But they are both clear. Hope that helps! :)

  13. Love your video and card…now I want to make a Halloween card even if it never gets given away :) I especially appreciate the demonstration of the glue pad. I’ve had one for years…and tried it once…didn’t like it…don’t think I used enough glue! I think I’ll try again :)

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