Monday, April 7, 2008

A NEW Technique! Adhesive Masking

Do you love the sparkle glitter adds to your projects? If so you will LOVE this technique!! I am a total glitter junkie and one night while I was playing around with my Spellbinders dies I came up with a New Technique!! The Technique is called Adhesive Masking. I am very excited about this technique and would love to share it with all of you! I took a lot of pictures while I was doing this technique. I don't know about you but I am a very visual person and I love to be able to see lots of pictures.

To start with this is what you will need.~

Spellbinders-Wizard Die Cutting and Embossing Tool or another die cutting system.
Spellbinders Dies-*this is an important note--Spellbinders dies are the only dies that are cut all the way through allowing you to also be able to use them as a stencil.
Xyron-any size machine *don't worry if you don't have a xyron!! You can also use sticker paper or any kind of paper with an adhesive backing.
White Cardstock
Assortment of Glitter-*ultra fine glitter works the best, it will get into all of the tiny spaces.

As you are going through the steps you can also click on each image to enlarge if you would like to.

Step 1
Take a piece of cardstock and run it through the xyron. If you don't have a xyron and you are using sticker or another adhesive paper you can skip steps 1 and 2.Step 2
Remove the clear covering from the cardstock.
Step 3
For placing your paper onto the die you want to make sure the side with the adhesive is down. If you used the xyron one side will be the cardstock and the other side will be the glossy paper with the adhesive from the xyron. Put the glossy side facing down onto the die.

Glossy---->Glossy facing down onto the die---->Step 4
Layer the mats and run it through the Wizard.
White Mat
Spacer Plate
Die (cut side or ridges up)
White Mat
Step 5
Once the shape is cut remove the piece from the die.Step 6
Peel off the backing to expose the adhesive. Once you have done this place the die cut back into the die with the adhesive facing down.
Step 7
Now for the messy but FUN part!! Time to add the glitter. While adding the glitter it helps to kind of rub it in with your fingers. Once all of the adhesive is covered with glitter then tap off all of the excess glitter. Step 8
Very carefully remove the die cut from the die. The best way to do this is to have the die on the table and pull the die cut up. This way if some tiny pieces of glitter come of they will fall down instead of getting on the the exposed adhesive.Step 9
Now you will add your second color of glitter.This is what your finished piece will look like. Isn't that cool!! Here are a few other pieces I have done using the Adhesive Masking Technique.
There are soooo many possibilities with the Adhesive Masking Technique!! I hope you have enjoyed the tutorial! I would love to hear what you think about the technique and if you give it a try please post a picture to your blog or a gallery and then leave me a link. I would love to see your creations!!

Have a wonderful day!!


  1. Heidi,
    This is very cool!!!!!

  2. Can`t wait to try this. It looks great.
    Retired Heather

  3. Wow, how cool! Love the look, thanks for sharing this technique. You've made some beautiful things! :)

  4. Holey cow, how cool is this?! Just look at the awesome glittery die cuts you have there! If I had a spellbinders die I would so totally be doing this!
    Thanks for your creative genius Heidi!

  5. Way to go incorporating Spellbinder’s dies with an old technique. I first saw this demonstrated in a book I purchased a few years back and have since seen some bloggers using the technique in their cards. You have given us another reason to purchase the Spellbinder’s dies. You chose a great product to use with the technique. Thanks!

  6. Hey Heidi..That rocks!!! Way cool technique. TFS!

  7. That's a neat technique! Thanks for sharing it!

  8. These are great Heidi. My husband bought me the Wizard recently and now I must buy some more dies. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Nikki x

  9. OH WOW -- This is FANTASTIC!!

  10. Wow! Those are fabulous. Just when I thought I didn't need a die cut machine.

  11. I've got to get me one of those! :D Too wicked awesome for words!

  12. Heidi,
    I've bookmarked your blog into my favorites because I think you are extraordinarily talented. Your creativity inspires me! I LOVE your idea about the spellbinders and glitter. I tried it tonight and took it one step further. I have a cameo die so I used pink and white embossing powders, then set it with heat. It was a nice effect.
    I've never "blogged" and wouldn't know how to get started but I enjoy reading yours. Thanks so much!
    Carol in Manitoba, Canada

  13. WOW Heidi! Awesome technique! You have made some beautiful things and inspired all of us with them! I will DEFINITELY give this a try. And also the embossing that Carol mentioned! Thanks for the VISUAL tutorial! I am a visual person also; you will find a lot of us out there. Appreciate it!!!


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