August SUSIE-Q Fun Tip–Summer Sparkle Series #3–Glitter Borders

Well, it’s the first of the month, and ya’ll know what that means!  Time to pay bills.  Well, that may be true, but it’s me Susan (susiestampalot) and I have something way  more fun than that–it’s my monthly SUSIE-Q Fun Tip Tutorial!

It’s the last one of my very glitterfied 3-part  
“Summer Sparkle Series”
Today we are going to play around with using YNS dies to create a GLITTER BORDER or outline on our cards and projects.  This one is SUPER FAST and easy and has limitless possibilities.
This month, all we need is a few things…GLITTER (A#1, since this IS a glitter tutorial), A YNS Die of choice (I’ve chosen the largest one from the BOOKMARK/TAG DIE SET.) and a glue pen.  I love this one from Martha Stewart.  Oh, and three cheers for SOPHIE, my little Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader, for helping this card come together.  Go Cowboys!
Like I said, this is super EASY…almost TOO easy!  By the way, I didn’t just invent this, I’m sure it’s been done before, but I have wanted to try it with my YNS dies for quite a while now, so WHY NOT share it with ya’ll??  Your welcome.  
What we are going for is an outline of the die in glitter.  It can be any die, just depending on what you’ve got envisioned.  So decide what die and where you’d like your outline for your particular project.
Ok, once all that’s decided, just hold it in place and TRACE the outline of the die using your glue pen.  Told ya’ll it was easy.
Glue outline!  This is what that particular pen line looks like.  It says “fine-tip”, but it’s going to leave about a 1/8″ line.  The sooner you get the glitter on here after tracing the better, just fyi.
Silver glitter makes me happy.  Again, I glittered over a creased piece of copy paper to make a trough that my excess glitter could easily slide down and back into the container.  “Put that thing back where it came from, or so help me!”–Mike, Monsters Inc.  (I’m easily entertained and sidetracked.)
OOHH, pretty and so so sparkly!!  Tap off the excess and stare at your beautiful almost-finished creation.  Take a break and have a cookie for a self-congratulatory party.
For my card, I die-cut another shade of blue using the same BOOKMARK/TAG DIE.  Then I ran it back through my Big Shot to emboss it with the dots.  It needed to be a bit shorter for my design, so I cut the bottom end off.  (Wish I could just cut my bottom end off.)
Glued it down to finish off that panel.  
Here’s a closer look at my finished card.  
Did I say, GO COWBOYS? 
Well, I hope ya’ll have enjoyed my
“Summer Sparkle Series”!
What should I do next?  Let me know!  
Don’t forget to leave me a comment–
There’s going to be a RANDOM DRAWING on August 5th 
to win some YNS goodies! 


  1. 1
    Sue D says:

    Very simple technique with great glittery results!!

  2. 2
    Thanh Vo says:

    Excellent, sparkly results, Susan! And so easy to follow.

  3. 3

    Really great idea to use the die to create the outline for the glitter! Very cool card – love the colour scheme too!
    I see a lot of cards with twine, but don’t really know how they create the “bow” look on the card.

  4. 4

    Super CUTE card and fabulous technique!

  5. 5
    Marsha says:

    You come up with such clever ideas. Thanks so much. Love your tutorials.

  6. 6
    Wendy Zick says:

    Love this! I have a project going that this will be perfect for.

  7. 7
    Heather says:

    A great way to sparkle something up. And so easy.

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    Mary-Anne V says:

    Ha, you are just too much…you made me laugh so many times as I read your post! Love the glue pen tip…great card!

  9. 9
    Billie A says:

    What a great idea and great touch to your card design. love the glue pen idea. Thanks.

  10. 10
    Lynda says:

    Great idea, Susan! I must give this a try when I get home…

  11. 11
    Sandi says:

    Really very cute

  12. 12
    Dana says:

    Love this Susie. I will be doing this technique soon on all my cards. LOL

  13. 13
    Ann says:

    Great technique! This is just an adorable card!!

  14. 14
    Nana says:

    What a fun technique. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us. Your newest b,log follower here.
    Have a creative day.
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    Josie0602 says:

    Love this idea!!! And it turned out so super cute!


  16. 16

    This is FANTASTIC!! I love this technique! I also love Sophie, although she’s not wearing MY teams colors I still love her! I’m now off to get a glue pen and some glitter! Along with the celebratory cookie! Sounds like a requirement! :o) thanks so much for the great technique!!

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    Keri Postma says:

    That is such a great idea! I will be trying this on my next cards for sure! I just bought a bunch of new YNS stamps that I am itching to use and now I can use a new technique too! Win! Win!

  18. 18

    great card and such a cute little image.

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    faithe says:

    love the glitter, never thought of putting a tag on a card, great ideas!

  20. 20

    That is a great idea! Can’t wait to try it. It saves putting another layer on your card.

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