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Distress Glitter Review

by Amy Bowerman

I’m pretty open about the fact that I enjoy shiny, sparkly things so when I saw Ranger Ink and Tim Holtz reveal the new Distress Glitter line at CHA I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it!  Distress Glitter features everything I love about Distress and now it sparkles!

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The Distress line from Ranger Ink has made it easy to add color to projects with a classic vintage feel.  With the addition of Distress Glitter you can create colorful vintage art with sparkle and shine!

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Unlike traditional glitter Distress Glitter has that unmistakable vintage feel.  It’s the kind of glitter only found on Vintage greeting cards and holiday decorations.  Oh how I’ve longed for that shabby vintage shine!  Thanks to Tim Holtz and Ranger Ink the wait is over.  Vintage shimmer  is back in 24 Glorious Distress Glitter colors!

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Here you can see the difference between Distress Glitter and traditional Dry Stickles glitter.  Distress Glitter is much chunkier and features a muted sparkle and shine that I just love!  Don’t get me wrong traditional glitters have their place but as for now Distress Glitter has MY heart :)

Applying Distress Glitter


I was fortunate to witness firsthand Tim Holtz’s demo of Distress Glitter at CHA create and connect.  Tim colored pieces of Grunge Board with a variety of Distress inks, stains, and paints before applying the glitter to enhance the color and cover up the grayed out grunge.  If you like that look you can always leave your grunge pieces ink free…but more on that in a bit.

Here’s a look at the Distress products I used to color my Grunge Board Pieces.  I chose Picked raspberry Distress Paint, Distress Stain, and Distress Ink for this demonstration along with some Worn Lipstick Distress Stain to show the lighter side.

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I used Mod Podge to adhere Distress Glitter to Grunge pieces but you can use whatever wet adhesive you like.  Glossy Accents works very well I just happened to have a ton of Mod Podge and not so much Glossy.

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Use a pair of tweezers to remove your glittered piece and set aside to dry.  *Using the cupcake liners makes it easy to return unused Distress Glitter to its jar.

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It doesn’t matter too much which type of Distress product you pair with your Distress Glitter.  The variations are slight but my personal favorite pairing was Distress Paint.  As you can see in the photo the Distress Paint heart is smoother than the rest.  If smooth is the look you are going for than go with the Distress paint.  For everything else…ink to your hearts content with whatever Distress you have!

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One of the coolest things about Distress Glitter is that it’s totally inkable!  Here you can see Tim Holtz Demoing this über cool technique.  *Tim’s owl is covered with Spiced Marmalade Distress Glitter and Inked with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.

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I just have to mention the colors again.   It is worth owning every color of Distress Glitter just so you can do this!  How cool is this display?  I fell in love as soon as I saw this framed wonder featuring Tim Holtz new Sizzix Mini silhouettes looking dashing in all 24 colors of Distress Glitter!

I could stop here since this alone is proof that Distress Glitter Rocks, but I won’t and I didn’t.  Let’s check out what other surfaces Distress Glitter looks gorgeous on shall we?


Distress Glitter on Paper Products


So we already know that Distress Glitter was born for Grunge Board and Grunge paper, but it looks just as lovely on some of your other favorite paper products.  Have a look!

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Coredinations Distress Cardstock

This goes without saying since it has “Distress” written all over it , but Coredinations Distress cardstock paired with Distress Glitter is a match made in heaven!  I can’t “Distress” it enough :)

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 Ranger Manilla Tags

For all you tag makers out there Distress Glitter is just what the Doctor ordered!  I inked  my heart with a coordinating Distress Ink but you could let the manilla show through too depending on the look you want.  There really is no wrong way to use Distress Glitter.


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 Kraft Glassine

Kraft Glassine was one of my personal favorites out of all the paper products I glittered.  I left mine ink free and I love how spots of the Kraft glassine show through.

*You can give any of your glittered pieces a shabbier look by rubbing or sanding off some of the glitter.

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 Water Color Paper

Water color paper was pretty cool too.   I colored mine with a coordinating Distress Marker.  Just think of the creative possibilities this opens up for your Distress Marker colored images.  You can add bits of sparkle by dabbing on glossy accents to key areas to give your project a subtle vintage twinkle.

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 Black Cardstock

I also really liked the look of Distress Glitter on Black Cardstock.  The dark background really brings out the shine.

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Distress Glitter on Metallic Surfaces


Paper isn’t the only thing that looks fabulous with Distress Glitter on top.  I love metallic and now that distress glitter is in town I can add some sparkle to the shine and sheen of my favorite metallic surfaces!

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Idea-ology Mirrored Sheets

You all know how much I LOVE Tim’s Mirrored sheets, I love them even more with a coating of Distress Glitter.  Oh yes!  Mirror-Mirror on the wall Peacock Feathers is MY favorite color of them all!   Isn’t it gorgeous?

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Ranger Foil Tape

For a more subtle sheen to add to your sparkle Ranger Foil tape is a fine surface for glittering.

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Copper Sheets

For a more rustic metallic look Copper Sheets look equally lovely draped in Peacock feathers…of the Distress Glitter variety.

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Packaging Plastic

Another surface to try that won’t cost you one copper penny is packaging plastic.  Raid your recycling bin and give that plain old plastic the Distress Glitter treatment!  What’s really cool about this surface is that the light will shine through the glitter which makes it look like its glittering and glowing from the inside out!  Think mobiles, banners and more!  If you can hang it will shine!

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As you might have guessed from my unadulterated, straight-up gushing over Distress Glitter, I LOVE this stuff!  I’ll have projects coming your way real soon.  If the Distress Glitter is already flying around your studio I would love to see what you’ve created so drop me a note, tweet, comment, or what have you and I will stop by and check it out!~

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I had to take a break from Featured Product Friday over the summer but since I’ve returned from CHA I have found so many new products I can’t wait to feature!  I won’t be able to keep up with weekly features but I will definitely be showing you the latest and greatest products I can’t live without at least once a month going forward.


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What do you think of  the Distress Glitter line?  Are you excited to try it out?  If there are any projects you’d like to see me test it out on let me know…I’m always on the look for project inspiration :)

Thanks for stopping by and sharing in my glitter obsession.

Have a glittery day!


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5 Johnnie November 6, 2014 at 6:46 pm

What a great post! I have never used Distress Glitter and was trying to find out how to add it to aluminum cans. I learned so much. Thanks Amy!
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6 Shauna August 14, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Hi Amy! Great tutorial! I appreciate all the substrates you tried so we could see it on such a variety. I was wondering how this compares to the vintage glass glitter from Art Institute? They are actual vintage glass and I have been using them for years. However, I have so many of Tim’s products so as usual I want these too! But, being on a limited budget at the moment I would rather buy more of his distress paints and stains if I have glitter that is already much like this. The description sounds similar so just wanted to know how they compare. Thanks! Oh, also I’m so glad I found your blog! I look forward to perusing it soon.


7 Amy Bowerman August 14, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Hi Shauna! Thanks so much for the kind words :). I haven’t tried the AI glitter but if I see it in the store I will pick it up to compare.

I can relate to wanting to complete your paint and stain collection first. I have all of the paints but am missing a few stains and I always seem to need the colors I don’t have…figures right?

Ahh…craft girl problems…so many awesome products, so few winning powerball tickets! LOL!



8 Tina August 13, 2013 at 5:48 pm

I am too excited for these glitters!!


9 Ramona Downing August 13, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Thanks so much for sharing this information!!! I can not wait to get me some of these yummy glitters!!!
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10 Audrey Pettit August 13, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Wowzers!! I WANT! What gorgeous colors! Thanks so much for your informative post here, Amy!
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11 Amy Bowerman August 13, 2013 at 12:20 pm

You will love it Audrey! It’s the perfect accent for your shabby chic style :)



12 Diana August 12, 2013 at 8:41 am

i love your review/write up on the new glitter!! i am a bit timid of glitter, too messy for me but it seems like it doesn’t ‘get on everything’ like regular glitter does. i believe i may have to try it but hope i don’t get addicted!!!
now as for Wendy’s new inks!! i so can’t wait to get mine. they are on order and i am hoping in the next week i will own them all!! can’t wait to read your write up on them!


13 Amy Bowerman August 12, 2013 at 9:22 am

Diana I hear ya on the glitter “mess”. Super fine glitter NEVER goes away no matter how hard you try to clean it up. I spilled some of the DG and was able to swipe it right back into its jar. Amazingly there was not a speck of sparkle left on my hands or workspace! It’s all about the weight with this stuff. It’s light but not so light that it permeates the air and every surface it comes in contact with.

As for Wendy’s Inks, you are in for a real treat. I swear I heard an angel choir when I opened up Watering Can (this is a MUST have color!). The way she has designed these inks to work with Tim’s Distress line makes stenciling and layered stamping a breeze and all the surfaces they can be used on is unreal. I’m currently working on a project using Wendy’s inks, pastes, and Distress Glitter :)

Have fun with the new inks you will LOVE them!



14 Mary S August 11, 2013 at 7:08 pm


What a complete thorough review of the new Distress Glitters. Not only did you expose us to the uses of a new product but also it was a GREAT tutorial into all of it’s uses.

I absolutely agree with you that when I saw the comparison with traditional glitters the Distress Glitters had a “classy” understated feel to them. I much prefer them!!! Now I have to use my 40-50% off coupons to get them all!!! Frustrating as it will now make me wait, like a prize each week!!!

Can I ask you to include the approximate price of the things that you showcase ? If you can?

Keep going and inspire me some more!!!



15 Amy Bowerman August 11, 2013 at 7:50 pm

Thanks Mary! So glad you liked it :). Another great thing about it is that it’s a bit heavier so it doesn’t go all over the place if you look at it the wrong way. Know what Im sayin’? It goes where you want it to go and not all over EVERYTHING nearby like other glitters. I have a feeling Distress Glitter will turn the most steadfast glitter haters into glitter lovers :)

It retails for $5.49 and I found mine here :

Barbara ships super quick and includes really cool collage sheets for every $10 you spend



16 Anita Houston August 11, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Fabulous information Darling! I learned so much!!! I know I need some! Love the way paper peaks through! Fab work!!!


17 Buttons August 11, 2013 at 3:40 pm

That is one heck of a product review Amy! Love that you have taken some of the leg work out of it for the rest of us. My personal favourite? Using the black card with those gorgeous glitters. Can’t wait to play with them. Hugs, Jenny x
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18 Amy Bowerman August 11, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Isn’t it cool? I wasn’t expecting the black card to look that good but wow! Right? So glad you liked the review would have been up sooner but my computer decided to put me on a “time out” :)



19 Anne August 11, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Oh my word Amy!! I have been telling myself that I don’t need any of these, trying to convince myself that it will only look right on a limited number of surfaces – well you have smashed that idea completely! How fabulous is this glitter – now, I need it. Thank you for sharing your experience……. Hugs, Anne x
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20 Amy Bowerman August 11, 2013 at 7:51 pm

Anne As soon as I saw Tim’s samples I knew I couldn’t live without it. I literally was dreaming about all of the surfaces I wanted to try it on the first night at CHA. Had to come back and share the awesome with all my friends that didn’t get to see it in person ;).

Wendy’s new inks and pastes are next on the review list…oh my…can’t wait to share next week!

Go get your glitter on girl!



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