I am incredibly excited to have a guest post from my best gal pal Suni. Those who know me personally know Suni as well. You don't typically encounter one of us in the craft world without having to put up with the other as well. Suni is a technique junkie and she manages to share her wisdom with others without being a know-it-all. This explains why the few times I've convinced her to teach, she sold out right away. Her "Ink University" class was the stuff of legends. Seriously. I was thrilled when she suggested writing a review for my little 'ol blog.
Without further ado...
I'm a glitter lovin' lady. Glass, superfine, chunky, distress or glow in the dark, if something stands still long enough, I'm going to give serious consideration to adding some sparkle. I blame my childhood obsessions with Xanadu and Cher. So, when I started hardcore crafting I naturally got my glitter on.
Unfortunately, that was always at least mildly frustrating. I would use my handy dandy non stick craft sheet to place my newly glittered item upon for drying and what would happen every time? Smooshing. The weight of the item, even if it was just card stock, would push the glitter into the glue and there would be flat spots, with diminished shine. Such a bummer.
Lo and behold, much like Olivia Newton John in Xanadu, the Martha Stewart Crafts Glitter Tray has come into my life to make my dream of a roller skating nightclub come true. Or, you know, my glitter not get messed up. Either way I'm happy and singing ELO songs like a dang fool.
I really don't remember where I first saw the Martha Stewart Crafts Glitter Tray but I knew it was genius right away. The little spikes hold your project up, but the points of contact are so small glitter smoosh is a thing of the past. It's a generous size, so you could even fit a good size project, like a faux pumpkin, on there. The spikes hold your project steady as well, so you don't have to worry about it shifting or rolling. There is a metal tray under the plastic spiked tray, with a small pour hole in one corner. After your project is dry, simply lift the spike tray, empty all of your excess glitter into the metal tray, and then pour it back into the bottle. Voila! Clean tray all ready for your next project.
1) The MS Glitter Tray comes with a little sweeper brush. It's the only flaw in the package. The included brush is comparable in quality to a Wet 'n Wild blush brush. I trashed it and used my Judikins Sparkle Sweeper that I bought from Korie FOREVER ago. I love my sparkle sweeper. It cleans up glitter, embossing powder, chalk dust, pigments and all manner of mess quick as can be.
2) Before you use the Martha Stewart Crafts Glitter Tray for the first time, take a used dryer sheet wand wipe down the inside of the metal tray. It will cut down on static, which will make getting excess product back in its jar. I give it a touch up now and again.
3) No matter now lightly you set your project on the Glitter Tray spikes, sometimes a bit of glitter and glue wil be left dried to the spikes when you remove your project. Don't freak, it picks right off.
You'll find the Martha Stewart Glitter Tray on Amazon:
(Note from Korie: This post contains affilliate links to Amazon. Although this is not my post, Suni wouldn't lead you astray. If she says it's good stuff, it's good stuff. Truly.)