Glitter Inlay Technique – Pinecone Card

October 9, 2014

Hello Everyone!

It’s Debra Hensley today. In Texas, Fall has many colors but most of them are shades of green. The tall Pine trees start showing Pinecones to signify the turning of the season. I love looking up at a the towering Pines against a blue sky. That image was the inspiration for my card today. One of the first techniques I learned from Els was a red glittered background with white glittered snowflakes inlaid seamlessly into the panel. It was so beautiful! I knew I wanted to use that technique for my card today.

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Here’s how I created my card:

1. Fold a 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 piece of white cardstock in half to form a standard A2 size card. Cut a piece of Kraft colored cardstock to 4 x 5 1/4. Ink the edges with brown ink and adhere to the white base.

2. Cut a piece of white cardstock to 5 1/2 x 4 1/2. Cover it with a piece of double sided adhesive sheet. Adhere well and trim to 5 x 3 3/4. Using some extra pieces of release sheet I had saved from other projects (Always save those release sheets!) Die cut 3 pine sprigs and one pinecone overlay from the release sheets.

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3. To created the inlay, remove the release sheet from the cardstock panel, careful not to get fingerprints on it as they will show in the glitter. Place the pine sprig die cuts on the adhesive side where you want them to be. Place the release sheet you pulled off the panel over the top to avoid touching the adhesive, then rub over the pine sprig die cuts well so there are no lifted edges. This will ensure nice crisp images.

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4. I created a mix of  Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter and Sky Silk Microfine Glitter to get a lighter blue for the sky. Cover the entire panel with the glitter and polish well with your finger making sure not to lift any of the edges of the pine sprig die cuts.

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5 Remove the release sheet pine sprigs, careful not to touch the exposed adhesive.

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6. Using various shades of Green Glitter, sprinkle different sections of the pine sprigs.

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7. Rub the glitter in well. Brush off the remaining glitter and save the mixture for another use. You can purchase empty mixing bottles for just that purpose in our online store here.

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The panel should look like this when you are finished. Isn’t it beautiful!

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8. To created the pinecones, die cut three pinecone silhouettes from kraft colored cardstock covered with double sided adhesive. Peel off the liner and add the pinecone overlay to the exposed adhesive carefully. Glitter with Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter and polish well, careful not to lift any edges.


9. Remove the overlay release sheet and glitter with Chocolate Silk Microfine Glitter. Polish well. In the photo below, the last pinecone is done in reverse so you can see the difference if you wanted to do it another way.

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10. Add the pinecones to the card front with foam adhesive on the bottom only and a glue dot on the top to give dimension. The second pinecone in the cluster is adhered directly to the background with no pop dots.

11. Cut a strip of white cardstock to 3 1/4 by 3/4. Cut a strip of kraft cardstock to 3 x 5/8. Ink the kraft strip with brown ink.  Cut a “v” into one end of each strip. Adhere together. Add Missing You Peel-off in Gold to the strip. Add adhesive to the left edge only. Use your fingers to curve to give a banner like effect. Adhere to card front. Add Gold corner Peel-Offs to the four corners to complete.

Here is another view of the completed card

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I hope you give the Glitter Inlay Technique a try. The results are always stunning and it is a lot of fun to do!

Elizabeth Craft Designs Products used:

766 Pinecone die
765 Sprig with Berries die
805 Mixing Jar
640 Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter
607 Chocolate Silk Microfine Glitter
631 Soft Green Microfine Glitter
633 Forest Green Silk Microfine Glitter
635 Spring Peridot Silk Microfine Glitter
2580 Thinking of You Large Peel-Off in Gold
1034 Corners and Borders Peel-Off in Gold

Other Products used:

White Cardstock – Bazzill
Kraft Cardstock – Bazzill
Pop Dots
Glue Dots


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  • Reply Mary Prasad October 22, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Great technique! Really beautiful glittery background and pinecones!

  • Reply Kelly Booth October 11, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Beautiful Debra…I Love this so much!!

  • Reply BeverlyBL October 10, 2014 at 6:48 am

    So very pretty, and you made it seem easy enough to do.

  • Reply Joset van de Burgt October 9, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Beautiful card Debra and a great technique!

  • Reply robsgirl1961 October 9, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Wow!!!!! Absolutely beautiful Debra!

  • Reply Suzan VonEssen October 9, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Gorgeous, and a technique new to me that I must try!! TFS

  • Reply sandra Iverson October 9, 2014 at 11:59 am

    This is so cute! I can’t wait to try it out!

  • Reply clickityklak October 9, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Just what we all needed..instructions on how to…..THANKS SO MUCH ! Can’t wait to try & look what can be done for the Holidays this way. Your a JEWEL !

  • Reply Marlene L October 9, 2014 at 10:39 am


  • Reply Linnea J October 9, 2014 at 10:32 am

    must try TODAY!!! 🙂

  • Reply Raquel Mason October 9, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Love the glitter inlay technique, I’ve got to do it more often.

  • Reply Candy Spiegel October 9, 2014 at 9:38 am

    This is so beautiful!

  • Reply NANCY VANDEVANDER October 9, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Love the card Debra!! I live in Colorado and this fits our scenery also. I would love to see ECD make aspen leaf dies (hint, hint Els with a place in Pine 🙂 ) It is a beautiful card and showing us the technique is a great reminder for those who have seen it before but need to try to remember the steps and a great tutorial for those that are new to it. Love it, thanks Debra and ECD.

  • Reply barb macaskill October 9, 2014 at 8:58 am

    OMG!! These dies have just moved to the tippity top of my MUST HAVE list!!!! LOVELOVELOVE this card and the inlaid glitter technique ROCKS MY WORLD!!!! OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I am shivering with delight right now!!!! TFS!

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