[Review] American Crafts Pow! Glitter Paper

I do love glittery things but I do not like glitter paper. It flakes off, the glitter gets on everything, and generally it’s a big mess maker that isn’t worth the trouble or expense. So when I heard about American Crafts Pow! Glitter paper I didn’t even give it a second glance.

But a few weeks ago while I was teaching classes the store owner at Stamper’s Corner, Carol, brought over some glitter papers to show the class that she really liked it. I picked up a piece just to be polite, and found myself amazed! Instead of a flaky, glittery mess,  the glitter was completely contained. In fact, no amount of rubbing or manipulating would cause the glitter to come off of the paper. I was intrigued. Here was a product worth looking into!

The best way I can describe this paper is to call it rubbery. The glitter is contained by a thin flexible coating, allowing it to sparkle and shine but preventing any kind of mess!

My Fiskars punches did work on the paper, but I do not recommend punching it. As you can see in the photo above, the punch did not cut cleanly through and some of that top coat was torn/frayed rather than sliced clean, leaving a ragged and unattractive edge on both the punch and the paper left behind. I found that more intricate designs had an even harder time punching, or wouldn’t cut through at all. It is a bit thicker, and definitely offers more resistance, than a piece of cardstock or normal patterned paper.

With its unique textured front and slick back, Pow! is not the easiest paper to adhere. I suggest using a generous amount of liquid adhesive, and I think this paper works best as an accent. As a background piece, it would be frustrating to have to adhere everything with liquid, especially since you must wait for the adhesive to fully dry before the pieces really hold.

Although I don’t recommend punching this paper, I loved the results of using this product with my Sizzix and Tim Holtz steel-rule dies. They are strong enough to cut through much thicker and harder materials, so they cut cleanly (and easily) through this paper. I also tested the paper with a Making Memories Slice machine, and the results were good with it as well. My only word of caution about the Slice (or other cutters with small blades) is to expect that this kind of a material will wear out your blade faster than a traditional patterned paper. I did not even attempt to use this in my sewing machine – though I’m sure it’s probably possible. The reason was simply that I didn’t want to dull or break my needle.

Pow! paper was perfect for this layout of Cinderella Castle from our Disney vacation:

Supplies – Cardstock: Core’dinations. Decorative Paper: American Crafts Pow! paper (Silver, Pacific, Marine). Alphabet Stickers: American Crafts Thickers (Mirror Mirror), My Little Shoebox Mini Alphabet (Sky).  Punch: Fiskars Border Punch (Scallop). Die: Sizzix. Other: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Stickles (Picket Fence).

Now that I’ve really tested out a few sheets of Pow! paper, I’m looking forward to using it again, as well as collecting more of the available colors. This paper has such potential for use on items like cards, giftwrap, and even home decor, where flaking glitter could really be a problem. I look forward to working with this in future papercraft projects, and I envision myself using it a lot with my Sizzix machine to create glittery accents for my projects.

American Crafts Pow! paper comes in twelve solid colors as well as four patterns that each come in six colors, and retails for around $1.99 per 12×12 sheet.

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12 Responses to [Review] American Crafts Pow! Glitter Paper

  1. Nina June 13, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    I feel the same as you regarding this type of paper. Thanks for the review I will check it out.

  2. kristie taylor June 14, 2011 at 12:15 am #

    I recently found this paper too, and had exactly the same response, I did however manage to make a mixed media piece that turned out very cool.. here is a link if you care to take a peek.

  3. Jamir S. June 14, 2011 at 8:01 am #

    I have been using this paper for quite sometime now…i use it in my cricut with the deepcut blade…and I use the multicut settin so I set it to cut usually 3 times…and it works beautifully…i do not recommend cutting intricate designs though..stick to basic letters and shapes!!

  4. Jamie S. June 14, 2011 at 8:01 am #

    My name is jamie btw not jamir…hahahaha

  5. Karen Osborn June 14, 2011 at 9:34 am #

    Love that stuff!!!

  6. Karen Poirier-Brode (Ladydoc) June 14, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    Thanks for all the info. I think I’m getting out my Sizzix and my Slice this afternoon to try this.
    (Happy to see you found a use for the Slice in your arsenal.) I have no problem with glitter mess generally but this would be perfect in situations where those little flecks getting all over would be difficult. Very fun for those with small kids who love glitter. (Well, who doesn’t like glitter? Even Ellen DeGeneres would probably find this glitter OK)
    Looks fantastic on that Disney page!
    The color selection is really yummy, too!

  7. Debbie P June 14, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    I’ve used the American Crafts Pow! before and love the results (especially on Fourth of July and Christmas layouts). As mentioned above by Jamie, I also cut it with my Cricut using the deep cut blade and set the Multi-Cut function to 3. What’s best, I think, is the richness of color the Pow! papers provide. Just as an FYI, another excellent glitter paper that doesn’t flake off is the Core Couture cardstock by Coredinations. Although not as shiny or “heavy glittery” looking as the Pow! papers, it still gives magnificant results and has become my “go to” glitter paper due to the fact it doesn’t flake off and cuts like butter. The Core Couture also comes in a great variety of beautiful colors. I just love having options in all things scrapbooking, like specialty papers!

  8. Tona June 14, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    Thanks for the review. This cardstock sounds interesting.

  9. Gab June 14, 2011 at 6:43 pm #

    Sounds great, thanks for the review May

  10. Beth W June 18, 2011 at 2:01 am #

    Love the blues and silver.I’m very impressed that the border punch cut it.

  11. Lori Brown June 21, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    I would bet that Scor-tape would work as well or better than a liquid adhesive on this product. I haven’t had a chance to pick up any Pow! to try it, but it holds all kinds of other slippery products I’ve tried it on.

  12. Christine RaeBishop July 12, 2011 at 8:41 am #

    I have been selling the American Crafts POW for a while now, and collectively at my store, we love it. I am cutting it on my Cricut with my regular blade and just cutting it 2x, and it is working beautifully. Yes, it does wear my blade out quickly, but many products do. To adhear it to anything, we are using the xyron products and Terrifically Tacky Tape. As a store owner, I am sold on it!

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