Tag: Cards

When to use Glue, Glaze, or Glossy Accents?

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For convenience, I’ll repeat the links at the bottom of the article.

Hi!

You know, most of us struggle with knowing when to use craft glue OR glaze OR Glossy Accents….then there’s Mod Podge…what’s a crafter to do?

There are various, valid reasons to use each one, but today I want to focus on one thing: a durable finish. You want to give your piece a little bit of shine, make it last in case it is sticking out of a journal OR it is at a much-handled spot on the page OR maybe it needs to bend upward a little for dimension.

Today I’m going to try to help you muddle through that mess. I took 3 butterflies — see why I said it might need to bend upward? The wings.

Anyway, it’s from one of my Digital Journal Kits, The Charlotte. [find it here] You can use any digital OR regular cardstock if you want to join me/follow along. I printed them out on 90# card stock and applied 3 kinds of finish over the top. They were:

  • Glossy Accents
  • Elmer’s Glue All
  • Fantastic Glaze & Glue

On the Elmer’s glue one, I also sprinkled on some Martha Stewart Glitter called “Sugar Cube.”
Here’s a link to that.

Watch the video to see the results of my experiment.

I liked them all, and would use each one again. The Elmer’s Glue butterfly finish proved to be the thinnest, and there are times when you’d want that flexibility in an embellishment. It still gives plenty of coverage, and the glitter held nicely in it — no glitter on your clothes and face!

The Fantastic Glaze & Glue  (not an affiliate link! ) is advertised as being made for glass jewelry. It had a distinct odor even though it says it is non-toxic and cleans up with water. I have pet birds, which are very susceptible to any chemical in the air, and the smell from this product had me worries. Yes I know it’s supposed to be non-toxic, but the odor is…. odoriferous. Kinda sorry I bought the big bottle, but maybe it’ll work for jewelry.

Glossy Accents [here if you use Amazon; here if you don’t] was my third selection. I really like using GA. I like that the bottle’s tip is extremely fine, so you don’t waste any glaze or glop it out onto your project. It’s easy to spread just using that tip, although you could use a toothpick for extra care in the coverage. And it dries fairly fast.

All in all, I liked the GA and Elmer’s better than Fantastic G&G. If you want to really strengthen an embellishment and create a shiny finish with some depth, use the Glossy Accents. If you just want to pump it up ‘some’ and maybe add some shine and glitter, go with the Elmer’s for a cost-saving measure.

You might wonder why I didn’t use Mod Podge. The fact is….it wasn’t on my desk! I grabbed the nearest 3 and churned out a quick video. We’ll do that one another day.

Here are the product links again:

The Charlotte Digital Journaling kit is in my etsy store.

Glossy Accents Ranger Ink - Glossy Accents - Clear Dimensional Embellishment - 2 ounces

Martha Stewart Fine Glitter in Sugar Cube

Craft Fantastic Glaze & Glue (checkout their tutorials while you’re there!)

My Youtube Channel

Thanks for watching!

Fiesta Time Gift Cards/Folder Tutorial

Good afternoon crafty friend!

Today I want to share with you this cute little card folder complete with 5 cards! It’s perfect for giving, or make one for yourself. I’ve done them with a base of Crumb Cake and accents in two colors, one for each folder — Watermelon Wonder and Dapper Denim. In the video, I’m working on the Dapper Denim folder.

Products I used are at the bottom of the page. If you need a template for the folder, drop me a note and I’ll send you one. Thanks!

Smooches,

 

 

Images (c) Stampin’ Up!

Products used: [pink indicates a link]

Crumb Cake 8-1/2 X 11″ cardstock 

 

        Dapper Denim Cardstock 8-1/2 X 11″ cardstock

 

Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper (expires May 30, 2017)

 

 Fiesta Time Framelits Dies (expires May 30, 2017)

 

Birthday Fiesta Photopolymer Stamp Set (expires May 30, 2017)

 

Adhesive (
Snail Adhesive and
Multipurpose Liquid Glue)

2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes

Paper Trimmer

 

Paper Snips (these are the best little scissors!)

 

Enjoy! I’ll be back with Part 2, how to make the cards. 🙂

A Few Cards

Here are some card ideas for this month…

I thought this one turned our really well! It is made with the Flourishing Phrases stamp set + Flourish Thinlits dies. I taught it in my workshop this month, and also made one like it for mom for Mother’s Day. Of course I forgot to get a photo before mailing it!

 

Here’s another one from a workshop class… my theme was “Simple” and it really is, just layer up cardstock and adhere one small leaf design to it. The minty looking color is Pool Party and the yummy paper is the Oh So  Succulent Designer Series,which has run out, although you could do this with any coordinating cardstock.

Next up is a card I made for my Aunt Betty. The sentiment is from the Birthday Blossoms set and the flowers are also part of that stamp set. I cut them out with a pansy punch.

 

Obviously these are not complete yet, but I used a napkin (!!!) from Michael’s for the background, and it coordinated very well with my Pop of Paradise stamp set. I tried double-stamping the flamingo [top right] as well as printing him black [top left]. I adhered a few flowers to the top left card; they’re cut out with the Bloomin’ Hearts Thinlits dies. Here they’re just laying on the background to see if I like it. (I do! I like it a lot!)

 

And here is a sneak peek into a video you will see soon… it uses the Festive Birthday Suite.

 

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