Okay, many of you already know that I love brads! Yes, it’s true – I am a “braddict.” Those shiny little jewels always seem to add that little bit of something on a page. So up until now, brads were pretty much a staple on any page or layout that came out of my scrappy little corner in the kitchen.
But move over brads – there’s a new addiction in Scrappy town. Glossy Accents!!!! This stuff, made by Ranger Ink, is a glossy, acid free medium that dries to a nice, hard finish. It will turn anything into a dimensional masterpiece – okay, maybe not anything, but I haven’t found a paper embellishment that doesn’t look just a little bit flashier with a little shine – kind of like a great lip gloss! It dries quickly too, so it’s a great product for last minute card makers like me who just don’t have time to wait overnight for a card to dry!
So where I have I used it? For the most part, I have been using it to turn some of the great paper that I have picked up recently into dimensional embellishments. I am a thrify scrapper through and through, so I very rarely pick up complete lines of products and often miss out on the cute stickers and embellies that the companies include. For example, in this card that I whipped up for my Hubby for Father’s Day,
I used some cute paper from the Fancy Pants “Like Father Like Son” line, cut out some of the great patterns, and then simply layered them on the card. I wanted the stars to POP, so I slapped on a bit of shine and voila!
One of my other favourite applications is on letters that I have cut out on my Expression. In this little card that I also created for my hubby (his birthday was the day before Father’s Day…it’s a good thing he is cute), I actually used GA to create a pattern on the paper. By applying the GA in a swirl pattern, this happy little hippo and party instructions really stand out, and turn the Fancy Pants paper into a textural delight! Oh, and stay tuned this week for a new video all about making your letters pop with this cool product!
So, if you’re feeling a little bit bad for my cute little brad friends, don’t lose too much sleep! You might notice that they are still finding happy little places on my cards – once an addict… ;)