Reported by: Katie Renz
Marvy Uchida’s tube of Liquid Applique is really rather timid looking. There isn’t a lot of pizazz to the container, and it could potentially be overlooked, but this little tube of wonder has lots and lots of potential! Liquid Applique comes in a small tube in a thick liquid form. All you have to do is squeeze and apply to either fabric or paper. You can write with it, dot it, spread it, let it dry overnight for a smooth look, or heat it right away for a puffy look. Or, you can let it dry overnight, and then heat it, for an even puffier look. Now, when I say puffy, I want you to realize that it won’t (in my experience) give you a smooth puffy look if you use a heat gun with it. It gives a bubbly puffy look – I know, such scientific terms.
Liquid Applique comes in multiple colors; a total of 18 are available, though I have only purchased and used the white. The ins-and-outs of Liquid Applique are pretty cut- and-dried, so I want to show you some great ways you can accent your cards and scrapbooking pages with this awesome embellishment. And since I didn’t realize that Liquid Applique was available in a variety of colors, I just colored what I had.
For my first example, I ran across this velvety texture technique HERE. I had never seen this before, and then I added the element of relief stamping to it. I used re-inker, and squeezed out enough Liquid Applique for my project.
NOTE: This particular picture was taken with too much re-inker. I had to add quite a bit more Liquid Applique to get the consistency I wanted. I then used my brayer to mix the re-inker and the applique together, and apply the mixture to my cardstock.
Now all you have to do is take your heat gun and puff it up. In this instance, I placed scrap paper on top of the stamped cardstock, placed it on the floor, and used my heat gun. My cardstock didn’t move, and when I was done heating it, I just gently peeled it up. This next picture is of the applique all dried with the heat gun:
Here is an example of a card that uses this same method, but the applique piece was used as the focus:
My next example uses Liquid Applique in a more traditional sense in terms of embellishing. A favorite thing for me to do is add glitter to my Liquid Applique. In this card, I’ve used it in two different ways: the little accents on the snowballs were not heated, but were allowed to dry overnight for a smooth look (along with the glitter), while the word “snow” was accented with glitter and then puffed up with a heat gun:
Here’s a close up of the Liquid Applique before it was heated:
While writing this article, I used up my very last little bit of Liquid Applique, but trust me, I will definitely be getting more, and will try my hand at some of the many colors that are offered. I found that this particular embellishment adds a lot of punch to my cards, and is very versatile.
- Very easy to work with and manage
- Never clogged
- I might have missed it, but I’ve never seen other colors than white available in any retail stores in my area
- It only comes in one size. I would love a larger container for projects like the burnt velvet technique
- It does need substantial drying time before squishing your card or scrapbook page. Even when it has been puffed, there is often a liquid center that isn’t visible.
I have found Liquid Applique (in white) readily available in my local retail stores and luckily it is also available at many online stores. Here are just 3 of them:
Retail price of a tube of Liquid Applique is $2.99, and it is very easy to use. I got quite a bit of use out of one tube, so the value is excellent. I would rate it 10 out of 10. I love this stuff.
I’ve showed you a couple of ways that I have used Liquid Applique. We at Craft Critique would love to hear about your favorite way to use it. Maybe we’ve even tempted you to try something new. Let us know!