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Liquid Applique

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.


This next picture is of my cardstock after I stamped my image on it. As you can see, the Liquid Applique is still wet:


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:


And for my card, I actually ended up cutting just one image out and using it as an accent:

Here is an example of a card that uses this same method, but the applique piece was used as the focus:

(CTMH Legendary Moments Stamp, Basic Grey Flowers, Liquid Applique, Scalloped Square Nestablities Die)

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:


And a close up of the smooth way to use it on the snowballs:


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.

Pros:

  • Very easy to work with and manage
  • Never clogged
  • Affordable
  • Versatile

Cons:

  • 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!

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6 Responses to Liquid Applique

  1. cadnileb October 16, 2008 at 10:17 am #

    Katie, I never would have thought to use a brayer and then stamp into the wet applique! Thanks for sharing!

    I thought I had seen other colored applique – like black and red? But I might be wrong…

  2. Mandy October 16, 2008 at 12:14 pm #

    Love it! Liquid Applique does come in several colors, but it IS hard to find. 🙂 I know it comes in Red, White, Green, Yellow, and Brown. I think it comes in blue, too, maybe…. 😉

    I love this stuff!

  3. Heather the Mooselover October 16, 2008 at 5:20 pm #

    Great samples, Katie!

    Word of warning- be sure to clean your brayer thoroughly- if it dries on a rubber brayer it is impossible to remove (don’t ask how I know!)

  4. Anonymous October 17, 2008 at 5:12 pm #

    Katie: I immediately raced to your blog after looking at your entry on Creative Critique. If that is what you can accomplish with a migraine what on Earth can you accomplish WITHOUT one. Wow! You are my guru.

  5. Julia Stainton October 21, 2008 at 9:38 am #

    Love this review. this product does come in colors other than white. You’ve inspired me to pull mine out again.

    Thanks!
    Julia

  6. Alex S. October 25, 2008 at 8:36 am #

    Katie…thanks for the tip..I would have never used a brayer on it. I always use my liquid applique for a great look of snow or for frosting on cupcakes! Using the heating tool gives great texture. I know they sell different colors. The Angel Company sells them in different colors.