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Zva Creative Crystals

Reported by Julia Stainton

Bling is a big thing in the crafting market these days. I find that it is one of my favorite embellishments to add to my paper crafting projects. Recently, I came across a new bling source and just had to try them out. Zva Creative is a relatively new embellishment company in the crafting industry. They sell some great flowers, brads, eyelets and glue dots, but what really fascinated me was the Zva Creative Crystals Series.

The Zva Creative Crystals are self-adhesive rhinestones that are arranged into shapes. The crystals keep their shape by the way the adhesive is applied to the reverse side of the embellishment. The crystals are available in many different sizes and shapes of flourishes, as well as monograms, alphabets, and words. I absolutely adore these pre-designed shapes, but if you’re looking to add single rhinestones directly to a project or image, you can purchase sheets of single rhinestones as well.

One things I really loved about the Zva Creative Crystals is the size of their rhinestone shapes. They are all sized to work well with both cards as well as scrapbooking layouts. This makes them extremely flexible. I also love how you can purchase the in clear crystals and also in black, pink, blue & green as well. My other favorite aspect of this product is how well they work with different styles. The Zva Creative Crystals look fabulous on clean, trendy, traditional and vintage styled designs. How about thinking outside the box and using the crystals to embellish cell phones and laptops and all kinds of fun things?!

How to use: The Zva Creative Crystals couldn’t be easier to use. Simply peel them off their plastic backing and place on your design. If there are multiple designs on a plastic sheet, I like to cut it into individual elements so that I can lay it on my design to decide the best position. I love how the clear plastic sheet makes this easy. When using large flourishes, I find it best to peel them off slowly and carefully to make sure the the different parts of the flourish do not adhere together.

The Zva Crystals can be adhered to…

  • cardstock
  • patterned paper
  • transparency sheets
  • plastic
  • ribbon
  • fabric
  • glass
  • chipboard
  • wood
  • ceramics



Pros:

  • easy to apply
  • great shapes
  • adheres well
  • adds a rich look to projects
  • loved the variety of sizes and colors in the flourishes

Cons:

  • crystals are a little more expensive than some other forms of embellishments, so you may want to save them for special projects
  • relatively new company so your local store may not carry them…try ordering on-line
  • larger shapes were a little more difficult to apply evenly

While the Zva crystals are not inexpensive at $3.50 for a package of four frames or four medium-sized flourishes, I love the look so much that I feel they are worth the investment for those special projects. For their elegant look and ease of use, I’d rate this product a 9 out of 10.

If you’re looking for some Zva inspiration, they have a fabulous gallery on their site. I’m looking forward to their next release; I love this product and can’t wait to see the company grow. I also know that enjoying this product as much as I have, more Zva Crystals will be hitting my shopping cart soon.

Do you love the look of crystals on your crafting projects? Have you tried Zva Crystals? We’d love to hear from you!

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9 Responses to Zva Creative Crystals

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    Julie Campbell September 28, 2009 at 8:12 am #

    All of these projects are GORGEOUS! I’ve never been able to find these locally, but I have some ordered! I can’t wait to try them out! Great review of a beautiful product!

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    Carolyn Mustopa September 28, 2009 at 9:10 am #

    I love the Zva crystals! I haven’t seen them locally, but I get mine from iheartpapers.com. She has a nice selection there.

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    Carrie September 28, 2009 at 11:20 am #

    Great looking. Will mention it to my local store.

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    Lynn Mercurio September 28, 2009 at 12:03 pm #

    You bet I’ve used Zva Creative Crystals. They are awesome, keeping their shape even after pulling them off their carrier sheet. Great quality and I’m someone who just can’t get enough bling!

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    Linda September 28, 2009 at 12:36 pm #

    Fabulous projects!!! I haven’t seen any of the Zva Crystals in my stores. I do love the look of some crystals on my projects.

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    bloder September 28, 2009 at 12:39 pm #

    I LOVE CRYSTALS!!!!! I use them ALL the time-even a few can just add that nice finishing touch to a project….I haven’t seen ZVA crystals specifically but you can fine cheaper crystals in the dollar store or more expensive ones in places like Michaels….I will definitely keep my eye out for these!

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    Roxanne Taylor-Barrera September 28, 2009 at 2:43 pm #

    I love these too. Somehow I found their website (as a retailer) and had to put some of their stuff in my store. I have also found that I really like a lot of the KaiserCraft bling. They recently came out with a line that I can sell so inexpensively that I can give the dollar stores a run for their money! Now I just need to get it on my website! There are pictures, individual rhinestones, pearls — awesome — all for $1.26/pack.

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    Jodee October 1, 2009 at 10:49 am #

    Haven’t tried this brand of bling. My questions is-how do these stack up against the Prima crystals/pearls?
    Thanks!

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    Julia Stainton October 1, 2009 at 12:23 pm #

    I love them! They are just as glitzy and less expensive. If you’re looking for the really large flourishes, you may still have to go with Prima but I think they are very comparible otherwise.