Ranger Glossy and Crackle Accents

Reported by Taylor Usry

Today I’d like to share two fun products with you – Ranger’s Glossy and Crackle Accents. They are super easy to use, widely available, and really dress up your projects. I bought mine from an online store, but I have seen them in major craft chain stores also.

What are they for, you ask? They have all sorts of uses. The Glossy Accents specifically says it can be used to

“…accent, brighten, magnify, dimensionalize, bond & protect embellishments and designs.”

Crackle Accents states that it can be used to

“…accent spot areas or entire images… over die cuts, clip art, ephemera, stickers, & more.”

For my test images with Glossy Accents, I printed two digital images on Prismatics White cardstock (I used an HP printer and ink). I colored both images with Copic markers. For my test projects with the Crackle Accents I stamped one image on Stampin’ Up cardstock using Stazon ink; the other project is a chipboard gear, colored black with a Copic marker. Both the Crackle and Glossy Accents have a fine tip for precision application directly from the bottle. The Crackle Accents also notes in its directions that it can be painted on for subtle effects. I have not tried that technique.

Everything looks the same immediately after coating with either medium — wet and glossy. I tried to capture the air bubbles present in this picture. They are fairly easily removed with a pin or needle. They can be popped or dragged to the edge where they will disappear. I did notice more bubbles using the Crackle Accents.

The drying time for both products is anywhere from one to four hours, depending on the surface area covered and the thickness of your coating. I tested all of my products about one hour after coating. The Glossy Accents images were still tacky to the touch; the Crackle Accents projects were crackling and hardened in some spots but still obviously wet and glossy in others. At two hours, all four of the projects I am showing you here were completely dry. I did have a fifth test and it still is not dry, almost 24 hours later. I stamped a sentiment using Stampin’ Up’s classic ink on a piece of Stampin’ Up cardstock. I cut out the sentiment using a Nestabilities shape and coated the entire thing with Glossy Accents. Although it is still not dry, I can see that the ink has bled, making the sentiment completely unrecognizable.

You can see how much crackle there is on the piece of chipboard. I think this is a great accent piece for projects! I love the potential for creating vintage and other interesting looks with this product. It does not chip or flake off. Also, the cardstock piece remained very pliable. I thought it might harden due to the glaze and that would make it difficult to flatten it out (hopefully the picture illustrates that it did bow the cardstock a bit). However, since it remained pliable it can still be glued completely down, adhered with dimensionals, or used in any way desired.

On this sample with Glossy Accents, I only covered the window of the rocket. I tried to pop the air bubbles as well as drag them to the edge but was unable to get them all. When the piece was dry, I noticed that the image seemed slightly blurred – not bad, but definitely a difference from before coating (see previous picture above).

The larger sample I covered with Glossy Accents turned out just fine, with no bleeding of ink or markers. The fine tip was excellent for covering just the areas I wanted (their clothing). On the girl with the reddish shirt, her hair extends below her shoulders so I needed coverage around that strand — it worked great. I’ve used the Glossy Accents more than a few times in similar ways to this one – eyeglasses in particular. The fine tip makes it very easy to do! Another thing I frequently use my Glossy Accents for is as an adhesive. It’s perfect for opaque dew drops and Primas because it dries clear. And when Glossy Accents is used as an adhesive, the drying time is next to nothing – one small drop of the product, top with the dew drop, and done. Both of these products really are no-mess products, which is wonderful.

Both of these products are stored best upright. Otherwise the tips will get clogged with the mixtures. If that happens, it is easily fixed by sticking a pin or needle down in the tip. It is recommended to rinse the tip(s) with warm water after each use to prevent clogging as well (but I’ve never done that).

Overall, I love these products and cannot recommend them enough. You should try them!! You’ll find Tips and techniques from Ranger here. And here is a great video by Crop Suey using the Glossy Accents and Tim Holtz accents…yet another great application for this product!


  • easy to use
  • covers a wide variety of surfaces
  • creates interesting finished projects
  • has multiple uses
  • good price


  • air bubbles appear easily
  • drying time — you have to plan ahead when making a project with these
  • some inks fade, bleed, or do not turn out well when paired with these products

Do you already own these products? Like them, love them, or not? I’d love to hear your thoughts!


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13 Responses to Ranger Glossy and Crackle Accents

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    Astraea March 30, 2010 at 7:15 am #

    I make keychains that I coat with Glossy Accents, and I sell them so I’ve made tons of them and have had more experience with Glossy Accents than I would like! It really does help to wash the tip with warm water after each use.

    To keep it from bubbling you have to be extremely gentle with the bottle and never shake or drop it. It’s best even to tip it upside down pretty slowly. That can get frustrating!

    The biggest con you don’t really find out until you have about 10% left… when it becomes completely unusable except as an adhesive because it is filled with bubbles.

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    Anam_Kihaku March 30, 2010 at 11:17 am #

    1. you need to use permanent inks with glossy accents to stop it from bleeding ie stazon/archival ink… sharpies etc… if you don’t want to use them, coat with a very thin layer quickly ie like an instant seal and then apply a second layer.

    2. air bubbles can be popped with a pin or breath gently on them if they are near the surface.

    3. i store my GA & CA upside down – I put a pin in the tip to stop it leaking. that helps for instant flow and helps stop the bubbles being excessive.

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    Rachel March 30, 2010 at 11:25 am #

    I own & use both of these projects. They are fun, when you want to add a layer of texture/protection. I especially like the crackle, but I have to say I don’t use it as much as I thought I would. I just need to craft more! Anyway, love ’em both.

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    Chedder Fish March 30, 2010 at 11:30 am #

    Very neat tips from other commenters. I love these and also Sepia Accents but I’ve had trouble with the paper curling on smaller accents such as letters on a page.

    I’d like to add to Astraea’s comment I’ve heard they are awesome as adhesives if you’re in a pinch for something strong.

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    Taylor March 30, 2010 at 11:32 am #

    they really are wonderful adhesives!!!

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    Janine March 30, 2010 at 12:19 pm #

    I tried Glossy Accents for the first time last weekend on a card project. Part of the card had a small scattered heart design with a larger heart (stamp) in the center. I used Glossy Accents to add dimension to the larger heart. I didn’t run into the bubble problems but I went super slow with it and tried to be careful. The only thing I found to be frustrating was how long it took for the product to reach the tip—ugh 🙂
    Also noticed you used 2 Cute Rubber Stamps—love her blog and ETSY store!!

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    rush8888 March 30, 2010 at 1:14 pm #

    i wonder how these products compare to other products. one that comes to mind is crystal effects. i’m sure there are other items comparable to the crackle accents. why are these products so special? are they superior to comparable items?

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    Susan ~ Killam Creative March 30, 2010 at 1:53 pm #

    Thanks for this critique! I’ve used glossy Accents for a long time now and have been really curious about Crackle Accents.

    I actually store my GA on it’s side with a pin in the head (it fits under the cap). It’s more convenient to me if the product is closer to the opening (especially when it’s almost empty), and the pin has never gotten glued in.

    You have sold me on the Crackle – thanks!

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    Susan ~ Killam Creative March 30, 2010 at 1:56 pm #

    Oh, and in response to rush8888 – I’ve also tried Diamond Glaze as a substitute for Glossy Accents. It’s thinner and dries flatter. I wasn’t impressed for my uses.

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    huntla1 March 30, 2010 at 9:49 pm #

    I have used both of these products. I have had better luck with the crackle accents. My first bottle of glossy accents I traveled with and could never get the lid off. The second just seems to have bubbles galore when I use it. I’ve tried popping or dragging to the edge with a pin and blowing. It still was filled with bubbles. It is a great adhesive, but I don’t really need another adhesive. I’ve been kind of disappointed with it.

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    embroidnurse March 31, 2010 at 4:40 am #

    I am interested to know the difference between crackle accents and the clear Tim Holtz crackle paint. Does anyone know?

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    Astraea March 31, 2010 at 6:02 am #

    I don’t have the crackle accents, but I have some of the Tim Holtz crackle paint. I think the biggest difference is that you can control how the cracks will look with the Tim Holtz crackle. A thin layer will give lots of very fine cracks, and a thicker layer will give bigger cracks spaced further apart.

    And I completely agree with Taylor it’s a great adhesive. I use it a lot for things like buttons, and you can use it under something clear where you don’t want the adhesive to show.

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    Siri Fjørtoft, Fjørtoft Design April 3, 2010 at 12:09 pm #

    Glossy Accents is the only glue I use. I travel with it a lot, and I´v hardly ever had problems with bubbles. I store it upside down, and never shake it.

    A tip when using it on fine details is to gloss first, cut second. It stops the paper from curling.

    If you want to have a thick layer of Glossy Accents making several thin layers cuts down on drying time.

    I use my Glossy Accents a lot on my patterned paper, to highlight details such as polkadots and stripes.