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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