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…
- patterned paper
- transparency sheets
- easy to apply
- great shapes
- adheres well
- adds a rich look to projects
- loved the variety of sizes and colors in the flourishes
- 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!