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Review | Marvy Uchida Snow Marker

This holiday season, I’m going to make my own winter wonderland. Since I have no place to go, I’m going to use the Marchy Uchida Snow Marker to let it snow all over my projects.

I wanted this badly last year, but could never find it. When I saw it in September at Hobby Lobby, it went right into my shopping cart.

I know it says snow marker, and I did/will use it for that purpose, but there’s so much more that can be done with its white puffy gloriousness. Think of the possibilities for Santa’s beard, ice cream, fluffy sheep, icing, clouds (which are so hot right now), and more.

The marker is super simple to use: Give it a good a few shakes, and if it’s your first use (or you haven’t used it in a while), press down on the tip until the ink starts to flow. Color it on your project, in this case I used a silk flower.

Zap it with a heat gun. The marker puffs quite nicely, making for a great snow effect. Even though the ink was absorbed some into the flower, it still had a nice lift.

According to the Marvy Uchida web site, you should let the ink dry for 20 to 30 minutes before heating it to get a uniform effect. I didn’t read this on the instructions that were on the packaging, so I didn’t wait. I still liked the results, and to me, snow is rarely uniform.

I layered two flowers together, and used it as an accent on my December Daily.

It can be used on a variety of surfaces including paper and fabric. The water-based pigmented ink is odorless, acid free and is washable when applied to fabrics, although the delicate cycle is recommended.

Marvy Uchida says not to rub it after heating it, and to avoid ironing directly on the ink.

I wanted to try it out on some fabric, so I die-cut a tree out of some Papertrey Ink wool felt. Again, I didn’t wait to let it dry; I was afraid it would absorb too much into the fabric.

It wasn’t getting quite the puff I expected so I thought I should keep heating it. Bad idea, especially with wool felt. Oops…just a few scorch marks.

I tried again, being much more careful with the heat tool. I did scorch one end, but overall, I was pleased with the results.

Here they are side by side. The snow wasn’t as puffy as it was on my flower, but it still looked like snow.

I was adding my tree to a card, and wanted my pink (yeah, pink) snow drifts to have a little lift. I like how I can get different results depending on how I apply the ink. It’s not as puffy when I use long strokes vs. dotting it on.

Here’s my finished card.

Next up, I wanted to try adding dimension to Santa’s beard and his other white fluffy parts. This time, I decided to wait. Not a good idea, at least for me. I was hardly getting any puff, so I kept heating and heating. You can guess what happened. Poor Santa got scorched (must have been a hot chimney!). Also, the snow marker ink completely flattened and turned an unsightly yellowish-tan (think Miss Havisham in Great Expectations).

So for my next attempt, I didn’t wait and I laid it on thick. I wanted lots of puff. Much better.

Here they are side by side.

Since my Santa was going to be coming down a tag chimney, I decided to add a little soot. I opted for chalk. The snow ink took the chalk well, and it didn’t flatten the puff, but I used a light hand.

And here’s my finished tag.

After playing with it some, I was curious what would happen if I added some glitter to the ink while it was wet, before heating it.

Once again, I was pleased with the results. I really, really added a lot of ink, because I wanted the glitter to stay in place.

Look how puffy it is!

I had lots of fun playing with this marker and learned a few things along the way. I personally don’t like waiting for it to dry; I like the look you get when you heat immediately. Shake that sucker between every use. If you want the ink to really puff, lay it on thick.

Pros:

  • Adds great puffy dimension to make snow, beards, clouds, etc.
  • Easy to use.
  • Works on multiple surfaces, including cardstock and fabric.
  • Possible to add chalk, glitter.

Cons:

  • Results vary on different surfaces.
  • Don’t overheat, or it will turn a nasty yellowish color and completely flatten out.

Have you used the Marvy Uchida snow marker to make your projects a winter wonderland? What’s your favorite way to use it?

 

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Wet Looks Embossing Markers by Marvy Uchida

Reported by Jessica Ripley


I’m not a huge stamper. Part of that has to do with my fear of what a stamp collection might do to my already cramped crafting space, but mostly I’ve just never really gotten into it. Therefore I don’t really own a lot of inks either. I do however own embossing powder and a heat gun, but have been limited to the few special stamps and ink colors I do keep on hand when I decide to use them on a project. So, when I spotted these Embossing Markers by Marvy Uchida on the shelf of my local craft store, I snatched them right up! Eight very pretty colors that I was hopeful would be a solution to both my desire for more colors of “ink” to emboss with but also wouldn’t take up a large amount of storage space.

I really enjoyed working with them!

These markers are great for embossing in that the ink stays wet a little longer than normal, which of course gives time to sprinkle on the embossing powder (clear or metallic works best per the packaging) and create a colorful raised design.

It may be silly to some, but one of the things I loved immediately about this product was actually the packaging. The markers come with a plastic tray which is perfect for storage. It’s like they read my mind.

It’s the little extra touches sometimes that really count.

The set I picked up was the “Pastel Set”, which had a pastel yellow, blue, and pink, but also bolder and brighter versions of those colors as well. These sets also come in a “Primary” and “Victorian” color palette. A good range of choices.

(Color examples from uchida.com)

I found that the markers did indeed stay wet enough to hold embossing powder very well.

And that once heated the colors came through just as vibrant as when they were applied.


As I mentioned above, since I don’t own a lot of inks, I rarely am able to add such colorful embossed detail to a stamp, however these markers made it a breeze.

Their tip is fine enough to add some detail, however isn’t too fine (so you get enough ink flow). I’d compare it pretty equally to a standard Sharpie marker.

I did find that they don’t necessarily blend very well however. Using them directly on a rubber stamp resulted in a slightly streaky image as shown below when compared to chalk ink.


Still, when coloring an image already stamped on paper, I really just loved how easy it was to add colorful detail.


In the image below you can see a bit better the embossing effect. The packaging suggests the markers work best on glossy or coated papers, however I found they worked on non-coated papers just fine.


These are such a fun way to add your own special touch to an embellishment also. Though hard to see in the photo below, the embossing effect really makes a colored image pop.


I’m always on the look out for products that let me customize papers to make them my own, and these will do just that!


All in all I would definitely recommend these Embossing Markers by Marvy Uchida. Though they are a bit pricey at around $19.00 MSRP, for me it is hard to pass up something that I could reach for again and again, and I know I’ll be using these markers to add a little something unique to many projects to come.

Pros:

  • When it comes to embossing, combines the ability of an ink pad with the convenience of a marker.
  • Emboss your own designs drawn free-hand, or even your handwriting.
  • Colors stay vibrant and shine through.
  • Have to mention the handy packaging, I love it!

Cons:

  • Can get a bit streaky, the markers cover smaller areas the best.
  • The tips are fine enough for some detail, but are a bit broad for really intricate designs.
  • Works best on glossy or coated paper which you may not have on hand (though honestly I thought they worked fine on regular paper).
  • Little pricey (look for a sale!).

Have you used these markers or another brand that provides the ability to emboss just as easily? I’m new to this stamping and embossing so would love to hear your thoughts and experiences!

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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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