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Viva Decor Glitz Up Tool

Reported by Marti Wills

I was thrilled to receive a Glitz Up tool from Viva Decor to try out recently. The box contained the tool, three different sized tips for different sized rhinestones, and a stand.

I also received an incredible assortment of Hot-Fix Embellishments from Viva Decor – you can see one up close below but the rest of them are more like metallic studs in all sorts of colors and several different sizes.

I also received an assortment of Hot-Fix Embellishments by American Supply (the US distributor for Viva Decor.) This batch included the metallic studs as well as rhinestone crystals.

The machine came with VERY little instruction. One important thing left out was this white tape around the threads. Should it stay or go?I  took it off…more on that later. The three different sized tips screw onto these threads to accommodate different sized rhinestones/studs.

This box is the machine portion. a plastic cord stretches from one side to an electrical outlet and another one stretches to the wand.

This little stand is indispensable for keeping the hot tool in place while you are working and need to put it down. The cord is stiff and can be a bit unwieldy.

Time to get busy. The unique and incredible thing about this particular hot fix gun compared to others is the vacuum suction ability of the wand. In the first picture below you can see several holes just below my thumb. When those holes are covered, like by my thumb in the second picture, a suction power is activated at the tip.

As you can see this enables you to suck the rhinestone up on the tip of the applicator – makes placement SO much easier. There is no other hot fix applicator out there with this ability. This way I was able to just scatter the rhinestones nearby and then set to work – quickly and easily picking them up and placing them where I wanted. Simply wait for several seconds after picking up the rhinestone/stud so that it begins heating up and the glue begins to melt, place the tip down on your fabric where you want the embellishment and then remove your thumb from the holes to release the suction.

Now let me show you how much fun we had. I started with a trip to Target. I found this adorable dress for Pezza – LOVE the colors. However we both thought it could use some zing.

We added colored studs and rhinestones here and there to accentuate the pattern.

The embellishments stuck pretty easily, but I recommend double-checking to be sure they are stuck well. Another tip – place a non-stick sheet between the layers of your clothing while working – the glue will go through thinner materials and adhere the layers together.

We also picked up a romper with this cute ice cream cone on it. however, we decided the cherry would look much better in red with a green stem.
I was unsure how the tool and embellishments would work on the iron on. It was slightly tricky. The heat from the tool will melt the iron on and smear it a bit. However the rhinestones stuck well to it.

I also needed a new pair of black flip flops. I grabbed the plain ones and saved a few bucks. Then I decorated them myself. I alternated crystal rhinestones and silver studs. (I could NOT get them to photograph clearly – I apologize.)

Although the tool is really meant for fabric I couldn’t resist trying it out on paper. It worked like a charm.

However, in this case, the traditional methods are probably easier – the Glitz Up is a little bit of overkill.

My overall impression – tremendously fun! I am ready to hot fix rhinestones to anything that will sit still long enough. I found both brands of embellishments adhered well BUT I had some difficulty getting the larger ones hot enough and had to redo some of them. I also thought the embellishments from American Supply looked like a higher quality product. The Viva Decor embellishments looked cheap in comparison.


  • The vacuum suction ability – amazing
  • The ability to decorate fabric so quickly and easily is just plain fun.
  • The embellishments come in a wide variety of sizes and colors.


  • I would have liked to see more tips – others usually come with 6-8 different sized tips.
  • The handle of the gun gets very hot making it difficult to use after awhile.
  • It needs better instructions regarding the tips and which one is for which size embellishments.
  • Cost

Have you tried the Glitz Up? Do you have any other hot fix tool? Do you have a favorite source for Hot Fix Embellishments?


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Viva Decor Modeling Cream

Reported by Marti Wills

I’d like to share an AMAZING product with you – Viva Decor Modeling Cream. Modeling Cream is incredibly versatile and comes in 11 Metallic/Pearlescent Colors. It is a dimensional paste that will hold its shape while wet. It is very similar to embossing paste, and that is one of the ways I used it. A couple of handy tools can be seen above.  I used both plastic and brass stencils, a plastic spreader and a sponge applicator/dauber tool.

In my first sample I used Pearl Light Green and a plastic Crafter’s Workshop stencil. I simply laid the stencil on my paper and used the plastic knife pictured above to smooth the cream over the stencil and then lifted it off. In the close up above you can see the incredibly crisp edge I got. The Modeling Cream dries fast, so you must work quickly; be sure to either wash your stencil right away or keep a tub of water handy so you can drop the stencil into until you are ready to wash it.

Next I used it with a Dreamweavers Brass Stencil. Equally easy and equally amazing results. Again I got a crisp edge and the pearlescent luster is gorgeous!

Once dry I used both pieces for some cards:

Next I decided to try something a little different with it. In the picture above, notice the chipboard swirl peeking out from beneath the flower.  I covered it with more modeling cream.  Not only was the coverage complete, but I really liked the dimensional texture I got by using the sponge dauber.

It occurred to me that I might be able to make it look like icing on a cupcake. I thought since it stayed the way you mold it until it is dry it might be a great way to make a realistic looking icing. I cut a cupcake die cut on my Cricut and put it together. I wanted to bring the icing down a bit onto the wrapper like the real thing. I used the sponge dauber to pile on the icing. Then while it was wet I sprinkled it with microbeads to mimic sprinkles:

I LOVE the look I got. I bet it would be equally amazing if I swirled it on using a palette knife too, just like real icing. I used it on the bag below:


  • The colors are rich and the pearlescent sheen is gorgeous
  • It is easy to work with and holds its shape perfectly
  • It dries quickly


  • I wish it came in more colors
  • It dries quickly (yes this was a blessing and a curse – you must work fast while doing your stencils)
  • It can be hard to find

Do you own any of these Modeling Creams? How have you used it? What do you think? Let us know in the comments!


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Pearl Pens by Viva-Decor

Reported by Jenny Barnett Rohrs

One of the things I love about CHA is the chance to see new products rolled out before they hit the stores, and Viva-Decor didn’t disappoint last January. I came home with these cool “Pearl Pens” to try out.

These are similar to Tulip Dimensional Fashion paints which you may have seen in stores. These paper and fabric “puffy” paints dry and remain 3-dimensional, and are washable, too.

One of the bonuses of Viva-Decor’s brand is that they have just the right viscosity- thick enough to hold a nice, domed, 1/2 pearl shape, but not so thick that you get those annoying peaks and spikes.

The first thing I tried was making a series of graduated half-rounds:

See how they are perfectly domed? Really awesome. I’ve never gotten these kind of results using the other brand.

I also have to comment on the colors. What is not really that clear in the picture is that you have a nice selection of “plain” glossy finish (like the turquoise blue and red), “pearl” finish (like the yellow, dark green, and purple) and a “metallic” finish (copper, gold and bronze). The metallic and pearl finishes are nicely metallic and have a nice shimmery glow.

For my first project, I decided to try a card, using the dots as an embellishment:

I kind of got carried away! I started with just embellishing the tail….but then adding the little dots was so much fun, I did the whole bird.

It was at this point I noticed that my turquoise paint was a little runnier than the others, and that the color had separated a bit. I got some running when I put the dots too close together.
On the whole, the “plain” colors seemed a bit looser/runnier than the pearls and the metallics.

Check out the dimension in the side view:

The dots really pop nicely off of the surface. When I did get little peaks, I just tapped the table and they leveled right out.

Another bonus: in all 13 colors I tried, not ONE had a gummy nozzled or clogged ONCE during my whole playtime. This is also a big deal, as usually when I’m using a dimensional paint the nozzle gums up and you have to keep a straight pin on hand. No clogging tip = happier crafters!

Next I tried using the Pearl Pens on fabric:

I was really pleased with how they performed on this twill. I just made sure the tip of the nozzle was in contact with the twill before I started squeezing, and those perfect little pearls popped right into place.

The website says that if you let them dry for 24 hours, you can then launder them as along as the temp stays below 86 degrees (I guess that makes it a cold-water wash then!)

Here again is a side view so you can see just how dimensional those big red drops in the eyes are:

For a quick and simple way to add dimension, Pearl Pens are a new fave!


  • Good price point (around $5.95 each) especially when compared to pearl embellishments
  • Washable
  • Good for paper or fabric
  • Nice saturated colors
  • Easy to get good results
  • No noticeable clogging with the nozzle


  • Might be hard to find in a brick-and-morter store as of yet
  • Pricey compared to other dimensional paints
  • Will wrinkle your paper slightly

How do you like to use dimensional paints? We’d love to hear from you!


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