Crystal Effects {C’est Bon}

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Crystal Effects is a dimensional glaze product sold by Stampin Up. I just love this product…it has so many uses! It comes in a small bottle that seems to go on forever. Crystal Effects is perfect for adding that little bit of shine and dimension to any project. With a nice long narrow nozzle, it is easy to apply to your project in just the right amount of product. Crystal Effects is also acid free and is perfect for using on your scrapbook pages. When used in relatively small quanities, Crystal Effects dries quite quickly allowing you to get on with your project. Another fabulous use for Crystal Effects is as an adhesive. It is perfect for gluing on small items to your design and it forms a nice strong bond.

Crystal Effects is a very inexpensive product, only $8.95 Cdn. I hear it is $6.25 US, (thanks Angel)! One bottle of Crystal Effects goes a very long way…mine lasted for almost three years and I’ve just purchased a new one. Crystal Effects can be purchased from any Stampin Up Demo. Visit their web-site, www.stampinup.com to find a demonstrator in your area. If this is not an option, there are other similar dimensional glaze products on the market you may want to look into. I have never had any experience with them so I’m sorry, I can’t help you with product names or recommendations.
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Great Ideas for Crystal Effects

  • Use it on stamped images to make glass, water, even eyeballs =) realistic
  • Glue on beads with it
  • Repair stamps
  • Repair household items with it 🙂
  • Apply with paint brush to use as a sealer
  • Adhere microbeads with it
  • Sprinkle glitter on it
  • Paint with it…add drops of ink from an ink refill to it. Paint onto acetate or other hard surface that it is hard to get ink to stick to
  • Add it to flower petals to look like dew drops
  • Create water puddles or raindrops
  • Use it to make faux page pebbles
  • Try a fun stamping technique such as Caught in Crystal or Tissue and Acetate

Quick tip: Cut the tip of your new bottle of Crystal Effects off carefully. You don’t want to large a hole or you may have difficulty applying the product. Another idea is to keep your nozzle down until completely done adding your glaze to prevent bubbles from forming.

My Mom gave me this darling little ornament. I treasure it because of the sentiment. My mom is one of my very best friends. I keep it on a little roll-up desk in my hallway. Unfortunately, it fell off and one of the flowers came off. I quickly repaired it with Crystal Effects….now it is as good as new! 🙂

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 A quick little design using crystal effects and microbeads… it IS the Canadian Long Weekend after all! 🙂

Spot of Happiness

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As I mentioned above…busy weekend with the family so when I pulled this together yesterday morning, I wanted something quick. I happened to notice this poor neglected set in the back of my stamp drawers and pulled it out. For the main section of the design, I stamped the little circles randomly in Certainly Celery, Cool Carribean and Cranberry Crisp. I just adore all these colors and am so sad to be seeing the last two of them go. They were part of SU’s In color line and will be replaced with 6 other brand new colors. The white stamped piece was matted with black cardstock and then adhered to a 4.25″ square cardbase of Cool Caribbean.

I then stamped the large circle with Cranberry Crisp and then stamped the small flower in the center in the Caribbean. I punched it out and then matted it with more circles punched with my EK Success punches. In the center of the flower, I added some Crystal Effects and then sprinkled on some microbeads. To tie it all together, I adhered some beautiful black velvet ribbon from Jacksonbelle across the design. Under it I stamped Happiness Always from the Happy Harmony set from SU’s sellebration promotion in black ink. Lastlly, after allowing the Crystal Effects a few minutes to dry, I adhered the circle over the ribbon to complete my project.

Please Note: I am not a SU demo or affilitated with any manufacturer or product that I feature in my C’est Bon entries. Crystal Effects is simply a product I love and feel is worth trying out.

23 responses to “Crystal Effects {C’est Bon}

  1. Julia….wonderful card and great product review!

  2. Bonnie aka raduse

    Great product review Julia. Never thought to use CE to repair my stamps. Thanks for the idea. Love the card too.

  3. Lots of good ideas there, Julia! Thanks for the tips.

  4. Thank you so much for providing great info on the MANY uses for Crystal Effects. I’ve seen it used on various cards and I’ve never mustered the nerve to buy it until after reading your blog. I just never knew there were so many ways to use CE. What have been waiting for?!

  5. Thanks for posting your tips! Enjoy the reat of the weekend!

  6. Looks great, J! cute card, too!!

  7. What a great post! I love all that info and that card is really great too! TFS!
    Hugs,
    Gina K.

  8. Great review. I have Glossy Accents which is similiar to Crystal Effects, works the same just a different name. I have used it for all the reasons you gave above and more.

  9. I just finished off my last bottle and ordered another one. $6.25 here in the US. I use it all the time!

  10. Thanks for the tips Julia! I especially appreciate the tip about repairing your stamps with it. I have a stamp that came apart like that and didn’t know how to repair it. This helps alot! Thanks again for your very fun and informative blog!!!!!

  11. Thanks for the commentary on Crystal Effects. I think I’ll buy myself some.

  12. Thank you so much for posting all of these very helpful ideas on how to use Crystal Effects! After seeing that its also good for reattaching the separated rubber on a stamp I’m wondering if I can fix my young son’s (almost new) sandals where the rubber sole is separating from the shoe Ü. Have a great day today, and thanks for sharing!

  13. Wonderful product review and great tips. I love the gift from your mom, the saying is so sweet, she should sell them in stores. Beautiful card with great colors, TFS.

  14. What a great list of ideas! Thanks for sharing them!

  15. Wow, great product review! Mind if I use some of these ideas in my workshop? 🙂

  16. Oh, and great card too!

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  20. Wow! I am completely addicted to crystal effects, but I NEVER would have thought to add reinker to it. You’re brilliant! Thanks, Mel

  21. thanks for the great ideas..i would like to add one! i am a su demonstrator and one of my girls had some very heavy glittered paper for a page in her scrapbook and her pictures and embellishments would not adhere with any of the conventional adhesives. a few dabs of CRYSTAL EFFECTS and it worked perfectly! i am on my way over to her house right now with your list of other great ideas!! thanks, cathi

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  23. Thanks for the great summary of this product. Too under-used in my opinion. You’ve inspired me to go play.

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