After writing a little bit about Mod Podge, I remembered a product that I really enjoyed using about six months ago, that has a similar effect as the Mod Podge glossy. This product is called Glossy Accents by a company called Ranger Ink & Innovative Craft Products. Their Inkssentials line, the website claims, are the essential tools for crafters, rubber stampers, scrapbookers, card makers and altered artists. Products are basic or indispensable items required for ink application, heat embossing, embellishment and other paper crafting projects (http://www.rangerink.com/inkssentials.htm).
I came across this product at my local Aaron Brothers art and framing store in the craft department. The cost for a two ounce bottle was around 6.99 retail. The product has a very similar effect to Mod Podge, however the application is very different. Glossy accents has a very fine applicator tip. This feature allows for easy application, and the consistency is that of a loose gel. It can be used as an adhesive as well as a sealer. Finally, a feature that I really appreciate as an artist, is that it’s made acid free. Mod Podge has an acid free version that can be used with paper as well, but their site doesnt indicate whether or not the finish is glossy.
Using Glossy Accents is quite fun, you simply have to decide how you want to use it. I decided to use it to preserve a photograph. It can be a process depending on how you like to work.
First I decided on a photograph that I wanted to use. In this case, I decided to use a photograph of my daughter. After cutting the photograph into the shape that I liked I glued it onto a decorative paper with warm colors and decorative designs. The paper that I chose to use I purchased at Aaron Brothers as well and the cost for the entire sheet retailed at 4.99. They had quite a variety of styles, but the one I chose was better suited for my project idea.
Next I took my glue gun, seen here on the left, and plugged it in and let it sit for a moment to allow it to heat up. Once it was ready for use I took my photograph laid it on a paper plate and added a line of hot glue around the outer edge of the photograph. Once the glue was on I took a small tube of tiny beads and poured it over the hot glue before it set. The goal was to create a textured and enhanced look.
By adding the hot glue around the edge of the picture, I also created a small wall to trap the Glossy Accents.
When I added the Glossy Accents to the photograph I started from the outer edge and worked my way towards the center. Once the picture was completely covered in glue I set it down to dry in a safe place. I found that the drying time for the amount of glue that I used was twenty four hours.
The result was very nice, I was very pleased. The glue dried very clear with a glassy look. My picture is ready for use in other projects with a nice little enhancement! This product can be used in many different ways, I can only imagine this is a scratch on the surface! Have fun with it, and keep an eye out for new work on my website www.luciaperez.info