My Crystal Effects Experiment

I’ll admit, there are a few items in the Stampin’ Up! Idea Book & Catalog that I tend to just pass over without a second thought. Some are tools that I already own. But others are items that I just don’t think I’ll ever use. And perhaps the best example of one of those “Oh, I’ll never use that” items is Stampin’ Up!’s Crystal Effects. First of all, I had no clue what it was when I first saw it. Then once I figured out how to use the stuff, I couldn’t really picture in my head any good uses for it. I mean, really, what could I do with a clear glaze that you use to give a 3D effect to images? Isn’t that what embossing is for?

That was my train of thought on the stuff until I found out about Scrabble Tile Pendants. They’re all over Etsy, they’re easy to make, and they use a crystal glaze like Crystal Effects to make them. I loved the idea of creating jewelry using recycled Scrabble game tiles, some pretty images or paper, and crystal glaze. It’s so simple and the results are fun and gorgeous. But a jewelry-maker I am not. So of course I had to adapt the idea and turn it into something a little more My Paper Moose-y! The result so far has been these experimental magnet sets.

I found a fabulous Scrabble Tile Pendant Tutorial over at the Make and Takes website. But throughout the process of making my initial magnets, I’ve discovered a few things that I’ve had to do differently since I was using stamped images instead of just scrapbook paper. I’m still tweaking my process a little bit to keep the ink from smearing and the images from blurring. I will definitely be posting my revised tutorial once I’ve got the process down a little better. I’m working on another fun magnet project using Crystal Effects so hopefully I’ll be able to share all that with you later this week or next week.

For the magnet sets I made above, I used the fabulous stamp sets Greenhouse Garden and Fast & Fabulous. You can see how the Crystal Effects gives the magnets great dimension, even more than embossing could do. Plus that glazed/lacquered look is just gorgeous and it really brings out the dimension in the images themselves. But you can also see that the ink has smeared and blurred a little bit due to the sealing/glazing process, but I’m confident I’ll have some better-looking ones to show you soon! Also, instead of using old Scrabble tiles (since I don’t have any), I found a pack of different sized wood craft tiles at my local Michaels store to use as the magnet bases. They’re not as thick as Scrabble tiles, but they work just as well. And since they come in different sizes, it gives me the flexibility to create more than just one size of magnet! See below for the full project recipe.

Well, I guess I need to get back to finishing my next Crystal Effects experiment! So be on the lookout for that and a possible tutorial soon! And if you’re not a DIYer, you’ll see some of these magnets in My Etsy Shop very soon! Until then…

Project Recipe:
Stamp Sets: Greenhouse Garden, Fast & Fabulous (Hostess Level 2)
Paper: Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Regal Rose, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, Certainly Celery, Old Olive
Tools: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Paper Trimmer
Embellishments: Crystal Effects
All above supplies can be purchased in My Stampin’ Up! Online Store
Additional supplies: Wood craft tiles or Scrabble tiles, Mod Podge, fine grit sandpaper, magnets, brush

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