Friday, November 27, 2009

Gloss & Glitter

My next technique I wanted to share with you came about because I was having such difficulty finding Future Floor Wax. You know me, I love to experiment and I knew I could figure out SOMETHING to take the place of the floor wax with similar results.

Remember, you can click on the title below to take you to the original post which contains all of the step-by-step photos and finished examples!


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(Originally posted March 5th, 2008)
Faux Floor Wax Technique 012

Here is a scrapbook safe alternative to the Future Floor Wax technique. Substitute Glossy Accents in the place of floor wax!! It's acid free, non-toxic and dries to a clear shine. The same great look without all the unknown chemicals found in floor wax products.
A few things before we get going...this could be a messy technique. I say "could be" because I tend to get a bit wild with techniques like this and the fur flies so to speak ;) I always make a mess so I like to use the Non-Stick Craft Sheet from Ranger. It is a non-porous sheet that helps protect your work surface. It also wipes clean when you're through so it helps to make clean up VERY easy.
Another item you might consider is a pair of rubber gloves or disposable foam brush. I personally don't use either ~ I like to dig right in! The blog isn't called "Ink Stains" for nothin - LOL!!! I walk around with ink stained, some would say - ugly, fingers much of the time. It doesn't bother's sort of a badge of honor.... "I got inky with it today!" sort of thing ;) Gloves or's totally up to you!

Now, let's get down to it.....


Glossy Accents - Ranger

Stickles Glitter Glue - Ranger

Ice Stickles Glitter Glue - Ranger

Perfect Pearls Pigment Powders - Ranger

Re-Inkers (Adirondack, Distress, Nick Bantock), Adirondack Alcohol Inks ,

Archival Ink - Jet Black - Ranger
Beadazzles - Ranger

Acetate (transparencies) - Office Supply Store

Rubber Stamps

Tissue Paper (crumbled)

1. Stamp image onto transparency using Archival Ink.

2. Flip transparency over. You will be working on the back side of the image for this technique.

3. Squirt a generous amount of both Glossy Accents over the entire image.

4. *Optional* - At this point you have the option of adding a bit of dimension to your finished work. You may add Stickles Glitter Glue, Ice Stickles Glitter Glue, Perfect Pearls Pigment Powders, Beadazzles, mica flakes, micro beads, or glitter! It's fun to experiment with various add-ins to see what you come up with.
5. Spread and mix the Glossy Accents and optional additive over the entire back of the image. Make sure you extend the Glossy Accents a bit beyond the actual image. You want to be sure you will have adequate coverage for the next step.

6. Crumble the tissue paper gently.

7. Lay the tissue paper over the Glossy Accents mixture and pat gently making sure that the entire piece has been pressed into the GA.

8. Apply another layer of Glossy Accents over the tissue paper.

9. Add a few drops of re-inker or alcohol ink to the Glossy Accents.

NOTE: You don't need much, a little goes a long way!!! You will have to experiment with whatever type of ink you are using. Some inks have a far more intense color saturation than others. I would add one or two drops of ink to begin with then add more if necessary. It will dry a bit lighter than what you see but not much. It is very important to keep this
in mind when adding the me, you can over-do ;) I got a little ink happy and added WAY too much on a couple of my pieces. The colors are amazing but you can't see the stamped image in the end!
10. Spread the Glossy Accents & Ink over the entire piece. Let Dry!

Note: Dry times vary but I like to let mine dry over night just to be sure that all of the layers have dried completely.

11. Trim and add to a card, scrapbook page, journal, altered art work :)

I also had a few additional examples here - Gloss & Glitter Continued.


  1. Gorgeous, Roni! The "Waiting for Mr. Right" stamp is in my stash waiting for ink--This may be the technique to try!!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Oh my goodness - you are on an arty 'roll' today aren't you

    Love this - and off to read the links. I can't quite visualise it without reading those. Sounds such fun and the colours are amazing

  3. so pretty! ty for the links too! cher

  4. I am excited to try this technique! You always have the coolest projects and most wonderful art! Thank you!

  5. How did I miss this one the first time around?? I've been working with crumpled tissue paper for a different technique and will have to give this one a try as well!

  6. I see my Christmas cards bring made this way.

  7. i've got all this stuff---may make some Christmas cards using this tech


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