Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Snow Writer VS Liquid Applique

Happy 2008!!! Hopefully everyone had a great time ringing in the new year.

Now, I know the holidays are over, but I can't help myself but to go back and play with some stuff that I didn't get to this season. So, I decided to write a compare and contrast for Snow Writer & Liquid Applique.

I heard about Snow Writer from the HRR herself, Julie Ebersole on SCS. She was telling someone who is looking for something that makes a good snow. And she suggested Snow Writer. Out of curiosity, plus a gift card to Michael's & the product being on sale, I'd figured, what the hey.

So, this is the original image, and the Snow writer itself:

The Snow Writer has a fine tip, so it can go on detail images just fine. Aside from cardstocks, it is really designed to go on any type of surface (e.g. wood, glass, plastic). It goes on pudgy, but it hardens as it dries. Since it has a wee-tad of oil in the mixture, it sometimes comes out more consistant than others.

Once you've applied it, sat it aside. It will harden as it dries. This is what it looks like when it dries.

Then on to Liquid Applique. Frankly, I've had a tube about 10 years ago (yes I've been playing w/ it for that long). However, since I haven't played w/ it for years, it just wasn't cooperating. So, I bought a new tube instead. I remember I had a yellow tube because I believe I was trying to stamp Pooh and of course, he's yellow-looking. But, I digress. The point was, it's been around for a while, and making a strong come back.

So, here's the Liquid Applique and the original image:

As you can see, it goes on creamy. It does have a finer tip, and it can allows for finer images. Except you don't need to fill the images as you do w/ the Snow Writer. Because...

Once you heat it up...

It will turn puffy. And once it puffs up, it will hide any spot you miss, unless it's huge like the top of this cupcake. But you get the idea. Cream = Puff. Don't need to excessively add cream, because it doesn't 'puff extra' necessary.

Here's what they look like side by side. As you can see, the Liquid Applique is puffy and 'creamier' looking compare to the snow writer. But then, you're not afraid to squish the Snow Writer because it hardens.
Here's a close-up for the Applique:

Here's the close up for the Snow Writer:
As you can see, one comes out better consistent than the other. My thought is, if I were to use Snow Writer on smaller 'area' for snow, it will come out fine, as compare to Applique. Mainly because, I need to spare 'room' for the Applique to puff up. I've used Applique as snow on window and such, which was fun, but since my image was tiny, the snow kinda took away from the focal point instead of enhancing. So, maybe I'll give it another try. But, as falling snow, Snow Writer will do the job without the heat gun.
Image: by Hero Arts


Heather said...

Great comparison- I haven't tried a snow writer yet so it was interesting to see the results.

~*~Patty said...

Hi Patty ~ Your cupcake looks good enough to eat. I'm visiting from Paper Leisure's blog. I enjoyed seeing your cards, they are very nice! ~*~ Patty :)