I went to Adventures in Stamping & Hollo's yesterday and spent a lot (I mean A LOT) of money! But I got cool stuff I've wanted for a while (like a set of 12 Copic markers & a set of 24 Prisma Color pencils).
One of the things I picked up was the Tsukineko Essential Glue Pad. You may remember when it came out it was horrible and they had to pull it from the market to reformulate it. One of the things they changed is that you no longer have to heat it to make it work. Coincidentally, there was a discussion about this over at The School of Scrap. Since I just bought this and already have EmbosStick in my stash, I thought I do an experiment. So here's what I came up with!
#1 - I stamped with Just for Embossing (Creative Beginnings) in black. Sprinkled with EmbosStick (Sticky Embossing Powder)(Biblical Impressions) and heated. Then immediately sprinkled with ultra fine cosmetic glitter in Shocking Coral. The EmbosStick is just like embossing powder, but is sticky when you heat it. It melts quickly and doesn't seem to scatter outside of your image.
#2 - Stamped with The Essential Glue Pad (Tsukineko) and sprinkle with same glitter.
#3 - Stamped with Adirondack Earth tones Pitch Black. Let it dry and stamped over it with The Essential glue Pad. Sprinkled with same glitter.
I think the subtle differences between #1 & #2 are due to the ink rather than the glue medium. And #2's method (glue pad & only glitter) would work nicely with a darker glitter and a fine-line stamp image.
BTW, the image is a new one I picked up yesterday form Rubber Cottage
So, as far as I'm concerned, both the Sticky Embossing Powder and the Essential Glue Pad are about the same. I like them both!
And here's another card for Angel's birthday countdown. It's for Day 7.
The background is Bo Bunny. The strip is from a $1 pack I got at Joann's. I cut the scalloped circle with my Marvy Giga Punch & then colored and blended it with Gamsol & my new PrismaColor black pencil. The embellishment in the middle is by Marah Johnson. Of course, I inked everything with Chalk Ink. And these adorable witches along the bottom are from here: One Hundred Wishes.