Monday, April 27, 2009

Sealing Digital Images (+ a Huge Sale at LPS!)

Hi Gals n Guys,

Happy Monday! Hope you had a lovely weekend. It's been beautiful & sunny here in Vancouver. Today I'm just sharing a quick tip that I've found really handy: microglaze for sealing digital images. (I've been luvin' the growing selection of LPS digis.)

Edited to Add Please Note! This may clog marker tips. Since writing this post, I've found that embossing digital images is a much better way to keep them from smearing. I use Borden & Riley Paris Bleedproof paper for pens, an ink jet printer with clear embossing powder and a heat gun. The results are amazing. More about heat embossing digital images with an ink jet printer here.

This is an environmentally friendly way to keep them from smudging (no aerosol spray sealer) and it's brain cell friendly too (no nasty fumes.)

It does create a waterproof quality to your image, but I've found you can still colour with water-based products quite nicely & get some neat effects by varying how thickly you apply the microglaze. It makes the printer ink darker & it really makes colours POP too. Hope it's useful to ya! seal digital images with no spray sealant
2...sketch Challenge for LPS & prize
3...BIG sale at Little Paper Shop


...seal digital images with no spray sealant

Step 1) Print your digital image (or text or photo or...)

Step 2) Get some Microglaze. You can do all kinds of neat things with this stuff

The texture of the Microglaze is paste like.

Step 3) Rub the Microglaze all over your image (and surrounding area, wherever you want to colour or add gloss.)

When your image is on an angle, you can see the subtle shine it leaves. More Microglaze less shine. Less=less shine, (no duh, huh?) LOL. ;O)

Step 4) Colour your image however you like. I tested out SU's water-based markers (her shoes) & Watercolour pencil crayons (her hair), Copic markers (her dress), Souffle pens the cupcake kite ribbons.) The water-based markers soaked right in; the copics let me move them around a lot more than without sealant. Best of all, no smudge-y!

This week's sketch challenge for Little Paper Shop:

You can win your choice
of 2 digital images!

I can't wait to get playin' Want to play too?
Comment with your entry on the LPS blog here.

A fab message from Little Paper Shop:
(BIG sale)

"In addition to this AWESOME sketch challenge and another opportunity to win prizes this month, the LPS Birthday celebration just got even BETTER! It's not over yet!

That's right! As our gift to you, The Little Paper Shop is having a HUGE Birthday Blast SALE, with most sets marked down 10% to 75% OFF! This is our biggest and best sale ever, and runs through April 30th or while supplies last. We want April to go out with some b-day fireworks as we have really appreciated you joining us in our month-long birthday celebration! Thank you for all of your comments, congratulations, and participation in our challenges and contests! We've loved having you and will be back in May to start off our 2nd year of business with sets that will WOW you...can't wait!

Happy shopping and enjoy this week's challenge!"

Thanks for visiting &
May your crafting be blissful!

Edited to add:
Depending on how you apply the Microglaze, you may get a mottled look to your markering-which I find really interesting, but might not float everybody's boat. :O)

Here's a tutorial with a
bit more about microglaze:


Dawnll said...

As usual I have found some great information from you. I have had this jar of micro-glaze and didn't know how to use. Thank you so much for your informative posts and great projects. You are such a gem.

Elena said...

Thank you for sharing this information, Mel!

Stampinsilvia said...

ohhh what a great tutorial! I have never heard of Micro galze and unfortunately I don't think I'll be able to get it all the way over here! LOL...I guess I'll make do with what I have! LOL Thanks for sharing...I lvoe your rocks!

Me Myself and I-N-K said...

Thanks Mel for the tip...I have been working alot with digi images lately and have been looking for other ways to keep the ink from smearing. Luckily, I have been successful with watercoloring even without a sealer. Basically just using a heat gun to seal the image after printing and between colors. Have you tried this on prismacolor pencils at all? I am awaiting for my set of prismas and can't wait to play. Great to know it works well with SU markers since I don't have Copics.

Alma =)

the PaperTemptress said...

Thanks for reminding me about this wonderful product. I actually bought some not too long ago and forgot about it! Need to pull that stuff back out don't I??

Check out PaperTemptress's blog
and April's specials!


Jessica Diedrich said...

Awesome post and idea, Mel! Thanks for sharing your wonderful techniques w/ us!!

Cindy Haffner said...

Fantastic job Mel, you are the greatest.

Emily said...

Thanks for the tip, Mel and the great links. I'm gonna have to get me some of that stuff:)))

Maria said...

Hey Mel! I've never seen that micro-glaze but thanks for sharing the tip! I have to see if I can find it at the store. I love the idea of the sheen. It's pretty!

Boy, you sure know a lot about all those potions and stuff! LOL! I call them potions. I have a ton of liquid stuff in my room. . .I'm worried my room will go up in flames with all the flamables that I have! Arggh!


Kendra said...

This is great information! I'm going to have to add it to The Cafe tips and tricks I think... mind if I put a link to your blog there?

Giselle said...

This was a great tutorial! Thanks for your post. I normally only use MicroGlaze to seal custom stationery for either wedding invitationscustom invitations
and now I know that I could also give MicroGlaze more use. Thanks so much!

Best of luck to you!