Last week, I did a post (here) featuring some cards I had made using a product that I got for another purpose; changing the color of something metal. But the packaging said the product worked on paper and since it looked and worked similarly to Tonic Nuvo Embellishment Mousse, I wanted to get some of the mousse and do a product comparison for you. I made a card out of the test piece so I am entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and entering a second card at the AAA Card Challenge.
The two products look very similar and have the same consistency. The biggest difference I found was that the Embellishment Mousse is Water Based and you can add a bit of water to thin it out if you like. I haven't done this yet. The Metallic Lustre is a wax based product and is quite a bit heavier, making it harder to control where you are putting it. I really like the Embellishment Mouse (seen here in the color Indian Gold) and found it much easier to apply to the raised surface. It is lighter and and looks a lot less heavy handed. Since this product was specifically made for paper, I'm sure I will go forward using the Mousse. I had much better control over where I was putting the product and over how much product I was putting down.
The method of application was the same as last time; a rubber glove. I buy them by the box at Sally Beauty Supply for occasions that might get messy. You can use a soft cloth or probably even a bit of paper towel to apply this. I haven't tried it with an Ink Blending tool as of yet because the rubber glove is working for me so far.
For today's featured card, I started with a panel of Simon Says Stamp Mint Cardstock. I dry embossed it using an Anna Griffin Embossing Folder. Using just my index finger, I rubbed the Tonic Nuvo Embellishment Mousse all over the raised areas of my card. I felt that I had much more control with the Embellishment Mousse than I did with the previous product. Tonic Embellishment Mouse comes in 24 different colors so there's something for everyone.
You can also use the embellishment mouse to "paint" with by adding a bit of product and a mist of water to an acrylic block, mixing it up and then dabbing your paint brush in that. I don't have any examples to show you as I was just experimenting on some scraps, but you can do it. I like the feel of the mousse and the price point is identical. I used a coupon for the Metallic Lustre at Hobby Lobby. Since I got the Metallic Lustre for something not related to paper crafting else, I'm glad I tried it out on the paper, but I like the product meant specifically for paper better. At this point I don't really see me purchasing other colors in this product, but you never know. I know what to expect from it now so it will be interesting to find all the ways it can be used.
To finish up my card, I misted the panel with some Tsukineko Sheer Sparkle Shimmer Spritz and let it dry. Next I used a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle Die in the largest size to die cut the embossed panel, adhered it to a top folding card base made from Stamper's Select White using Kokuyo Dot Adhesive. The design of the embossing folder had the 4 little dots in it so I adhered 1 little crystal on each of the dots. I use Ranger Multi Medium Matte to adhere them. The Butterfly die cut is from Concord & 9th Floral and Flutter Dies. The sentiment is one of many that I had ready to go ahead of time. This is a very clean and simple design that packs a lot of bang for the buck.