While poking around at Marco's Paper a few weeks ago, I stumbled across what looked like a display of Stickles and liquid pearls, but the bottles looked a bit different. An employee was passing, so I asked about the product, called Nuvo Crystal Drops.
"Oh, yeah. Those are cool stuff! You know how Stickles dries rather flat? Well, these dry with dimension."
"So if I used the red glittery one for holly berries, they'd stay dimensional?"
I experimented on scrap paper first and discovered that this stuff does, indeed, dry exactly as big and dimensional as you make it. My experiments were big enough that they would have poked a hole in the envelope, too. When making this card, however, I wanted slightly raised, not envelope-poking, berries. It was easy to get the amount of dimension I wanted, and the berries dried exactly as I wanted.
As you can see, the berries still look wet, even though they are dry. I love this because it adds to the sparkle! I noticed that thicker berries I made on the scrap weren't quite as sparkly though.
In the display at Marco's, there were two versions of this product...pearlescent and glitter. I don't know how many more bottles I'll buy, but the red glitter for holly berries was perfect. A pearlescent white might be lovely for mistletoe berries and a brown glitter for sunflower centers. My recommendation is to get a bottle or two in colors you have a need for, and then if you love it, expand.
Because as the employee at Marco's said, it's cool stuff.
stamps: Clearly Besotted Holiday Sentiments
ink: Impress Fresh Ink celery, mojito; Hero Arts red royal
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: Nuvo crystal drops