Sunday, March 13, 2011

Crackled Glass Tutorial with Nature Walk for The Paper Players #38

Hooray! It's week #2 of my Guest Designer spot over at The Paper Players, and I have to tell you I'm having a great time! The team is awesome and the players are jamin!
This week it's a color challenge of these colors, but I did come up with something I'm happy with.

Crackled Glass Technique using Nature Walk stamp set.

It's hard to view but I first stamped French Script (En Francais) with Blushing Bride ink for the background.

Welcome to The Paper Players Color Challenge
Hooray! It's week #2 of my Guest Designer spot
Layers of Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) give your stamped images an antique look.
Below. I made a tutorial for you ... it's fun & very easy.

Stamp image all over on cardstock 
Add color and sponge as needed, the more images on your background the better.

Apply VersaMark over the entire piece of cardstock

Place your cardstock into your Powder Pal (optional) and pour Glassy Glaze over it.If you don't have Glassy Glaze or other UTEE, use crystal clear embossing powder.

If you don't have a powder pal, use a large sheet of copy paper.
 Cover entire image and tap off excess powder. 
When you are done, your card stock should be covered with a bumpy, linoleum-like layer of Glassy Glaze.

Heat powder with heat gun until melted.
While the Glassy Glaze is still hot, add more powder over the cardstock.  I prefer to apply coast well with lot’s of VersaMark again cover immediately with Glassy Glaze.  
Tip:  If the layer of Glassy Glaze has cooled, don't worry.  Either reheat, or apply another layer of VersaMark before adding more Glassy Glaze. 

Heat again until melted.  The second layer will have a smoother look.

Repeat process (easy!).  If you use regular embossing powder, repeat at least two more times (but prefer the Glassy Glaze).
After heating the last layer of embossing powder or Glassy Glaze, put the cardstock in the freezer for a good30 minutes until completely cool.  I prefer to leave in the freezer overnight, the longer the better.  When you take it out, the cardstock may be slightly warped.  That is perfectly okay.
Bend cardstock carefully until embossed layer cracks. Repeat on different spots of your cardstock until you like the look of it.
If you'd like the cracks to show more, sponge dark colored ink over the entire image. The ink will absorb into the cracks, making them look more prominent.  Also, I heard thru the stamp grapevine but I haven’t tried this just yet if you run the cooled piece through your crimper - once in each direction, you get more cracks!  Please, let me know you try it.    

Buff image with a paper towel to pick up the ink that didn't seep into the cracks.

 ((( Have you noticed the little pearl necklace around my cute birdie? )))

I didn't add a sentiment but thought the card could be used for a Thinking of You, Just Because, Hello or perhaps a Sympathy card. 

A peek inside!
Let me know if you try it ... I would love to see!
Stamp Recipe:  Nature Walk, French Script
Ink:  SU Baja Breeze, Blushing Bride, Early Espresso, Markers, VersaMark
Paper:  SU Springtime Vintage DSP, Very Vanilla, Blushing Bride, Early Espresso
Accessories:  Top Note Die, Antique Brads, Early Espresso 1-1/4” Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Blender Pen, Jewels Adhesive Basics Pearls, VersaMark, Heat Gun, Stamping Sponge, Powder Pal, non-SU product Glassy Glaze  (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) or clear embossing powder,
Technique: Crackled Glass, Collage Stamping, Vintage
Card Size:  5.25" x 5.25"



  1. Oh my, what an amazing card Marian!!! Thx for the tutorial - I must try it!

  2. Absolutely GORGEOUS! I wondered how you got the deep rich texture on your panel, and now I see! I haven't done this for a long time, and these are the perfect images for this technique!

  3. Beautiful card Marion! The crackled glass is perfect for the vintage images and that ribbon is bodacious!! :-)

  4. This is amazing work Marian! This is a beautiful piece of art! You should send it to SU for their WOW File! So happy to have you on the team for March!

  5. Beautiful card. One of my favorite techniques but I don't do it enough. I love what you did with the stamp set. Wonderful!

  6. Marian, you really went above and beyond with this one! The technique looks fabulous but your detailing really brings it all home! WOWZA, girl! I think this is, hands-down, the best card I have ever seen with this set! Awesome job! :)

  7. Beautiful... I've not tried this yet but your instructions sure did help for "when" I do. Hugs.


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