Monday, October 29, 2007

Technique Challenge: Cracked Glass

Today's Technique Challenge at Splitcoaststampers is Cracked Glass. Beate's tutorial can be found on the Challenge thread here. To do this technique, you heat emboss over your stamped image with three layers of Glassy Glaze EP or other thick embossing enamel. You put your embossed image in the freezer for a minute or so to cool completely, then you bend it to crack the glaze. So cool!

The image and sentiment on this card are part of the Believe set from Papertrey Ink. I stamped the tree in SU! Old Olive ink, then used a blender pen and inks (Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Close to Cocoa and Cranberry Crisp) to color it in. The sentiment is stamped in Cranberry Crisp ink. Paper is from K&Co., and the cardstock is SU! River Rock, Cranberry Crisp, and Very Vanilla. It's hard to see, but I stamped En Francais in River Rock ink on the background paper. Another detail that's hard to see: I scored a "frame" around the tree image before doing the heat embossing. After the glaze was cracked, I sponged River Rock ink onto it to define the cracks a little better.

I love the aged, vintage look that this technique gives to an image. If you haven't done cracked glass, give it a try -- you'll be glad you did! I'll have one final Halloween project to share with you tomorrow, so I hope you'll stop back to visit ! :)

Stamps: Believe (Papertrey Ink), En Francais (SU!) Cardstock: Cranberry Crisp, River Rock, Very Vanilla (SU!) Paper: K&Co. Ink: Old Olive, Cranberry Crisp, River Rock, Always Artichoke, Close to Cocoa (SU!) Other: Glassy Glaze EP, heat tool, Vintage Brads, Cranberry Crisp stitched grosgrain, blender pen, stamping sponge, lg oval punch, stampin' dimensionals (all SU!)


Dawn Easton said...

How did I know your card would turn out to be BEAUTIFUL!?! LOL!
As always your card is wonderfully put together! Great image for this technique!!

Keri Lee Sereika said...

Another Beauty! That is what I love about coming to your blog! counts!!! :)

shel9999 said...

Pretty! I love that tree! And it looks spectacular with that paper! (I like the brad too!)

jen del muro said...

this is so pretty!!

LeAnne said...

This is beautiful....just ordered this set today, can't wait to play with it.