Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Have You Been Cracked Up Lately?

I was trying to choose which technique to share with you this Tuesday and came across a technique that I haven't tried ... now I'm challenged to. It looks SO easy! It's called Cracked Glass. I found the instructions on our own Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Website. (For those of you that haven't become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator yet - here is one of the many +++'s of becoming a demonstrator! We have our own Demonstrator Website that offers us exclusive video and written training guides for all sorts of techniques, product uses and samples galore! If you want to be a part of this great team, contact your local demonstrator and sign up TODAY!) Okay ... I'll move onto the technique instructions. :-D


Supplies Needed:
  • Stamps
  • Card Stock
  • VersaMark
  • Brayer
  • Glassy Glaze Enamel Stampin' Emboss powder
  • Powder Pal
  • Heat tool
  • Crafters' Tool Kit
  • Freezer
  • Optional: Sponge Daubers
  1. Stamp your image, and cut card stock to desired size.
  2. Apply VersaMark® over entire piece of card stock using a brayer or direct-to-paper technique.
  3. Sprinkle Glassy Glaze Enamel Stampin' Emboss® powder over entire piece of card stock. Be sure to use your Powder Pal! Tap off excess powder, and melt remaining powder using heat tool. Use the tweezers from the Crafters' Tool Kit to hold your card stock if you're creating a small accent piece.
  4. For small images, sprinkle on additional powder while the image is still hot. For larger images, allow card stock to cool and apply additional VersaMark ink before sprinkling more powder over the image. Repeat up to four times.
  5. Put your card stock in the freezer for a minute or two to ensure the glaze has cooled completely.
  6. Remove card stock from freezer, and bend back and forth until the enameled layer cracks. Continue bending different portions of the card stock until you've achieved the look you desire.
  7. (Optional): Sponge ink into the cracks in your enamel using a sponge dauber.
  8. (Optional): Finish your project using the crackled-glass image as an outstanding focal point.
Here are the steps in picture form ...

Here's some samples with the Cracked Glass.

Now that I've shared this fun technique - I'd like to see you take this challenge and post what you've done lately that has really "cracked" you up?!

Have a great week and I'll see you here next Tuesday where we will learn more about the infamous Aqua Painter.

Stacy P.


carolm said...

very cool. can't say i've actually tried this technique.


Elizabeth said...

I love this technique! Great instructions for those who need them!


Brandi Wiggins-Côté said...

Thanks for the examples of cracked glass! I've yet to try it so you've given me something to do on the weekend!