The E-Team has a new mission! Daisy has challenged us to use any product we have on hand that we can crack (i.e.., cracked glass, crackle paint, crackle accents). There’s a lot to see today so . . .
There will be two prize packages (a box full of paper, a sampling of Distress Stickles & Rock Candy Crackle Paint) given away to two different winners. All I can say is make sure you leave comments on as many blogs as possible. We never know whose blog the winner will be drawn from . . . that Daisy is full of surprises. You have until Sunday, January 9 to leave comments. The winners will be announced on the eP Blog on Monday, January 10.
Sherry Cheever You are Here
One of my favorite techniques is Cracked Glass. I haven’t used it in my work for some time, but for this project . . . . I absolutely HAD to! I really wanted to video this tutorial for you, but I was having some computer issues last night (a malware take over) and ran out of time trying to get rid of the malware and make sure everything was alright yesterday. I was able to get photos while working on my project, but I promise to have a video up soon!
The base of the project and the frame are made from illustration board. The base was die cut with Spellbinders™ SF-190 Grand Labels Four and the frame was made with S4-246 Labels Eleven (outer edge) and S4-138 Petite Ovals – Large (inner edge).
The frame was painted in Cool Peri and then covered with Picket Fence Distress Crackle Paint. When working with Distress Crackle Paint, the thinner you apply the paint the finer the cracks. In turn, the thicker it is applied the cracks will be deeper and farther apart. Here’s a close-up so you can see the detail of the Crackle Paint as well as the lines in the cracked glass.
To highlight the cracks in the frame, I sponged on some Antique Linen Distress Ink and wiped off the excess to leave some of the color of Picket Fence color. If you look closely, you’ll see some script that was stamped on the base.
Let’s talk about the base for a few minutes. Using white illustration board, a flourish mask was placed over it, and then Tumbled Glass Distress Ink was sponged over that leaving the flourish white. The script was stamped and embossed in clear. Using the script then as a resist, Antique Linen Distress Ink was then sponged over the entire base. Using a craft iron and a piece of printer paper, I ironed off the embossing, leaving the blue in to show through. (Tutorial for Emboss Resist and Faux Bleach Part 1 and Faux Bleach Part 2. Faux Bleach is where you’ll find the ironing technique.)
The flowers (Studio 490 It’s More Flower Art) are made from GrungePaper inked with Dusty Concord and the leaves (Studio 490 Dreams of Art and Ticket to Art) are GrungeBoard inked in Peeled Paint and Crushed Olive. The leaf for the little flower was die cut from GrungePaper with S4-058 Daisy Heads and then inked in Peeled Paint.
CRACKED GLASS TUTORIAL
Prepare your image as you normally would (i.e.., stamp, colored, painted) and gather your clear embossing powder and ink. If you use UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) you only need to apply two coats. If using regular or fine clear embossing powder you might need to apply up to 5 coats.
Cover the image with embossing ink and then sprinkle on UTEE. I keep mine in a plastic container with a spoon, that way I can pour on the powders or drop my image in the container. It also makes clean up easier.
Heat the UTEE until it all melts.
That is your first layer. You will to repeat the process either by reapplying the embossing ink or if you are quick enough, while the UTEE is still warm you can drop your image face down in the powders.
When you think you have enough layers of embossing powders, you then need to place the embossed image in the freezer. (Don’t ask me why, it just works better if you do). Leave the image in the freezer for a few minutes (maybe 10, maybe 15) . . . it will curl while cooling.
Remove the image from the freezer and when you begin to straighten the image, it will crack. You can continue to bend and manipulate the image as much as you want to make the cracks. If something happens and you don’t like what you’ve done, all you need to do is reheat the UTEE with your heat gun to melt it all back together and put it back in the freezer. If you wish to highlight the cracks in your image, you can wipe on some Vintage Photo or other brown distress ink working it down in the cracks. Wipe away the excess ink on the top of the image with a damp rag.
That’s it for today! phfew!!!!!
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Thanks for stopping by and remember . . . . life is short . . . embrace the adventures of the day!
Product used for project (those not listed below have links in the post):