Friday, 17 September 2010

Cracked Glass - Guest Designer No Time to Stamp

I was delighted to have been asked by Sharon, at No Time to Stamp, to be a Guest Designer for two weeks. It is enormously flattering to be invited to a position such as this and of course I was delighted to accept.

The challenge this week is entitled Cracked Glass and is a technique that I have only tried about once before. I really could have done with some UTEE, but unfortunately had to cope with fine detail embossing powder and so had to do extra layers.

It's a fairly straightforward process.

  1. Stamp and colour your image
  2. Ink all over with Versamark ink and sprinkle liberally with Clear Embossing powder, shaking off the excess (UTEE is best)
  3. Heat with a heat gun until all the powder has melted
  4. Repeat steps 2 & 3 several more times (2 or 3 more times) until there is a fairly thick layer over the image
  5. Put the card into the freezer for about 20 minutes
  6. Take out and bend the stiff card to crack the glaze
  7. The cracks can be left as they are or distressed with ink or chalk
Once more I can't remember the source of this image. If I come across this information I'll amend the post.

It's coloured with Copics and embellished with Quickcutz flourishes. I made the sentiment on the computer.

The backing paper is a free download from the Canon Scrapbook site and I coloured the ribbon with one of the Copic pens which I used for the flowers, as I didn't have an appropriate colour in my stash.

It all looks rather serene doesn't it!

Do look to the Design Team for their inspirational cards, you can find them through the following links, and Sharon's through the link above. We'd love to see your creations, so go and have some fun!

Deb Neerman: Paper, Ink, Scissors & Stamps

Barbara Anders: Paper Pursuits

Jenny Gropp: One Krafty Kat

Janine Orchard: 2bKrafty

AJ Otto: The Willow Garden

Deb Saaranen: Dream In Color

Barb Schram: Explore. Dream. Discover

Sadly, Barb is feeling unwell this week and so is sitting out this challenge.


  1. Love that technique, your card turned out beautifully! :)

  2. Oh my goodness! Your image is just gorgeous! I LOVE the swirlies -- they are SO elegant! And I'm SO glad you agreed to play with us for these couple of weeks! Our treat!

  3. This is just gorgeous! LOVE that gorgeous flower image ... it lends itself so well to the Cracked Glass technique! FABulousness!

    Have a great weekend!

  4. Congratulations on your GD spot. Superb card, love that image. Thank you so much for the instructions :o)
    Jackie xx

  5. Oh that is lovely, I love that effect. I will be searching out my utee today I want to try that technique.

  6. Fantastic card Chrissie and another technique to put on the 'to do' list. Hugs x

  7. Wow! Your card is gorgeous. I hopped across from Sharon's blog who I follow avidly, she brings us such beautiful designs and wonderful things. I'm now following your blog for more inspiration.

  8. What a beautiful card. Your creations are fab!

  9. Just a beautiful card Chrissie.. LOVE the colors!!

  10. Chrissie - this is just stunning. I have seen this technique used before, but not to such great effect. Lovely image as well.

  11. I love the colors in this card with the black accents. You painted the flowers so well that they look real. Thanks for the inspiration.

  12. Hi Chrissie
    I'm not a great fan of the crack glass technique b ut I think your card is lovely. Hope you find out where the image came from as I would like to know if that is possible.

  13. Very lovely image, layout, colours and embellishments; it's just an all out beautiful card.

  14. what a fabulous technique - never realised you had to put it in the freezer. Do you ever use the crackle accents from Ranger - or is it Tim Holtz... i suppose it would be more expensive though if you regularly cover an area this big.
    Years ago when I used to go to a creative paint techniques class, we used to use a lot of crackle glaze - which was all the rage when Changing Rooms was popular on TV.

    Paula x x x

  15. Stunning card Chrissie. Thanks for sharing the technique, maybe I will have a go. Love Sheila x

  16. Chrissie, this is just gorgeous! I love that image and your cracking turned out fabulously! It's great to have you with us for the rest of the month!


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