Friday, July 20, 2012

Cracked Glass at The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

Yes, glass is cracking at The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store today...namely, the "Cracked Glass Technique," one of my very favorite stamping techniques. Sharon has all of the products readily available for purchase for this fun technique!

I am not typically much of a technique type of stamper, but do enjoy the subtle, glossy, "antiquey" effect achieved using "Cracked Glass." Here's a run down how to do it:

1. Stamp, color, and die cut your image panel.
2. Cover the entire image panel with a good coating of Versamark, applying direct to paper with the Versamark pad.
3. Sprinkle a liberal amount of UTEE (Ultra Embossing Enamel) powder over the wet Versamark.
4. Use your heat gun and heat the powder until it melts evenly over the surface. The first coat may be a bit pitted, but not to worry-- you will be adding another coat or two.
5. Repeat steps 2. through 4. once or twice more (I used two layers of Versamark/UTEE for my image here), until you get a smooth, glossy surface. It's quite pretty at this point, but you still need to crack it up!
6. Place glossy panel in freezer for a couple of minutes.
7. Take out of freezer and hit it against the edge of a table or solid surface, causing tiny cracks to appear. Do not over crack makes for a muddy surface once the ink is applied!
8. Sponge a mid tone ink (typically brownish tone) over the entire surface of the image panel, slightly working the ink into the tiny cracks.
9. Use a tissue to wipe any excess ink off of the surface.

You're done! Your image panel may be a bit warped, all you have to do is layer it beneath a heavy surface (such as a pile of DP) for about half an hour or so.

All of the supplies used today, minus the burlap, are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. Here's a list  of links for easy shopping:

LaBlanche Nest with Eggs Silicone Stamp; Spellbinder Classic Oval Dies; Spellbinder Beaded Oval Dies (marked down!), Prima Song Bird Decorator Paper; Seam Binding Ribbon; Versamark Watermark Pad; Melt Art Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE); Tim Holtz Distress Tea Dye ink; and ZAP Embossing Heat Gun.

I hope that you enjoyed today's design and have a chance to try "Cracked Glass" yourself!

Have a wonderful Friday and weekend! Thanks for stopping by!


Sharon Johnson said...

Your card is beautiful, Deb, and I LOVE the cracked glass! Just a GREAT look with relatively little effort -- GORGEOUS card!

Sabrina aka okimom2girlz said...

Deb, goodness, what a gorgeous card! I am like you, I am not much of a technique type of stamper, but I absolutely LOVE this look and will go out and buy some UTEE to try it myself! I am head over heels with this gorgeous Vintage beauty! Hugs and blessings, Sabrina

Chris Piette said...

Your card is lovely. Thanks for the instructions so we, all, can try this technique.

Susan said...

This is very pretty! I haven't used this technique in ages :(

I sent you an email the other day, and have not had a reply.

kathy s said...

Deb this is gorgeous- love La Blanche stamps and thanks for giving us the technique again-it's one I had forgotten about

Betty Wright said...

Deb, this is beautiful! Love the soft muted tones. The cracked glass with this image and oval frame looks like a vintage work of art! Beautifully done!

Dortesjs said...

this is a lovely looking card, love the cracked glass, never seen this before