I CRACK MYSELF UP!


 Are you excited? You should be! It's Stampendous Saturday again with yet another opportunity for winning blog candy from the team! More info on that further down, but meanwhile...check out the cool technique I used on my Cracked Glass Reindeer Card for the holiday catalog. It features the Stampendous Perfectly Clear Reindeer Swirls, a gorgeous set for creating a large variety of holiday cards, tags, bags, gifts, and decor. The technique used on here is called "Cracked Glass" and has actually been around for about 8-10 years, but recently has made a comeback and become a "new" technique for the
younger generation of stampers. Cool, huh? The process goes like this:
1) I stamped my images on a Nestie die cut oval of subtly patterned paper (not necessary to be patterned) using Rich Cocoa Memento ink.
2) Then I covered the entire oval with Versamark ink before pouring a thick coating of Deep Impressions Clear embossing powder.
3) Use heat tool to melt EP completely. While hot, pour more EP over the surface and heat again. You can repeat this a few times to build up your "glassy" surface.
4) Allow to cool completely. Then bend in several directions to crack the surface. (The paper underneath may tear a little...don't worry, we'll be repairing that in two steps from now.)
5) Sponge the Rich Cocoa Memento ink over the surface, smooshing it into the cracks.
6) Reheat surface with heat tool to seal off the cracks, but leaving the cracked look.

For this particular card, I also stamped the images on the panel of the same paper. When the oval is adhered over the top, it gives the appearance of a clear piece of cracked glass placed over the image. Not necessarily a part of the technique, but I thought it was cool. The rest of the card is self-evident...inking, distressing, fabulous Creative Impressions' ribbon bow...you get the idea.

Now...want to know what the blog candy for this week's post will be? One of my favorites for the holidays...the Perfectly Clear Yule Penguins:
Aren't they darling? Want to see a couple ideas for these little cuties? Look what Jenn Dove did with them for the July '11 holiday catalog HERE, and what I did with them last year HERE. Just leave a nice comment for me on this post by Friday, August 26th, by 6 PM PT, and YOU could the randomly selected person to win this set of holiday fun. You have other opportunities for blog candy by visiting the other team members who are playing along this week:


 Curious as to who won for last week's post?

Billie Dee!

Billie Dee, please contact me by email at phornschu@hotmail.com with your info, and your wonderful Jumbo Cling Water Lily set will be winging it's way toward you!
 

Comments

craftymom205 said…
Love the card. Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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Krissy said…
Pam, this card is beautiful! Love the cracked glass oval! So cool!

These penguins are so stinkin' cute!
Nikki said…
Love the cracked Glass on the card it's just so stunning thanks for the inspiration
and the chance to win those cuties
hugs Nikki C
Billie Dee said…
Oh boy oh boy! Thank you so much. Email sent.
Sue D said…
Great technique--I like how you layered it over the stamped image.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com
Annelies said…
Lovely card Pam! Great penguins too :) Thanks for a chance to win! Greetings from Belgium, Annelies
Taylor U. said…
Ooooh - I've never seen it done like this -I love it!!!! You are such a crafty genius!
wendyp said…
love this!!! This is one of my favorite cards of your Pam! I've was wondering how you achieved the cracked glass effect just in the oval shape on the card. I didn't even think diecut! Brilliant!
What a fantastic card. So creative to do this technique in such a way. Truly amazing!
Barbara said…
Beautiful card and I love this technique. Can't wait to try it and I hope mine will be as perfect as yours.
Glennis said…
what a great technique - something I have not tried
Renee VanEpps said…
Gorgeous card, love that crackle technique.. till now I only thought you could get that effect by buying crackle accents LOL! Those penguins are THE CUTEST!
Kristi said…
I love cracked glass! You rock it out of the park!
Janelle said…
Gorgeous card! I love the inky distressing. I love the cracked glass affect and wish mine would come out like that. Looks so wonderful!
FrancineB said…
What a gorgeous card!!! Love the warmth and depth of color.
lovely card! And what a cute stamps!
Cat said…
OMGosh! Your card is stunning! Just a work of ART!
Indy said…
Absolutely amazing. Love the cracked glass look!!!
Carol said…
Love this vintage look card! Thanks for the inspiration!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com
Scrappychick said…
Totally fabulous my dear! I need to try that technique and keep saying I'm going to!
Wendy said…
Great card Pam!!! That little penguin set of stamps is pretty cute too!! Thanks for sharing your creativity!!
Pam said…
This is a fabulous card! I need to try that technique, soon, very soon. Thanks for sharing!
Brennen said…
Oh! I LOVE penguins. What a cute set! Thanks for the chance to win.
Tanya said…
Oooohhh, love the cracked glass! And the penguins are totally adorable, I love penguins!!
Lillian Child said…
Penguins just make me smile out loud!
Jingle said…
BEAUTIFUL card!!! Love those penguins, too!
Karen L said…
Awesome card...and I love that cracked glass technique!! I've used it in the past, but you've inspired me to give it another try!

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