Monday, November 14, 2011

Like fine get better with age

Good morning!  To start the week off, I'd like to share with you a very vintage looking card that I made using the cracked glass technique.  I started off by stamping the wine barrel image and colouring it with light shades of Copic markers to give it a sort of watermark look and then stamped my sentiment over top in black ink.  I distressed the edges with both purple and brown inks and then did a cracked glass treatment on top (see below for instructions).  After cracking the "glass" I rubbed some brown distress inks into the cracks to add more age. 

I wanted to keep the card design simple to showcase the technique so I just adhered the image panel to a mailing tag and added some vintage dyed seam binding, a wood button and some twine.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Crackled Glass Technique: Apply embossing ink (Versamark or similar) to cover entire surface of stamped image.  Dip image into Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (that has been poured into a shallow dish) and fully cover.  Using heat gun, melt the UTEE and allow to cool.  Repeat this process several times until desired thickness of clear coat is achieved (for this card I used approximately 5 to 6 layers of UTEE).  Allow to cool and crack image by randomly bending. 

Note that for the first application of UTEE, the image will likely not have an even coating of melted embossing powder (will appear bumpy).  Subsequent applications of UTEE will even out the clear layer.

Alternate method:  Melt Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (Melt Art/Ranger) in melting pot and dip images into molten enamel to form a uniform layer.  Repeat several times until desired thickness of clear coat is achieved.  Allow to cool and crack image by bending.

Tips:  Cooling images in the freezer before final cracking speeds up the process.
Stamps:  Michelle Clement's The Wine Shop from Purple Onion Designs
Ink:  Versamark (for embossing), Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Ink (purple, brown)
Papers:  Prima Marketing, K and Company, Neenah Cardstock
Accessories:  Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel UTEE, Avery Mailing tag, twine, wood button, seam binding (dyed with Tattered Angels mist)

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