Saturday, September 13, 2008

Cracked Glass Christmas Card with a Glitter Twist

Every time I show someone how to do the cracked glass technique, I get a giant WOW!  It's fun, it's easy, and produces great results.  A couple years ago, before blogging... I decided that this technique would be great with some sparkle too.... so... dazzling diamonds to the rescue!!

This Techniques Tuesday Christmas Card features dazzling cracked glass and stained or dyed ribbon used with the new, fabulous "Snow Swirled" stamp set (#111690 6 pcs $24.95).  When I first opened my new catalog at convention, this set immediately caught my eye!!  Not only is it a total 'complete' set... with suitable inside and outside greetings, and snowflakes which perfectly match our punches..  but the stunning swirled tree is to die for!


Stamps:  Holidays & Wishes, Snow Swirled

Cardstock:  Mellow Moss, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip

Designer Series Paper:  Bella Rose

Other:  Versamark Ink, Garden Green and Chocolate Chip Classic Inks, mellow moss gingham ribbon, heat gun, dazzling diamonds, sponge dauber, glassy glaze enamel

glittertree_closeHere is a close up of the tree:

To make the card base, we randomly stamped snowflake images with versamark onto the mellow moss cardstock.

To change the appearance of the white and moss gingham ribbon, we cut a 11" length and ran a sponge dauber with close to cocoa ink over both sides of the ribbon.  This is a very quick way to change the ribbon color without having to heat-set it... less ink is used, so it dries almost immediately!

To make the cracked glass tree:

Stamp the tree with garden green classic ink.

TURN ON YOUR HEAT GUN... ALWAYS warm up your heat gun before trying to use it!  It will work much faster, and you will have less chance of burning your cardstock or embossing powder.

Now:  Stamp the entire piece with versamark... all over the vanilla cardstock, the edges too... and then dump glassy glaze over it.. set the image on a flat and protected surface (it will get very, very hot).. and heat until melted.. the grainy glaze will turn glassine.  While still hot, take a pinch of dazzling diamonds and sprinkle over the tree image, re-heat. 

Allow this piece to cool... measure it's coolness by touching the BACK of the piece.. the front will be very, very hot and will not only stick to your finger, but can take a chunk of your skin if not careful!  Once the image has cooled, repeat the above step two more times... versamark/glassy glaze/heat/dazzling dimonds/re-heat... On the third round, spread the diamonds around the vanilla cardstock as well as the tree image.  This will allow your tree to sparkle more than the rest of the image.

Now comes the really fun part... stick it in the freezer for a couple minutes.  This step is not always necessary.. if you live in a really cool climate or have a really cool environment.  Remove the icy cold image from the freezer and gently bend/break the image... several cracks will appear on the surface.

To give it a bit more distressed appearance, we then used a sponge dauber and chocolate chip ink to rub ink into the cracks and edges of the image... and a paper towel to remove excess.  So... now you can assemble your card and pop it in the mail.. Yeah!


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