Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Cracked Glass Technique or How to Use Your Freezer for Stamping Projects

This is my first attempt at trying the cracked glass technique.  You stamp an image, stamp over the entire panel with VersaMark ink, and then heat emboss with clear embossing powder or Ultra Think Embossing Enamel.  Then while it's still hot, you add a few more layers of UTEE.  After it cools, you should be able to "crack" the UTEE and make it look like cracked glass. 

Except that it's about 95% humidity today.  So my embossed panel was kind of limp and bent instead of cracking.  So like any good woman, I took matters into my own hands and stuck it in the freezer to make it harder.  LOL~  Strange as it sounds, it worked.  Except that I was a bit overly zealous with my cracking and it looked more like shattered glass.  But this project is nothing if not extremely forgiving.  I just reheated the UTEE and it all melted right back together.  Back into the freezer and a slight more controlled cracking and I could live with the results. 

You can see the cracks a little better in this picture.  I swiped some orange ink over the cracks and rubbed it in to highlight them a bit.  And that's all there was to it.  Easy peasy, really. 

PTI Wildflower Garden stamps, Mint Motif background stamps on the cracked panel.  SU Daffodil Delight cardstock.  Memento inks. 

Look at that!  It's not even last minute this time.  Okay, off to water my flowers; it was almost 100 degrees here today.