Saturday, August 09, 2008

Cracked Glass

I had intended to show you the third card we made at my "Cards with a Difference" class, but I mustn't have taken a pic of it, so that will have to wait. I had actually intended to show you yesterday, but blogging just didn't happen yesterday. Neither did doing Kristina's latest Colour Challenge :o(
Anyone know how to insert an extra day in the week??

This is one of the cards we made in July's "Embossing and More" class:

Marelle Taylor Stampin' Up! AustraliaWe did the Cracked Glass technique on this one. It's a great effect, and isn't hard at all (when you know how!). First I stamped the Oak Tree image (from 'Lovely as a Tree'); I inked up the image in Creamy Caramel as a base coat, and then coloured the trunk with a Chocolate Chip marker, and 'thumped' More Mustard and Really Rust markers over the top part of the tree. Thumping is a great way to create a multicoloured effect on a bold stamp. All you do is hold your marker like a drum stick and tap the ink onto your stamp. I also watercoloured the trunk, just to fill it out a little.
Now for the fun part: layers of embossing powder. Start by inking Versamark over the whole piece of cardstock. Then, sprinkle with clear embossing powder and tip off the excess. Heat with your Embossing Tool. While the powder is still hot and melted, cover with another layer of powder, and tip off the excess (you'll need to be quick!). Then re-heat. Repeat until you have about 5 layers of embossing powder. It should look shiny and glass-like. Pop it in the freezer for 10-20 minutes. Pull it out and start cracking it immediately. I sponged some Chocolate Chip ink over the cracks to accentuate them.
The rest of the card is really easy...just some tone-on-tone background stamping and a piece of Hodgepodge Hardware as a finishing touch. This would make a great masculine card, although you might want to change the greeting to something more butch....we do have a "No worries Mate!" stamp ;o)

Cardstock: Close to Cocoa, More Mustard, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Ink: Creamy Caramel, More Mustard, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip
Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, En Francais, Occasional Greetings
Other: Aged Copper Hodgepodge Hardware

Have a great weekend!


  1. great card, love the colouring of the leaves and all the background stamping.

    And you know, I've often wanted Gift Cards from Father Time, so I could choose when I wanted that extra time in a day, but he just doesn't seem to offer them!

  2. LOL! I don't think I've seen "butch" used on any other card blog - I love it - gotta love the Aussie lingo! Onya Marelle, tops card, sheila! Maybe, if we're lucky we'll get that on a special Aussie stamp in our next catalogue!

  3. Wonderful card as always Marelle. I must remember to try this technique. There is an award waiting for you here

  4. Lovely As A Tree is slowly becoming one of my fave S/Up sets and when you see cards like this one, that's why. This is just beautiful Marelle...the colours, the techniques. Fab work!



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