Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Roses Under Shattered Glass

Last week I went to Micheals and saw some Hampton Arts Ditto stamps that were on sale.  They were so cute I bought two of them, and I am using one of them today. 

I was inspired by two things, the Shattered Glass technique on Speedy TV which I had never tried before, and the colour scheme was inspired by The Pink Elephant photo inspiration challenge.

This is what I came up with:

I first stamped my image on water colour paper with Staz On ink, then coloured the image using a water brush and Stampin' Up! Markers.  Once dry I applied the Versamark ink pad directly to the paper, edge to edge, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I repeated this step five more times and placed the image in the freezer.  After several minutes I removed the image from the freezer and bent the paper several times to cause cracks.  I found I had to put it back into the freezer several times until I had the amount of cracking that I wanted.

To make the piece more vintage looking I applied creamy brown ink over the surface of the embossing and then wiped it off with damp paper towel.  I first tried this with a blending tool but found that not enough ink was getting in the cracks, so I found applying th ink pad directly to the paper worked much better.

I chose a red card base, and coordinating paper.  I dry embossed the background with my Cuttlebug, then used the ink blending tool to apply creamy brown ink around the edges, both for a vintage look and to make the embossing stand out.  I used the same colour to ink the edges of the pattern paper.  I matted the image with the pattern, added some burlap and ribbon to the background piece, adhered the background piece to the card base, then foam taped the image over the ribbon.  Adding rhinestones was the last step.

For the inside I inked the edges of a piece of cream and adhered it with some scraps of pattern.  Once I stamped the sentiment my card was finished.

This card was quite time consuming but it was really fun. The creams in the end result turned out darker than I had intended but I really like how vintage it looks.   It reminds me of a tiny old cracked varnished wall hanging that my Great Aunt had in her house when I was a kid.  I can see myself doing this technique more often so I may have to invest in some Ultra Thick Embossing powder.  :)

I used the following products:

Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! Real Red, Very Vanilla, Lily Bee Design harvest Market 6x6  Tiny Tablet.

Stamps:  Hampton Art Ditto stamp, Stampin' Up! On Your Birthday set.

Ink:  Staz On Jet Black, Versamark Watermark ink, Color Box Fluid Chalk Ink Creamy Brown, Martha Stewart Gloss Embossing Powder. Stampin' Up! Stampin' Write Markers Real Red and Old Olive.

Embellishments:  Really Reasonable Ribbon Natural Burlap, pink satin ribbon from stash, Stampin' Up! Basic Jewels Rhinestones.

Adhesive: Scotch Advance Tape Glider adhesive, Zots, foam squares.

Tools:  Paper trimmer, scissors, bone folder, Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder A2 Scrollwork, Ranger Craft Sheet, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Stampin' Up! Large Water Brush, Ranger Blending tool, Stampin' Up! heat tool.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
  1. Deep Ocean -  Swirls
  2. Creative Card Crew - Dimension 
  3. Speedy Fox Challenge - Heat Emboss Your Main Image
  4. Allsorts - Birthday to someone special 
  5. The Pink Elephant - Photo inspiration 
  6. Crafty Cardmakers - Distress it 
  7. Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes 
  8. Friends of Speedy TV - Try a new and different technique  


Pat Garvin said...

A great technique. Thanks for joining speedy Fox and Friends.

Benzi said...

Wonderful cracked glass technique. Love your card. Thanks for joining us at FOSTV this week.

Papercraft By Carole said...

I love this technique - I'm going to have to have a go at that!! And the image you have used with it is perfect choice! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers this time!! Cxx

Theresa said...

Great job with this technique. Thanks for playing with us at both Friends of Speedy TV and Speedy Fox and Friends Blog challenges.

Janine said...

Thanks for playing along with our Try a New technique challenge - you could say you well and truly cracked it!!!

Cathy Clouston said...

Lol!!! :)

baileyrosy said...

What a gorgeous card and I adore the technique. The stamp was a perfect match and really is beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us at Crafty Cardmakers and good luck.


Ravengirl said...

Beautiful card! I love the cracked glass technique.

Winnie and Patty said...

Beautiful card!!!! Love the cracked glass technique! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Speedy Fox and Friends blog challenge!

Bonnie aka raduse said...

Wow! This is amazing. Thanks for playing along this week at FOSTV.

Angela said...

This is gorgeous...love all the amazing textures! Thank you for playing along with us at Creative Card Crew!

Christine - Cndn Stamper said...

Love the shattered glass technique. It looks fantastic. I'll have to try that.

Davi said...

Love your cracked glass image, a very pretty technique. Thanks for sharing it with us at FOSTV this week :)

Mummylade said...

What a lovely project Cathy! Thank you so much for sharing and participating in our anniversary celebrations at Allsorts, good luck!

Pia S said...

I love the retro look of the flowers and the nice, clean design. The surface looks great too!

Pia S said...

I love the retro look of the flowers and the nice, clean design. The surface looks great too!

Emma (metalicbutterfly) said...

This is simply stunning, I love the cracked glass effect and the softness to it....

Thanks for joining our 3rd birthday celebrations this week at Allsorts

Emma xxx

Designing with Debbie said...

Cathy, wonderful card. I love the cracked glass and need to try this technique. Thanks for playing along with Speedy Fox and Friends and Friends of SpeedyTV. Hope to see you again next week.

Feebsy said...

What a fabulous card, I love the shattered glass technique and the image is perfect for it. The distressing finishes off the look and card so perfectly.

Thanks for joining in with my Distress It! challenge on Crafty Cardmakers.


Sheri (a.k.a PaperCrafty) said...

Beautiful card!! Love the shattered glass technique!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Pink Elephant this week!!