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:
- Deep Ocean - Swirls
- Creative Card Crew - Dimension
- Speedy Fox Challenge - Heat Emboss Your Main Image
- Allsorts - Birthday to someone special
- The Pink Elephant - Photo inspiration
- Crafty Cardmakers - Distress it
- Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes
- Friends of Speedy TV - Try a new and different technique