E-Team Mission: Let’s Get Cracking!
Happy Friday Everyone! The first full work week since the holidays has been long but the weekend is finally here and with it another E-Team Mission, woohoo!
Are you ready? Good, let’s crack that crafting mojo into gear!
The E-Team mission (if you haven’t guessed yet ) is to showcase all the different “Cracking” techniques and different “Cracking” mediums.
Not only will you see fabulous projects, techniques and tutorials as you check out the E-Team, TWO lucky winners will receive an awesome eclectic Paperie prize package from Daisy: a BOX FULL of Paper, a sampling of Distress Stickles & Rock Candy Crackle Paint!
All you have to do to be entered into the drawing is to visit each E-Team blog listed below and leave a comment. Only one comment per blog. You have until Sunday, January 9th to make your round and comment. Daisy will announce the two winners on the eP blog on Monday, January 10th!
- The E-Team
- Daisy Sparks
- Latrice Murphy
- Linda Duke
- Linda Ledbetter
- Micki Harper (you are here)
- Sherry Cheever
- Starla Nelson
Alright, I decided to show you how to do the “Cracked Glass” technique two ways; the traditional and the not-so-traditional way.
I had so much fun playing with Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) that I almost didn’t get my card completed, lo.
- Stamp (color, etc) your image onto card stock, allow to dry or use your heat tool to make sure the image is dry.
- Stamp the image piece with an embossing ink pad
- Cover with Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) or clear embossing powder of your choice, shake off excess.
- Heat with heat tool until melted.
- Repeat this 2 or 3 more times. Basically you are adding layers, the thicker the layer, the more dramatic the “cracks”.
- If your layers are “bumpy” or have holes, use your heat tool to heat the enamel and smooth it out (moving the enamel with your heat tool).
- Place in freezer for about 5-10 minutes.
- Pull out of freezer and bend until cracks are made and desired effect is achieved:
Then I decided to use some red glossy card stock and one of my favorite quotes:
- Ok, now to another not so traditional way of creating “Cracked Glass”.
- Grab your Melting Pot, your metal (really important that it’s NOT plastic) cookie cutters and a bottle of Watermark Resist Reinker.
- Pour Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) into the Melting Pot, cover and let it melt.
- Here’s a little tip: If you don’t have a cookie cutter in a shape that you need (like moi), improvise. I needed a round cookie cutter and of course, couldn’t find one (as I type this I remembered where it is…. of course ) so I used the lids of these after removing the glass:
- Pour a few drops of the Watermark Resist Reinker onto your finger and swipe the inside of the cookie cutter/lid. This prevents the UTEE from sticking to it. Think of it as the craft version of Pam Cooking Spray (hey now, there’s an idea). I used my old Top Boss Embossing re-inker because it’s pink and shows up better.
- Stamp the image piece with an embossing ink pad
- Take your metal or tin cookie cutter or lid thingy and place over your image
- Pour the melted UTEE into the cookie cutter/lid, being careful not to pour too much:
- Wait a few minutes until the UTEE cools and remove the cookie cutter/tin:
At this point, just pop into the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes, take out and “crack” it.
- If you pour too much UTEE which leaves the image bumpy, uneven or doesn’t cover parts of the image, take your heat tool and re-melt the UTEE. By directing the heat tool, you can move the UTEE
- If the UTEE leaks under the cookie cutter, outside the form, take a hot knife and trim off the excess. The hot knife will cut through the hardened UTEE like butter:
I really enjoyed playing and pulled out several stamps but in the end for this blog hop I decided to go with the quote from Darcie’s Decorate Your Life stamp set. I really like the red glossy card stock.
I hope this inspired you to try this wonderful technique and most of all, of ways to improvise . Thanks so much for stopping by and don’t forget to check the rest of the E-Team!
Oh and not to be an enabler, but it’s a good thing my birthday is coming up because you’ve GOT to check out the SALE at eclectic Paperie! I will only say that my resolution of not buying another thing until I’ve used everything in my craft room went out the window, lo!
- Stamps: Darcie’s Decorate Your Life (Darcie Heater Designs),
- Inks/Coloring Mediums: Memento Tuxedo Dye Ink, Walnut Stain Distress Inks (Ranger),
- Paper: Naturals Ivory (Stampin’ Up!), Tim Holtz Paper Stash Seasonal , red glossy card stock (Splendorlux),
- Other: pop up Glue Dots, Scotch Quick Dry Tacky Adhesive, Watermark Resist Ink Pad & Watermark Clear Resist Reinker (Ranger), Tim Holtz Idea-ology Findings Film Strip Ribbon, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Findings Tissue Tape, Maya Road Trinket Heart Pin, Leaf Trinket Pins (Maya Road), ribbon-Mellow Collection (Basic Grey), Blending Tool (Ranger), Melt Art UTEE, Ranger Non Stick Craft Sheet, Melting Pot (Ranger), Heat It Craft Tool, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Grungeboard Elements, Gold Leafing Pen, Diamond Embossing Folder (Eskimo Kisses by Basic Grey for Sizzix)
- Tools: SureCut 9" Paper Trimmer, Scotch Tape Glider, Scor-Buddy, scissors, Fiskars Compact Stamp Press, Vagabond Die Cutting Machine