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E-Team Mission: Let’s Get Cracking!

2011 January 7

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!

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The E-Team mission (if you haven’t guessed yet Smile) 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!

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.

Grab your heat tool, UTEE, watermark or embossing ink pad, and Non Stick Craft Sheet and let’s do the Cracked Glass the traditional way:

  • 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:

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Then I decided to use some red glossy card stock and one of my favorite quotes:

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  • 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 Confused smile) so I used the lids of these after removing the glass:

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  • 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:

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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:

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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 Smile.  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! 

 

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84 Responses
  1. January 7, 2011

    thanks for all of the tips–great project

  2. Candy Meyers permalink
    January 7, 2011

    What a fun way to use UTEE. I have to try this idea.
    Candy Meyers

  3. Dawn Schaffer permalink
    January 7, 2011

    The more I read these techniques the closer I am to convincing myself I need to buy some UTEE and the tools I need to start using it.
    Thanks for the great ideas.

  4. Kavi Coulson permalink
    January 7, 2011

    Love the use of the red glossy cs under the quote.  Really shows the cracking.  Thanks for great instructions for trying this tech.
    Hugs-
    Kavi Coulson

  5. January 7, 2011

    Very pretty and thanks for the tips of using a form to pour the UTTE into.

  6. Carole Gatza permalink
    January 7, 2011

    Your card is beautiful.  The cracked glass look is awesome.  Can't wait to try it.

  7. SusanK permalink
    January 7, 2011

    I keep forgetting I have 2 large jars of UTEE.  Thanks for the reminder!  Love this piece!

  8. January 7, 2011

    Great improve technique!  Makes cool embellies.  Your project is wonderful.  Thanks for sharing it on the hop!

  9. Shirley permalink
    January 7, 2011

    I have had a lot of fun with this blog hop, and learned so much,Thank you beautiful work

  10. Donna G permalink
    January 7, 2011

    I love the colors you used, and the UTEE technique. I've never seen the "Cookie Cutter" technique before – cool!!
    TFS
    Donna G

  11. DWD permalink
    January 8, 2011

    I have everything but the UTEE.  I have never tried this technique.  Looks like fun!!!

  12. Linda Slattery permalink
    January 8, 2011

    That is a wonderful project, and I appreciate the clear, easy to follow tutorial and pictures.
    Linda S. in NE

  13. January 8, 2011

    I just adore what you've done here and how you've brought it all together.  It's really beautiful!!  I love the colors used, the embellishments and how it all comes together in one magnificient piece.  It's really  awesome Valentine artwork, thanks so much for the inspiration.  Happy New Years to you and yours. 

  14. January 8, 2011

    Loved seeing the two different techniques…I have only seen the traditional one before. It is always such a treat to learn something new from someone.  Love your card and what a lovely sentiment. Tfs.

  15. Karen permalink
    January 8, 2011

    What a fantastic idea.  I love it.  I am most definitely going to have to try this technique.  It is people like you that keeps coming up with these new techniques that keep us all going.  It makes stamping fun.  There is no way you can get bored, there are so many techniques out there, that it would take a lifetime to learn them all.  Thanks for sharing.

  16. Lynn permalink
    January 8, 2011

    Love the crackle and the "Shoe Fits" projects.  Thanks for showing us great new techniques.

  17. January 8, 2011

    Wonderful use of the UTEE Love it!

  18. bethann d permalink
    January 8, 2011

    so cool, haven't used my melt pot yet, but you've tempted me

  19. paper canuck permalink
    January 8, 2011

    Wow! Paper never had so good! Time to drag out the UTEE.

  20. Sandy F. permalink
    January 8, 2011

    Wow, I love your creativity, you have so much imagination.  I can't wait to try some of your techniques.  Thanks for sharing with us!

  21. January 8, 2011

    What a great use for cookie cutters!  Love this technique!  Anne, yourmainestamper

  22. January 8, 2011

    I am loving this freezer cracking idea…Your piece is so lovely – thanks for the tutorial–I love UTEE!!!

  23. Karin permalink
    January 8, 2011

    I love that cookie cutter idea. WoW!

  24. Michelle Salazar permalink
    January 8, 2011

    Wow love this card so cool . .. 

  25. January 8, 2011

    i like the second technique…i will have to add this to my list!  thank you for mentioning the "pam"!

  26. January 9, 2011

    i never really thought of cracking so much until i did this blog hopping. i love this cool technique and how it adds dimensions to your project!!!!

  27. January 9, 2011

    Micki, I love your card!  Love how you used the tape and the decorative pins!!  And what a fabulous idea…the "cookie cutter" method!  I love it!

  28. Mary Jo permalink
    January 9, 2011

    Great idea on using the cookie cutter!  I might just do that today. :)

  29. nonnie permalink
    January 9, 2011

    excellent tutorial – thanks for the detailed explanations!

  30. Kristi permalink
    January 9, 2011

    Love the cracked glass look!  

  31. January 9, 2011

    BEAUTIFUL Card, Micki!!  Thanks for all the extra tips too!!

  32. January 9, 2011

    Thank you for the great tutorial I didn't know about 'greasing' the cutter with ink! Love your card! So pretty.
    Thanks for sharing! :o)

  33. gocanucksgo permalink
    January 9, 2011

    Great work on the card and thanks for all the great technique tips! Keep up the fabulous work =) 

  34. January 9, 2011

    This is lovely, very elegant.  And thanks for a great tutorial!

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