Wednesday, December 27, 2023


The card today uses the Cracked Glass Technique.  I've used this technique in my Technique Classes several times and it's always interesting.

The cracked glass is made by applying several layers of clear embossing powder until a fairly thick layer is created.  Then the piece is put in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes.  This makes the layer of embossing brittle.  When you remove the piece from the freezer, you quickly bend it to create cracks.

Can you see the cracks in this close-up?  You just have to be a little careful not to crack your "glass" too much.  If you do, small pieces may break off the surface of the cardstock.  If that happens, just reheat to remelt the embossing powder and freeze again.

The piece with the diagonal stripes behind the cracked glass is Vellum cardstock.  I used my Simply Scored tool to create the stripes with the scoring tool.  Vellum is very interesting cardstock to use because different effects can be created by embossing it with embossing folders or using your scoring tool.  Both the Cracked Glass piece and the Vellum were die cut with Deckled Rectangle dies.

I embossed the front of the Early Espresso card base with the crosshatch Basics Embossing Folder, and this is one thing I would do differently on this card if I were to make it again.  Next time I would emboss a separate piece of cardstock and then adhere it directly to the front of the card base. 

The Cracked Glass Technique causes that cardstock to curl when you freeze it.  When you crack the "glass", it removes much of the curling, but you still want to adhere it well to another piece of cardstock to stabilize and flatten it further.  The scored vellum does not provide that stiffness.  And by embossing the front of the card base that softens that cardstock also.  As a result, it does not add much stiffness to stabilize the Cracked Glass.  An additional unembossed layer of the Early Espresso cardstock would help that.

To decorate the inside of the card, I stamped a few apple blossoms and colored them with Flirty Flamingo Stampin' Blends.

Use this link to download a tutorial for the Cracked Glass card.  As always, if you ever have any questions on the tutorial, please feel free to ask in the comments or you can also email me.  I'm here to help!

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