This is SO me!

This is SO me!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Cracked Glass Tutorial

I recently challenged the Bombshell Design Team to use a technique that they have never tried before. This challenge was more to challenge myself. I usually don't try new techniques...I usually stay with what I know. I decided to try the Cracked Glass Technique. I've been wanting to try this for SO long, but for some reason, I never did. I even bought the UTEE, which has been sitting collecting dust for years!! So, this was my opportunity to give this technique a go!

Here's the card that I made using this technique:

Close up to show the "cracking"

I don't know WHY I wanted so long to try was SO easy to do and I love the antiqued look that it gives to the image. I thought Bombshell's Retro Cowgirl was the perfect image to use with this technique. What do you think?

Here is a quick tutorial of how to do it in case you're interested in giving it a go...

Cracked Glass Technique

1. Stamp image onto cardstock.
2. Color image as desired.
3. Cut image to desired size.
4. Coat entire image panel evenly using Versark or Embossing pad.
5. Sprinkle UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) evenly over image.
6. Using heat gun, heat until melted.
7. While image is hot, sprinkle with another layer of UTEE (if image
has cooled, just reink with Versamark or Embossing pad).
8. Heat until melted.
9. Repeat several times until image is completely smooth.
10. Place in freezer for 2-3 minutes or until completely cooled.
11. Remove from freezer (image might be warped at this time but that’s okay!)
12. Gently bend image to crack the glaze. Repeat until you’re happy with the
way it looks.

If desired, rub dark brown ink across the image to show the cracks more. Adhere image to card as desired.

**If you need a “visual” tutorial, check out Split Coast Stampers’ Cracked Glass Tutorial here. They have pictures AND a video!

Make sure to stop by the Bombshell Stamps' blog to see what new and exciting techniques the Design Team has to show!

Stamps: Retro Cowgirl (Bombshell Stamps)
Paper: Cranberry Crisp, Creamy Caramel, Summer Sun, Very Vanilla (Stampin' Up!), star patterned paper by KCCompany
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Creamy Caramel, Close To Cocoa
Accessories: Cuttlebug, oval and scalloped oval Nestabilities, Copic Markers, star brads (Stampin' Up!), Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel, heat gun, sponge


  1. Mary, I really like how it turned out. I've never tried Cracked Glass...maybe I will since it sounds easy.

  2. You really did a great job on this. I love your card. Great directions too.

  3. Gorgeous card! I love how you used this technique.

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  4. I really like your card, it fits right in with this holiday weekend. I'm going to give the cracked glass a try. Thanks for the directions and a link to the tutorial.

  5. Fun image and a classic technique makes for a delightful card!

  6. I love how awesome this card is and the technique just adds the vintage feel you get from the stamps

  7. Wow love the card... and the technique is awesome... I have some UTEE sitting around collecting dust too... I need to whip it out dont I and try something with it lol. Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. Fabulous card! I love the cracked glass technique, it really gives a vintage look to your card.

  9. BEAUTIFUL! You knocked this one outta the park! Perfect technique for this image. You can definitely add vintage to your stamping expertise list.

  10. Wow! This is really pretty! You did a great job on the cracked glass! I've never tried it before either but you sure made it sound easy!

  11. Very nice tutorial now I know what I was doing wrong. Thanks. Love the way this technique looks on your card.

  12. what a great technique! This is one Gorgeous card Mary!!!


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