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I thought it was about time I had a go at the ‘Cracked Glass’ Technique! So I did! This variation used walnut inks and floor wax instead of an embossing inkpad to make the embossing powder stick to the card stock. It gave the artwork a really cool textured glass effect which I liked! Have a go and see what you think….

Supplies Used

* White (ordinary none gloss)
* Black Card Blank
* Permanent Memories Inkpad: Black and Art Print Brown (Stewart Superior)
* Ancient Page Reinkers – Saffron, Sage and Henna (Clearsnap)
* Paint Brush
* Walnut Crystals
* Future Floor Wax or Johnsons Klear Wax
* Clear Embossing Powder
* Heat Gun
* Pair of Scissors
* Hot Of The Press Scrabble Letters Scrapbook Sheet
* Handmade Leaf Paper
* Double Sided Tape

Nature Rubber Stamp Used By CARDSNSTAMPS.COM


1. Stamp the nature image onto white card stock using black inkpad, let dry.

2. Tear around the image.

3. Paint over the entire surface of the card using floor wax.

4. Dip your brush into the walnut crystals and paint over the top of the surface of the card; try and keep the actual stamped image part of the design free of ink but allow the ink to flow freely at the same time.

5. Using a paint brush, drop a tiny bit of colour from the reinkers and paint onto the actual stamped design – I used Saffron for the paper part, sage for the leaves and henna for the shells.

6. While the surface is still wet pour on a generous helping of embossing powder and heat. Once heated apply a second layer and heat then allow to cool a little.

7. As soon as the embossing powder is cool to touch take it in your hands and fold and crack the image to crack the embossing powder itself thus created the ‘cracked glass’ effect.

8. Take the Art Print Brown dye inkpad and gently rub over the cracked glass areas to make them more visable. Also rub the inkpad along the torn edges of the paper.

9. Layer cracked glass image onto a sheet of torn handmade paper and affix to the front of a card blank.

10. Add NATURE words from scrabble sheet.

Your card is complete.

Caught in Crystal is a favourite technique of mine because the end results are so vibrant and the effect is so very easy to create.

You can find many variations and adaptions of this technique all over the internet, see the links section below for galleries and links.

Below you can read my own instructions for this technique

Caught In Crystal Project

What You Will Need

  • Stazon Inkpad
  • Or any inkpad which is suitable for stamping on acetate. For example: memories, ancient page, crafters ink or brilliance. *All Inks must be heat set first to make permanent.

    • Rubber Stamps of your choice
    • Heat Proof Acetate
    • Acetate for laser printers/photocopiers are suitable
    • Johnson’s Klear Floor Wax: Available from all supermarkets for approx. £3 International Brand is known as ‘Future Floor Wax’
    • Paint Brush
    • Fine Glitter
    • Tissue Paper
    • Re-inkers, Posh Impressions Rainbow Inks, Artists Inks or Metallic Acrylic
    • Paints
    • Baby Wipes for cleaning stamps and paint brush
    • Kitchen Toweling for Blotting
    • Heat Tool
    • Double Sided Tape
    • Card and Papers for layering your artwork

    How To Create

    1. Using a rubber stamp of your choice, stamp onto acetate with a black stazon inkpad. Taking care not to wobble or move your stamp. Heat the image with the heat gun to dry.

    NOTE: Although the acetate is embossable and heat proof, you must still take care when applying heat. If you hold your heat gun too close or for too long onto the acetate you will cause it to warp and wrinkle.

    2. When the ink is dry, turn the acetate over and place it onto your work surface. You are now going to work on the BACK of your stamped image.

    3. Dip a paint brush into the floor wax, and paint a layer of wax over the top of your stamped image. Do not paint too close to the edges of the acetate as wax may seep under the acetate and spoil your image.

    4. Sprinkle a small amount of fine glitter into the floor wax on the acetate, you do not need a lot. If you add too much glitter the tissue paper will not stick to the acetate properly.

    5. Crinkle a sheet of tissue paper up into a tight ball, then open it up and place on top of the glittered floor wax acetate and pat it down.

    6. Dip your brush into floor wax and gently ‘stipple’ the surface to help the tissue paper stick down. If at any point you tear the tissue paper, don’t panic, as you can ‘patch’ it up using scrap pieces of tissue to mend it.

    Don’t forget to clean your brush using a baby wipe in-between colour changes etc.

    7. While the floor wax on the back of the tissue paper is still wet, you want to add some colour.

    In the traditional version of this technique you use dye reinkers. If you do not have many reinkers you can use artists inks or inkabilities posh impressions inks. You can also use metallic paints to get a different effect too.

    Take 3 different ink colours which compliment one another. For example: blue, red and purple work well together, as do greens, orange and yellow.

    8. Dip your brush into one of the ink colours, and drip ink from the brush randomly over the tissue paper.

    9. Clean brush, then repeat above step using another ink colour, then finally add your 3rd ink colour.

    10 . Clean your brush, and dip into floor wax, use the floor wax to coat the back of the inks you have just applied to allow colours to blend together freely.

    11. Next place a spare piece of tissue paper over the inked surface, and also place a folded sheet of kitchen toweling. Pat the towel to blot and absorb any excess ink.

    12. Pull off the kitchen toweling and the spare sheet of tissue paper. (do not pull off the first layer)

    Set the spare sheet of tissue paper aside to dry. You can use this for another project later on.

    13. Use heat tool to dry the inked tissue paper on the back of the acetate, taking care not to overheat.

    14. When dry, apply one final layer of floor wax to the tissue paper to seal. Apply heat to dry once more.

    15. Crop around your ‘Caught In Crystal’ acetate art, and layer it onto complimentary papers and cards using double sided tape. Your card is complete.

    Caught In Crystal Cards

    Using Artists Inks:

    Using Metallic Acrylic Paints

    Rainbow Tissue Paper Cards

    This card idea came about when I was playing with the Caught in Crystal Technique.

    As I was blotting off the excess ink I couldn’t help but notice how much ink you took off and it seemed such a waste.

    I decided to ‘mop’ up the ink with a spare piece of tissue paper and recycle the ink to use for another card project.

    If you followed the caught in crystal instructions, you will already have set aside a sheet of rainbow coloured tissue paper, this is what you need for this project, use a heat gun on if it hasn’t dried.

    What You Will Need

    Rainbow Tissue Paper
    Rubber Stamps
    Ink Pad
    White PVA Glue
    White Card
    Layering Papers and Card Blanks

    How To Create

    1. Lay your rainbow tissue paper onto your work surface and stamp directly onto it using inkpads and rubber stamps of your choice. Allow ink to dry. Use heat gun to speed drying time if you wish.

    2. Crumple tissue paper into a tight ball, and open it up again.

    3. Take a sheet of white card, and paint a thin layer of white pva glue over the entire surface of the card.

    4. Pat the tissue paper onto the glue, use the paint brush to stipple the paper onto the glue to make sure it sticks down properly.

    You want to allow some wrinkles to remain as this gives your card its ‘rustic’ flavour. Don’t forget to clean paint brush with baby wipe before the glue dries.

    5. Allow glue to dry, you can speed drying time up by heating with a heat gun if you wish.

    6. Crop or tear round your stamped tissue paper and layer onto card with double sided tape to finish.

    More Tissue Paper Cards

    Another way of adding colour to tissue paper is to direct to paper; sponge or stipple inks direct from your inkpads to the tissue paper itself to create a rainbow background.

    You can stamp onto card stock, then glue plain white tissue paper over the top of your artwork to give it a rustic effect.

    Why not try hilighting the wrinkles in the tissue paper by sponging over them with darker inks, or with golds or silvers to add a ‘crackle’ effect.

    Why not try using different colours of tissue paper and stamping on that? For example use metallic inks on black tissue paper?

    I came across this idea by accident – thats how some of my best ideas have been born! Happy Accidents!

    I was putting away my bottle of Floor Wax when I managed to spill some onto some tissue paper. I forgot all about it and set it aside (waste not want not) – then found it again more recently and the wax had dried on the tissue paper.

    What struck me immediately was how much the tissue paper looked like Glassine Paper!

    The wax itself had dried on the tissue paper and made it go shiny and translucent rather like the glassine paper used to make glassine envelopes!

    Perfect I thought – now we can make our own faux glassine envelopes!

    Supplies Used To Create Faux Glassine Paper

    * White Tissue Paper
    * Future Floor Wax -or- Johnsons Klear Floor Wax (or suitable alternative floor wax polish)
    * Paint Brush
    * Clear Plastic Food Bag

    * Any Of The Following in colours of your choice:
    Dye Based Inkpad Re-inkers
    -or- Posh Impressions Rainbow Inks
    -or- Artists Inks (e.g Winstor and Newton or Daler Rownley)

    Pearl Ex Powdered Pigment (optional) – I used Gold.
    You can also use any of the following Mica Alternatives:
    Moonglow, Powdered Pearls, Fairie Dust or Perfect Pearls

    Rubber Stamps Used In Sample Shown Are By CARDSNSTAMPS.COM

    Creating Faux Glassine Paper

    Take the plastic food bag and open it out so it covers your work surface, place a sheet of tissue paper over the top of it. You NEED the plastic bag as without it you will ruin your work surface – this background is messy! The bag acts as a protective barrier. Alternatively you could use a plastic table mat.

    • Its important to use plastic otherwise when the background has dried it will stick to whatever surface you are using. The plastic simply peels off easily!

    Take a paint brush and brush on a generous supply of wax onto the tissue paper – you dont want too much that the wax is pouring off the edge of the tissue; but you do want enough that the wax covers the entire surface.

    Next take the dye reinkers (or rainbow inks or artists inks) and drop little spots of different colours around the surface of the paper.

    • Only use between 2 and 3 colours – too many colours will make the colours go cloudy and muddy!

    Choose your colours well so that they compliment one another. For example pink and blue and purple work well together. As do orange, yellow and green.

    Use a paint brush to blend the inks together and make them combine or you can use your fingertips – I did 🙂

    If the inks are not blending together very well use a little more floor wax to help the inks flow more easily. At this point you dont need to do anything else except wait for your paper to dry! I left mine over night. Once dry carefully remove the faux glassine paper from the plastic and set aside for future stamping projects!

    Right after I add the inks to the floor wax I like to tap a tiny bit of pearl ex pigments over the surface and use a brush to blend it into the background – this gives it a wonderful rich midas touch!

    The best part is that you dont need to add a fixative to seal the pearl ex as the floor wax acts as a fixative agent.

    If your in a hurry and dont want to wait for the backgrounds to air dry you can use a heat gun to hurry it along – make sure you remove the paper from the plastic first!

    Make sure the paper is dry on BOTH sides of the paper before using them in your projects.

    For stamping on the Glassine Paper I recommend either Stazon and Memories inkpads

    Try it and see!

    As you can see Ive been having some fun creating new styles of backgrounds for this issue! The card on the right comprises of several layers to create a wonderful textured mixed media card. The 2 main ingredients to create this vintage olde worlde look are walnut crystals and floor wax! I love to play around with mediums and see what I can come up with and had a lot of fun creating this card!

    Walnut Inks and Crystals are a favourite medium of mine to use as I love how you can get an instant old fashioned background effect using little effort! Theres so many different ways you can use walnut inks and crystals out there that there are new ways being invented all the time! This is my current favourite background technique which I came up with while playing around with the floor wax recently.

    These backgrounds would also work well with collages and altered books too! Why not have a go and see what you can come up with?

    Supplies Used:

    * White Gloss Card Stock
    * Black Permanent Inkpad (Memories Stewart Superior)
    * Walnut Crystals
    * Future Floor Wax or Johnsons Klear Wax (or suitable alternative)Paint Brush
    * White Tissue Paper
    * Embossing Heat Gun
    * Clear Embossing Powder
    * Interferance Violet UTTEE or similar embossing powders (optional)
    * Gold Pearl Ex (or colour of choice – you can use ANY powdered pigments for this i.e. perfect pearls, moonglow, fairie dust etc)
    * Forest Green Card Blank
    * Double Sided Tape
    * Scissors
    * London Map Scrapbook Paper Sheet (Kay and Company Lifes Journey Range)
    * Rulers Scrapbook Paper Sheet (Kay and Company Lifes Journey Range)
    * Journey Dictionary Defination Taken From Scrapbook Paper Sheet (Kay and Company Lifes Journey Range)
    * Burgundy Card Stock

    Travel Background Rubber Stamp Used CARDSNSTAMPS.COM

    Creating The Background:

    Always protect your work surface before working with these backgrounds as they can be messy. I use a sheet of card board for this purpose.

    1. Take the sheet of gloss card stock and stamp the travel background all over the surface of the sheet with black ink. Let dry.

    2. Next paint over the entire surface of the gloss card using floor wax and a paint brush – dont skimp with the wax!

    3. Now take the same brush and dip it directly into the tub of walnut crystals – you dont mix then before hand you want to use the actual crystals themselves!

    Use the brush dipped in walnut crystals and tap and stipple the brush over the surface of the card – the wax will act as a blending agent and the walnut will stain the card itself. Continue until the entire surface is covered with walnut ink.

    4. While the wax is still wet; tear off strips of tissue paper and tap them over the wax randomly. You dont want to cover the entire surface of the card; just different sections to create a texture. You get more of a texture if you tear the tissue up first then open it up and tap it down on the card.

    5. Paint another layer of floor wax over the tissue paper you have just laid down to make it go transparent.

    6. Dip your brush back into the walnut crystals and paint the tissue paper different shades of brown.

    7. Now take a pinch of walnut crystals with your fingers and sprinkle them over the surface of the background.

    The wax will dissolve the sprinkled crystals a little but not too much and create ‘age spots’ on the background.

    8. Allow the background to dry – you can hurry it along with a heat gun.

    This step is completely optional:

    9. Once dry take the clear embossing powder and sprinkle it over your background – you do not want an even layer just a rough sprinkling of powder so dont over think this step. Heat powder to melt.

    10. Apply more clear powder and heat, then add a final layer of interferance UTEE to the hot clear powder (not too much) and heat again.

    Your background is complete.

    Making The Card:

    To make the card shown, I tore around the Walnut Wax Media Background, then layered it onto my card blank with a strip of London Map Scrapbook paper. Next I cut out a ruler from the ruler printed paper and affixed it over the top of the layers. To finish the card I cut out the ‘Journey’ dictionary definition from the dictionary sheet and layered it onto a sheet of burgundy card stock.

    I recently signed up for a swap using alcohol inks, I dont know about you guys but I love my alcohol inks so much that Ive almost used all my blending solution up!

    I was too impatient to wait for an order of more to come in so I decided to improvise. I looked around my stash to see what I could find as an alternative.

    Yes I coulda used ordinary rubbing alcohol (or surgical spirit as we call it in the UK) but I didnt want to use that, I wanted something DIFFERENT.

    Then my eyes laid upon the half used bottle of floor wax I had and I heard the little voice inside me shout with glee – I hadnt tried alcohol inks with that yet!

    For these backgrounds I used ordinary floor wax, in the UK it goes under the brand of Johnsons Klear and can be bought in all the big supermarkets. Other side of the pond its known as Future Floor Finish.

    These backgrounds are very messy to make – but hey thats all part of the fun ya know 😉

    Read on for details on how you can make em:

    What You Need:

    * Floor Wax
    * Alcohol Inks
    * Plastic Container – I used a washing up bowl
    * Plastic Cling Wrap/Film
    * Glossy Card (cut sheets so they fit inside plastic container/bowl)
    * Heat Gun (for drying)
    * Newspaper (for laying finished backgrounds on to dry)

    Seaside Theme Wax CardHow To Create:

    1. Place the plastic wrap inside the plastic bowl to protect the bottom of the bowl as the inks will stain.

    2. Pour a generous amount of floor wax in the container, you want just enough wax to cover the base of the container.
    3. Next take your alcohol inks and gently drop ink from the bottles – you dont need a lot as the inks disperse in the wax.

    Do not completely cover the surface with ink, allow spaces inbetween drops so that the drops can blend together and create interesting patterns.

    I use approve 2-3 different colours for this.

    4. Take your gloss card and place over the inks, gently tap, then lift off, allow the inks and wax on your card to move around to create texture and movement. Then place on your newspaper to dry out. You can speed along the drying process with an heat gun if you prefer.

    Your background is complete.

    You can now place more card onto the ink and wax mix in the container to lift off more background colour. I keep doing this until there is no ink left. Then I add more wax and ink to replensish and make more backgrounds.

    Once dry you can stamp and use your backgrounds in your artwork. I find Brilliance inkpad works best when stamping on the waxy surface as it doesnt bubble like dye inks do.

    Here are the backgrounds I created earlier:

    These backgrounds where created using the alcohol mixatives on black glossy card with a tiny amount of colour:

    Try it yourself and see!