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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.


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.

Ive recently discovered the wonders of Walnut Ink! And Im in love!

Its so easy to use and I love the effects you can achieve with it. I used to use coffee to stain my papers, but coffee paper can smell horrible! With Walnut Inks there is no smell!

How to Mix Walnut Crystals

1. Take an empty bottle of shampoo, and tap in 2 teaspoons of Walnut Crystals.

2. Next pour warm water into the bottle so it is half full and give it a shake to mix.

3. Once mixed add more water to fill the bottle up to the top.

4. Next take a spray bottle and fill half way with the walnut ink solution, do a quick test on the back of my hand by spraying it to see how dark it is. If it is too too dark you can add more water to dilute.

Your Walnut Crystals are ready to use!

The beauty of walnut crystals is that you can experiment with using less and more water to create different shades of brown for your backgrounds.

Mixing Walnut Crystals With Pearl Ex

1. Take an empty spray bottle and tap in 1 teaspoon of powdered gum arabic, pour on a little warm water on top of the gum arabic and gave the bottle a good shake to mix them together.

2. Once they have mixed tap in a tiny amount of True Gold Pearl Ex (or any colour of your choice), I used about less than half a teaspoon, you dont need a lot, and again shake the contents to mix together

3. Once mixed top the bottle up with approx half of diluted walnut crystals and shake the bottle to mix everything together.

4. Once it has all mixed, do a quick test on your hand, if it is too dark you can add more water to dilute. Your pearl ex and walnut ink spray is ready to use!

Using Walnut Inks To Create Backgrounds

When Im using Walnut Inks I work on a plastic table mat to protect my work surface, walnut ink can stain so its best to protect your surface.

You can use any type of card, I use both gloss and matt card to achieve very different effects.

Place your cardstock onto the protected work surface and spray the walnut ink solution generously over the card. You can experiment with adding more or less ink. I like to use a heat gun to dry my backgrounds, as when you blast with your heat gun. you can move the inks around to create a ‘water cloud’ effect.

If you put too much walnut ink on your card, while it is still wet you can place another sheet of card over the top of it, gently rub, then peel apart for a more muted backgrounf effect.

When the walnut ink is dry I like to go back and spray on more ink to creat more textures and movements in the inks.

Use the pearl ex and walnut ink solution to create wonderful backgrounds with a metallic sheen!

Stamping On Walnut Ink

You can stamp on walnut inks using most any type of inkpads. My personal choice is the stazon because it has the truest black of them all!

On the triptych cards below, I stamped using various stampers annonymous stamps. After I stamped I noticed the backgrounds where a little too dark in places and you couldnt see the features on the face too well.

I took an ordinary waterbrush filled with water, and I gently added water to the faces and ‘lifted’ the walnut ink from the card and wiped off on scrap paper. It gave the faces a paler muted effect. I wanted to add a little colour so I added a tiny smudge of watercolours to the leaves and the lips and the eyes. The watercolour takes on an aged effect over the top of the walnut inks.

If you use Stazon Inkpads to stamp on Walnut Inks, you can use a water brush filled with household bleach to bleach away some of the walnut ink areas. It creates a wonderful stark background effect and is great for hilighting certain areas in your stamped designs.

Recycling Spray Bottles

If you dont want to pay out for ‘Art Sprays’ you can recycle! I bought some of mine in a pack of 2 from Poundland, they had leave in spray hair conditioner in them. I poured the hair conditioner out into another bottle and washed the spray containers out so I could use them for art sprays. They cost 50p each which is a bargain as you can pay around £1 or more for a ‘proper’ art spray from your craft shops

Mini Triptych Using Walnut Inks