Today I wanted to share with you not only a beautiful and versatile image called Lily Sympathy from Stamping Dragons Designs, but also a tutorial on a technique I read about a couple years ago called the cracked glass technique. (I'm sure if you Google it, you can come up with all kinds of You Tube videos as well.) First off, let me say that I think this image is good for all occasions, not just as a sympathy card. That's why I didn't put a sympathy sentiment with it.
The items you will need to complete this technique are a colored image of your choice, Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE), VersaMark, heat tool, and a freezer.
After you've colored your image and you are happy with it, the next step is to apply the VersaMark to your image. Make sure it is fully covered. Next, begin applying the ultra thick embossing powder all over. (You will eventually apply three layers of the UTEE.) Once it's covered, you are ready to heat it. The easiest way I found to do this was to place the UTEE covered image in a shoe box top. That way, you can easily heat it up without having to touch any part of it. Using your heat tool, thoroughly heat the embossing powder until it's completely melted. While it's still HOT, pour a second coat of UTEE over it. (I had left the image in my box top when I poured the second coat over it. Once its completely covered again with UTEE, you can take the time to put the excess UTEE back in the container.) Reheat again until it's completely melted. While it's still HOT, pour the UTEE over it for a third coat and heat completely.
It should look like smooth glass at this point, as seen here in the photo on the left. If you like this look, you can stop right here and begin assembling your card.
To continue to the next step, just place this in your freezer for about five minutes. Don't worry if it curls; you want it to and it should look something like the photo on the right.
Take it in your hands and start to straighten the image back out by bending it slightly backwards. It will start to crack where you are bending it. If it doesn't start cracking (you'll definitely hear it popping), just put it back in the freezer for a couple more minutes. It should resemble this:
If you don't like the way it turned out, don't worry. You can fix it by reheating it and melting the UTEE all over again. Put it back in the freezer and try again. One final step you could do, but I chose not to, is to slightly distress it by using a sponge dauber and a vintage brown ink to highlight the cracks more. Rub the excess ink off with a cloth. Again, I chose not to do this because I was happy with the results without the distressing. Here is a close up of the assembled card.
For my assembly, first I mounted my image on black cardstock. I created my background using a Cheery Lynn Designs lattice frame die and Core'dinations papers, which I sanded to bring out the peach. The purple strip along the side was created by blending in two different shades of Paper Soft Colors to bring out the lavender in my image. The scalloped border along the right side was created using the Grand 12" scallop Border by Spellbinders. The peach base is the other side of the Core'dinations paper.
I also want to let you know you still have time to enter the current challenge (the theme is "food for thoughts") going on at Stamping with the Dragon. You have until next Thursday to upload your project. Don't forget to check out what the rest of the design team has created for you this week (you can find their blog addresses on my side bar).
I hope you like this technique and will try it soon. I would love to hear back from you, letting me know what you think of it.
Copics used: YG11, YG13, YG13 YR0000, YR000, YR00, FY1 R27, R29, Y08, RV000, RV00, BV000, BV00