Tuesday, June 1, 2010

C083 Crackling Technique

Navy cardstock is cut at 10 x 61/2”, scored at 5”. Set aside.

Cut gold cardstock 41/2” square. Thinly apply weathered wood by DecoArt or any crackle medium to cardstock using a paintbrush. Short lengthwise strokes seem to work best. Let completely dry – about 30 minutes. Clean your brush.

Apply a very thin coat of almond acrylic paint over the crackled cardstock in short, quick strokes. If the paint is applied thickly, you get large, sparse cracks. If you apply a lighter coat of paint, the cracks will be much finer and closer together. DO NOT OVER STROKE – it will lift and you will have a difficult time covering that area with paint again. You will find that the crackling starts almost immediately; however , it will take approximately eight hours for the process to complete and for your project to be dry enough to work with.

Stamp the ship 14.096.P page 39 on the crackled acrylic paint using black Memories ink. Let dry. Color with chalks. Trim close to border and mount on to light blue cardstock. Adhere to top of card.

Apply three postage stamps in a pleasing manner at the bottom of the image. Set aside.

Stamp world 18.008.I page 88 on light blue cardstock using black Memories ink. Cut out and nestle between the postage stamps.


The formation of the cracks is also dictated by what you use to apply the crackle medium. A large brush will give wider, longer cracks than a small brush. Using a sponge or piece of cloth to apply the crackle will be different again.

You can also watercolor the image using markers. A very light wash of color is suitable for this style of stamping.

Inspired from an article in the Paperkuts February 2004, page 24.

First taught this class on April 27, 2004.

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