Friday 4 November 2016

A Vintage Journey - Cracking Up

We have a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey and our host for November is the lovely Alison who had this to say about her challenge.

"Share your crackled projects - whether your crackle is stamped, painted, texture paste or any other kind of crackle."

Please remember to be a winner of Pinworthy mention your project must be in a vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial or steampunk style.

I opted for a clean and simple design this time around to show that even the simplest of designs can include crackle; adding wonderful texture to a piece of work.
I began by stamping my sentiment with Watering Can Archival Ink, drying with a heat tool to prevent any smudging and then placing a bauble stencil over the text. Securing in place with low tack around all sides of the stencil.
I then pressed the Broken China Distress Inkpad onto a piece of acetate and then spritzed with water.
Place the acetate over the bauble and smoosh the ink over the aperture area using your fingers. Using acetate in this way or recycled packaging means that you can place the ink exactly where you need it.
Dry the ink with a heat tool.
Repeat the same process with Dusty Concord to add a second layer of colour and then dry with a heat tool.
Apply Broken China Distress Ink around the edges of the bauble for definition using a piece of Cut 'n' Dry Foam.
Remove the stencil. I love how the text is still visible below all the ink.
Apply a layer of DecoArt Crackle Glaze over the top of the bauble and allow to dry completely.
Apply DecoArt Media Patina Green Antiquing Cream over the top of the crackle, applying with a finger.
Remove any excess Antiquing Cream with a baby wipe and then apply a coat of Matt Medium to seal.
I made several of these cards at the same time, adding crackle to some and not to others for variety.
The crackle adds fantastic texture to the design and I love how the two colours blend beautifully together.
I added a matt of card coloured with Dusty Concord Distress Ink to coordinate with my design.
I added a sentiment using Tim Holtz stamps, stamped with Dusty Concord Distress Ink and then dried with my  heat tool.
Our sponsor this month is the wonderful Tando Creative, pop by A Vintage Journey for more details. I am looking forward to seeing your entries this month and how you are inspired.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x


Margaret Mifsud said...

What a gorgeous card!! I love this technique and am pinning it for future reference. Thank you for sharing!!

S@ndy Diller said...

Love this Tracy, so soft and lovely. Great job. Hugs, S@ndy

brenda said...

As always, a lovely creation and love the crackle.

B x

Redanne said...

A truly gorgeous set of cards Tracy! I never think to use clear crackle and this just shows how wonderful it is - thanks so much for the inspiration. Hugs, Anne xx

Suzanne C said...

Beautiful! I love this mix of colors for a holiday card! They are gorgeous and the crackle over top is lovely.

sarascloset said...

Extremely inspiring post, Tracy! Your set of cards are beuatiful and adding that crackle on top take these up to a higher level of beauty! Thank you for the wondrful tutorial. It will be pinned for future use! Did you make your stencil? I have to say I am missing your skulls, but happy to move onto Christmas--you are a master of both creepy and feminine styles!

Sandie said...

Great effect Tracy, I have lots of bauble dies, this has inspired me to use them this Christmas.

Jenny Marples said...

Such an outstanding design and beautifully inked Tracy. I love how you've really made use of the stencil over the stamping and added crackle for a hit of texture. Love it! xx

Jennie Atkinson said...

A beautiful design and so fabulously inked and crackled! Love it! Jennie x

Astrid Maclean said...

Wow, I love the "symplicity" of the design and yet the subtlety of the different layers. Love the effect of the crackle glaze and the colour combination with the patina antiquing cream gives a fantastic effect to it all. Great idea too to make a whole series of these. Fabulous design!!

A Pink said...

Really beautiful colour blends and really enjoyed seeing the creative process Tracy. Love the design with or without the crackle and like you I love how the text is still visible below all the ink .
A really lovely set of stylish Christmas cards.
hugs x

jeanie g said...

Beautiful work Tracy. One I hope to use in the future if that's ok?

Unknown said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh - so LOVELY Tracy. DecoArt Media Crackle Paste is one of my favorite products and it just looks sooooo completely YUMMY here... and in SUCH and ELEGANT way. This is truly BEAUTIFUL. The colors are all just so peaceful. Thanks bunches for such AWESOME inspiration. Xj.

Lisa said...

Wow, Tracy, this is absolutely stunning!! The crackle looks amazing!! I love the colors and design!! Your tutorial is amazing, too!! I love, love this!! Thanks for the amazing inspiration!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

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Deb said...

That is so beautiful Tracy, love how you added the DI with the acetate transfer and framed your lovely sentiment with the bauble stencil, fabulous techniques! The addition of the crackle was the perfect finishing touch, yet another layer of interest to this stunning card. Thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

Pamellia said...

Beautiful holiday card Tracy. I love the soft blues and purples together, and what a lovely sentiment to showcase. Great way to add the crackle, and the technique for the ornament shape is wonderful!

Jan said...

Beautiful Tracy thank you so much for sharing. Xxx

Words and Pictures said...

What brilliant techniques to create your frosted bauble, Tracy - I just love the icy crackled effect over the subtle inky colours. Fantastic!
Alison x

Pawsitively Creative said...

Okay, this is stunning and even in simplicity it is breathtaking! What a clever and genius idea! I may have to borrow this to make some cards. Gorgeous use of the crackle and great tip about the acetate! Wowzers! ~Niki

Corrie Herriman said...

Lovely Tracy ! as always ! :o)
Corrie xx

Juliz Design Post said...

Great to see your steps, lovely design.
Julie x

Julia Aston said...

Your ornament design is beautiful Tracy! the smooshed ink colors are so pretty over the stamping and the crackle adds wonderful texture! Julia xx

Tracy Welham said...

Gorgeous, great colours. Creative Blessings, Tracy x

Annie said...

Your challenge project is stunning Tracy xx love the sentiment colours and crackle on the bauble.....great technique

Huge hugs Annie xx