Good Monday morning!  Thanks goodness that we’ve finally had a little rain and the temperatures have cooled.  Hopefully I’ll be able to get out and walk the dogs this week and get some much needed exercise.  It’s also going to be a very busy week with doctor appointments for most everyone in the family.  Mallory’s is coming up Tuesday and maybe, just maybe, they’ll be able to tell us why she still has this cough . . . I’m not holding my breath on this one though . . .

Anyhoo, moving on from family medical issues . . .

I’ve had a couple of LaBlanche stamps for some time now and not once have I ever done anything with them.  I’ve had an idea running through my head for a couple of weeks and decided it was time to do it . . .

One of my favorite techniques from a few years ago was Cracked Glass.  I loved making card with this technique and over time, I’ve just gotten out of the habit of doing some of my well loved techniques.  I decided that yesterday was the day and I paired the technique with this image from LaBlanche Stamps.


Let’s start with the image.  It was stamped on Arches Hot Press Watercolor Paper in Archival Coffee and then water colored with Tombow Markers.  Even though it is very difficult to see, once the image was die cut/embossed with Spellbinders Classic Ovals it was very lightly stenciled with Antique Linen Distress Ink.    The panel was then inked with Distress Embossing Ink and probably covered in oh . . .  5 or 6 layers of Ultra-Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE).    To make the cracking easier, I placed the embossed panel in the freezer until it started to curl.  Once the panel was straightened, it formed cracks.  Don’t you just love how the image cracked right in the butt   . . . trust me, not intentional!  Sadly, all the layers of UTEE make the image pale compared to how it looked before . . . there is actually blue water colored in the background . . . it disappeared to somewhere.  The cracks were enhanced by rubbing Gathered Twigs Distress Ink over them, with the excess being wiped away.

If you are unfamiliar with this technique, you can find a tutorial here under the Resources on Splitcoaststampers.   Maybe someday I’ll quit being lazy and break out the video camera and remake some tutorials of my favorite techniques for you.


Because the flowers in the image were water colored with a pale lavender, I picked Prima Garden Collection paper to use at the background.   I tried a couple different colors of ribbon too, but finally decided that this Buttery Gold May Arts Silk was perfect and brought out the butterfly and the flower centers.

Oh and the card is also a different height for me . . . 4.5 x 7”.  Haven’t made one of these for a very long time!

Well, that’s all for me right now.  Thanks for stopping by and remember . . . life is short, embrace the adventures that come your way today!


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11 Responses to “A Favorite Old Technique–Cracked Glass!”

  1. Oh my word! You have had a lot to deal with the last few weeks! I am glad you are a strong person and keep on trucking. I am enjoying all of your creations. Thank you for sharing and hope everyone in your family improves.

  2. So sweet, I too love this technique and haven’t done it in quite some time, thanks for the inspiration!!
    Hope they can give Mallory some answers very soon!

  3. OOOO! This turned out LOVELY! Cracked glass is also one of my favorites…need to “drag” it out sometime again!

  4. Beautiful card. Love the coloring on the stamped image.
    Praying your family gets good news at the dr. appts.

  5. oh this is one of my most fave ever techniques! love what you did with it! 🙂

  6. Great card Sherry, love it. Thanks for the reminder of this technique. Funny how a favourite technique gets replaced with a new fav’ then that gets pushed aside for yet another, and another….
    We cram in that much, that things start falling out of our heads. lol

  7. Great card. I also have had colors disappear when I do this technique. Glad to know it isn’t me.

  8. Beautiful!! After reading your post, I don’t feel too bad about my LaBlanche stamps that have never seen ink ! Thanks!! As for the butt crack I didnt even notice it – hysterical!!

  9. Beautiful card using the cracked glass technique. Love how you have framed the main focal. Very nice work. TFS!!! 😀

  10. Sherry…have been out of town and unable to check my e-mail. This is GORGEOUS! I love the cracked glass technique, and your coloring is wonderful. I actually like the somewhat faded colors…makes it look really vintage. The yellow bow against the blue is terrific! Such a yummy card!

  11. wonderful technique, enjoyed your work, thank you

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