Today’s Technique Challenge

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Oct 29, 2007 in Cards

Today’s SplitCoastStampers technique challenge was to make a cracked glass effect using clear embossing powder.  This is a fun one to play with!

To do this technique, take your image and ink the entire piece with Versamark ink.  Then coat it and heat emboss with three or more layers of clear embossing powder (the thicker powder works better), re-inking it between layers with Versamark if necessary for the powder to stick.

After the piece cools, bend it slightly to achieve the cracked effect.  You can rub a light ink into the cracks to intensify the effect if you’d like.

Here are two cards that I just made using this technique:

Peaceful Wishes Card

True Friend Card

This technique is addictive – make sure you have LOTS of clear embossing powder and lots of time on your hands before you try! :)


A Card With No Layers Or Embellishments?

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Oct 29, 2007 in Cards

Sounds like an impossible challenge, but I gave it a try!  This week’s demonstrator challenge on SplitCoastStampers was to create a card using only stamps, paper and ink – no layers and NO embellishments!  That’s a REAL challenge!

Here’s my attempt:

SIP Card

My card base is Very Vanilla cardstock.  I used Stampin’ Up!’s French Flair background stamp in Soft Sky, then added some flowers and a sentiment all from the Carte Postale stamp set stamped in Groovy Guava.  I then overstamped the whole card with the Linen background stamp in River Rock and sponged around the edges for a vintage look.

It didn’t turn out too bad – and this is a quick, super-easy card to stamp, too!

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