Thursday, March 28, 2013

A Blooming Spring

Here is my Blooming Spring card for this week.  I hadn't used Crackle Paste in a long time, and I was due!  Because I was going for an antique look, I thought it would work well with the Graphic 45 French Country Collection and Distress Inks.  It was simple.  The hardest part was waiting for the paste to dry.  Here is how it goes:
Dreamweaver Stencil LL 3023 Tall Poppy
Dreamweaver Stencil Picasso LL332
Dreamweaver Matte Black Embossing Paste
Dreamweaver Crackle Embossing Paste
Dreamweaver Palette Knife
Removable Tape
3 Stencil Brushes (either Blue Handled, Gold Handled, or both)
Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Forest Moss, Pine Needles, Barn Door, Aged Mahogany and Frayed
Blending Tool
Non Stick Craft Sheet
Graphic 45 French Country Paper
Ivory Card Stock
Brown Card Stock

1)  Distress ivory card stock, if desired with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.
2)  Use Removable Tape to tape the Poppy Stencil down over the top of the ivory card stock.  You can tape it directly to the craft sheet.
3)  Use the Palette Knife to spread the Matte Black Embossing Paste over the stencil.  You can use it as if it were a squeegee.  Touch the palette knife directly on the stencil and pull it all the way down.
4)  Remove the stencil to wash it, and set the project aside to dry.

5)  When the embossing paste is dry, put completely dry stencil over the top of it.
6)  Repeat steps 2-4 with Crackle Paste instead of Matte Black Paste.

7)  Let dry.  As it dries, it will crackle and turn opaque white.
8)  Replace stencil.  Use the stencil brushes and Distress Inks to apply color.  You can use the Picasso to help define and refine edges.
9)  Assemble the card.

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  1. Beautiful card!Thank you for the tutorial...

  2. Fabulous card Laura! I love the "antique" feel of it. Thanks for the inspiration these last couple of years, especially with metal work! I look forward to more inspiring projects from you this year! Happy Easter.

  3. Love the old world charm of this card, Laura. Wonderful pairing of paper with your crackled

  4. Love the card and the aged look. Most excellent.

  5. Laura, this card is absolutely stunning! I wish I could say I created it!!!

  6. This card is so lovely and the crackle ....cracked beautifully! Sometimes it just does that.

  7. Love the crackle on this card. Beautiful!

  8. Beautiful and the crackling is amazing! Really did give it an antique look!