Totally Techniques – Embossing Crackle

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Welcome to October’s Totally Techniques International Design Team blog hop!  I am Lynsay Mahon, from Edmonton, Canada, and you have just arrived here from the talented Marine Wiplier from France.

This month we are focusing on a technique called “Embossing Crackle” or “Cracked Glass.” This technique uses something that is universally loved – embossing!  However, it is definitely a “next level” embossing technique!

Here’s how to accomplish this technique:

  1. Stamp the image you’d like on the cardstock.
  2. Apply Versamark directly to the cardstock and sprinkle clear embossing powder overtop.
  3. Use the Heat Tool to emboss until shiny.
  4. Repeat 5-8 times until there is a very thick layer of embossing.  It should look like enamel.
  5. Put the embossed image in the freezer for a few minutes.  Remove and quickly bend the image so that the frozen embossing cracks.  Keep bending to get more cracks.
  6. I like to use a sponge to add a little colour to fill in the cracks and make it stand out, but this is optional.

Here is the first project I did using this technique:

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You can see how I used Soft Suede ink to sponge over to get a vintage look to the cracks in the glass:

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For my next project, I wanted to share with you a project I did for an OnStage presentation about the Varied Vases bundle that uses this technique:

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I wanted the vases to look like ceramics with a cracked glaze:

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One is embossed over a stamped image and the purple one is just over cardstock.  Both turned out with the effect that I was hoping for (I love it when that happens)!cracked glass-005

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing these two examples of Cracked Glass!

Be sure to check out the rest of the blog hop – we have a talented group of demonstrators from around the world sharing their version of this technique!  Keep hopping by clicking the links below:


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6 thoughts on “Totally Techniques – Embossing Crackle

  1. Oh again a beautiful Card in this bloghop! I lovveeee your christmascard, but also the card with the vases. Very clever, and very nice to look at!


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