Scrapbooking Technique – Embellishing Heritage Pages with Cracked Glass

By Amy Hoffman

If you are looking for a great scrapbooking technique to embellish your heritage pages, then look no further. The cracked glass technique allows you to create an appealing element for your page that has an antique look and coordinates with older pictures. Just as its name implies, this scrapbooking technique creates an image that appears to be embedded in cracked glass. Rather than true “cracked glass”, your image is overlayed with a thick layer of cracked embossing enamel. The following is a step-by-step guide to creating this unique element for your page.

Materials Needed:
  • Rubber Stamp(s) of your choice (line art images work great for this technique)
  • Dye Based Ink Pad
  • Sponge (Optional)
  • VersaMark™ Pad
  • Cardstock
  • Glassy Glaze Enamel Stampin’ Emboss Powder® or other Clear Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel
  • Powder Pal (Optional)
  • Heat Gun
  • STEP 1: Start by stamping your image in dye based ink on cardstock. If you are using a line art image, use watercolors or markers to color your image.

    Step 1

    STEP 2: Tear edges of cardstock around stamped image in a back and forth motion.

    Step 2

    STEP 3: To get a more antiqued look on your final product, swipe stamp pad across cardstock with stamped image (direct-to-paper technique) or sponge color over image as needed. Inks in the brown and yellow family are best for antiquing.

    Step 3

    STEP 4: Apply VersaMark™ ink over the entire piece of cardstock.

    Step 4

    STEP 5: Place your cardstock into a Powder Pal or on a scrap piece of paper and pour Glassy Glaze Enamel Stampin’ Emboss Powder® over it. Cover entire image and tap off excess powder.

    Step 5

    STEP 6: Heat powder with heat gun until melted. When you are done, your cardstock should be covered with a bumpy, linoleum-like layer of embossing powder.

    Step 6

    STEP 7: While the embossing powder is still hot, add more powder over the cardstock.

    Hint: If the layer of embossing powder has cooled, don't worry. Either reheat, or apply another layer of VersaMark™ before adding more embossing powder.

    Step 7

    STEP 8: Repeat step 7. After heating the last layer of embossing powder, put the cardstock in the freezer for about 5 minutes to completely cool. When you take it out, the cardstock may be slightly warped. That is perfectly okay.

    STEP 9: Bend cardstock carefully until embossed layer cracks. Repeat on different spots of your cardstock until you like the look of it. If there is not a lot of cracking, put it back in the freezer for a longer period of time to really harden the glaze. And repeat “cracking”.

    Step 9

    STEP 10 (optional): If you'd like the cracks to show more, sponge (or apply directly) dark colored ink over the entire image. The ink will get into the cracks, making them look more prominent. Brown inks are the best for this.

    Step 10

    STEP 11 (optional): Buff image with a paper towel to pick up the ink that didn't seep into the cracks.

    Step 11

    Use the image you’ve created to accent your page. This scrapbooking technique is great for heritage pages, wedding pages, or black and white photo pages. Using rubber stamps can provide a great accent to your scrapbooking. This is one of many ways you can use rubber stamps to embellish your pages.

    Amy Hoffman is a Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator from Southington,CT Book a party today! Find another great scrapbooking technique to try here.

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