Tuesday, March 7, 2017

SOS293: all it's cracked up to be

are you curious about the title of this week's challenge at shopping our stash? or do you think you've already guessed it? ok, i won't keep you in suspense: we want to see projects that use some sort of crackle medium: crackle paint, crackle embossing paste or powder... heck i even saw a video on youtube showing how to use to use elmer's glue to make a cool crackle effect! i've used crackle embossing paste in conjunction with layers of vintage paper and i have to say i'm pretty pleased with the result.

textured birch bark giftwrap: paper source; vintage illustraton and book paper from my stash; dreamweaver white crackle embossing paste tinted with sepia colorburst and spread through penny black and tcw stencils; foliage dies: spellbinders; scraps of green patterned paper: 7 gypsies, basic grey, recollections; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, sewing machine

i love dreamweaver's crackle embossing paste, but for the vintage vibe of this piece, bright white just wasn't the look i wanted. so i placed a scoop of the paste onto a paper plate and used a palette knife to mix in a teeny (srsly TEENY) bit of sepia colorburst pigment powder. when it was pretty well incorporated, i applied the softly sepia paste through a couple of my favorite foliage stencils, et voila!

when it had dried completely, i added my focal panel --a slightly stained and tattered illustration from a 1930's bird book-- and some diecut ferns. as soon as he saw the finished collage, lovely husband jeff dibbsed this to be his dad's birthday card! ♥

i was inspired by the foliage and colors of the march 1st curtain call challenge, "green":

meanwhile there's loads more inspiration over at SOS where both the design team and the projects definitely ARE all they're cracked up to be!!! :)


  1. Your hubby has good taste this is lovely. It's nice when they choose from your makes.

  2. Awesome, so many gorgeous elements on this card, It is interesting on how the different crackle mediums work.

  3. I adore this collage art! Your focal image is fantastic. Excellent subtle dying of the crackle medium-- perfect color!

  4. Oh! Yet another way to incorporate dye powders into other items: mix it in! I'll have to try that with my Nuance powders! This is such a lovely, calming, peaceful collage. Perfect for a Dad's birthday card! Love it!

  5. Absolutely beautiful Lauren, love the beautiful Nature scene surrounded by all of this wonderful elements, all different but perfectly placed, I really like the yellowed print peeking through the ripped panel, so awesome.
    Your hubby not only has great taste but he will score big points with his dad when he sees this beauty.

  6. Lovely lovely lovely!
    I adore that ripped section with the text peeping through!


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