Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Cracked Glass Valentine

Ok, so I've been a SU! demo for almost four years, have been stamping for about six, and I have NEVER tried the cracked glass technique - until this past Sunday night!  During the day on Sunday, I was surfing the net for some ideas and I ran across two posts that inspired the card I'm sharing with you today.  First was a post by Heather Nichols about the Cracked Glass Technique.  I really liked how Heather used this technique to create smaller focal images instead of doing a whole square or rectangular area.  Then I saw a post by Joanne Travis on her Sleepy In Seattle blog.  Back on September 6, 2010, Joanne posted a beautiful card that featured the Level 1 Hostess Set Punch Potpourri.  I knew when I saw it that I wanted to do something like this with my stampers at our next stamp camp.  After a weekend of not much of the mojo flowing, things finally turned around Sunday night and I came up with this:


I created four of the hearts, not exactly sure how I'd use them, when I pulled out the Springtime Vintage DSP and realized how similar the flowers in this stamp were to the flowers on the paper.  I know the ribbon is retired, but it IS still available via the SU! Clearance Rack, and if I like it and I still have some, I'm going to use it! 

To create the hearts, I stamped Very Vanilla card stock with Black StazOn ink, then colored with Regal Rose, Rose Red, and Certainly Celery markers.  I then sponged on some Soft Suede to the edges before following Heather's tutorial on the Cracked Glass Technique.  To add the antique look, I rubbed each cracked heart on my Soft Suede classic pad, then rubbed off the excess ink with a paper towel.  I used the spritzing tool with a Soft Suede marker to add some interest to the Soft Suede card stock. 

I think I'm going to experiment with the Pinking Hearts Border Punch and the Rose Red layer on the second version of this - I bet it would look great!  Thanks for stopping by today to visit - hope to see you back real soon!

13 comments:

Tammy Q Howell said...

Wow that is a gorgeous card and I love that technique! I will have to try that again soon.

Debbie Martin said...

Love it. I am going to do the same thing with a butterfly later this week.
Debbie
www.cleverandcute.blogspot.com

Heidi Baks said...

Beautiful! Perfect stamp image for this!

Jen Timko said...

You used the cracked image perfectly! Wonderful!

Krystal (skdeleeuw) said...

Cheryl, this is stunning!! Lovely vintage look. Perfect technique for this style.

Holly/Rubber Redneck said...

Wow Just beautiful!! I love that technique!

Yapha said...

Gorgeous card!! That heart is awesome with Cracked glass -- might have to try it myself...

Carmen said...

Fabulous!! I wouldn't believe it was your first attempt!!

Sofia said...

So pretty!

Shelley said...

Absolutely fabulous! Well done for the first time!

Sunflower Stamper said...

That is a fabulous card! LOVE it!

Tanya Boser said...

Just gorgeous!!!!

Sara Mattson-Blume said...

Very cool. I love this technique with the look of your card.