Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Hugs and Kisses and Holiday Wishes Belli #44

I found a little time to play yesterday, and I wanted to try this sketch challenge from the Technostamper blog. I didn't follow it exactly - instead of the oval, I used a Labels 1 Nestability shape.

For the stamped image, I decided to do a cracked glass technique. I stamped the image (from Just Rite Stamps) and let it dry. Then I covered it with Distress Embossing Ink (Ranger), poured Stampin Up's Glassy Glaze enamel on that, and heated it up until it melted. I repeated this two more times until I had a nice even glossy coat. To crack the "glass," I put this piece in the freezer for about 5 minutes, and then took it out and immediately bent it here and there to get the "glass" to crack.

When I had enough nice sized cracks, I smooshed my ink pad on top and let the ink settle into the cracks, then I buffed it off with a tissue. I love this technique! It's different every time.

I debated what to add to this card, and I settled for a simple ribbon with some branch punch-outs. This card didn't need any brads or flowers or a bunch of other stuff. Ya know me, I like to keep it simple. :-)

Stamps: Just Rite Christmas Stamp Ensemble
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Distress Embossing Ink
CS: Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss, Old Olive
Paper: Basic Grey Blitzen collection
Other: Chocolate Chip wide satin ribbon, Martha Stewart branch punch, Glassy Glaze Enamel, nestabilities

Edited to add: This week's Belli Challenge is to use UTEE to make a cracked glass image. UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) is the same as Stampin Up's Glassy Glass Enamel. Why don't you pull out your jar of UTEE and give it a shot? :-)


Danita said...


This is absolutely the PRETTIEST eye candy I have seen today!!!!
Great job, this is just beautiful!!!!

Courtney said...

This is just GORGEOUS!

Bev said...

I bought the branch punch yesterday, I will have to try to case this card. It is absolutely beautiful Holly.

MJ said...

Love it. You are close enough to the sketch if you ask me. Thanks so much for playing along, your cards is beautiful. I may have to get that punch.

Shelly Koskinen said...

This is beautiful!

Christi said...

How pretty!!

Joan Ervin said...

WOWZER, Holly....how gorgeous!!! You did a fabulous job on the cracked glass...looks AWESOME!!! It even looks a little foofoo..hummmmmmm