Our technique today is one that I've never tried until now - Cracked Glass! It was actually fun after I got it right :] LOL You'll see what I mean at the end of this post.
I kept my card somewhat simple, but I must say, the coloring took a minute! I make it no secret - I'm a novice at coloring...especially with Copics. I colored the bells on my Christmas Joy - Small Oval stamp a very pretty light shade of pink, but they kind of got washed out with the cracked glass effect.
I used clear embossing powder instead of UTEE, so I had to add several (3 or 4) layers on my image before freezing it. I froze it for about ten minutes, took it out and cracked away! I sponged the scarlett ink on the cracks and wiped off the excess...hence my pink bells virtually disappearing. I used large oval nesties to cut out my ovals. I cut out the images after stamping them because it seemed easier to line up. I also embossed an oval directly on my card base to create a subtle frame.
I stamped the sentiment (from Christmas Nested Sentiments & Verse) and embossed it in silver. Speaking of silver embossing...I initially thought it would be a good idea to emboss the bells and the frame in silver before coloring the image. So I did...then I added my layers of clear embossing. Don't try this at home...(I know, DUH)...each layer resulted in a more blurred image. It just kept melting the silver more and more with each reheat. This is what I ended up with (no, this is NOT a blurry photo...it's the same resolution as the other photos in my post). Nice, huh? LOL
Okay, that's all I have for you today. HUGE thank you to Just Rite for their generosity...I really enjoyed using the stamps and can't wait to use them some more :] If you play along with JUGS this week, be sure to add a direct link to your project on the JUGS blog, and use keyword JUGS50 in any online galleries! You don't want to miss what our DT has to share either! Check out their amazing projects:
Lynn Mangan ~ Our September Guest Designer
Hope you have a relaxing, yet productive weekend...that's what I'm hoping for :]