Thursday, February 16, 2012

Oops Time Flies

I am usually great at remembering important dates, however that was not the case last week. We were out of town skiing and i missed my dear sweet Father-in-law's birthday. So to try and make up for this I have made him a card. Along the way I have also learned a few new techniques. I am entering this in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Anything Goes Challenge for a chance to win a $50 gift certifictae to  So here is the finished card and scroll down to see what I have learned.

First of all I wanted to make this a manly card and I do not have a lotof manly papers. I did a quick Internet search and came up with a technique I had to try. To see the original post go check out Tammy's blog . I used the Retro Circles Textured Fade folder by Tim Holtz to emboss my metal. I then inked it up with Caramel, Ginger, Butterscotch, Sunshine Yellow, and Sunset Orange Alcohol Inks. After they dried I rubbed my Ranger Archival Black in k over it to accent the raised areas more. Then I applied the Rock Candy Crackle to it and let it dry.

I loved the affect this had, but the crackle kept flaking off and taking the color of the alcohol ink with it. This was a problem because of course it was a card and was meant to be handled. I then remembered another tutorial I saw from Shelly's blog. Shelly went over a glitter piece with UTEE to make sure the glitter stayed put. I thought Why not try it with the crackle too? Well the crackle no longer came off, but when I heated the UTEE it melted with the crackle and kind of bubbled up. You can see this below. The top square is with out the UTEE and the bottom one is with the UTEE. I was not really going for this affect, but I think it turned out quite nice.

So onto the rest of the card. I stamped the clock out of the Tim Holtz's Life's Possibilities collection with black archival ink. I then cut it out and inked it up with Scattered Straw and Vintage Photo Distress Inks. From here I covered it with 3 layers of UTEE to give it another dimension.

The Time Flies saying was cut out of the Tattered Banners Die form Tim Holtz and then inked with Scattered Straw, Chipped Sapphire, and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.

One last note here before I close out. After the crackle cracking off and my UTEE not really working right I sent a message out to the All Things Yahoo Group and have more answers. Here is what they sugested: Try using gesso as your base. Acrylic paint doesn't stick to metal well but if you use gesso it has "tooth" it will not only stick to the metal but gives the paint something to grab on to instead of the slick metal surface. It comes in white, black or clear. - From Karen
And  You might try Wendy Vecchi's idea for getting rock candy crackle not to fall off glass. She painted the glass first with Ranger's Glue 'n' Seal, let it dry, then paint on the rock candy crackle. It will not fall off, it bonds to the dried glue 'n seal. It might work with metal. - From Jean D
I have not had time to try either technique yet but plan to soon, so check back to see the results.


  1. what a lovely card. This is very wonderful.

    susan s.

  2. Love all the texture and your UTEE'd clock!

  3. This is fabulous! And I love the texture and grunginess you created using the UTEE! Fabulousness!!

  4. Great card, I'm sure he'll love it! You've been so creative too, in the way you've applied a range of such interesting techniques - great job! The Design Team are really pleased that you joined us for the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge this week - Thank you!