`Now tell me, Pat, what’s that in the window?’
`Sure, it’s an arm, yer honour!’ (He pronounced it `arrum.’)
`An arm, you goose! Who ever saw one that size? Why, it fills the whole window!’
`Sure, it does, yer honour: but it’s an arm for all that.’
`Well, it’s got no business there, at any rate: go and take it away!’
There was a long silence after this, and Alice could only hear whispers now and then; such as, `Sure, I don’t like it, yer honour, at all, at all!’ `Do as I tell you, you coward!’ and at last she spread out her hand again, and made another snatch in the air. This time there were TWO little shrieks, and more sounds of broken glass. `What a number of cucumber-frames there must be!’ thought Alice. `I wonder what they’ll do next! As for pulling me out of the window, I only wish they COULD! I’m sure I don’t want to stay in here any longer!’
Hello friends…it’s CRYSTAL CLEAR that today you’re all joining us for a fabulous challenge here at Oh, Alice! We have all sorts of lovely techniques for you to try today!
Your mission today with Oh, Alice, should you choose to accept it, is to try a technique using cracked glass, crystal effects (or glossy accents), or a window stamp/technique. There are TONS of possibilities with today’s challenge and we are SO ready to see all of the fabulous creations you enter!
Well…. I have to say that this challenge was really… challenging. I’ve never tried the cracked glass technique before though I will admit to pausing at the Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel more than one time. For this card I did pick some up and I was surprised at how easy it was to work with and fortunately for me… how resilient it is to being reheated and reheated…. and reheated.
I started with an image I’d actually had colored for a while and cut it out with a Nestabilities Die. Then I took a Versamark Ink pad and applied the ink directly to the image with the stamp pad and I made sure to get it all over the paper. Then I poured the embossing enamel on top, shook off the excess and used a heat gun to set it just like regular embossing powder. Then I added another layer. If you get it quick enough the enamel will stick to the hot enamel underneath… if you aren’t to sure about this you can add another layer of Versamark. I kept repeating that over and over until I had a smooth even coat of enamel. (You don’t have to do the whole thing each time if you have small areas that need attention… just be sure to heat the whole thing otherwise you’ll have stray bit of enamel that aren’t heated through.) After you are happy with it pop it in the freezer for 10 minutes or so and then very very very carefully and slowly uncurl the card in small sections to crack it.
One problem I had was that as I was cracking the enamel it would pull away from the paper. It wouldn’t tear it but it definitely wasn’t stuck down. To correct this (after nearly having a panic attack because of how long it took me to color this) I reheated the entire thing until it was smooth again… occasionally adding powder where I needed it. Then I refroze it and cracked it again. I ended up doing this three times until I was happy with the cracking that I had. One other thing I learned is that you can gently heat the paper from the back to uncurl it and to also eliminate some of the smaller cracks if there are too many. Just be careful not to heat your fingers, lol.
You might notice a bit of glitter in the UTEE. I didn’t intend for that to happen but there was a bit on my embossing tray and it mixed in. I wasn’t sure about it at first but now I really like it.
For the rest of the card I used some October Afternoon designer paper, a Martha Stewart Hydrangea, branch, and scalloped border punch, a ton of Pumice Stone and Old Paper Distress Ink, a bit of ribbon and a metal “Love” charm.
If you’d like to play along with us this week please head over to the Oh, Alice Challenge Blog!
Be sure to see what the rest of the Design Team has been up to this week!
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