Friday, May 9, 2008

May Technique Class: Cracked Glass & Paper Folding

This month our group did a variety of techniques. Dahlia fold's been pretty popular lately and I was excited to try it. That reminded me of another paper folding/arranging technique called Iris twist, s0 we made a simple Iris twist card. I also had a request to demonstrate the Cracked Glass technique, a nice vintage technique. The card above is the Dahlia Fold card that we made. Dahlia fold is a relatively recent Tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers so I won't go into much detail here on how to do it. Basically you can create a beautiful blossom using 8 small circles folded into petals. The design for this card was CASED from a card in the Splitcoast Gallery made by Love Stampin!!!!!!!!. Her card is just so gorgeous, but a little to many steps for a class, so I simplified it a bit and changed the colors around for the class version. I also made a similar card using different colors and papers during my "creative process."

Recipe for Dahlia fold card (above):
Stamps: Short & Sweet
Inks: Rose Red
Papers: Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, Appricot Appeal, Bali Breeze DS
Accessories: Boho Blossoms Punch, Appricot Ribbon, Orange Rhinestone brad, Slit Punch. Cuttlebug Embossing folder, tichet corner punch, Nestabilities scallop circle die

Here's the extra Dahlia Fold card I made:

Stamps: Short & Sweet
Inks: Bravo Burgundy
Papers: Bravo Burgundy, Groovy Guava, River Rock, Ruby Red
Accessories: Boho Blossoms Punch, River Rock double stitched Ribbon, brass brad, Slit Punch. Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, ticket corner punch, Nestabilities scallop circle die

The next card is a simple square Iris Twist card. There is also a Splitcoast Stampers Tutorial for this technique. With this technique we made a unique "twisty" frame for a focal flower image of felt flower fusion flowers.

Inks: Tempting Turquoise
Papers: Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery, Bali Breeze DS, White
Accessories: Flower Fusion, turquoise rhinestone brad

The next card uses the Cracked Glass technique. I chose the square flower stamp from Carte Postale because it reminded me of a decorative tile. I thought that cracked glass with this stamp might end up looking like a cracked tile. The cracked glass technique requires at least 3 layers of Glassy Glaze (ultra thick embossing powder) on top of the image, and then a few minutes in the freezer before cracking. Pretty straight forward technique for a vintage look.
Stamps: Carte Postale
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Cameo Coral, Night of Navy (used with blender pen for blue coloring of flower)
Papers:Soft Sky, Cameo Coral, White, Afternoon Tea DS
Accessories: Glassy Glaze, Nestabilities scallop square die, chocolate chip twill ribbon

The picture below shows a close-up view of the "cracked tile."

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