I’m a little backed up here! I made these two ATCs a while ago:
Archive for August, 2008
Techniques: Using Stewart Gill Paints, Crackle Paste, and Crackle Paint. Painting Crackle Paint with Stewart Gill paints. Embossing with glue.
- Rotary cutter
- Palette knife
- White glue
- Plain white cardstock
- Light to medium brown cardstock
- Printed napkin
- SB paper in two different prints (one b/w, the other in colour of choice).
- Stewart Gill Byzantia Paints (Pink Purple Blue Green Red Gold)
- Tim Holtz Distressed Ink Pads (Vintage Photo and Tea Dye)
- Golden Crackle Paste
- Tim Holtz Crackle Paint (Brown)
- Small stencil
- Heat gun
- Embossing Powder (Tim Holtz Distressed (Gold)
- Plastic wrap
I like Stewart Gill paints because they are very easy to manipulate and blend. Start with the darker colours and finish with the lighter ones. I used Cardinale, Acanthus, Aegean, Cerisanctum, and Constantine for this piece. A very fine-tipped paint-brush is best for this.
I use plastic wrap for pouncing. Firstly because it’s cheap and disposable, I don’t have to get up and wash it in the middle of a project like with a paintbrush or dauber. Secondly, I like the texture it leaves. : ) For this part, I used the Tea Dye Distressed Ink pad. Dab a small piece of crumpled plastic in the ink…
Apply crackle paste to edges of ATC. I used a palette knife for this. A brush works just fine, but again with the having to get up in the middle of the project to wash something… I find a palette knife works better for me. : P
Maybe you remember my glue embossing tutorial from way back? We’re using that technique here, too. Place stencil in the center of the ATC, and begin applying glue-stick liberally, filling in every nook and cranny. Gently lift the stencil when you are finished, so as not to disturb the glue. If you need to “re-define” the details, you can use a palette knife for that, or a needle.
While you’re waiting for the crackle paint to dry, you can paint up the glue-embossed image. I used Cerisanctum and Acanthus on mine. I find that letting the crackle paint dry on it’s own produces more desirable results, but if you really don’t want to wait, you can always whip out the heat gun. : )
When the SG is done drying, use a little bit of the Vintage Photo Distressed Ink to tone down the shine a bit.
Any questions or comments? I’m sure I left something out… : P Feel free to e-mail me at:
paperbouquet_7 [at] yahoo.com
Thanks for checking out my technique article! : )