Sunday, 4 December 2011

Christmas 2011 - Tag 4 - Crackle

I love that crackle effect in Tag 4, but don't have any crackle paint, and don't seem to be able to reproduce the effect well enough with the PVA & acrylic method. However, there is another way!
"Tag 4"

The background for this tag was made by swooshing the tag through picket fence distress stain and Tumbled Glass & Weathered Wood  inkpad ink on a craft sheet (picket fence is the only distress stain I have!), then I stamped snowflakes & little deer from a Kanban stamp.

"Joy Bauble"

The bauble ornament, joy & snowflakes were diecut from empty cat food box, then stained with Picket Fence 2 or 3 times, drying with a heat tool between applications to get a good coverage. The crackle effect? Well I have discovered this fantastic crackle stamp on the Alice 1 set from Indigo Blu stamps. It was inked separately with Tumbled Glass and Weathered Wood ink, and the stamps heat-embossed with clear embossing powder on each application of ink. The great thing about crackling like this is that the effect you get is much more controllable.

After crackling, the bauble was backed with some music card and the gaps filled in with Glossy Accents for that resin effect.


Two snowflakes were cut from a Sizzix Snowflakes die, crackled, then layered and fixed to the card with Pinflair, adding a small blue pearl to the centre just to finish it off.


My button box was raided again. There wasn't any tuille in the stash, but I did find some enviromesh in the greenhouse! The enviromesh was cut into strips and used to decorate the buttons, bauble and tag.

"Acetate snowflakes"

No snowflake edge die available here, so a couple of snowflakes were diecut from acetate and a couple more punched. These were fixed to the card with some holographic glitter glue to add a little sparkle and simultaneously disguise the fixing.


The edges of the snowflakes were accentuated with a little Picket Fence distress stain.


Some white satin ribbon was added to the bauble along with the tuille.

"Side view of tag showing dimension""

The snowflakes, bauble & buttons were all fixed to the tag with Pinflair glue.

Entered for the following challenge:
Let's Ink it Up - Christmas Projects
Stampalot Challenge - bingo (punch, tags, ribbon)


  1. I must say Maddy, you have an amazing ability and imagination for using alternative methods, products and techniques in your designs. This tag is amazing. I love how you did the crackle effect. Brilliant my friend. Lee xx

  2. Your take on this tag turned out lovely! Your were quite creative with your "substitutions"!!

  3. Love what you did with all your creative ideas! Beautiful tag!

  4. Wonderful tag, I love it. Thanks for joining us at LIIU, good luck with the challenge. Hugs Suzanne

  5. Stunning tage I love the way you have used the crackle paint.

    Thank you for joining us at Lets Ink It Up! If you are interested I have some blog candy up for grabs Click Here to enter

  6. A really pretty tag and the use of the distress ink really highlights the bauble.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Stampalot challenge this month, good luck and have a wonderful Christmas.

    B x

  7. Stunning tag, love the gorgeous soft blue colours. Thanks for joining us at SIR STAMPALOT this month.

  8. Stunning creation

    Thanks for joining us for our bingo challenge at Sir Stampalot this month
    and good luck !


  9. OH WOWZERS so much detail on this wee tag! Way to go! Such lovely details! Great job! That bauble is fantabulous! Thanks for joining us at LIIU this month! Good luck. Happy Holidays!

  10. Such a beautiful tag! Thanks so much for sharing with us at stampalot this month and good luck!

  11. Beautiful tag -
    especially the acetate snowflakes. Thanks for sharing it with us at Sir Stampalot, Ruth :)


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