Saturday, November 12, 2016

Celebrate With Crackle

Hello crafty friends and visitors! I have a mixed media card to share with you today.  I made this especially for my super talented artsy friend Autumn of Sew Paper Paint to help her celebrate her birthday. If you're not already a follower, please be sure to pop over her blog--you will be so happy you did!

If this looks familiar to you, perhaps it's because I made my daughter's Thanksgiving Day card and 7 others patterned after it. I used different products and elements to achieve a similar look, but each one is unique.  I promise you, I won't be posting the 7 others--they are still in the process of being made. 

No time for a full tutorial now, but I have a list of products below. I love the look of an old leather  book I achieved with the Tim Holtz Book Cover Texture Fade combined with neutral Distress inks and embossing powder! I rarely use my embossing folders anymore, and had a blast bringing this one out for my background. Lots of inking and distressing going on here--super grungy!

One of my favorite Tim Holt dies-Ornate Frame was cut from a piece of waste packaging. The slick surface offered a great substrate for Distress paints layered from dark to light. Because the surface is slick , the paints beaded up and gave it a cracked granite appearance. Further subtle crackling obtained from DecoArt Crackle Glaze.

I really love this pumpkin stamp from a set called "Inspired By Autumn"  I picked up at an on-line auction earlier this summer. I knew I would be using this set for Autumn's birthday card as soon as I saw it's name., because I am inspired by Autumn!  It colored up beautifully with Distress paints watered down for a water color effect. Applying Crazing in random thicknesses and then highlighting the tiny cracks with Distress crayon give this an aged appearance.

I adore Crazing, and have even used it on some of my leaves cut from paper colored with Distress inks and cut with a Tim Holtz Autumn Gatherings die. There is even more Crazing on the edges, where I cleaned off my brush. Waste not, want not. I think Autumn would approve of my frugal-ness.

A bit of Thrift Shop Ephemera (I think both Autumn and I enjoy using thrift shop finds in our artwork), some burlap ribbon and twine from my stash, and a Chit Chat simple sentiment finish off my card. It's all mounted on distressed Kraft Core card stock. You'll notice the thread spool label is upside down. I wanted to be sure the word 'sew' showed in my little collage as a nod to Autumn's blog name-Sew Paper Paint. I think I got it all--"sew, paper and paint"--I even 'sewed' the twine using a straight stitch through the burlap ribbon, but it's mostly covered up.

Products used:
The following products can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique: Distress Collage Medium Crazing; Tim Holtz Ornate Frame Die and Core'dinations Kraft Core card stock; Ideaology Thrift Shop Ephemera and Chit Chat Seasonal Stickers; Ranger Jet Black Archival ink and Black Foam Adhesive Roll.

Additional products used: Tim Holtz Autumn Gatherings Decorative Strip die and Book Cover Texture Fade; My Favorite Things stamps,  Emerald Creek Oil Rubbed Bronze Embossing Powder, burlap ribbon and twine from my stash.

Assorted Distress inks, crayons, paints and markers used can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique and Emerald Creek.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
-Frilly and Funkie-What a 'Mesh'! Not much, but just a little burlap ribbon.
Deep Ocean Challenge #141- "Use Die Cuts or Punches" I used 2 die cuts by Tim Holtz/Sizzix.
Happy Little Stampers November Anything Goes With Dies I used two Tim Holtz/Sizzix dies.
Dies R Us Challenge #60-Thankful For Nature Nature, but this can be a great Thanksgiving card, too! I've made 8 more to send to my friends and family for a Thanksgiving Day greeting.
-Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge-Thanks/Thanksgiving
-Word Art Wednesday Weeks #256-257-Anything Goes
-Crafty Calendar November Challenge-"Autumn Colors" Thanks for the tip, Bev! I couldn't enter with my last card, but thought I would add this one!

Thank you for dropping in and for leaving your wonderful comments! I read and appreciate them all!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily


  1. Fabulous! Love the crackle on the ornate frame x

  2. The leaves are my favorite part of this project - sooo sooo gorgeous. But the way you did your pumpkin is a close second Sara. It's really lovely - such a soft, gentle glowing allure. Beautiful creativity and so thoughtfully done for a precious lady. Xj.

  3. I did love the other version but there is something about this one, I think it might be the blue tones that really make this card stand out. I love all the crazing and crackling and the fabulous background you created for the frame with the beautiful pumpkin to sit upon. This is perfect for dear Autumn! Hugs, Anne xx

  4. This is so lovely, Sara Emily! The crackle and color palette give it the perfect aged finish. Autumn is going to LOVE this!!

  5. Ooooh..this is gorgeous! I'm also a huge fan of the ornate frames, and the crackle finish on this one is perfection. I also love the beautiful, delicate coloring on your pumpkin. Happy fall, my friend!

  6. OMG this is so pretty Sara Emily! Thanks for the tips and techniques ... some great ideas! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Thankful for Nature’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit.

  7. Amazing details and textures! So glad that you join the fun over Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Thanks/Thanksgiving” Challenge! Awesome details and design! Super work!

  8. Oh, Sara, I adore both versions! This one is simply perfect for Autumn's birthday! I am sure she is over the moon happy to receive this stunning piece of art! That ornate frame die is one of my favourites too and the way you used it here is simply fantastic! What a dreamy blue tones and breathtakingly beautiful crackles! You have managed to achieve such brilliant rich textures, as usual, my friend! Those autumn leaves are so gorgeous and so as the design! Love it to bits! Sending lots of love to you! Branka xx

  9. OMG this is beyond stunning!!! From the mazing background to that wonderful frame, pumpkin and embellishment, a card that has the complete wow factor!! Lucky, lucky Autumn, she is going to adore it!!!

    And before I forget, thanks for adding it to AVJ of course!

  10. Wow! That pumpkin is so realistic. This card will be enjoyed for years.
    Thanks for sharing it with us at Die Cuttin' Divas!


  11. Sara Emily, I am sure Autumn will love her card as well! Love how the leaves at the top of the pumpkin seem to look ablaze! You are so talented my dear friend, someday, I too might receive such a beautiful card! hint hint! heehee xoxo

  12. Well I am sure Autumn loved your amazing gift. Wonderful details and layers here Sara...very creative indeed. Thanks for hopping on board at A Vintage Journey this month

    Best wishes
    Annie xx

  13. Very pretty! Thank you for joining our “Fall Harvest” Challenge this week at Die Cuttin’ Divas.

    Stay Creative,
    • Carson's Creations •
    Die Cuttin’ Diva DT

  14. Hi Sara! I love this card and I really appreciate the tutorial, I actually book marked it to come back too! your palette is just stunning!
    Thank you for sharing your talents with us at Word Art Wednesday!
    Hugs Ginny M, DT WAW
    PS, I don't do cute either!!

  15. Sooooo gorgeous, Sara! I especially love the colors you achieved! Hugs, de

  16. Hey, how did I miss this beauty!! What a gorgeous autumn piece Sara! That frame is just incredible, the rich colours and that crackle texture, dang!!! What a glorious way to showcase that lovely pumpkin image! I just adore all the tiny leaves as well, each one unique in colours, textures and design! Your talent is endless my friend!! OK, DT hat on now - Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'What a Mesh' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  17. Gorgeous , I love the crackle crazing and the fantastic frame which is perfect for,the autumnal imagery. Lovely design. Thanks so much for joining in A Vintage Journey Challenge. Tracy x

  18. You know how much I enjoy your use of this particular frame and this crackle crazing design is totes awesome sauce! I need to maybe learn some more about this crazing thing. Not exactly sure what it is or does but it looks like fun! Autumn will adore this design and especially the name of the stamp! Haha! It was meant to be. I agree with Anne about the blue. This is a top one for me as well. Hugz to you muffin!~Punkin

  19. I know I left you a comment on this post and don't see it - boo! Well, I'm back to say that I truly adore and cherish this lovely creation. I have it at my desk to drool over daily! It is so amazing and perfectly designed. You are a card artist my friend! Love it! Hugs, Autumn

  20. Gorgeous! I love all the layers and details.Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers!

  21. What a super frame, love how you recycled the packaging.
    TFS @HLS. :)

  22. Fabulous creation! Thank you for joining in The Artistic Stamper challenge this month x

  23. Ooh, more earthy, grungy goodness! Love the layers and dimension, and those crackled leaves look just stunning. I'm sure Autumn absolutely loved receiving this beauty. Thanks for joining us on A Vintage Journey again.
    Alison x

  24. Such a total vintage treat Sara Emily! I bet Autumn was thrilled to bits to receive it. Thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey and Frilly and Funkie xx


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