I bought some new crackle embossing paste and couldn't wait to try it out. I had this beautiful holly stencil from my friend Susan (thanks Susan!), and so layered the stencil over my white base and added the paste. Nothing happened ... it dried, still no crackles. So I read the container ... something I usually never do :) Takes 2-3 days for the cracks to show up ... really??!! :) So set aside and ignored it for a while. Turns out that after several hours (but the same day I made it), the cracks did start to appear. And they were large cracks, which I really liked. I placed the stencil back over the paste and sponged on some distress ink.
LOVE the colour ... but the bright, vibrant green didn't look that great with the cracks. I added a layer of green glitter glue on top. Now the holly is all sparkly ... you can see a few of the cracks, but it's mostly about the sparkle. That's OK, I like the way this looks. The bright green and red are so happy. :)
Next time I would just use regular paste ... I'll save the crackle for when I want to do an aged look. Always learning. :)
Wanted to also mention that my good friend, Kylie (Kylie is Addicted to Stamps), made me this fabulous watermark file for my photos ... along with a matching signature file for my blog posts. Thank you so much Kylie ... absolutely LOVE them! :)
Kylie is now selling this service to others ... so if you're interested in getting your own specially-designed watermark, check out the badge below and contact Kylie at email@example.com.
Stamps: Handy Christmas Greetings (Amy R)
Ink: Distress inks: Mowed Lawn, Barn Door (Tim Holtz); Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools: Holly metal stencil (Dreamweaver), embossing paste, palette knife, green glitter glue, red glitter glue