Cracked Glass Tutorial

Stampin up cracked glass card

Are you ready to try something new?  How about the luxurious look of cracked glass?  Today's tutorial explores this fun and classy technique using Stampin' Up!'s Glassy Glaze Enamel Embossing Powder.  PLUS:  You don't want to miss my blog candy giveaway.  Click here for details and play along! 

Here's another sneak peek of the Echoes of Kindness (Hostess Level 1) stamp set.  This beautiful set will be available in the new Stampin' Up! 2009 Spring/Summer Idea Book and Catalog when it's released on January 19.  Check out my exclusive free catalog offer w/$99 purchase–ends Dec. 31.

The pretty Echoes floral stem is inked in Bravo Burgundy and stamped on Very Vanilla.  TIP:  Using the brush end of an Apricot Appeal Marker, I used quick strokes to add color to the image.  With such a soft line, imperfection looks lovely.  I sponged the edges of the panel in Bravo Burgundy.

Now for the Cracked Glass Technique . . .

Stampin up cracked glass supplies

Gather Powder Pals, Glassy Glaze, Heat Tool and VersaMark

Stampin up cracked glass versamark

Cover the image panel thoroughly with VersaMark ink.

Stampin up cracked glassy glaze

Sprinkle a heavy layer of Stampin' Up!'s Glassy Glaze Embossing Powder over VersaMark.  TIP:  The Powder Pals make it easy to return the excess back to the container for reuse.

Stampin up cracked glass heat tool

Heat Emboss with a Heat Tool. 

Stampin up cracked glass clear finish 

Allow to cool completely. REPEAT Versamark and Heat Embossing with Glassy Glaze two more times.  The goal is to build up a thick layer that can be cracked.

Stampin up cracked glass close up

After cool (TIP:  I tossed mine in the freezer for a few minutes), bend panel to create cracked "glass" lines where you want them.

Three burgundy Micro Brads accent the bottom corner.  I layered the cracked glass panel on Apricot Appeal (also sponged in Bravo Burgundy on the edges) and Bravo Burgundy card stock. 

My design was inspired by this card by Splitcoast Featured Stamper Barbara Schram (FS99).  I also played along with Ways to Use Challenge WT190, "Get Cracking." The Bravo Burgundy card base (4.25 x 5.5) is topped with a layer of Very Vanilla (also sponged on the edges).  TIP:  For a little depth, I added a couple score lines. I used a Scor-Pal but any scoring tool will do the trick.  I wrapped a touch of Apricot Appeal 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon around my Vanilla layer.

The Short and Sweet sentiment was inked in Bravo Burgundy and stamped on Apricot Appeal.  It got it's cute figure from Stampin' Up!'s Small Oval Punch and is adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals to a Bravo Burgundy Large Oval Punch.

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Stamp Set:  Echoes of Kindness (available Jan. 19), Short and Sweet (109369)
Paper:  Very Vanilla (101650), Bravo Burgundy (105123), Apricot Appeal (105124)
Ink:  Bravo Burgundy (105214), Stampin' Up! Apricot Appeal Marker (105107), VersaMark (102283)
Cool Tools:  Large (107305) and Small (107304) Oval Punches, Heat Tool 100005), Sponges (101610), Powder Pals (102197), Scor-Pal (
The Perfect Touch:  Glassy Glaze Enamel Embossing Powder (100477), Apricot Appeal 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (109040), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Burgundy Micro Brads (


  1. This is a beautiful card Mary! I love the look of cracked glass. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Absolutely beautiful! Perfect technique for this gorgeous new stamp set. I feel a CASE coming on!!

  3. this is gorgeous!

  4. Stunning card! Great tutorial too.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a great day!

  5. BEAUTIFUL! I love the color choices, Mary!

  6. Rosemary Olson

    Thanks Mary for a wonderful, simple tutorial. I have seen this before but didn’t really get the instructions. Your’s were very clear and made it look easy!

  7. This is a very elegant card and the tutorial is, as always, perfectly understandable and grammatically correct! Thanks for widening our creative horizons as we slide into 2009! I am determined to try some new things this coming year, starting with this Mary inspiration.

  8. This was jaw dropping gorgeous. I am just still sitting here amazed at this tutorial. I have read it 3 times. WOW! That is pretty cool.
    The card is great! The colors, along with your technique is wow-ing!

  9. Wonderful tutorial with beautiful results!

  10. I love cracked glass. It is gorgeous with this image.

  11. The card is beautiful! I am going to have to attempt this project-thanks for explaining step by step 🙂

  12. Mary, you are a genius! This card is gorgeous. Love it, love it, love it!

  13. Beautiful, Mary! I now understand the cracked glass technique a bit better now. Thanks for the step-by-step detail. Guess I’ll be adding Glassy Glaze Enamel EP to my next SU order. 🙂 Hope you have a great year in 2009 and that it is filled with lots of stampin’ mojo! =D

  14. Another reminder for a technique I haven’t done is a while; looks great on your card. You’ve done a beautiful job on your tutorial, too!

  15. your card is great! i love that image.

  16. Kelly Slattery

    You card is absolutely beautiful Mary!

  17. Simply beautiful – Mary – I love this technique as well!!!

  18. Oh Mary,,,gorgeous! What more can I say!

  19. How cute. I love this technique. You have brought it to life 🙂

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