supplies: craft sheet, distress stains/weathered wood/tumbled glass/picket fence, distress ink/winter seasonal distress, crackle paint/rock candy, distress stickles/rock candy, ink blending tool, paint dabber/snow cap white, mister bottle, #8 manila tag, heat tool, glossy accents,1/8” wonder tape; grungeboard, holiday muse tokens, jump ring, shabby accoutrements, trimmings; die cut/winter wonder/on the edge snow flurries; CMS052 reindeer flight stamp set; tulle, tinsel, hot glue, spare packaging
step 3: once die cut the snowflake is most likely stuck in the die so you need to use a die pick to get it out. insert die pick into a corner or edge of the die and pierce it into the foam (the foam does not effect the cutting of a die at all, but more for protection from the blades). note: this die pick is very different than my tonic pick since this sizzix die pick is made from tempered steel and can be used in a “prying” motion without bending the pick.
*before we continue, check out this video i did last year explaining the use of the base tray with movers and shapers dies.
step 7: place the snowman and snowflake on the craft sheet and paint a generous coat of rock candy distress crackle paint over them. be sure to use a medium to heavy layer since with distress crackle, the thicker the paint – the bigger the cracks. *it’s also cool that rock candy distress crackle is sold in larger 4oz jars (since i’m totally addicted to the stuff).
*before we continue, check out this video i did on using distress stains and explaining it’s many differences from distress inks and reinkers as well as it’s uses.
step 13: dry with a heat tool – i love the mottled-effect the combination of picket fence with other colors of distress stain work. *note: if you didn’t cover the tag enough with the stains in one swipe, simply re-swipe the tag until it’s inked.
step 31: once your grunge pieces are all nice and crackled, use your fingers along the edges to remove any excess paint. (you can place them in a warm area to crack, moderately use your heat tool, or place them in front of a fan to speed the crackle process).
i used green shade of stain on the tag (crushed olive and shabby shutters, inked with evergreen spruce), and used silver paint dabber on the deer instead of white, and staining it with walnut stain instead of blues. i think it came out looking like mercury glass – i love it…
i’ll be honest, i use rock candy distress crackle paint on so many projects including home decor like canvas, photo frames, and i have even used it to paint my living room table (you’d be surprised how much that new 4oz. jar has in it). anyways, i hope this tag inspires you and i look forward to seeing what you come up with. time to “get cracking” …t!m