kraft glassine ideas…

hello again bloggers!  well more ideas are coming your way today and they're all about kraft glassine.  this product is one of those cool and amazing surfaces that are unlike anything else you've ever seen before.  at first glance some think it's wax paper, but it definitely is not.  this is a coated semi-translucent kraft paper that can do some pretty incredible things.  available in pads of 5"x8" sheets, as well as 2 different sized pocket packs (1 for #8 tags, and 1 for ATC's).  let's check out a few ideas using kraft glassine…

but before we start – how about a surprise giveaway to some lucky winners for posting a comment on yesterday's post.  you know how much i appreciate you posting comments especially when i share a technique or idea with you – it's the only way i know if you're interested in what i'm sharing on the blog.  so congrats to the following winners of a set of grungeblocks, a black paint dabber, glossy accents, a sanding grip, and brushed corduroy distress ink (everything you need to create grungeblocks of your very own!).  please email me your shipping info and we'll get them sent out to you…
A simple technique with great results! Can't wait to try it. Thanks Tim.
Posted by: Mary Jane | June 06, 2011 at 09:15 AM

I'm running to my room to try this technique now. Thanks again!
Posted by: Shelann | June 06, 2011 at 06:29 PM

The grunge blocks look great! Thanks for more fabulous ideas!
Posted by: Pat Healey | June 07, 2011 at 08:27 AM

so here is a sheet of kraft glassine.  you see that it's semi-translucent and kind of resembles a wet looking brown paper bag.  the coating is not wax, but it's definitely coated and because of that, we can do some pretty cool stuff with it.

first simply try crumpling a piece in your hand by scrunching it into a ball.

you'll see that when you wrinkle kraft glassine, you break through the coating and create a lighter effect in the wrinkles.  this looks like vintage and cracked leather to me.  if you continued to crumple it, you would get smaller and smaller wrinkles.  the best part is the more you wrinkle this glassine, the stronger and more pliable it becomes.

you can also use your embossing folders like texture fades on kraft glassine which also breaks through the coating creating a lighter shade on the embossed design.

now let's not forget the inking since quite honestly in my world "if it's not inkable, it's not worth doing".  so try inking the kraft glassine with distress ink using an ink blending tool.  the ink will stain the areas where it broke through the coating of the glassine – so cool.

i also like to stamp on kraft glassine.  i use archival ink since it's permanent because you have to remember glassine is a coated paper.  however…there is still something you need to do in order for this ink to dry on the glassine!!!

you just need to heat set it with a heat tool for ONLY a few seconds.  when you do this you'll notice the kraft glassine get very shiny (almost like it is melting or getting wet) but the paper is doing neither…instead the coating is rising to the surface which therefor embeds the image inside the paper.  once you turn off the heat tool, the kraft glassine immediately returns to it's normal finish – like magic!

that cool trick also means you can print on kraft glassine using an ink jet printer…yes ink jet!  keep in mind when you take the paper out of the printer, the image is still wet and can smear until you heat it.  once heated for a few seconds and you see the glassine get wet-looking, turn off the heat tool and instantly this image is now permanent in the glassine.  i love this vintage look and because kraft glassine is semi-translucent you can layer this over some printed or stamped text on your project or better yet, wrinkle it for a more distressed looking photo.

this next idea is another great way to colorize kraft glassine.  first i've die cut several flowers using my tattered floral die.  you can die cut many sheets of kraft glassine at once which is great. 

next crumple the flower.  you can also use paper punches on kraft glassine as long as you punch it first before you wrinkle it – otherwise the paper punch won't go through the wrinkled glassine.

in fact make several and crumple them all.

dip a dry brush into perfect pearls powders.

brush the dry powder over the crumpled kraft glassine flowers.

heat the kraft glassine until you see that shiny wet look.

check that out!  the perfect pearls are now embedded in the kraft glassine creating luminous pearlescent kraft glassine.  this stuff won't rub off – it's so amazing looking.  stack 3 flowers together alternating the shape.

staple them together using a tiny attacher.

now all you have to to is add these flowers to your next project.  i secure them to my project using the tiny attacher or a brad since gluing glassine is quite a challenge because of it's coating.  add a button or type charm to the center and scrunch them up for dimensional, distressed, kraft glassine goodness – they will hold their shape.

so what do you think of those ideas?  hopefully there's at least one to spark your curiosities to try this kraft glassine stuff out.  it's so different to work with, collage with, layer, print or stamp on, colorize, and more – endless possibilities.  hope you take some time to play…t!m


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1,345 Comments to “kraft glassine ideas…”

  1. Judyjane McAdam says:

    I feel much smarter today now that I know what to do with the glassine Goodness. Again I Thank you Tim, you keep me inspired daily. Love your videos and your smile!

  2. Brande says:

    Greetings from Los angeles! I’m bored to death at work so I decided to check out your blog on my iphone during lunch break. I love the knowledge you present here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home. I’m surprised at how fast your blog loaded on my cell phone .. I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyhow, good site!

  3. Julie says:

    Awesome! I was at Joann’s buying a coupla things when I saw this stuff. I had no idea what I was going to use it for but it’s uniqueness drew me in. This blog has just opened up a whole new world to me, thank you! 🙂 (unfortunately I can feel my bank account draining too, as I don’t have most of these items, lol) I’ll be following you from now on, and recommend you to all my friends! 🙂

  4. Cathy says:

    Where can I buy glassine paper? On line? Not in my local Hobby Lobby:(

  5. Lorraine McCarthy says:

    Thanks for the ideas with glassine paper. I have just purchased some and have your tattered flower die. Love those flowers,will have to get some perfect pearls.

  6. Christine Versluis says:

    Dear Tim,
    a little late for a comment on this blog, but this dutch girl just recently bought some glassine. Just now it’s comming out of my printer.
    You must know that you give stamping and paper crafting a whole other meaning for me.
    Lots of love

  7. Logo Design says:

    you are just way to clever … so very inspirational and now it must be time to shoot away and play, oops, be creative … read here … make a mess…..

  8. Leonie Castro says:

    Woot Woot more stuff to play with and experiment! Love it!

  9. Lolo says:

    Hawt dog! I had absolutely no idea what this paper could be used for and now I’m all “I freaking need it!!”

  10. Has anyone had success with the inkjet thing? It’s not like I have a glassine paper setting to chose from… Did you pick glossy? High quality? Any tips? Thanks!

  11. Rosemary says:

    OMG!!!!! I love glassine .I just use it at work the other day (made a card for A sample) I still need to get me some glassine for home. But at least I get to play with it at work 😉

  12. discount mbt says:

    just love it. You made the process look so simple and encouraging for newbees like me! They look great in their colours and I wanna try them as quick as possible, so can you please help me out in doing this with more of your posts????

  13. Myrto says:

    Off to pack my unused glassine pad with the rest of my vacation supplies. Thanks Tim.

  14. Jenni says:

    I wasn’t really sure what to do with this stuff, but it is very cool! I’m going to try those techniques out.
    Thanks Tim!

  15. Kelly says:

    I think my favorite is the old picture. Need to do that for my heritage album.

  16. Lynnette says:

    WOW!!! I loved just making a crumpling flowers with it. Now I have so much more to do with it. THANK YOU!!

  17. Pam VanDerZyl says:

    I purchased this item even before I knew what to do with it, it was just to cool to pass up. I figured I would play around with it and see what I could come up with.
    THANK YOU for helping me out. I love the ideas you send our way.
    I am a toltal T!m Holtz fan. I was telling a friend about you and she actually thought I had found a new guy! I was great, I kept it going for a while but I finaly told her the real story.(she is not a crafting person, and had never heard of you.)poor woman!!!
    Thank you for the wonderful techniques, videos, and all your products. Please keep them coming.
    Thank you,

  18. Great ideas! I’ve got to put my hands on this item for sure!!!

  19. This seems like one of those products that I just simply must give a try!

  20. Elloie Quarry says:

    I have been making cards now for 14 years and I have many pieces of equipment but I was needing some new ideas, kinds in a rut.
    This looks like a lot of fun with many ways to go. Thanks so much. I hope to retire in a few months so I will have time for more FUN!

  21. I love this stuff. I hope my ACMoore carries it. Unfortunately I have to wait till I can walk again, I just had foot surgery and will be laid up for two weeks…no driving or walking for that matter… but I will then go get me some. Tim I love all your stuff and am on my way to making a shrine in my craft room of Tim Holtz products.. I love it all.

  22. Maureen Mathis says:

    I had no idea you could heat it like that. How do you secure the buttons to the flower centers if it’s resistant to adhesive?

  23. Nancy Parker says:

    As always you have outdone yourself. You and your ideas are great. When I think there is nothing else to discover, here you are once again. Keep it up. It is inspiring to all us crafters.

  24. Monique Ouellette says:

    I’m a little behind on reading your post, but this product seems so cool! I definitely want to try printing some old photographs on glassine. I’m so excited!

  25. Vickie Lee says:

    This stuff is amazing. I bought a tablet and wasn’t sure what to do, and now I know. Love you Tim and thank you!

  26. Mary says:

    I just purchased the pad of glassine paper and both sizes of envelopes last week at a retreat in Texas. Thanks for the idea’s of how to use this. I am doing a book on the Longhorns of Texas and this technique will add to the album.

  27. opal says:

    Eeks! Gotta run, not walk(!!!), and get me some of this fantabulous stuff!

  28. Maria Perez says:

    This is one of the products I liked the most because of the effect that it gives,.., like cracked and i like that it doesnt break!

  29. Susan E says:

    Looks amazing. Can’t wait to buy some and try it. I think printing on it will be my fave approach but like all the options.

  30. That is amazing that you can print on the kraft glassine! The photo looks so great!

  31. Susan Viley says:

    THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! for tips on the kraft glassine. I have been patiently waiting for them. Now have to go play….

  32. Bobbie says:

    Awesome! I have got to find that glassine. I love love love the look!

  33. Kelly says:

    going to find some kraft glassine!! what awesome looking goodness!!

  34. Maggie White says:

    This is a wowzer! I have a pad of this paper and I’ve punched with it. You’ve just given me some really cool ideas to use it in different ways. Your creativity Tim just knows no bounds!

  35. Lori Sheppard says:

    fabulous tim!

  36. Faye bertham says:

    Oh wow! I need to get my hands on some of this stuff! The results ate amazing and it is so versatile!

  37. Becky J says:

    Gotta get some now! Thanks a bunch for the tips, I’d seen it but wasn’t sure what to do with it.

  38. Dee says:

    that is about the most amazing paper i have ever seen!

  39. Oh, Tim…i am your fan since 2005 when started hooked w/scrapbooking…have lot of your stuff, … anxious to meet “Mr. or Mrs. Glasinee…seems to be “chic but elegant”…will be visiting exhibition this afternoo with a group!…see you then…

  40. Sister Sun says:

    i haven’t had an opportunity to view your blog for a few months. and you still never fail to amaze.
    these techniques look muy cool, tim–but 1 question: how do you attach the charms to the crumpled flowers if glue is not a good option?
    thanks for sharing all your great ideas and products. what an inspiration you are!

  41. pam allen says:

    i always love your tutorials! i wasn’t sure if i wanted to buy these but now I have to!!!! lol thks for sharing

  42. Diane says:

    I wish hobby lobby had this when I was there Thursday. Not a lot of your stuff. What are they thinking. I guess I’ll have to order on-line. Great ideas

  43. Barb says:

    this is so cool-can hardly wait to try it

  44. Swedish scrapper says:

    OMG need to run and get them. Thanks for all your cool tips.

  45. Randellyn says:

    More cool stuff! Talk about opening the creative window…really like the printing of vintage images on it. Another versatile product…thanks for always keeping that in mind!

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