Have you visited Cuttlebug Challenge blog recently? My friend, Deanna, told me about it ~a year ago. When I was invited to be on the design team, I was ecstatic. I have watched Maggie (Cuttlebug Challenge blog owner), continuously make improvements to the Cuttlebug Challenge blog. It has evolved into so much more than a challenge blog! It is a teaching and inspiration blog. I enjoy it because: I learn so much from my DT sisters and Maggie, I am also challenged to try new techniques, and I get to dust off and use products from my craft room that I have not used in a very long time.
This week's challenge had me blowing the dust off of my UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel) aka Amazing Glaze. It is a heat embossing powder. I have used it only once before and I have a one pound container. This is what my friend, Leslie, refers to as S.A.B.L.E. (Supplies Available Beyond Life Expectancy).
My card: I stamped a pear with bleach onto eggplant card stock (I love this color so much, yet I rarely use it...) Then I chalked the image with various chalks.
To create cracked glass effect: Ink up the image with VersaMark watermark stamp pad, then applied UTEE and heat emboss. Repeat 2 or 3 times to achieve desired thickness. Place in the freezer for 1 or 2 minutes, then carefully bend the image to create cracks.
Helpful hints (what I learned):
1. I am a wimp when it comes to touching anything hot. I lined a small box with aluminum foil, then dropped my UTEE image in the box to heat emboss.
2. When I bent the image too much or left it in the freezer longer than 2 minutes, the cracks were larger and chunks of UTEE fell off. I re-inked with VersaMark and re-applied the UTEE. No problem.
3. Use bright and vivid colors in your image. The layers of UTEE will dull the colors.
ProvoCraft Cuttlebug Floral Screen embossing folder, Making Memories brads, Rubba Dub Dub fibers, Fiskars border punch, and SU Teeny Tiny Wishes sentiment and oval punches.
I am going to hop over to Cuttlebug Challenge blog Be Inspired # 73 now. I hope you have time to enter! I get inspiration from my DT sisters and you as well :)