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Saturday, December 24, 2016

A Pair of Blue-and-Silver Angels for "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas"

Season's greetings, art buddies! Today I have for you not one but TWO festive projects as part of the "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" contest going on over at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity. Wanna play? Enter your rubber-stamped Christmas- or winter-themed projects by January 6, 2017 at 5 to midnight for the chance to win a gift certificate to spend in the Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda rubber stamp stores!  The more entries the better the prizes, so round up all your friends and join the most festive art party of the year. Check the RULES to ensure your entries are eligible to win!

The first blue-and-silver angel I have for you is this 6.5" x 10" piece called "Pax Hominibus." You may recognize its text, especially if you're Catholic, as being from the "Gloria" in the Latin Mass. It means "And peace to people on earth."

It was made by stamping the Angel with Globe stamp from Lost Coast Designs and embossing it with superfine detail black powder.

The globe the angel is standing on was cut from marbled paper and pasted in...

The text above and below the stamp was handlettered...

The angel's robe was colored in shades of creamy blue pencil...the lettering was painted with Distress Ink in Chipped Sapphire...the border was colored with silver glitter gel pen, and the hair with metallic gold colored pencil and gel pen...

...while the wings and globe were underpainted with silver acrylic and topped with Twinkling H20s in Icicles, a holographic-glittery white. This was super-hard to photograph, so here is a detail shot that hopefully hints at all the sparkle (you know I love me some sparkle!):

And a closeup of the whole piece, which I have also entered in The Three Muses' "Frame" challenge:

My second angel project is an artist trading card.

This piece was done entirely by stamping and masking, using gray inks for the whole card. First, I stamped the angel from the Fortune Women set and masked it off. Behind her I stamped the blackletter text from ATC Text Set 1, then overstamped the corner with the Black Flourish stamp. Down the right side I stamped the Clover Scroll Border, and along the bottom used letters from the Old Typewriter Alphabet to stamp the word "Hark" (she's a herald angel--get it?).

After the stamping was done, I colored the angel's robe with Distress markers in rich shades of blue. When it was dry, I went over it with dimensional gloss medium to give a 3D clear raised (and/or permanently wet?) effect. The scrolling on the border I went over with dimensional metallic silver paint to give a raised effect there as well. I edged the whole card in metallic charcoal pigment ink, and it was done!

Hope you get a chance to enter--and WIN!--the holiday challenge at Lost Coast Designs! Go check it out, and good luck.  :)

Friday, December 16, 2016

Noel Angel: A Stamped Study in Silver & Gold

Seasons' Greetings, arty friends! Today I have a Christmassy piece of art featured over at the Lost Coasters Review blog as part of Lost Coast Designs’ “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” rubber stamp art contest. Just enter your holiday-themed art featuring rubber stamps from any company, and you’ll be entered to win a gift certificate for MOAR STAMPS from the incredible catalog of Lost Coast Designs rubber! I am a fan!

So...on to the project and How To Mayke It.  ✨

I love the medieval/Victorian Gothic vibe of these Lost Coast Designs stamps so much that I had to combine them, with metallic silver and gold, for some holiday glitz and a bit of historical feel! Here's the piece:

↑  This is actually a scan of the piece, which doesn't capture the depth and sheen of all the metallics very well, so here's a photo taken in different light too, so you can get more of a feel for how the piece looks in person, when you move it in the light.  ↓

Here's how I made it.

First I took some acid-free scrapbook paper that was printed with a sort of linen fabric-looking pattern, then brayered on some thin layers of silver and gold acrylic paint diluted with iridescent medium. This gave a rich-looking shimmer to the background. (You guys know, if you read my blog at all, that I love me some shimmer on almost every piece! Right? You KNEW that.)

Next, I got out this awesome angel from the Fortune Women set, inked it up with black permanent ink, stamped it...

...and then cut out a mask of the figure. I placed the mask over the stamped image using repositionable glue, and got out this fab arch from the ATC Misc. Set 6...and stamped right over the masked image.

Next, I retrieved some (slightly used) washi tape from under the table where I’d stuck it (don’t judge me) and masked off the area below the gothic arch where I wanted to stamp this Clover Scroll border, which I love SO BAD:

Here's what those impromptu masks looked like before stamping. I threw in this photo just because some people do find weird pix like this to be helpful, and I’m a helpy kind of girl. 

But enough about me. So after adding the scroll border, I pulled out my trusty Rustic Alphabet Set with its strong period feel, composed the word NOEL, and stamped that once in my permanent black ink. Then I overstamped the word with embossing ink, offsetting it just a TEENY bit to provide a hint of shadow, and embossed it in gold powder.

Now it was time to add silver and gold gel-pen accents to the angel, border, and arch. And the piece was finished...

...Except for putting it in a frame, like so.  😊  

Et voila!--a shimmery angel in gold and silver. Wishing you and your family a very happy (and shimmery) Noel!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

A Boy & His Dog; Or, Thankful for Friends

Hi guys! Did you know there's an art challenge over at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity running during November where you can win stampy prizes? It's on the theme of thankfulness--details here.

So I thought I'd walk you through this piece I made for the "Thankful" challenge:

I was originally intending for this to be a greeting card, but I ended up liking it so much that I think I'll keep it for Thanksgiving decor! Here's how I made it:

I started with a piece of scrap paper on which I'd brayered off excess acrylic paint left on my roller after Gelli printing. (You can see the sort of vertical stripe effect of how the brayer deposited color in the background.)

On top of that I stamped Georges & Louis from Lost Coast Designs in chocolate brown permanent ink:

(Aren't they so sweet?)

Next, I masked them off and stamped one of the backgrounds from the ATC Grunge Set twice behind the pair of friends, using medium gray permanent ink.

Then I used the awesome Rustic Alphabet Set to set the words "thankful" and "friends," and added the word "for" by hand.

I helped Georges & Louis stand out with a little colored pencil in white and sepia, and added more pencil in tones of honeydew melon and canteloupe to the background, including in the counterspaces of some of the letters.

Lastly, I cut a naive heart from a piece of chipboard and embossed it with powders in verdigris and copper. Here's a closeup of what that looks like. You know I gotta have something shiny on pretty much every piece! LOL

Then I mounted the whole shebang on a couple of pieces of autumnal-colored stock, and was thankful...for friends, for art. And for Thanksgiving celebrations! 🍗  

So get your stampy entries in by November 25, and if I don't talk to you before then, a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Day of the Dead

We are celebrating the Day of the Dead event over at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity. Enter your rubber-stamped art by November 18 for your chance to win a little shopping spree at Lost Coast Designs.

Here's my project to help get your creative juices flowing!

It was made with these stamps from Lost Coast Designs: Skull with Wreath, Rustic Alphabet, and Black Flourish (stamped twice). The skull was colored with pencils, and it and the flourish were painted with metallic watercolor. Here's a detail showing the shininess:

Good luck and have fun creating!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Halloween BASH Party Invitation: Iron-Off Embossing Powder Resist Technique

Ghoulish greetings, art-pals, as we continue to celebrate the 31 Days of Halloween blog hop over at Lost Coast Designs!

Today my contribution to the festivities is this Halloween Bash party invitation, featuring several of LCD's bizarre and beloved character images, all tricked out for a wicked and weird party.

This piece features LCD's new gears background stamp, perfect for industrializing and steampunking up all your projects that need a little metallic edge. 

To start, I stamped it twice on a 9" x 12" sheet of white Arches Hot Press watercolor paper, and embossed it with white embossing powder to make a resist. Here's what that phase looked like--can you see?

Next, I wanted to play with the fabulous Nuance pigment powders by Magenta, which I sprinkled on randomly in shades of orange and gold. These dry powders blossom and explode delightfully when you spray them with water, making surprising and beautiful background effects. Here's what they look like dry:

...And after the first spritzing, here's what my page looked like.

I did want more color, so on went some purple powder, and I kept spritzing...

There! Now my background was mostly colored in. I left some drier, barely-spritzed texture at the bottom for interest.

Now that the embossing powder resist had served its purpose, I wanted to remove the powder so I could slightly grunge up the pure white paper underneath it for a less stark design. So I got my hot iron out, and used sheets of deli paper between the iron and the piece for the melting powder to stick to...

It can require ironing onto several layers of paper to remove all the embossing powder. You might save the sheets for use with other projects!

I went over the white gear design, newly denuded of its embossing powder, with a little Distress Ink in coordinating colors and a mini ink tool, and added some hand-drawn spider webs to a few of the gears with a white gel pen.

Next, I used the Black Skulls Border to block off an area of the page where I would stamp my text.

Then I used the Old Typewriter Alphabet, with its worn-looking letters reminiscent of old tombstones, to stamp the "Halloween Bash" sentiment.

Now it was time to add my characters. Onto glossy paper, I stamped images from the Anthropomorphs and Aud Animals and Creatures and Fortune Men sets, plus Norma from the Mini Flying Ladies set and the famous Lost Coast Designs Dancing Skeletons

I fussy-cut those bad boys out and affixed them to the page in "conversational" groupings. (The crazy skellies just wanna dance and not talk to anyone. Party animals. And the strutting bird and skulking monk-bug don't seem interested in idle chat either; no doubt they have their reasons.)

I trimmed the edges and declared this piece ready to reproduce as an invitation to my Halloween party! I still don't have a costume idea though.  :(

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Who Says Poe's Raven Was a "He"? (Besides Poe?)

Are you in the Halloween spirit yet? Well, you will be when you take part in the Lost Coast Designs Portal to Creativity spooky stamped art contest! Enter YOUR Halloween-themed art that uses rubber stamping (any company) for a chance to win one of TWO gift certificates to spend at the Lost Coast Designs store! See here for details.

Lost Coast Designs is also participating in the 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop, for which I am contributing a few projects. This one right here...

...is my own weird take on Poe's famous poem "The Raven" (reprinted below, in case you have never read the full text of this sad and spooky gothic classic).

Now, Poe tells us that his raven was a boy. "PAH!" I say! Balderdash, even! Who needs your sexist raven-tropes around here? Not I! My raven is a WOMAN, do you hear! And not any slinky hot sexy young chick (<--
see what I did there?) either. Mine is a GRANNY RAVEN and she has zero darns to give if you are shocked by this!!

I made this card by collaging the image of Lost Coast Designs' great Old Lady Raven (that's what I'm calling her) from the Big Anthropomorph Birds set onto a background that I printed on my (beloved) Gelli plate. There's a bit of washi at the bottom and a hand-drawn spiderweb with artist's pen and glitter gel pen on the card too...and a single word, lovingly rendered in Bodoni for that Poe-period feel.

And now...to plunge your soul deep into Gothic chill...I leave you with the words of the master.  Happy Halloween!


ONCE upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, 
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,— 
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, 
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. 
" 'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door;         5
    Only this and nothing more." 
Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December 
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor. 
Eagerly I wished the morrow;—vainly I had sought to borrow 
From my books surcease of sorrow—sorrow for the lost Lenore,  10
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore: 
    Nameless here for evermore. 
And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain 
Thrilled me—filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before; 
So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating  15
" 'Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door, 
Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door: 
    This it is and nothing more." 
Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer, 
"Sir," said I, "or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore;  20
But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came rapping, 
And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door, 
That I scarce was sure I heard you"—here I opened wide the door:— 
    Darkness there and nothing more. 
Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,  25
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortals ever dared to dream before; 
But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token, 
And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, "Lenore?" 
This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, "Lenore:" 
    Merely this and nothing more.  30
Back into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning, 
Soon again I heard a tapping somewhat louder than before. 
"Surely," said I, "surely that is something at my window lattice; 
Let me see, then, what thereat is, and this mystery explore; 
Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore:  35
    'Tis the wind and nothing more." 
Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter, 
In there stepped a stately Raven of the saintly days of yore. 
Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he; 
But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door,  40
Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door: 
    Perched, and sat, and nothing more. 
Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling 
By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,— 
"Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou," I said, "art sure no craven,  45
Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering from the Nightly shore: 
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore!" 
    Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore." 
Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly, 
Though its answer little meaning—little relevancy bore;  50
For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being 
Ever yet was blessed with seeing bird above his chamber door, 
Bird or beast upon the sculptured bust above his chamber door, 
    With such name as "Nevermore." 
But the Raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only  55
That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour. 
Nothing further then he uttered, not a feather then he fluttered, 
Till I scarcely more than muttered,—"Other friends have flown before; 
On the morrow he will leave me, as my Hopes have flown before." 
    Then the bird said, "Nevermore."  60
Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken, 
"Doubtless," said I, "what it utters is its only stock and store, 
Caught from some unhappy master whom unmerciful Disaster 
Followed fast and followed faster till his songs one burden bore: 
Till the dirges of his Hope that melancholy burden bore  65
    Of 'Never—nevermore.' 
But the Raven still beguiling all my fancy into smiling, 
Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird and bust and door; 
Then, upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking 
Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore,  70
What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore 
    Meant in croaking "Nevermore." 
This I sat engaged in guessing, but no syllable expressing 
To the fowl whose fiery eyes now burned into my bosom's core; 
This and more I sat divining, with my head at ease reclining  75
On the cushion's velvet lining that the lamplight gloated o'er, 
But whose velvet violet lining with the lamp-light gloating o'er 
    She shall press, ah, nevermore! 
Then, methought, the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censer 
Swung by seraphim whose foot-falls tinkled on the tufted floor.  80
"Wretch," I cried, "thy God hath lent thee—by these angels he hath sent thee 
Respite—respite and nepenthe from thy memories of Lenore!" 
Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe, and forget this lost Lenore." 
    Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore." 
"Prophet!" said I, "thing of evil! prophet still, if bird or devil!  85
Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore, 
Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted— 
On this home by Horror haunted—tell me truly, I implore: 
Is there—is there balm in Gilead?—tell me—tell me, I implore!" 
    Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."  90
"Prophet!" said I, "thing of evil—prophet still, if bird or devil! 
By that Heaven that bends above us, by that God we both adore, 
Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn, 
It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore: 
Clasp a rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore!"  95
    Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore." 
"Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend!" I shrieked, upstarting: 
"Get thee back into the tempest and the Night's Plutonian shore! 
Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken! 
Leave my loneliness unbroken! quit the bust above my door! 100
Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!" 
    Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore." 
And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting 
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door; 
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming, 105
And the lamp-light o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor: 
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor 
    Shall be lifted—nevermore!

Edgar Allan Poe. 1809–1849.

Monday, October 3, 2016

When Autumn Leaves Start to Fall...

Hi guys! I have a piece featured over at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity as part of the 31 Days of Halloween event. Enter YOUR spooky-themed art that uses rubber stamping (any company) for a chance to win one of TWO gift certificates to spend at the Lost Coast Designs store! See here for details.

Here's my piece--"When Autumn Leaves Start to Fall." It was made using the Nuance Powdered Pigments (sprinkle and spritz or splash!) and the Grunge Tree stamp available at LCD.

Is it melancholy? Exuberant? Faintly menacing? You decide.  :)  As always, I look forward to your comments below!

Go and enter the LCD October challenge...and good luck, mortal.  ;)

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Welcome to the 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop!

Greetings arty friends!


It's the 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop over at Lost Coast Designs! This is an annual event hosted by Terra S of Smeared Ink, designed to give you oodles of eerie inspiration for the scary season. The LCD blog Lost Coast Portal to Creativity is participating as a Wicked Blogger, which means we will be sharing a new spooky project with you every single day in October!

I, your faithful designer and art buddy, will have several of my own Halloweeny projects to share with you throughout the blog hop, with detailed posts on how the art was made, so do be sure to check back for these. K?

But wait…there’s more!  LOL  Not only are we providing a gluttonous feast of ghoulish eye candy(-corn) for your delectation on a daily basis this Shocktober, but Lost Coast Designs also has some new stamp releases to delight you! These images will also be showcased throughout the month’s projects to get your creative appetites whetted when you see these babies in action.  

AND…there is also a new challenge in October where you enter your "scary or weird" rubber-stamped art for a chance to win a mini shopping spree at the Lost Coast Designs stamp boutique! There will be TWO winners chosen this month! The challenge starts TODAY (October 1) and runs through Halloween (the 31st) to give you plenty of time to play. See the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity for details and contest rules.

Happy October to you! Have fun making spooky art, and link me up to your projects so I can enjoy ‘em too! (Use the comments box below, or catch me on Instagram, Flickr, or Facebook—I’d love to see what kind of no good you’re up to!)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Make a Splash...With Powdered Pigments

Hello colorful ones!

Have you ever used powdered pigments before? I just got some of the Nuance powders this month from Lost Coast Designs, and have been having lots of fun playing with them. Just a tiny sprinkle of powder and some spritzes of water = hours of entertainment! (OK, so I am easily entertained. But you probably will be too--these powders are COOL!)

The powders are already mixed with binders that are activated by the water, so they stay on the page after you wet them instead of just dusting right off. How convenient.  ;)

So looky here at what they can do! This colorful card was made with these very pigments--I both activated them as dry powder on the paper and used them as "ink" for rubber stamping. Here's how...

This was made by sprinkling autumnal colors of the powder onto white watercolor paper, keeping the sprinkles mostly to one side of the card. I then sprayed the paper with several spritzes of water. Where you use more water, the color runs and flows together, as in the big splash of fiery red and orange on this piece; drier specks of powder can also be seen moving away from the "splash" area, which gives an interesting textured look. (You might have to enlarge the pic to get a good look at this effect.) The amount you spray is up to you! Dryish or wet, these powdered pigments look fantastic, and the colors are beautiful.

Next I took two Lost Coast Designs stamps: an abstract background from the ATC Grunge Set, and the Gothic text block from ATC Text Set 1. To ink them, I stamped into the still-wet "splash" from the Nuance powders; I wanted to carry over the colors from the splash, so I stamped the abstract grunge set stamp into the white area of the card, then stamped the Gothic text block several times to add depth and interest to the splash area. It's OK that the text is wet and messy--it's just to add texture and isn't supposed to be legible. No need to be careful with this technique!

I then gave the whole thing a spritz of heirloom gold shimmer spray...you know, because I like shiny stuff. (Actually, it's super subtle in real life, the shimmer--I didn't use much!)

After drying this background with my trusty heat tool, I then composed the word "October" using the Rustic Alphabet Set from Lost Coast Designs and embossed it with a mixture of green and copper embossing powders for a sort of verdigris patina look. Then I used a bullet-tipped embossing ink pen and wrote the word "welcome" and embossed it too.

(Here's a detail of the embossing showing the two colors of EP...maybe you can even pick up a little of the shimmer here too?)


I edged the card with chalk inks...mounted it on a shimmery pale gold card that I edged with heirloom gold metallic ink...then mounted the whole thing on piece of green cardstock, which I daubed with chalk ink for a soft sort of suede-y look in real life. And that was it for that project!

If you have any love to leave me, I always look forward to your comments below.  ;)

Paula <3

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Technique Tutorial: Cracked-Glass Effect

Greetings NetPeeps! (My teen daughter just cringed as I wrote that.) Today I have a little tutorial for you on how to achieve a cracked-glass effect on small pieces of art like this ATC I have featured over at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity, where they are currently running a contest--submit any art of yours that uses rubber stamps and be entered to win a gift certificate to buy MOAR STAMPS. What have you got to lose? Nuthin'. But to gain? Shopping spree! So take a picture of your stampy art and go over and enter! Rules here. Deadline September 25. GO!

So...cracked glass! Here's my ATC (entitled "Progress") so you know what we're talking about.

See all those crackledy lines and cracks? This looks pretty cool in person...cooler than on the screen (photos have SUCH a flattening effect, don't they)...and you will definitely want to try this technique.

Here's how I did. First, I will tell you about the background and composition of this card, although the cracked-glass technique will work on top of just about anything you want to do.

So. I took a mini ink-blending tool and swirled some Distress ink in three or four colors onto the card.

To add interest and a bit of surrealism to the background, next I took some Nuance pigment powders by Magenta and sprinkled some onto the card. I used yellow, orange, and magenta pigments. TIP: A tiny bit of powder goes a long way--once you wet it with water, the pigment blossoms and balloons out pretty bigly, depending on how much water you add.

Before I spritzed the powder with water, the card looked like this. Tiny quantities of powder, yes?

(Sorry for the color difference between the first and second photos--I think I used flash on the second one so the powders would show up better.)

While the card was drying after the powder spritzing, I got my stampin' stuff out. I used two cool images from Lost Coast Designs--this awesomely bizarre sort of monk-bug from the Isle of Aud Creatures set (for which I have nothing but profound respect--every one of the images in the set is SO great):

...and this Large Perspective Background that I just love. It's like a surreal Italian Renaissance piazza.

I stamped the monk-bug in waterproof ink (TIP: you want the ink to be waterproof so that the next steps don't smear your images) and then masked him off to stamp the background. So that part was easy-peasy. The composition was done.

NOW comes the cracked glass part. [drumroll....]

I took the ATC and pressed a clear embossing ink pad all over it. I then covered the card in several coats of clear ultra-thick embossing enamel. This stuff is just embossing powder that has very large grains--horrible for detailed images, but great for melting over your entire pieces. It kind of looks like table sugar--here's how my card looked with the unmelted first coat adhered and ready for the heat gun:

One melted coat of the ultra-thick embossing enamel will probably yield a pebbly appearance, which can be a cool look. But for this technique, you want to apply several coats, MELTING each coat before you apply the next. Three coats will probably be enough. (See my post Step-By-Step: A Glasslike ATC for more details on this process.)

Once you have three or so coats of the melted powder on, your art will appear as though it is encased in glass with rounded edges. I tried hard to capture the look for you here:

See the shine in the lower right-hand corner of the above pic? See how the card looks thick and glossy there?

How about here? It's an effect that is just durned hard to photograph.

But just trust me. It will look pretty cool at this point...so cool that you might be tempted to stop here. And I would be sympathetic to you. HOWEVER, if you wanna crack that "glass," here's what you do next...

Put that sucker in the freezer for an hour.

When the resin is thoroughly chilled/frozen, take the ATC out and gently bend it back and forth in several places until the resin cracks. It's fun. You don't want to bend the card so hard that you are creasing it--just stress the cold resin so it has to sprick. (<--Hmm...that may be a Swenglish [Swedish-English] word...but it's just so perfect for the sound and feel that your card will have as you flex the resin in various spots.)

When you're done, your cracked glass surface will look like this:

Cool, ja? (Swedish again.) Talk to me below and let me know if you've ever tried this technique and how your results were...or let me know if you're planning to very soon. Make some art today and feel better!