Monday, 27 February 2017

Caught in Crystal Technique

Hello everyone, I have a couple of projects to share with you today incorporating the 'Caught in Crystal' technique and using some of the lovely silhouette flowers from both the Silhouette Grasses stamp set and the individual Baroque Meadow stamp.

I created a large piece of caught in crystal background, by dropping Crystal Laquer all over a large piece of acetate, and then dropping Distress re-inkers in Squeezed Lemonade, Dried Marigold and Picked Raspberry over the acetate in between the Crystal Lacquer. Using my fingers, (I wore disposable gloves!), I smooshed the mixture around on the acetate, until I was happy with the coverage, trying to leave a few gaps of the acetate uncovered. I sprinkled some fine glitter over the acetate, and then pressed some  tissue paper over the top that I had scrunched up and then smoothed out again reasonably well. I added a little bit more Crystal Lacquer over the top, and then added a piece of plain card as the final layer, using a brayer to ensure that everything was stuck down properly.

Once the glue was dry, I stamped the Baroque Meadow image, adding the three little silhouette butterflies, using Stazon Jet Black ink. I trimmed the piece of background to size, and matted it onto black card.

I found a larger piece of wrinkle free distress background in my stash of left over backgrounds, which was a lovely bright orange, (I had used Ripe Persimmon originally to create the background), and simply added some Picked Rasberry Distress Ink around the edges so that it toned in with the caught in crystal panel. I added a sentiment from the Words to Dazzle and Sparkle stamp set, and adhered the background to a large black card blank.

I had a piece of the crystal background left over, and die cut an oval piece from what was left. I stamped an individual flower and one of the little butterflies onto the oval, before matting it onto black card as before. I created a background using various orange and yellow Pan Pastels, adding pink and purple around the edges. I then added some foliage using Versamark, and  orange and purple tones of Pan Pastels over the top. Finally, I added a sentiment from the Words to Dazzle and Sparkle stamp set.

I hope that you will try this technique out for yourselves, there are lots of You Tube tutorials, and you do not need to use an expensive glue to make the project; I just used what I had to hand. You can even use various types of floor polish, just Google 'Caught in Crystal' to find out more.

Thanks for stopping by, xx


aussie aNNie said...

Beautiful result and one of my favourite techniques.x[aNNie]

scrAPpamondo said...

Fabulous technique and colours choice, love both your cards, expecially the second one!

cuilliesocks said...

Gorgeous cards Judith and the colours are fantastic, I've heard of this technique but never tried it, must have a go.

I've been trying to upload my entry for the challenge and it keeps telling me that my image is too big, but I've cropped and cropped, can you help please. I'll put it on the Facebook page, but I would hate to miss the challenge cos I can't put it on the page, thanks Kate x

Evelyn Browning said...

An intriguing technique & I like the way you have demonstrated two very different looks using it: the first using a background similar in its intensity but still a different surface to the 'crystal' panel. The second 'crystal' panel reminds me of one of those pieces of liquid plastic moulded jewellery that was so popular in the 1970s & I like the way the images in the background echo the focal image yet so subtly because of your use of the pan pastel medium resulting in a matt & soft texture against the brilliant shine of the focal panel.

Elaine said...

Two great cards Judith. I haven't used this technique in ages. I even have a bottle of floor polish I bought especially for the purpose! It gives a smashing vibrant effect. I really like the way you have used Pan pastels for the background on the second card. It's another reminder of an unused medium I should really make use of more often for those more speedy, but very effective backgrounds. Elaine xxx

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