Saturday, 13 October 2012

Cracking tags!

When I visited The Big Stamp and Scrapbooking Show at the Ally Pally earlier this month, I saw a technique that I really wanted to try.

It was demonstrated on the Paper Artsy stall using their Crackle Glaze and Chalk Acrylics.  The fact that it looked so easy and quick was a bonus (I am known not to have a lot of patience).

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All you do it paint a tag with one of the Paper Artsy paints, let it dry (you can use a heat gun to speed this up).  Scrape a thin layer of Crackle Glaze over it all.  Dry by heating again.  Then paint on your contrasting top colour.  It immediately crackles and the bottom colour shows through.  

Next I stamped images with Archival Ink and added IndigoBlu Flitterglu and Mega-flake foil.

I love the results and it was super quick.

If you fancy having a go at this or would like to try other techniques have a look at the tutorials on the Paper Artsy Blog. There you will find lots of inspiration if you fancy getting a little messy with your paper.


  1. Love them - Fab. The Blue one is So pretty.

  2. Looks fab! seriously, it's enough to make me want to buy a heat gun..

  3. How clever! They look fab...Please please don't temp me into another craft... My husband (and purse) would not be happy!! ;-)
    Thank you for the kind comments on my quilts, hope you are enjoying your weekend!!
    Louise xx

  4. i spent ages a year or so ago at the NEC watching paper artsy! even brought some bit to try out the demo - it never looked anything like hers tho! Your tags look like they are from one of the demos - love them!

  5. Ooh fab tags! Off to check out those tutorials. Thanks for the heads up.
    Sue x

  6. Love how your tags turned out and such a lovely blue

  7. OK I am going to get the crackle paint I didn't have much success with out again....thank you for some fantastic inspiration - the tags are beautiful :)

  8. These look fabulous! I'm sure I have a pot of crackle glaze somewhere...!