Monday, 27 June 2016

Is that real crackle on that card?

Today it's time for my 2nd DT piece for the "Crackle" challenge which is the theme for June over at Country View Challenges. For my first piece which I shared here I made a Father's Day card with a true crackle effect using  DecoArt mixed media products.
This time I am going to show that you don't need all those products, you can easily achieve a "faux" crackle effect too. It's simple, quick and very effective.
My card is similar to the first card I shared, this time,as we have now passed Father's day, it is a Dad's birthday card I made to sell in Dotty's.

I used my vintage childhood photo again.

For the base I used cheap acrylic paints, I buy these from The Works. I used a piece of grey board saved from the back of a paper pad and cut it into 2 and gessoed it - is that a verb??! it can be a Janeism then ;0)
 I dabbed on the colours with a baby wipe until I had a mottled effect I was happy with,
 Then it was time for the cheat bit ;0) ...all that is needed is a crackle stamp! These are Andy's Skinner's but there are lots on the market which can be could even draw your own lines.
 I used black Archival ink
and this is what I achieved.
Instant realistic crackle.

I used one piece for my card, the other I have plans for.

Here is my finished card again. I used snippets of book pages and also tiny snippets of paper to die cut my dotty letters.

I used the Cheery Lynn Film set die for my photo and TH small sizzlits die for the film strip. The papers are vintage book pages.

It would be great if you can join in with our crackle theme over at Country need to get cracking though as the challenge closes in 4 days time. You could even win a £20 voucher from our Sponsors, Country View Crafts, if your name comes up in the random draw. Here is the link.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Pixie's snippets Playground #235
As you like it 3/3 favourite die and why mine is my CL film set die..they are brilliant for framing photos.
Crafty Calendar 3/3 For a male
Happy Little stampers mixed media  texture
Creative Inspirations 1/3 bingo I used the bottom horizontal line...white (the book pages are actually white!), distress, dots (on my letters)
Emerald Faeries 3/3 anything goes
Love to create 2/2 #13
Double D challenges all about the boys

I am back again in a few hours with another post as I am also guest designing today too! Busy, busy, busy....

Thanks for would be lovely to see you later too!

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Hello dear Jane,

    What a lovely card, love your picture and you SO would have fooled me with that crackle! Genious idea to have a stamp for it!

    Sun is shining here, we are heading for an another hot day,sending you some sunshine just in case 🌞!

    Have a lovely day, we'll talk soon again!


  2. Well isn't that clever, such a great effect!
    It's amazing the number of uses a baby wipe has! :)
    Have a great week my friend and we'll 'see' later then!
    V x

  3. This is wonderful jane and wow those crackles had me fooled. Wonderful.

  4. How wonderful Jane - such a cute photo of you for starters - the perfect basis for your card. I bet your Dad loved it! Wonderful background too, I have acrylic paints and baby wipes to hand here - just need to find the disposable gloves and we're away. Err, once the stamp set arrives - you enabled me yet again!! But, for now I'm at least not buying duplicates of goodies for the Playground toy box. Can't get the lid on properly and need to empty it somewhat!

    Lovely to see you in the Snippets Playground.


    Di xx

  5. Love the crackle effect and the dotty letters...great colour scheme too. xx

  6. Your faux crackle looks great, Jane! Love that photo and the diecut letters! Your color choice is perfect for a male card.
    xx Evelyn

  7. I love the picture, such a mischievous and happy smile! Great background too and the stamping the crackle is much easier and quicker.

  8. I just love Andy's crackle stamp and you have showcased it so well on your beautiful card.
    Julie x

  9. I don't care how wonderful the technique is or how easy. Your pictures really steals the show!!
    sandy xx

  10. Fabulous make & a great technique too....much quicker than waiting for the crackle to dry! Thanks for joining us over at Crafty Calendar this time & good luck!
    hugs Jo x

  11. great little tutorial - love the textured background - thanks for sharing your fabulous project at the Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge

  12. Great grunge creation, Thanks for joining us at Creative Inspirations.
    CraftyNatalie- DT

  13. Many thanks for sharing this wonderful card in our challenge at AYLI this week.
    Lorraine DT

  14. This is a fantastic showcase of your favourite die. Always lovely to see you at ÀYLI xx

  15. Fabulous mixed media. Thanks for joining us at Emerald Faeries, good luck and hope to see you again.
    Denise {DT for EFC}


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