Wednesday, 1 June 2016

June DT post for Country View Challenges, use crackle

Hello everyone and welcome to flaming (we hope) June. Unbelievably we are half way through 2016...gosh time really is flying. The weather has been very kind and my beloved local ponds are looking so lush.

 Everywhere is looking so lush

As it is the first of the month I am sharing my DT project with you for Country View Challenges. For June the theme is to "Use Crackle" in your work. So it is time to get out the crackle pastes, paint, stamps, textures and anything else which could be used to add some crackle texture or even faux crackle texture to your work. Please pop over to our challenge here to find out all the details and join in with the fun. You could even be lucky enough to win a £20 gift voucher from our sponsor, Country View Crafts.

As June is the month in which we celebrate Father's day on 19th I decided to make Dad cards for both my inspirational pieces. The first one I am sharing today is the card I have made for my own Dad for Father's Day.

I use the grey board back of a used pad of mixed media card and cut it into 4 pieces.

I took one piece and added some Fresco paints in random splodges.
I then spread a layer of weathered wood over the paints and after leaving it to dry applied the crackle paint
I love this stuff! Just look at the amazing crackles.......
I didn't take the next photo but to finish it off I added a wash of DecoArt acrylics.

Now that I had my base finished it was time to think about my card design.
I have some fun childhood photos which I love to use so I printed off this one of me....I was probably around 3 years old in it, in our garden in Peckham, London where we lived until 1979.

I stuck it under the brilliant Cheery Lynn film set die cut.

I got together some snippets of TH papers and some old vintage book pages and die cuts and made my embellishments.

Here is my finished card

The crackle texture is brilliant, it's a shame you can't feel it!

Here are some close ups....yummy crackle

and cheeky faced me ;0)
I would  like to link my card up with these fun challenges;

Cheery Lynn lots of layers
Anything but cute celebrate your style.....I LOVE adding texture to my work so this piece really celebrates my style!
Simon Says stamp Wednesday anything goes
Creative moments anything goes
Artistic Inspirations anything goes
Crafting from the heart anything goes
Addicted to stamps and More 1/3  anything goes
Emerald Faeries 1/3  anything goes

My 2nd DT post for Country View Challenges will be on 27th June so if you would like to see the 2nd Dad crackle card I made do pop back.. A little hint is that for the 2nd one I used a faux crackle looks very realistic.

Thanks for visiting me today and for all the kind comments you take the time to leave me.

I will be back soon with my promised bank holiday Daisy photos.

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. A fabulous crackled background and great photo of you Jane, I am sure your Dad is going to love his card. xxx

  2. Amazing big crackles, Jane! You are so cute in this photo! I bet your daddy will love this fabulous card!

  3. Oh my, what a wonderful masculine piece!! Your crackle really is amazing and I just adore that you used a photo of wee you!! Thank you so much for joining us at Anything But Cute for our 'Celebrate Your Style' challenge!

    WOW on those photographs!! I've been having problems mastering landscape photography, but your images are just stunning!! The pond looks so wonderful and peaceful, what a lovely view!! big hugs :)

  4. Well done on the crackle! Love the vintage feel and the crackled effect really makes the design shine! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Anything Goes” Challenge!

  5. Great crackle Jane, and a refreshingly different card. Bet that it will make him smile! X

  6. Lovely tag, it would sit well on a 12x12 layout... Your crackle looks awesome, and yes, as I started easy now I'm looking at the problematic real crackle for my 2nd project!

  7. WOW your crackle looks amazing Jane
    Dr Sonia

  8. What a brilliant card Jane, fabulous background design and all topped off with a lovely photo. A card truly made to treasure, Thank you so much for sharing with us at Emerald Fairies and we hope you will join us again. Good luck in the draw. Jennifer DT member x

  9. Oh I love the crackle effect...brilliant.
    My goodness Jane, that photo is so like Daisy!!!!
    Have a great evening,
    V x

  10. Brilliant card and crackle Jane, I'm sure your Dad will love it xx

  11. The ponds really are looking lovely, Jane and everything is growing so well!
    Love the texture of the crackle effect on your pretty card - not something I've tried...yet! Maybe one of these days I'll have a go at mixed media - Distress Inks and mica are about as far as I go!
    The rain has stayed away and my water barrels are looking rather empty, so I will have to give in and get out the hose pipe if this warm weather continues - not that I'm complaining! Ennjoy the rest of the week, whatever the weather! Hugs, Lisa x

  12. Absolutely brilliant, Jane! I LOVE this big crackles ..... and the photo of the little Jane is so pretty. Your Dad will love it!
    xx Evelyn

  13. a really awesome make Jane - and I love your beautiful photos - hugs rachel x

  14. What a perfect card for your dad.. I always enjoy your cards when you use your family vintage photos. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  15. Your dad is certainly going to be thrilled with this card Jane. The amazing crackles work so well with your diecuts and cute photo. Thanks for joining in the challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs and good luck.
    Julie x

  16. Awww...Jane this is such a sweet and beautiful card!
    Love it and dare I repeat myself? Miss Daisy is your spitting image!

  17. Fabulous card Jane! I love what you did with the crackle. Thanks so much for participating in the Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge this week and good luck.

  18. Ooh, thanks for the trip out! Loving the look of your crackle project too. Keeping it brief cuz of shoulder!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  19. What a stunning project, Jane! LOVE the crackle bg. Thanks for joining us at ATSM.
    x Asha

  20. Thanks for joining our Challenge at Creative Moments.

  21. oh i used to have a haircut just like that! we were cute werent we! love your creation, super crack[led background xx

  22. Your mega-crackle is exactly that... mega! It looks just fabulous with those warm colour tones. Love that you've included your own "vintage" photo - how cute are you?!

    Beautiful photos of the ponds too - is it just me, or is everything particularly green and lush everywhere this year?!
    Alison x

  23. Mega awesome sauce with the crackle! What a wonderful achievement! Fantabulous design and that people crude of you is so fun. Your layers and textures are brilliant and you totally captured your style! Gorgeous!

    Thanks for joining us at Anything But Cute for our "Celebrate Your Style" challenge! Hugz. ~Niki DT

  24. Really cool project!!!
    Thank you for joining us at ATSM!
    The Leaf Studio

  25. THAT face! Ah, I love it! What a great background treatment too. Your dad is sure to love this, Jane. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Anything But Cute. <3

  26. Fabulous tutorial!!! Thanks for joining us this week with Cheery Lynn Designs!

  27. Great texture. Beautiful! Thanks for joining the Lots of Layers challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs and good luck in the draw!

  28. You were so cute!!! Is that Daisy's smile I see????
    Your card is fantastic and a real keepsake. You wouldn't love that cute face!!
    sandy xx


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