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Monday, 12 April 2010

Red, Black and Gold

Cynthia's challenge this week at Rainbow Lady's Challenge blog is to use a red, black and gold colour combination to make an oriental card. My card has been a bit of an experiment and its tricky to get a decent pic but here it is

I've been admiring the lovely crackle paints from Tim Holtz so I decided to try and create a similar effect on a budget. I painted some card with black acrylic paint, dried it with a heat gun and then applied a thick layer of Homebase crackle glaze. I had to leave it overnight to dry and then I applied a layer of red acrylic paint (with a little cosmic shimmer powder) and left it to dry again. Once it was dry I embossed the edge with gold EP. I'm quite pleased with the crackle effect and it  and it says it works with all water based paints so when I get a minute I'll experiment with other stuff too.

The scalloped circles are fabby decor plates from Carolines which have been triple embossed with halo gold and japanese lacquer EPs. I've overstamped the red decor plate with an oriental dragon but its hard to get it to show because of the shine. The lady silhouhette was sprayed with gold glitter spray and mounted with foam pads and I added a charm, gold braid and some peel off oriental script (hope it doesn't say anything rude lol)
This card is also for this weeks Corrosive Challenge which is textures and Lots to Do which is embossing.
Thanks for looking
Claire xx


  1. A great card Claire, the crackle paint lokks fab, you can see it clearly when you click on the card to bring it closer.

  2. Yes I agree when you enlarge you can see it much better. Great idea and super card Claire. Thanks for playing xx

  3. Gorgeous crackle created on this beautiful card Claire

    Thanks for sharing with the Lotstodo Challenge xx Hilda

  4. It's gorgeous Claire! The crackle effect looks amazing! xx

  5. Lovely card, Claire. Thanks for your experimenting - close up look shows it works really well and gives a very good crackle finish for much less pennies. Will give it a try myself! Thanks.

    Janet xx

  6. I have the crackle glaze you speak of, TWO blottles of the stuff. I bought it to do my large pieces of furniture but it's not as effective as I had hoped when I did it on a test piece of wood.

    I enlarged the photo so I could see better, you would know better as you an see the card but a lovely technique and glad it worked for you

    Love Dawn xx

  7. oh I am also a daffodil so cute! lol

  8. So lovely Claire it has worked great. Clever you!!! Cathy xxx

  9. What beautiful rich colours, its gorgeous.

  10. This is lovely and your 'home made' crackle effect is brilliant. Well done for working out how to do it.
    Beryl xx

  11. Stunning card Claire - so rich looking. Tess x

  12. This is great and well done you for experimenting and sharing with us.

    Jenny x

  13. Your card is gorgeous Claire !!

    I too experiment a lot and enjoy it thoroughly :)

    Thanks for stopping by on my blog and leaving some love :)

    Hope you can join us this week at the Rainbow Lady's Challenge!!


  14. What a sensational card..beautiful colours and I love the asian coin but the Geisha silhouette in the corner, finishes off the card perfectly :)

  15. A fabulous card Claire Your experimenting payed

  16. Gorgeous! Thanks for playing along at The Corrosive Challenge blog!


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