Cracked Glass

by Beate Johns

Layers of Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) give your stamped images an antique look.


  • Glassy Glaze™ (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) or clear embossing powder
  • Heat gun
  • VersaMark™
  • Dye ink
  • Cardstock
  • Sponge (optional)
  • Powder Pals® (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Stamp image on cardstock.

  2. Step 2

    Add color and sponge as needed.

  3. Step 3

    Apply VersaMark™ over the entire piece of cardstock

  4. Step 4

    Place your cardstock into your Powder Pal™ and pour Glassy Glaze™ over it.

    If you don't have Glassy Glaze or other UTEE, use crystal clear embossing powder.
    If you don't have a powder pal, use a sheet of copy paper.

    Cover entire image and tap off excess powder.

  5. Step 5

    Heat powder with heat gun until melted.

  6. When you are done, your cardstock should be covered with a bumpy, linoleum-like layer of Glassy Glaze.

  7. Step 6

    While the Glassy Glaze is still hot, add more powder over the cardstock.

    Hint: If the layer of Glassy Glaze has cooled, don't worry. Either reheat, or apply another layer of VersaMark before adding more Glassy Glaze.

  8. Heat again until melted. The second layer will have a smoother look

  9. Step 7

    Repeat step 6.

    If you use regular embossing powder, repeat at least two more times.

    After heating the last layer of embossing powder or Glassy Glaze, put the cardstock in the freezer for a minute or two to completely cool. When you take it out, the cardstock may be slightly warped. That is perfectly okay.

  10. Step 8

    Bend cardstock carefully until embossed layer cracks. Repeat on different spots of your cardstock until you like the look of it.

  11. Step 9

    If you'd like the cracks to show more, sponge dark colored ink over the entire image. The ink will get into the cracks, making them look more prominent.

  12. Step 10

    Buff image with a paper towel to pick up the ink that didn't seep into the cracks.

  13. Step 11

    Finish your card. .


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Cracked Glass. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Thank you! I've always wondered how to do this! I can't wait to try it!
Kari  |  Tue Jan 22, 2008 at 8:04 PM
This is a cool technique! If you run the cooled piece through your crimper - once in each direction, it looks awesome. The cool thing about the crimper is that my 11 year old son thought of it!!
Amy  |  Tue Jul 8, 2008 at 7:04 PM
Can you do the same thing using liquid glass from CTMH?
Simmie  |  Fri Aug 22, 2008 at 5:05 PM
What a fantastic idea! I love the look of this in all of the different stages.

Amy - I well remember the magic of a young son at the age of 11. Tell him thanks for this great idea.
Mary Anne  |  Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 8:44 AM
love it love it love it
cheryl Morrison  |  Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 3:26 PM
Great technique. Might use it with a Christmas collage stamp. could be this yeaqr's Christmas cards.
jennifer  |  Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 6:12 PM
Thank you so much for posting this tutorial! I can't wait to try it!!
mona jlo  |  Wed Oct 15, 2008 at 9:15 AM
I did this technique on a page quite a few months ago. Now I find that the original image is faded. I used a pigment light blue ink on a large letter for the image. Have you discovered anything about images fading with this technique?
Karen Schreiber  |  Mon Jan 5, 2009 at 9:56 PM
So far I always used waterproof ink to stamp my image and colored it in. I usually send out my cards, but I never heard anything back that the image faded. Sorry!
Beate  |  Tue Jan 6, 2009 at 4:29 AM
Can I ask what you mean by waterproof inks?
Is that a Staz-On type of ink?
Karen Schreiber  |  Tue Jan 6, 2009 at 11:13 AM
this is so kool! cant wait to try this!!
di  |  Thu Jul 16, 2009 at 10:31 PM
I'm new to SU as a demo. I must say you all are the nicest people I've been meeting. And so talented. I've learned so much already. I just want to say Thank you so much for caring enough to share. I'm really excited about my Christmas cards this year.
Gloria Sperring  |  Thu Oct 15, 2009 at 8:59 PM
I absolutely love this web site. I enjoy making cards and this gives me a new way of doing it. Thaks so much.
barbara rhodes  |  Fri Nov 6, 2009 at 6:29 AM
Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial; I appreciate the time you take to help paper crafters.
Gigi Escalane  |  Fri Nov 6, 2009 at 12:38 PM
With the cracked glass tutorial, step 2 talks about "add color and sponge as needed".
Can you explain that step abit more?
Thank you.
norma  |  Sat Nov 14, 2009 at 7:23 PM
It means after you stamp your image and you want it colored and sponged, do it now. Because after you add clear embossing powder over it, you can't do that anymore.
Beate  |  Sun Nov 15, 2009 at 6:13 AM
Thanks for the answer, Beate. Do you then use chalks with a sponger? Or actual ink with a sponger? Thank you.
norma  |  Sun Nov 15, 2009 at 8:30 AM
I didn�t understand the whole �slide in� thing until I saw the video. The video answered all of my questions! Thanks.
Rion  |  Sun Mar 7, 2010 at 1:04 AM
If the layer of Glassy Glaze has cooled, don't worry. Either reheat, or apply another layer of VersaMark before adding more Glassy Glaze.
Anushya  |  Wed Jun 9, 2010 at 9:45 AM
OMG,, iv done this technique was surepost to do it but i have,,lol
i put it in the bin as being a newbie i just thought id done wrong,,lol now i know im off to play,,, thank you,, theses hops are ready helping me,,, you gal's are just was too cool xxx
sandy  |  Sat Jun 26, 2010 at 5:06 AM

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