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.

Very interesting. Love the effect it creates when all done.
Penny  |  Sat Jun 26, 2010 at 10:55 AM
I tried this out but it would not crack.If you have any tips please let me know.


Sarah H  |  Tue Jul 6, 2010 at 11:45 AM
When I did this cracked glass thing, it did not crack either. What am I doing wrong? Help!
Lola  |  Thu Jul 8, 2010 at 9:09 AM
Bonsoir. J'ai essayé votre technique avec de la poudre utee blanche et j'ai un résultat affreux. La poudre a coulé et l'on ne voit plus le dessin dessous. Quels sont les encres utilisées pour le dessin et quelle poudre à embossage faut-il exactement ? Merci.
Micha  |  Sun Mar 20, 2011 at 1:49 PM
Micha, you need to use clear UTEE, not white. White will cover your image. Sorry!
beate  |  Sun Mar 20, 2011 at 2:37 PM
@Micha: Salut à tous! Vous devez utiliser UTEE clair, pas blanc pour pouvoir obtenir le résultat dans le tutoriel. Faites-nous savoir si vous avez besoin d'autre chose! smile
lydia  |  Sun Mar 20, 2011 at 3:28 PM
What a lovely technique.
Tammi  |  Fri Nov 7, 2014 at 10:25 AM

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