Faux Crazed Porcelain

by Shelly Hickox

Create a faux porcelain look with crackle paint and ultra thick embossing powder.


  • Heat gun
  • Tweezers
  • Die cut mat board or chipboard (plain cardstock can be used, but it will not look as realistic)
  • White crackle paint, (Ranger Picket Fence Distress Crackle paint used here)
  • Clear Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE)
  • Clear embossing ink
  • Permanent black dye Ink or black acrylic paint
  • Rubber stamp with bold image, words or numbers work well


  1. Step 1

    Paint die cut mat board with an even layer of crackle paint.

    The thicker the paint layer, the larger the cracks will be. Keep in mind that the color of the mat board will show through the cracks when the paint is dry.

    Let paint dry completely. Once cracks start to appear, you can speed up the process with your heat gun.

  2. Step 2

    Stamp your image onto the cracked surface with either permanent dye ink or black acrylic paint.

    Let dry thoroughly. Use your heat gun to heat set, if desired.

  3. Step 3

    Cover surface with clear embossing ink.

  4. Step 4

    Coat inked surface with UTEE, tap off excess.

  5. Step 5

    Using a heat gun, heat UTEE until it melts and covers the surface.

    If necessary, you can repeat steps 3 and 4 for thicker coverage. One to two coats is usually sufficient.

  6. Step 6

    Use your finished piece as desired.
    Feel free to experiment with other colors of crackle paint, ink, and shapes!


Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

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This looks really fantastic! I am going to try this with some cards for my family, so I won't mail them, but does this change the weight of the card in a way that would affect the mailing cost?
Caryn  |  Wed Dec 7, 2011 at 7:05 AM
What stamp did you use?
Martha  |  Wed Dec 7, 2011 at 7:11 AM
I love this & I actually have all the products to do it. I was wondering who & where are the stamps you used for your card from? I love that Santa & the saying. TFS! ;0)
Traci Lord  |  Wed Dec 7, 2011 at 7:18 AM
Fab tutorial! i would love to try it! What can I use as a substitute for the white crcakling paint?
parvathi Mahtani  |  Wed Dec 7, 2011 at 7:23 AM
Caryn, it definitely adds bulk (thickness), which would probably affect postage. It adds a bit more weight too, but I'm not sure how much.
Shelly Hickox  |  Wed Dec 7, 2011 at 8:16 AM
Thanks! I hope everyone enjoys it. The rubber stamps I used are all from Artistic Outpost's Snowy Woods stamp set.
Shelly Hickox  |  Wed Dec 7, 2011 at 8:18 AM
Parvathi, this is such a unique type of paint, I'm not sure what else would work. For a similar look, you could paint your chipboard with acrylic paint and then stamp with a crackle stamp in a light color (grey/taupe/caramel) and then stamp your word or sentiment in black over the top. Emboss as shown. I'll have to try that and see how it looks!
Shelly Hickox  |  Wed Dec 7, 2011 at 8:21 AM
great tutorial! I bought a bottle of the UTEE but have never used it....now I have a great technique to try. thank you!
Jackie Lee  |  Wed Dec 7, 2011 at 8:43 AM
This is such a cool effect! Can't wait to try it on some findings. smile Thanks for sharing!
Kim Hill  |  Wed Dec 7, 2011 at 8:55 AM
Shelly - this is just beautiful. Thank you so much for featuring Artistic Outpost's stamps. We do believe we have the stamp of the "real" Santa, as my son would say. Thanks for using images from our Snowy Woods collection!!!
Robyn Sharp  |  Wed Dec 7, 2011 at 10:23 AM
You're so smart to use tweezers for the embossing part. I got a heck of an embossing burn on my thumb last night because I didn't take the time to find my tweezers.
Cyndi Watkins  |  Wed Dec 7, 2011 at 10:33 AM
WOW !!! Great !!! Love it !
Jet Mattiesing  |  Wed Dec 7, 2011 at 11:35 AM
This was wonderful! Thank you for making the video also! I was wondering...the clear powder that you dipped it in...is that a TH or Ranger Embossing Powder? Or is it something else?

Thank you so very much for helping me find the needed material!

He IS Able!
Traci S.
Traci S.  |  Wed Dec 7, 2011 at 11:44 AM
Thanks everyone! Traci, that is Ranger's Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE). I think they've recently changed the packaging and it looks a little different now.
Shelly Hickox  |  Wed Dec 7, 2011 at 11:58 AM
Hello again, Shelly I went on their site & there isn't a set or that santa stamp anywhere to be found. Are you sure it was from Artistic Outpost? I want that stamp realy bad. ;0)
Traci Lord  |  Wed Dec 7, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Hey stampers...Here is the direct link to the stamps that Shelly used.
Robyn Sharp  |  Wed Dec 7, 2011 at 12:49 PM
To Traci Lord:

Item# SnowyWoods
jacqueline  |  Wed Dec 7, 2011 at 12:51 PM
Thank you so much for the link. When I went to the site on my own & went under the stamp catagory it's not there. Strange. I thought maybe it was sold out that's why it wasn't there. The site might want to look into that. Happy Holidays! ;0)
Traci Lord  |  Wed Dec 7, 2011 at 1:02 PM
Thanks for posting the link, Robyn and Jacqueline! I wasn't sure if it was ok to link directly to them. They are wonderful stamps!
Shelly Hickox  |  Wed Dec 7, 2011 at 1:10 PM
I used this same technique on a card last week only I randomly sprinkled glass glitter between my two layers of UTEE. Turned out awesome! Great tutorial.
Shannon  |  Wed Dec 7, 2011 at 1:15 PM

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