Tutorials

Caught In Crystal

  Caught in crystal is a wonderful technique that is quite easy to do but provides you with lovely spectacular results.

Start by drizzling clear crystal lacquer on to a piece of acetate (I use the heat embossable type so that I can stamp and emboss on it to finish the card quickly)
Next, drip drops of alcohol inks randomly over the crystal lacquer. Choose three colours for this (here I have butterscotch, lettuce and red pepper)

After the alcohol inks, use Cosmic Shimmer mica powder and tap the powder in a coordinating colour over the entire piece using the brush enclosed with the set.
Lastly, crumple a piece of white tissue paper into a ball. Open it back up but do not smooth out the wrinkles. Lay it over the piece and use a piece of kitchen roll to tamp it down. The lacquer and ink will come through the tissue paper. Set aside to dry. This will take several hours. Once dry, cut the piece to the desired size in your paper cutter. NOTE: the tissue is to stay on the back, do not try to remove it. Using black Archival ink, stamp on the front of the acetate. If you have used the heat embossable type of acetate you can emboss your image with clear embossing powder. If you have not, you will have to let it air dry overnight. Then mat and layer, add a sentiment, ribbon, brads or whatever you desire to complete your card!   All for now, Sue x

 

43 comments:

  1. like the idea of this sue must have a go
    hugs chris x

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  2. Great tutorial, stunning effect, thank you, Sue.

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  3. Great tutorial, thanks, I can't wait to have a go at this technique.
    Helen

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  4. Oh, wow, what a wonderful technique Sue xx Great end result xx Love karen xx

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  5. Oh, wow, what a wonderful technique Sue xx Great end result xx Love karen xx

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  6. I watched the c&c show where Julia showed the card you made with this method and followed your instructions to demonstrate the technique. It's quite a lot of work but made a spectacular card. I think it's so beautiful. I haven't tried it yet but think it would make a spectacular window card & to be honest I think adding too many other elements would just detract from the sheer beauty of this. It's a very arty and would make a fab picture too!! Thanks Sue for all your hard work in adding the tutorials to your blog it makes it so easy to find, you are such a gem!!!

    Alice xx

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  7. thank you so much for this Sue, I will certainly be giving it a go now, with your instructions even I can't go wrong!

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  8. Hi Sue, this is a fab tutorial!..I will have to get the products to do this...:)..xxx

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  9. Saw Jo on C&C this morning doing this technic and thought I'd seen it before on someone's blog - should have known it would be your's Sue - easy when you can look at the pic's and read the instructions.
    JanNxx

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  10. Thanks Sue,
    Had seen this but couldn't remember how to do it. Your instructions and pictures were really easy to follow. The worst part of this however is being patient and waiting for it to dry! Even I managed to make some fab backgrounds so if I can do it anyone can.
    Many thanks
    Beverley W

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  11. You always give us a real treat! This is a super technique, it's a really interesting one to try. I love the colours you've used for it, very autumny!
    Diane from Glasgow xx

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  12. Tried this using Cosmic shimmer pearlescent PVA in dark bronze. Using the same inks it gave a very striking effect. I am going to try the same technique using black pearl.

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  13. Wow, must give this a try, it looks great.

    Craftihappiness to you, love Pearl

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  14. Simply beautiful.

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  15. I love this technique - simply stunning!

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  16. Having a wee try at this just now...

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  17. I've seen this tech done ages ago with Klear floor polish, I think I've still got some in the back of my cleaning cupboard! I'll give it ago cause it may be a bit cheaper using the floor polish.xx

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  18. I love doing backgrounds like this, always so effective.

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  19. Love this idea. Need time to practice it but I will. Thank you. X

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  20. Thank you for this once have finished the mountain of cards that is Christmas will have to give it a go.

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  21. Could anyone tell me if you have to use the clear lacquer or can it be substituted, also could I leave out the mica powder? Thanks :)

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  22. This is jaw dropping amazing! I can't wait to try it!
    Thank you for taking the time to put together and share the photos and directions

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  23. Hi Sue, Love this technique Jean Z xx

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  24. This looks awesome ? What is the Stampin' Up ! equivalent of mica powder ?

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  25. Ok, stupid question time..... The directions say to use a "kitchen roll" to tamp down the tissue paper. What is a "kitchen roll?"

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  26. This effect can be recreated without the expense of specialist products simply use pva glue and food colourings. The white pva will dry clear

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  27. Interesting idea! Different way to use tissue paper.

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  28. Could you use clear drying glue for the same effect?

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  29. Anonymous, a Kitchen Roll is what Americans call a roll of paper towels.

    Great technique!

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  30. Sorry, that's confusing. In America, we call a "Kitchen Roll" paper towels. I believe Brits call it a "kitchen roll."

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  31. looks like fun. Will give it a try

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  32. You're a very kind person to share such a beautiful technique. Thank you.

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  33. This is a wonderful technique, so glad I found it.

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  34. This is beautiful! It's amazing the how the colors look even with the tissue over them. I think I must give this a try.

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  35. A great tip and a stunning result!
    Thank you!
    The card is lovely!

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  38. 💔I enjoyed learning a new technique. Thanks

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  39. 💔I enjoyed learning a new technique. Thanks

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  40. 💔I enjoyed learning a new technique. Thanks

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