Crackle Background Stamp - Project Ideas

Darkroom Door - Thursday, May 16, 2013
Today we have some fabulous projects from the Creative Team using the new Crackle Background stamp!

First, Godelieve has created some tags:



Details: I stamped the Crackle background with Distress Ink #Old Paper on white cardstock.  Then I overstamped the crackles with 2 large tags and two small ones from the Tags Rubber Stamp Set, using Ranger Archival ink #Coffee.  The background stamps are large enough to cut these 4 tags.
I inked the tags with Distress Ink #Vintage Photo.


I stamped the tags with stamps from the FoliageButterflies and Wildflowers Vol 1 set.


To finish off these labels I used gingham ribbon, twine and a Viva Pearl Pen.

Ranger Distress : Old Paper, Vintage Photo

And a quick card, made with a Distress Ink background, stamped with the Crackle Background stamp.
I decorated the card with the gorgeous filmstrips from the Bright Blossoms collection.

Darkroom Door stamp :  Crackle Background
Darkroom Door paper :  Bright Blossoms Vol 1 Filmstrips,  Bright Blossoms Wordstrips
Ranger Distress Inkpads
 :  Wild Honey, Barn Door

 Next up is Hels with a fabbo canvas!


The canvas is an 8" square, coloured with Claudine Hellmuth Studio paints, using my fave Traditional Tan for the base and then using Sable Brown mixed with Traditional Tan to make an in-betweeny colour and then the Sable Brown on its own for the darker colour on the top layer.  I used the scraped paint technique to apply the paints, I loves this technique and it goes perfectly with the new Crackle stamp.


To add the stamping to the canvas, I first got a Kleenex tissue and de-plyed it so it was a single layer.  The crackle was stamped using Jet Black Archival Ink and zapped with a heat tool to dry the ink off.  I then tore pieces of the image and applied it to the canvas using Glue & Seal Matte to collage over it.  The reason I use a cosmetic tissue is that when it is torn on the edges, the Glue & Seal kind of melts it into the canvas so it doesn't just look like it has been plonked on there.

I set about adding some texture, using a Claudine Hellmuth stencil and some 490 Embossing Paste (black) and once this had dried I went right over the top of the whole canvas with more Glue & Seal to provide a nice waterproof coverage to it.  Out came the old Stabilo All pencil to add some shading to th textured parts and once I had blended this part, I painted my two-tone edges - yep, I am a smidge addicted but hey, there's nowt wrong with being addicted to paint right?


I added a pile of flowers (coloured with Dylusions sprays and Cosmic Shimmer spray) and then set about embellishing the canvas.  The large metal butterfly is actually a Graphic 45 embellishment, I simply jazzed him up by stamping the crackle background over him using the Black Archival Ink and then heat setting it - remember, you needs to heat set Archival Ink as it is oil based... but totally waterproof when set... perfect!   The word is actually one of the new Sizzix Alterations Stacked Words dies from Tim Holtz... the whole word is ARTIST but I only wanted the ART bit so I snipped into it and then used Treasure Gold to color the black card it was cut from.   I also added Treasure Gold (liberally lol) to the rest of the embellies and textured bits.   The finishing touch is the little orange butterfly which is also a Darkroom Door stamp - he is from the Wings set.  And there you have it... one finished mixed media canvas... and pretty simples to create at that :o))

Sephi has also had a bit of a play with the Crackle Background. Here's her project:
Stamps: Crackle Background, Window Frame Stamp

Ink - StazOn timber brown, Brilliance graphite black
Paper - Blue Cardigan, K&Company
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - mulberry paper roses
Other - acetate, sandpaper, craft knife, glue, mounting foam


1. Stamp the crackle background on acetate using brown ink.
2. Stamp the window frame on cream card using black ink. Use a craft knife to cut out the individual panes and affix the stamped acetate behind the window. Tear a few holes in the acetate "glass".
3. Adhere a Love Letters photochip behind the window frame and then attach it to torn patterned paper using mounting foam. Glue flowers along the window sill and add the Love Letters wordstrips.
4. Finish by layering on a second piece of patterned paper and then on the green card front.

Here's another project by Sephi...
Darkroom Door products - #DDBS031 Crackle, Paris Photochip
Ink - Versa Mark
Paper - GCD Studios
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - K&Company copper brad, Cristina Re pearl brad, lace, ribbon
Other - verdigris embossing powder, heat tool


1. Stamp the crackle background on brown card using watermark ink. Sprinkle the wet ink with embossing powder and heat set.
2. Crumple a Paris photochip into a ball, smooth it out flat, and affix it to the embossed card.
3. Attach the card to torn patterned paper. Embellish with ribbon, lace, brads, and a Paris wordstrip.
4. Affix to card front.

And... Belinda shows us how the Crackle Background can be used on a scrapbook page:
Details: Today I have a layout to share with you using the Crackle Background Stamp. My layout background was influenced by the super talent that is Louise Nelson.
I started with a kraft cardstock base and then added VIVA DECOR Croco Crackling Colour in White. Once that was dry and beautifully crackled, I applied some acrylic paint with a palette knife. I also splashed on some Glimmermist before repeatedly stamping on some sentiments from the Home Sweet home Rubber Stamp Set.
My next step was to place some sheets of iron strategically over my layout. I stamped the Corrugated Iron Background Stamp onto some specialty stamping paper, added some white crayon for crayon resist and then coloured with Distress Markers. I blended the markers with a water brush pen and flicked over some Glimmermist.
I then created a rustic window using the brand new Crackle Background Stamp and the Shadow 12 Up Frame Stamp. Firstly I inked up the Frame Stamp with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. Next I applied Broken China Distress Ink onto the Crackle Background Stamp. I then stamped the Crackle Background onto the frame stamp as per the stamp kissing technique. I then applied the frame stamp onto my stamping paper thereby transferring both images.
While the ink was still wet I applied Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel and heat set. I did this about 4 times to create thick panes of glass for my window. The embossing powder didn't take evenly so when I rubbed over some Walnut Stain Distress Stain it created a really rustic effect.
To create the rustic wooden frame, I stamped the Scratches Background Stamp onto cardstock. Then I applied the frame stamp over the top and simply cut out the panes of glass leaving just the frame. I layered the frame over the top of my previous embossed piece to create the complete window.
Darkroom Door products used:
RANGER Archival Inks: - Coffee - Jet Black
TIM HOLTZ Distress Inks: - Walnut Stain - Tumbled Glass - Broken China - Antique Linen
TIM HOLTZ Distress Markers: - Tumbled Glass - Broken China - Pumice Stone

Thankyou for stopping by today and checking out our projects!


Kathy Gledsdale commented on 04-Jan-2014 07:53 AM
How lovely the crackle stamp is and great samples!

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