Sunday, 8 April 2018


Good Sunday morning!  Another really quick card that uses the wonderful Crackle Glaze from Creative Expressions.  I started with a piece of black card and painted the crackle glaze on to it with a wide paint brush.  I allowed it to dry well, then added Matte White Chalk Paint with a tad of Metallic Lustre Chocolate Gold paint to change the colour.  You simply need to coat the mixture with a paint brush and before you can even clean your paintbrush, the crackle process is underway!  I allowed it to dry well then cut it into three wide strips.  I used the edge of my scissors to distress the edges of the strips then added mounting foam to them.  I added them to a slightly larger piece of milk card and distressed the edges of it with my scissors too.  I cut the Industrial Chic Frame out of milk card and used Antique Linen distress ink while it was still in the die.  I added mounting foam to the back and attached it in the lower corner.  I had a small piece of the crackled background left over so I cut the word Inspire from the Inspirational Word die set out of it and glued it into the frame. From the Industrial Chic Butterfly & Dragonfly die set,  I added a butterfly inked with Antique linen to the upper corner.  Milk mats and layers were used to complete the card.  The finished dimensions are 7" x  7 3/4" in size.  All for now, Sue x

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TDQ Karen said...

So unusual, I really like this x

Jan.moogie said...

Sorry Sue but I have to say it "this card inspires me", really love that crackle glaze thingamebob but not very good at it. Now I have to have another go at it. Lovey card and right up my alley, have a great day, hugs xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Jan on the Fosse said...

Good Morning Sue
Love the crackle glaze background.Great card.
Jan x

Anonymous said...

This looks great, Sue. Really like the crackle effect. Thanks for the inspiration.

Muriel Kelly said...

Hello Sue and all
Love the crackle glaze, am really enjoying making different backgrounds thanks to your inspiration Sue, great colours too.
Hope Ally Pally goes well again today and that you have booked yourself some “put your feet up” time too

Muriel x

Heather Rogers said...

Good Sunday Morning Sue

I have to say I really like this card, it is absolutely lovely and very suitable for the men in our lives - always useful!

Have a really great day

Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
Wow! I love everything about today's card especially the background. The font of the inspirational words die set is fabulous.
Hugs x
Heather T

Debra K. said...

Fab steampunk card! Love the crackle background and sentiment. Debra x

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Great card Sue, Love anything slightly steam punk.
In answer to how I broke my shoulder. I missed a step on the stairs, slid down 7 steps leaving my left arm dragging behind me.fracture clinic Monday, stair chair fitted Thursday. Altogether not my best week, but not to worry I’m sure they can fix me haha.

hollyberry said...

Great steampunk card today,love it when you do this style of card.

Kitty Davies said...

Morning Sue.
Thank you a great card, very unusual, you won't find one of them in a shop.
Take care and have fun Kitty.

hazel young said...

Stunning card Sue xx hazel

June Smith said...

Morning Sue and all Wilsonettes, a very nice card today

Stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

Marion Scott said...

Good morning Sue, love the crackle glaze background to this card
Marion S x

Clai01 said...

Really great card and love the crackle technique. x

Barbara Gosden said...

Hi Sue
I'm not into steam punk but it is interesting to see your version.
B xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, I love this carD. The crackle glaze looks gorgeous.

Barbara V

Chris Curry said...

The back ground of this card is amazing, and I love what you have over it too, especially the butterfly. Thank you Sue. Xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - I really love the crackle effect as it is so quick and effective. Loved seeing all your cards on display yesterday and I'm looking forward to using all the dies I bought! Your demonstrations were stunning. Have a great day today.

sharon casey said...

Morning Sue and all the Wilsonettes
What an unusual card I haven't tried using crackle glaze but this has inspired me to buy some and have a try this card is perfect for male without the butterfly also so win win.

Sending love and healing hugs to all that need them xx

Have a good day and stay safe all

Hunnymummy54 from MK

Clare W said...

GM Sue. What a background! Love it.

Pauline Austen said...

Morning Sue, love that background. Have never used crackle glaze but the effect it gives is great. I use that butterfly a lot too. Enjoy your day, and try to relax next week.! Hugs xx Pauline

Scottydog said...

Going to have to try this, received the butterfly & dragonfly dies yesterday! Wouldn’t normally be my sort of card but decided to bite the bullet! Thank you Sue for the inspiration.

CHERYL Brown said...

Morning Sue,

Wow! a brilliant card. Your comment on the crackle paste reminded me I bought some and have never used it so playtime this afternoon for me.

Love 7 hugs
Cheryl xxx

Suemac said...

Not really into. Steam punk, prefer your ‘pretty cards’.

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Unusual card today but I love it.

CraftyCoffey said...

Great card, very different to your usual style.


BridgetCG said...

Hello Sue, what a great card, perfect for people that don't do pretty, love the crackle panels, it really works with the steampunk dies and the word die. Have a great day everyone. Bx

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, Love it, I love steampunk cards. love Jean Z xxx

Izzy said...

Hi Sue,

Now this card made me smile - just when we think we know Sue Wilson you come up with something so completely different! that background, I haven't yet tried the Crackle Glaze but remember doing lots of these a few years ago using PVA glue but it sounds like the Glaze is quicker to dry and I really like that you saved a little piece to cut the Inspire from - it really shows off the debossed detail beautifully...


Anne said...

Love the crackle panels, Sue.

Anne (Northampton)

Pussycats said...

Good Morning Sue and all

WOW I have to say what a stunning card. The back ground effect from the crackle glaze is amazing . The back ground works so well for steam punk but I also think it would work wonderfully with the tool set.
Hope your having a great time at Ally Pally

Ann said...

Good Morning Sue. You are an ANGEL sent from above. I have a card to make....and very quick....for my brother. I have the Industrial Chic set. So I know what I will be doing later this afternoon. I haven't tried the crackle technique yet.... must look into that.....but I am sure I can sort a background out....out of all the ones you done on other cards. And by the way did I mention how much I love it. We should never have to struggle again with man cards after all the brilliant demos you have shown us. Thankyou Sue. Sending best wishes to everyone. Kind regards Ann Toppcards Leeds

June Horrocks said...

Love this card sue I won this die I will use it today for my brothers 76th birthday like Ann I can sort a background out brilliant!!!!!love you sue
Thank you love always June Horrocks xxxx

rosiejt said...

Well that has inspired me!

Yvonne H said...

Good morning Sue,
What a wonderful card, love the industrial butterfly & the crackled wall you have certainly inspired me to chop my backgrounds up as it is very effective. Yvonne xx

Netty The Runner said...

Love this technique. Looks good when it’s done in pretty colours too, pinks, mauves, etc, shabby chic.
Annette x

rolfi said...

Hi Sue

wonderful card... You gave me a good idea. I have a lot of cremes and pastes.
I will use them, cut three pieces out of it and that´s a fantastic background!

Rolf xxx

Lynne L said...

Good morning Sue great card the crackle glaze is so effective I got my IC butterfly & dragonfly dies yesterday so I'm very keen to try them out!
Jackie I hope you your shoulder is improving every day
Hope you all have a lovely Sunday

KarinsArtScrap said...

fabulous background Sue and a great card
gr karin

Sue MacFall said...

The crackle makes a lovely effect for this card and I love the greyish colour you have achieved,Sue.

Susan Battensby said...

Great card, I love your crackle glaze background.

alimecca said...

Hi Sue,
I really like this one especially the crackle background. I haven't used the crackle glaze but have done similar backgrounds with PVA glue but this seems much quicker - I might have to invest! The industrial chic butterfly is lovely too .
Jacqui sorry to hear about your fall down the stairs and your broken shoulder -ouch! Hope you have a speedy recovery.
Love and hugs to all, Alison xxx

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a great card. Not my style but I do like the crackle glace background and the butterfly.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue

I am sure many will be inspired by this sample, although I love background techniques I have never done a crackle one.


Heather R Oxfordshire

stitchingranny said...

Lovely card Sue, still not managed to add the "punk" look to my stash. My wish list though grows forever longer.
It was lovely to meet and speak with you at AP yesterday.

Hugs Helen xx

Princess Pixie! said...

Helllooo Sue and all
Missed me? Lol x
Loving this card. Industrial chic/shabby chic/grunge/whatever you want to call it - so cool x
Brilliant technique for all those lovely man and boy cards that we all love making! I have crackle glaze - it was something else you forced me to buy after demonstrating it so brilliantly on HOCHANDA. I think a session of crackling backgrounds needs to go on to my to do list. Mind you things often make it to my to do list and that is as far as they get! It is more like a stay put and think about it list. It is a long list x
Back yesterday after week in the heavenly Isle of Wight. Internet was less than sporadic hence my lack of comments. Just had quick look the weeks cards and as always they are all worthy of a frame in a gallery - specially loving the stained glass cards x
Comments are much more time consuming to catch up on so apologies for my lack of up to date knowledge fellow Wilsonettes. That said -
Jacqui - big ouch!!! You poor thing. That sounds incredibly painful. But like you say they will be able to fix you. Always thought of a stairlift as a roller coaster for us non teens and less able bodied - take care x
Having seen your new dies Sue I am so excited to see you wave your crafty wand. Also relieved to see the launch was not under way. You obviously waited til I was back in circulation - after all I am your favourite, lol x
Hope you are having the best time at AP despite my not being there. I know how much you love it x
Sending lots of love to everyone specially missing friends x
Crafty hugs
Yvonne x

Donita Naylor said...

Lots more love for industrial chic this time around.
Let's see if I've got this: For crackle, you start with paper the color you want showing through the cracks. The glaze goes on first, and once it's dry, the other colors go on.
I like the rusty look with Industrial Chic, but variety is nice.
Best to all,

Evis M said...

Hi Sue,
I have to agree with the comment left by 'suemac'.
I do like the crackle glaze effect however.
Evis M.

dmj said...

Not my cup of tea, but still lovely, don't do
'messy' at all, but still good for the men!

Doreen x

Sam Smithard said...

To My Wonderful Dear Friend Sue, 🥇Award Winning Blog For 2016
Sue, “Phenomenal Card” It’s Wonderful To See So Many Of Your Blog Members
Also Are Enjoying It, I’ve Watched A Video Tutorial Where You’ve Used This
Particular Technique, Its Magical Watching The Crackle Actually Happen, Sue, Thank
You For Your Superb Blog, Which You Share Lots Of Remarkable Tips/Techniques
You Inspire Me Each/Every Day It’s Such A Pleasure To Open Your Blog Every Morning
As Not One Day Goes By! When The Cards Are The Same, So There Is Always Something To Offer Everyone...
Sue, You’ve Not Used It In Today’s Card But I Really Love The Swirl Die From The Industrial Chic Collection
It’s Stupendous.....
Famous Products Used In Today’s Card ✨
“Creative Expression Piercing Ruler 12”/30cm”
“Creative Expression Milk/Black Foundation Card”
“Creative Expression Mounting Foam”
“Creative Expression Cosmic Shimmer Specialists Dries Clear Acrylic Glue”
“Creative Expression Cosmic Shimmer Crackle Glaze”
“Creative Expression Cosmic Shimmer Matte White Chalk Paint”
“Creative Expression Cosmic Shimmer Metallic Lustre Chocolate Gold Paint”
“Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink”
Famous Cutting Dies Used In Today’s Card ✨🥇For Cutting Dies In 2017
“Sue Wilson’s Industrial Chic Butterfly/Dragonfly Die Set” (From The Industrial Chic Collection 2 Cutting Dies)
“Sue Wilson’s Industrial Chic Frame Die Set” (From The Industrial Chic Collection 3 Cutting Dies)
“Sue Wilson’s Inspire Sentiment Die Se” (From The Expression Collection 6 Cutting Dies)
Sue, You Began Today’s Magnificent Card With A Piece Of Black Foundation Card, Then Painted The
Creative Expression Cosmic Shimmer Crackle Glaze On It Using A Wide Paint Brush, You Then Allowed This
To Dry Throughly!! Then Sue, You Added The Creative Expression Cosmic Shimmer White Matte Chalk Paint
Also Adding A Small Amount Of Creative Expression Cosmic Shimmer Metallic Lustre Chocolate Gold Paint
To Change The Colour (Sue, You Mentioned You Simply Need To Mix The Mixture With A Paint Brush Then
Even Before You’ve Washed Out Your Paint Brush “The Magic Begins” The Crackle Process Is Underway!!!)
You Then Allowed This To Dry Throughly!! Then You Cut Your Background Into Three Wide Strips, You Then
Used Your Scissors To Distress The Edges Of Each Section Then You Applied Mounting Foam To The Back
Then You Placed Onto A Larger Piece Of Milk Foundation Card Making Sure Each Strip Was Spread Out Evenly
You Also Distressed This Piece Of Milk Foundation Card, Using Your Scissors Once More.
Sue, You Cut Out The Industrial Chic Frame From Milk Foundation Card You Inked Whilst Still In The Frame
Using Antique Linen Distress Ink, Then You Added Mounting Foam To The Back Attaching It To The Lower Corner
Of Your Unique Card.
Sue, You Had A Small Piece Of Cracked Background Left, So You Cut Out The Word “INSPIRE” (Fabulous Detail)
From The Inspirational Word Die Set, You Placed Glue To The Back Then Placed This Inside Your Frame.
Sue, You Cut Out The Luxurious Butterfly From The Industrial Chic Collection (Who Doesn’t Just Love Butterflies/Dragonflies)
From Milk Foundation Card You Also Inked Whilst Still Within The Die You Used Antique Linen Distress Ink, Then You
Glued Down The Centre Of The Body, Attaching To The Upper Corner Of Your Magical Card.
Sue, Then You Attached This To Your Base Card Which Includes Your Famous/Signature/Piercing
Thank You For Sharing Today’s Exquisite Card (Now I’ll Go Into My Folders To Check Out The Date You Made A
Video Tutorial Using The This Tremendous Technique...
I Hope Your Busy At Ally Pally Also Enjoying Catching Up With Everyone............
Sue, Take Great Care My Wonderful Dear Friend
Extremely Wonderful Warm Fond Wishes To Colin Also Heather
Sue, Lots Of Love Also Huge Hugs 🤗
Love From Sam xxx

Yorks butterfly said...

Hi Sue, really like these Industrial Chic Dies, a great addition to the craft arsenal and so good for cards for our male friends.

Lynn Dalby said...

Hello Sue.

Great Card, really good as a male card. I'm not usually a fan of the distressed look but I do like the crackled paint effect on this card. Thanks for sharing.

Best wishes

Rose in Chester said...

Loving this, Sue. I love the crackle effect, must have a go!!
Hugs, Rose

Crewe Trish said...

Hello Sue
This is not my favourite type of card I don't know anybody I could make it for.
Yvonne it's lovely to see you back glad you enjoyed your holiday.Jacqui hopefully your shoulder will be on the mend soon.

Suzzette Yandle said...

I am really liking this texture on your design.

theresa w said...

Hi Sue and lovely wilsonettes x
Fantastic card Sue x love the crackled background and after giving up on this technique years ago I tried the products you have used and the results are amazing and so easy to achieve x it was lovely to see you yesterday Sue and looking forward to using my new dies x
Jacqui feel better soon x
Take care everyone x
Theresa w in Berks xxx

Kate's Cards said...

I haven't used crackle glaze for years, must get it out and play!

Laura O' Connor said...

Fantastic card sue love the crackle background and the industrial dies used .fantastic card. Laura O Springfield

Fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, although this card is not to my particular taste I do like the crackle background and can see it in other colours for more 'regular' cards. The Industrial Chic Butterfly & Dragonfly dies are the only ones I would go for from that range, it is hard to resist a butterfly in any shape or form :-)

PP - glad you made it back safely and had a lovely break.


Ann said...

Hi Sue

Beautiful card really like this die set


Annx without an "e"

Littlelamb said...

BrilliNt card Sue. Must give this a try. Only used Crackle glaze once but was pleased with the result. Have the Industrial Chic dies. Hope you are enjoying another day at AP.

sued99 said...

Brilliant card. X

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Sue, I love this triptych card, and how you created this background and cut into three pieces, so so effective. To complete your creation you applied these steampunk beauties, I love it !!
Lots of love from Patricia xx

CraftyJo said...

Love it!

Welsh Dors said...

Hi Sue,
Great card today. The crackle is amazing.
Best Wishes

Owlish said...

I think this is a very inspiring card l never used
this technique before very interesting
Congratulations to all the ladies l have missed
Who may have won items just lately as I'm
Just catching up

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Sue
It was great to see you again today at Ally Pally. Thanks for showing me how you did the 🎈 card that was shown yesterday. I hadn’t had the time to watch it yesterday.
Another great card today. Love the crackle background you’ve shown.

Barbara said...

Great card Sue!
I love the crackle glaze and it is so easy to use. I used to use the PVA glue which could be a hit or a miss and the glaze is so much easier.

Dawn Holben said...

Sue i love this, so different.
I love the technique and is so fun to do.

DeCor said...

It may be simple but so effective looking. Think crackle with the distressed edges is a real winner. Craft room been uk p side down but nearly organised again so looking forward to trying to immulate some of your great backgrounds of late including today's. Hope YOUR Weekend At Ally Pally wxceeded

DeCor said...

I meant to say that I hoped Ally Pally exceeded all your expectations! Spoil yourself tomorrow.

DeCor said...

I meant to say that I hoped Ally Pally exceeded all your expectations! Spoil yourself tomorrow.

Betty McAlister said...

Hi Sue. Great masculine card and easily replicated. Don't have the crackle glaze but do have lots of card/paper backgrounds which look very similar to yours as a substitute. Got the dies though. Xx

Helen Bell said...

Hi Sue

I hope you had a great day at Ally Pally. I’m sure you did.

Sorry to say I don’t really like steampunk. Love the colours and the background effect though.

Jacqui, sorry to hear about your accident and broken shoulder. Wishing you a speedy and full recovery and hope you are pain free very soon x

Yvonne (pp) welcome back, glad you had a fab holiday. X

Love Helen xxx

Maria Alder said...

Hi Sue and everyone.
Not really in to steampunk but this card have a fabulous background
I like very much. It was nice to see you today and you always amazes
me by remember my name :>) All your cards were even more beautiful
in real life. Thank you for sharing your wonderful cards with us.

Many hugs to all Wilsonettes and some extras for our missing friends
Maria x

Latenight SandyH said...

I've never used Crackle Glaze but this background looks really interesting.
Take care everyone.

Lisbeth said...

Hi Sue. Sorry I didn't comment on this card yesterday, I had PC issues. I felt I had to comment on this post as the card shows how great the crackle glaze works. I wonder whether those pieces you did at Ally Pally on Saturday ever dried and crackled????


Vie Carter said...

Great card Sue, I have these dies and find them so useful

Had great day on Saturday at Ally Pally, was lovely to see you again, keep well


Marie P from Longridge said...

Hello Sue.
A very different card today and although the crackle background looks good I think it might be beyond my level of competence as I haven't yet mastered the art of stamping.
I hope your shoulder heals soon Jacqui. I chuckled when Yvonne said the stair-lift reminded her of a roller coaster as if yours is as slow as mine it's more like a snail drive.
Sue, I hope you are taking a rest after your Ally Pally weekend.
Cheers from Marie P.

ursula said...

Hope all went well at Ally Pally....need a rest now I think Sue....This card is just amazing, just love that crackle effect...thanks Sue...luv Ursula xx

BenteS said...

Love this butterfly :))

Fikreta said...

Very beautiful card.

Pawprintx4 said...

I probably wouldn't ever do this type of card but it is interesting.I have used crackle paint years ago, a Ranger product, for a project I did for my inlaws.
Wish I could have gone to Ally Pally.
Stephanie K

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