Friday, November 7, 2014

Colored Crackle Snowflake Ornament

Hi everyone, Bobbi here!  Today I'm sharing a project that I did for Inspiration Emporiums Challenge "Happy Holidays" and Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge hosted by Linda Ledbetter.  Challenge number 14 is found on page 53 of Tim Holtz's Compendium of Curiosities Volume Three book.  I've been having a wonderful time playing along with CC3C, I love all the fun techniques!  If you don't have this great book you can find it here and Tim Holtz will even sign it for you!!!  This challenge is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique who have a wonderful $25 gift voucher to give away to one lucky winner. Also, the Curiosity Crew Pick wins a fabulous pack of goodies from Tim and Mario!  Now,here is my take on this "Colored Crackle" challenge.  I made a snowflake ornament that I'm going to hang on my Christmas tree this year.
 To start with, I cut two white pieces of chipboard out of the cameo frame die.  One solid cameo and one with the oval center cut out.
 I painted my chipboard pieces with picket fence distress paint and let dry.  I dry brushed a little spun sugar and brushed pewter distress paints on top oval frame very sparingly.
 I adhered some tissue wrap with multi-meduim matte to the inside of frame.
 I dry brushed a little brushed pewter distress paint over the tissue wrap.
 I also added splatters and spills with the brush pewter distress paint, you know I just have to grunge it up a bit :)  I inked all of my edges with pumice stone distress ink and a blending tool.
 I added my ideology hardware to the front frame.  Then glued down the hand dyed ribbon I made for hanging.  You can do this several ways, I decided to glue my ribbon flat in between the two frames sort of sandwiched.  If you flip the front frame over along with the bow making sure to align everything properly,  attach ribbon to the inside oval and cut away any excess.
 I ran a bead of adhesive all the way around the frame and attached the two pieces together.   At this point my frame was wanting to bow on me just a little,  so I just happen to have a gigantic Nutella jar (thank you Costco) within arms reach that I used as a weight till it dried.
I  dyed my gumdrop with pink sherbet alcohol ink to coordinate with my snowflakes and frame.
 Here's the part I just can't give away, the colored crackle!
 This technique was a lot of fun and I hope you give it a try!
Now remember to enter your "Happy Holiday" themed projects over at Inspiration Journal and one lucky winner will be given a very generous $50 gift credit, to spend at Inspiration Emporium.  You can find all the supplies I used at Inspiration Emporium via the links below. Remember to use my coupon code - vintagemuse - to save 10% on your order.  I hope you enjoyed my Colored Crackle Snowflake Ornament, it was a lot of fun to create!   If you have any questions or if there's anything I missed please let me know I love your comments, I appreciate each and everyone of them!  As always thanks for stopping by and I'll see you next time!


  1. Gorgeous! This is a perfect vintage Christmas ornament. The crackle is perfect on the snowflake layers and I really love how your prepared the cabinet card base. Awesome, I love everything about this!!

  2. I really can't tell you just how much I love this. It looks so beautiful and will adorns and brighten any wall. Hugs from Scotland. Rita xxxxxc

  3. Very pretty! And we used 2 of the same items! Great minds think along the same lines!

  4. Loved the way your crackle showed. Great job! The best snowflake ever...

  5. Love the snowflake, so sparkly and wintery with the crackle technique. x

  6. stunning work Bobbi! Love the colors you used here!

  7. Beautiful piece and gorgeous make!

  8. Bobbi what a gorgeous piece. The snowflake is just stunning! Love it! Karen.x

  9. Bobbi....what a fabulously gorgeous ornament! I totally LOVE your crackled snowflake. Great technique! I love your die cut cabinet card as a "frame" for your ornament. I also love your little dangling skates at the bottom. Truly beautiful and so creative! Thanks for sharing with all of us at CC3C. <3 Candy

  10. Incredible. Your crackle glaze is fabulous and I love the colours of your snowflakes. It's a thing of beauty. :)

  11. This is gorgeous!! You will have so much fun playing with your new goodies, congratulations!

  12. I love your wintery snowflake creation!!! Love the crackle and your composition! So pretty and elegant! Congratulations!

  13. Hi! What color combo did you use for the various layers of the snow flake? Thanks in advance.

    1. Sally, I used spun sugar, brushed pewter, broken china and picket fence :)