Let us all not forget the reason for the season!  I want to thank Judy L. for this great card.  Further on in my post I will show you a close up of the stamped image and explain how this was done!

In the meantime, I want to take this opportunity to tell you all how much your friendship and loyalty has meant to me this past year!  As many of you know my family is extremely small!  I have lost my parents, grandparents, etc. and as such I treat my friendships very seriously!  All of you are my family!  I treasure the time that we get to spend together.  I am thankful that you all let me share what I LOVE to do so much! Thank you for being as excited as I am about our love of stamping, creating, and sharing it with each other!  I look forward to another fabulous year as your demonstrator of choice!  I know that you have other options but I TRULY appreciate that you have chosen me!  Please let me know if there is ANYTHING else that I can do to make your stamping time/experience even more enjoyable!!!

If you look closely this focal point looks as though it is a piece of cracked glass.  Well, guess what?  The technique is called, “cracked glass”!!  How is this done?  Well here are some simple steps:

1.  Cut your cardstock to desired size
2.  Stamp your image on the cardstock
3.  Once the ink is dry, cover the entire piece with versamark ink
4.  While it is wet, cover it with clear embossing powder and heat set it.
5.  Once cooled, apply another layer of versamark, clear powder and repeat.
6. After you have about 4 layers, place the cardstock into your freezer for about 1 to 2 minutes.
7.  The minute you remove the project from the freezer, bend it and crack it!
8.  After the project is at room temperature again, you can use a sponge or dauber with either our antique inks or an espresso or chocolate chip ink pad and sponge ink on/around the cracks.  This will give it an aged appearance!

Should you decide to give this a try, PLEASE share your projects with me!!!

Gotta go open some gifts; then we are off to Paul’s sister’s house for Christmas dinner!  Have a VERY Merry Christmas!!!

………………………. Until tomorrow!

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