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Article Courtesy Scrapjazz.com: by Christine Ousley

If you are looking for a great way to add some interest to your embellishments, then I have just the solution for you.  Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint is an amazing product that you can do so much with.  There are so many looks that can be achieved with this product depending on the materials you put it on.  In this article I painted some die-cut leaves to give them a more authentic look. 

The first thing you need to do is prep the surface.  I like to put down a base coat of paint or ink the same color as the crackle paint that I am using, or a different color if I would like that color to show through the cracks.

In the picture below I have applied a shiny gold color using Creative Imaginations Luminarte Radiant Rain. Make sure to let that base coat dry thoroughly before applying the crackle paint.

Apply the crackle paint in a medium thickness. Don’t worry about it being brushed on evenly.  The paint will settle itself as it dries.  For this project I used Fired Brick and Antique Linen.


After you have painted the entire surface, it is important to let your project dry on its own, at least until you see some cracks starting to appear.  After that you can speed up the process by applying a heat gun, but I prefer to let it dry on its own for the best results.

This picture shows several leaves that have completed the cracking process.

After the paint dries, the fun begins.  For this project I cut my leaves from Tim Holtz grunge paper so my leaves were still very pliable.  I cut out the leaves with the new Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves Sizzix die.  I bent them a little and started applying some Vintage Photo Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  On the red leaves the gold color came through the cracks but I still applied the distress inks Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Fire Brick, and Spiced Marmalade for complexity.

The final step is to cover the entire surface of the leaves with Ranger’s Glossy Accents.  This sealed the leaves and gave them a beautiful sheen.  Let the leaves dry overnight to ensure that you will not get fingerprints on them while putting together your final project.

Here you can see my final project. 

For the base of my fall card, I stamped fall leaves on craft paper in VersaMark with the clear acrylic stamp set from Hero Arts called Real Leaves.  Then I stamped them again on a slightly distressed patterned paper with Tim Holtz Distress Inks in the same colors I used on the die-cut leaves.  I adhered the patterned paper to my kraft card base and then attached my leaves with craft Glue Dots.  My last step was to tie a ribbon and some Scrappers Spools from Karen Foster in cardinal red around the middle so that it looks like it’s holding down the bunch of leaves.  I cut my sentiment from my Cricut and glued it down.

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