I love the look of crackle! I used to do it the old fashioned way…paint one coat of paint and let dry… paint a coat of crackle and let dry… paint another coat of a contrasting paint and let crackle. I had to be really careful about too many brush strokes, the direction they went in…and who knows if it was acid free!!??
Last year Tim Holtz came out with Distress Crackle Paint, matching all of the colors of his Distress Ink line. At first I was skeptical but then I was hooked! The beauty of it is the whole thing is self contained.
(Attached inside the lid)
So here are five little projects & ideas for using Tim Holtz' Distress Crackle Paint:
Make it Realistic.
Crackle is great for giving more depth to projects. It works great on “leaves” and home decor projects too. I used it on this wall hanging I did for Polka Dot Whimsy last month. The crackle paint on these Scenic Route Chipboard Leaves makes the leaves feel much more real, giving them the texture they need to stand out on this project.
Dress Up Plain Chipboard
I painted some hearts with the Crackle to give them a different texture and make them stand out from the background. Great for shabbier, vintage looks! Here I used it on a heart:
Ink It Like Crazy
Even if the paint does not match your layout, it takes ink really well! I used Green distress ink (Shabby Shutters I think) and some Colorbox Chalk Ink in Olive Pastel on this book plate. I only had Old Paper Distress Crackle Paint but I inked it to match. My friend Anne saw the page and swore Ihad used Green Crackle Paint–nope!
Use it like Paint
On this Zutter Cover-All Mini Book Cover I used Crackle Paint to cover the seams between the papers I used to cover this Cover-All. I could have used paint but the Crackle works almost like a spackle! And it has a totally different feel.
(Photo Coming Soon…)
Use it on Something Unexpected
I recently read an article on Craft Critique Blog about Prima's Festive Flowers. They actually used Crackle Paint on them!! Makes me wonder what else I could use it on besides chipboard and paper…
A few months back I used Crackle Paint on an acetate star on these luggage tags:
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