Friday, January 17, 2020

{Mixed Media Tutorial} Mixed Media Fun with Crackle Paste, Powders, and a Stencil

Hello crafters, Craftyfield here today. For the next 3 months I will be sharing my favourite Mixed Media techniques here on the STAMPlorations blog. I am starting with a fun and easy one involving crackle paste and powders. Any kind of dye based coloured powders will work, Brushos, Infusions, Color Bursts, Bistres etc...

For my base I used a thick Mixed Media card but any heavyweight (110lbs or more) card or watercolor paper will work).

First apply some Clear Crackle paste through a stencil. I chose the Peeking Dahlias stencil.

Once the paste is dry, sprinkle a mix of powders on the paste.

Start spraying water, a bit at a time to reveal the colors.

I started with the yellows and orange of the petals.

Slowly adding powders and water, then some darker color for the flower centers.

These are all the powders I eventually used on this piece. You will notice that I use a very small paint brush, dry, to apply the powders. I dip the brush in the pot and tap lightly on the handle to spread the dye where I want it. It gives me more control than having the powder sprinkled from a hole in the lid (yes, I'm a control freak!).

A little bit more water...

I let the card dry overnight under a heavy book to flatten it. To finish my card, I added a sentiment made up of a die-cut and a partially stamped sentiment.

I use a piece of washi tape to cover the areas I don't want to ink before stamping.

The die-cut is the Wonderful word die and the stamp is from the Noteworthy 2 set. I added a few sequins from the White Frost ShakerBlends which shimmer depending on the light's angle.

I hope I have inspired you with this technique, the crackle paste tends to concentrate the colors rather than resist them like most texture pastes and gel mediums.

I hope to see you in a month's time for another tutorial!

Happy crafting!



  1. I have one word for this card.....AWESOME
    Thanks for showing the technique.

  2. Great technique and what a stunning effect....thank you for the fabulous inspiration x.

  3. You may be a control freak,but the results are outstanding - love this technique

  4. A great example of how to use texture paste. The results are beautiful, and the clear, step by step is so helpful. Thank you!

  5. Such glorious colours and a wonderful artsy effect with the powders over the paste - magical and very inspiring, thank you.
    Alison x

  6. This is so beautiful!! I've never used any of these kind of powders, but this is super cool and now I just might have to try!

  7. Love how the card is embossed and then colored. I need to get my piwders out and play witth them like it because the cards are gorgeous!

  8. Wow, so beautiful! I enjoyed seeing how it all came together and the crackle texture looks amazing šŸ˜. Happy February! Hugs, Jo x

  9. Magnifique ta carte, et merci pour cette technique en pas-Ć -pas !!!


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