Zarna here. This is my first blog for Itsy Bitsy. I had always been keen on writing one for them, and here it is finally! Thank you for giving me this platform.
It’s been 1 year in the crafting world for me, where I have started pursuing my passion wholeheartedly. All the way long Itsy Bitsy has been a big backbone in my journey. Whenever I needed something, I knew Itsy Bitsy will surely cater to my needs.
Today, I have made two projects using Little Birdie One Step Crackle medium from Itsy Bitsy. It is a wonder gel indeed. It’s beautiful the way in which it creates lovely backgrounds for your projects, be it any type surface. The best part is, it’s quick and easy!
I will be sharing how to use One Step Crackle Medium on two different surfaces.
- Reverse Decoupage Glass Plate using One Step Crackle Medium
- MDF Fridge Magnet using One Step Crackle Medium
So let’s begin some crafty fun.
- Reverse Decoupage Glass Plate using One Step Crackle Medium.
For this project, I have used a 7.5 inch diameter glass plate. Pick up any tissue/rice paper of your choice. Now, since it’s reverse decoupage, hence the entire process is going to be carried out at the back of the plate. That is the part of the plate that faces down.
I have chosen a very cute Giraffe tissue paper. Fussy cut the tissue paper according to the glass plate, based on whatever design you want to have. A tip here: Place the tissue paper on some base, then place the glass plate over it and mark the portion of the tissue you want to use. This way you can get the exact design as desired.
Decoupage tissues are ideally 3-ply tissues. While doing decoupage on other surfaces, we remove two layers from the tissue. In this case, we will just remove one layer, the reason I will share in a while.
Apply a very thin coat of Little Birdie Deco Magic Glue on the back of the glass plate. Now stick the tissue paper facing upside down. Do it in such a way that it is properly aligned with the rim of the glass plate. You can turn the glass plate to check how the tissue paper looks when seen from the front. Let the tissue paper dry a little bit or you can even speed up the process with a heat tool. Once dry, apply another coat of Deco Magic Glue over the rear portion of the tissue. This will basically help in sealing the tissue completely.
Let the glue dry completely. Till then we can work on applying Little Birdie’s One Step Crackle medium over the rim of the glass plate. The key over here is the application of the gel medium. Thick coats will result into bigger cracks while thin coats will result into smaller cracks. So the choice is yours.
However one has to be careful that the gel medium must be applied in a crisscross manner i.e. after putting one stroke of the gel medium, you should cut that particular stroke, like a cross! Believe me, if one does these steps, beautiful cracks will be seen all over.
Let the One Step Crackle Medium dry properly. One it’s completely dry, apply a thick coat of White Acrylic color over the tissue. This step gives the tissue a thick background and the design becomes clearer. At this step, if we would have removed both the layers from the back of the tissue paper, there were chances that the applied white color would have seeped in through the tissue and would be visible on the front side of the plate.
Once the One Step Crackle Medium completely dries, apply a coat of color of your choice all over the rim where we had applied One Step Crackle Medium. In the case of the tissue I had chosen, the backdrop of the tissue is white, hence I did a white color all over the back of the plate.
One can see fine line cracks developing as soon as the white color dries up. After the base color dries, apply a corresponding shade to highlight the cracks on top of the base color. In the case of the tissue I chose, black was the contrasting color. Hence, I applied a coat of black acrylic color all over the base white color.
After the top color dries, apply two thick coats of Little Birdie Decor Varnish, giving enough drying time between each.
Now my favorite part, adding to the beauty of the plate with some embellishments! I have stuck some metal embellishments and flowers from Little Birdie using acrylic soft gel medium. The soft gel medium adheres all the embellishments really well and also on drying becomes transparent.
And voila, the Reverse Decoupage Glass Plate with One Step Crackle Medium is ready!
MDF Fridge Magnet using One Step Crackle medium-
As I shared earlier, One Step Crackle Medium is a versatile gel and can be used on various surfaces.
I have used a MDF fridge magnet to demonstrate the use of this gel. Recently one of our close relative has been blessed with a beautiful baby. So I thought of gifting them this super cute fridge magnet to relive their best memories for a lifetime.
For this fridge magnet, I selected a tissue paper from the wide range available at the store. I picked a rose theme tissue paper. Since the tissue had shades of pink, I used Little Birdie’s Bubble Gum chalk paint. Apply a coat of Bubble Gum chalk paint. After this coat dries, apply the One Step Crackle Medium in a similar manner as explained for the first project.
Let the Crackle Medium dry completely before applying the top coat. In this case I selected white chalk paint from Itsy Bitsy. One the white color dries; one can see lovely cracks developing on the MDF.
After the paint has dried, fussy cut the selected tissue. Stick it on the fridge magnet. In my case, I applied it at the back flip of the fridge magnet. One can completely avoid this step as well. (The tissue paper is not seen in the image due to the family photo present). Finally I decorated the fridge magnet with the most apt word ‘Family’, as that day truly completed their family.
And this brings an end to my blog explaining the use of One Step Crackle Medium in many different ways. Hope you all will like it!