Cracked Glass Technique Hummingbird Card

Countdown to the start of Sale-a-bration…3 days! I’ll have all the details posted soon, but basically what it means is that anyone who places a $50 order, hosts a $250 party, or signs up as a demonstrator will get fantastic free gifts – and you get to choose what they are! It’s the most wonderful time of the Stampin’ Up! year! Recently I have been highlighting many of the products in our upcoming Occasions Catalog as well as some of the free Sale-a-bration gift options, and today is another new product highlight. I made this neat cracked glass technique hummingbird card using the new Picture Perfect stamp set. Do you like it?

Cracked Glass Technique Hummingbird Card made with Stampin' Up! Picture Perfect stamp set

First let’s talk about the cracked glass technique. After I stamped the hummingbird and flowers, I covered the entire piece of cardstock with Versamark ink. I did this by placing the ink pad directly on top on the cardstock repeatedly until it was all covered. I sprinkled clear embossing powder over it, shook off the excess and heated it until the entire piece was glossy. I repeated that process 3 more times, for a total of 4 layers of clear embossing. Then I put it in the freezer for a few minutes. When I pulled it out, I bent the cardstock to cause the embossing to crack. After a few seconds it warmed up too much to crack, so I put it back in the freezer two more times to be able to get the cracked effect that I liked.

Cracked Glass Technique Hummingbird Card made with Stampin' Up! Picture Perfect stamp set

Now let’s talk about the colors I used to stamp the roses, leaves and hummingbird. The Picture Perfect set has 3- and 4- step stamps, meaning that there are 4 stamps to make the hummingbird and 3 stamps for the rose. The stamps are labeled with numbers to tell you which one to use first, second, third and fourth. Here are the colors I used with each stamp:


  • 1 – Watermelon Wonder (on some of them I stamped off once on scrap paper before stamping onto the card to get a lighter color)
  • 2 – Watermelon Wonder
  • 3 – Melon Mambo


  • 1 – Cucumber Crush
  • 2 – Watermelon Wonder
  • 3 – Island Indigo
  • 4 – Island Indigo


  • 1 – Cucumber Crush stamped off
  • 2 – Old Olive stamped off
  • 3 – Cucumber Crush

Cracked Glass Technique Hummingbird Card made with Stampin' Up! Picture Perfect stamp set

The picture below shows the cracked glass effect a little bit better.

Cracked Glass Technique Hummingbird Card made with Stampin' Up! Picture Perfect stamp set

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8 Replies to “Cracked Glass Technique Hummingbird Card”

    • Anna Smith Post author

      Thanks Dorothy! I thought it was pretty neat. I would try it at a class, but it would take forever. Maybe we can do it at stamp club sometime if people bring their heat guns.

  1. Paula Caron

    Hi Anna– I have been following you for a couple of months but this is the first time I have “shown” myself. I love the card. How did you not turn your Versa Mark pad the colors of the card? The last time I tried to do this technique, I turned my pad watermelon wonder and am still trying to get the color off.

    • Anna Smith Post author

      Thanks for making yourself known! Good question, but I’m not sure I have a great answer. I have tried this technique and another similar one and I haven’t had a lot of problem with the Versamark pad getting discolored. It discolors slightly, but not much. Did you let the watermelon wonder ink dry completely before using the Versamark?

  2. Debbie

    Hi Anna! This is a beautiful card. Just wanting to make sure that I understand…you stamped and colored your card first and then applied Versamark and clear embossing powder? Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Josee Smuck

    I love what you did with this card! I would love to share this on my blog for ‘My Crafty Friends Monday’ (a round up of amazing cards from amazing stampers!)! Please let me know if you would prefer that I didn’t share it (of course I give you credit and link back to your blog!).
    Inky Hugs!


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