One layer stained glass technique.

Hi crafters. I couldn’t resist another attempt at faux stained glass for the CAS mix up challenge for March. I had some ideas to experiment with, to see if I could do it with stamping rather than diecuts.

I actually did it 2 different ways but I like the second one best. I used the Christine Adolph Daisy May stamp from Prima for both.

For my first attempt, I stamped with fade out ink and coloured with alcohol markers. Then I painted most of the panel with crackle medium. (I like Joanna’s use of crackle accents and I was wondering if I could get a crackle with acrylic mediums). I then stamped with Versafine onyx black and clear heat embossed it. Next I painted 2 coats of heavy gel gloss medium on the image. I think the crackle medium was too thin to cause much crackle. You can see it in the background. I thought the background was too shiny and the surface of the image was too bumpy, so I started again.

For the second attempt I coloured and stamped with Versafine onyx black and heat embossed with clear powder. I then took my Versamark pen and ‘coloured’ all the image between the embossing. I added clear powder and melted that. To get a higher, more even gloss I used the Versamark pen a second time and clear embossed again. There is now a flat super shiny surface, with a matt white background for more contrast.

I decided to use a Technique Tuesday die for the sentiment and layered it, then clear heat embossed that too. The stained glass is one layer but the sentiment isn’t. I put the panel on a black matt.

I used stamping in the stained glass and also diecutting and heat embossing for my sentiment as the extra options. Thanks for the inspiration and happy 3rd birthday.


  • Bonnie

    This is amazing and I’m even more amazed that it’s a one layer card! You’ve done an amazing job with the Versamarker and embossing! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

  • Loll

    Both versions are gorgeous. I love the textured finish on your first version with the sparkle in the background. Your flowers are so bright, bold and beautiful! Great one layer design. The second version is also wonderful with the slicker surface and matte finish to the background. Great work with this technique! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

  • Joanna

    Both are equally beautiful. Love the approaches applied, there’s always room for trying new techniques. Great colour palette, design and shine. Thanks for joining us at CAS Mix Up! Xx

  • Hideko

    Your experiments are amazing and you achieved wonderful faux stained glass results for the one layer cards! I especially love the second one – the contrast of the stained glass part and the background highlights the shine of the flowers. Thanks so much again for sharing your wonderful inspiration with us at CAS Mix Up!
    Hideko xx