Our Creative Corner Challenge – Focus on Fruit

OCC2011Aug13 The challenge at Our Creative Corner this week is hosted by Kristin Tierney and the theme is fruit. Please click the OCC link to see Kristin’s inspiration and the other pieces by the the design team… we hope you will join us this week!

I knew I wanted to use this beautiful pear stamp by Stampers Anonymous, and I’ve been wanting to play with UTEE again ever since seeing what Sarah did with it last month on her blog:  La-De-DahIsn’t that gorgeous?

For mine, I stamped the pear three times on grungepaper with black archival ink, and then inked the GP pieces with pink, yellow, and green distress inks.  I pressed each pear into a Versamark pad to wet the entire piece, and then sprinkled on a thick coat of UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) and heat set it. They came out so shiny and rich!

I left them overnight and when I returned the next morning they had curled up quite a bit, almost like a rolled newspaper.  I went to flatten one out and SNAP! it cracked.  And guess what?  I liked the look of it.  So I cracked it again over and over. (I had intended to follow through with more coats of UTEE and the freezer method Sarah used but I decided I liked this look as is.)

The green and pink papers are Coredinations.  I distressed them and cut the pinks into mats, then embossed them with clear embossing powder.  Glued my cracked pears to the mats and weighted everything down for a good while to dry.  I added some random collage stamping to the green card before adhering the mats and then gave it all one last shot of brushed corduroy around the edges.

The banner is cut on grunge paper using Tim Holtz’s Sizzix die.  I think that die is not meant for anything thicker than paper but it cut the GP just fine with a bit of scissor-help at the end.  I treated it the same as the hearts with distress inks, but the UTEE made it so rich and dark you couldn’t see through it to read my (Ali Edwards) sentiment.  So I re-did it, but this time just used clear embossing powder instead of UTEE.

That’s it.  What kind of fruit stamps, papers, or images will you play with this week?  We hope to see you over at Our Creative Corner!

Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. Gracious – you are a talent! I love the pears – they are awesome! I’m going to have to take a page from your book, I just adore y ou artsy style!

  2. Marjie, this card is amazing! I have never played with Utee, but I have some. I can’t wait to try this technique! What a fab composition!

  3. I love that you embraced the cracks in your project- it looks beautiful! The 3 pears look great together, and I really like the banner across the bottom. Have a great week!

  4. Super take on this week’s fruit challenge, Marjie. I love pear images and this is fantastic – beautiful job with the cracked glass technique and I’m surprised to learn that you could crack it without freezing it. I really like the grungy pink and green colors you used too – really everything about this is just stunning! Terrific work on this week’s challenge.
    Hope you are having a great week.

  5. love this

  6. I have to confess that I am a big fan of the cracked glass technique. And I really love how you did your pears. I love the grunge look and how fabulous antique-ish your card looks. I love your unique style and your preceptive! Great card!

  7. Fantastic card, love the broken glass look.

  8. What a unique technique! The glossy, crackly pears are really great. I might have to go get some of that UTEE and give it a whirl.

  9. Wow, that’s great! I haven’t used the UTEE enough yet, but I too like the cracking and curling on your pears. I’ll have to remember that tip about the UTEE and grungepaper. Thanks for sharing all the details. I actually hadn’t thought about purchasing that banner, but I love the look of it. Guess it’s going on my wish list. =) Btw, I’m now a follower of yours too. Fun!!

  10. Marjie, I love how this came together! The fabulous distressing and all of the shine are such awesome accents. That sentiment banner is SO cool! Love the distressed edges. Have a wonderful day today! 🙂

  11. UTEE can be fun and you have used it brilliantly here.
    Wonderful colours.

  12. Oh, this is fabulous Marjie … what a great style you have, love the pears and the effect of the UTEE … isn’t it great when we make unintentional discoveries – it’s like those “light bulb moments – ding” … and I really, really like your sentiment banner … may just have to look for that die!!! Great job, well done …