greeting cards

Flowers in a crackle vase

Birthday card with purple flowers in a crackle-effect vase with purple watercolour smooshed in the background.

I love how this card turned out because, for once, it actually turned out just the way I wanted it to.

The thing that took the longest was finding the right flower stamp to fit the design I had in mind and then flipping the design because my original sketch had the flower curving the other way… though waiting for the crackle paste to dry came a close second. And I had to make my own stencil for the vase — even with a fresh blade it’s a pain to cut acetate cleanly.

I smooshed watercolour paint on the background behind where the vase would go. Once that was dry, I stamped the flower and then applied the crackle paste through the vase stencil and left that to dry naturally — crackle paste is one of those things that you just can’t speed up (apparently, I’ve never actually tried using a heat gun on it, I must have a go sometime, see exactly how it affects the result).

The crackle vase turned out as well as I could have hoped. I did add a tiny bit of Inktense colour over the top to tone down the bright white finish and I also added a thin layer of gel medium to protect the crackle as it was going to be sent in the post.

I coloured the flowers with Inktense pencils and added little dots of copper to the tips of the stamens. I grounded the vase with a line of black Stabilo All pencil which I blended out with water.

After adding the sentiment, I trimmed the panel down, added a score line down each vertical edge, and finished it off with a thin strip of purple card.

Close-up of the flowers and the top of the vase.


  • paint:
    QoR watercolours – dioxazine purple
    Stuart Semple – copper
  • pencils:
    Derwent Inktense – 0800 violet, 0740 mauve, 1500 field green, 1600 leaf green, 2020 indian ink
    Stabilo All – black
    HB pencil


  • stamps:
    Clearly Besotted – fresh flowers
    Altenew – birthday greetings
  • stencils:
    handmade vase stencil
  • inks:
    Versafine – onyx black, smokey grey
  • texture:
    DecoArt Media – crackle paste
  • paper and card:
    Clairefontaine Paint On – white 250gsm
    Hunkydory Adorable Scorable
    scrap of purple card
  • miscellaneous
    gloss gel medium
Card being displayed on a mini easel.

5 thoughts on “Flowers in a crackle vase”

    1. Thank you! It’s simple to use – you just have to have enough patience to let it dry naturally! I wasn’t sure how well it would work, I thought it might be too thin to get decent crackles (the thicker the paste the bigger the cracks) or that it might warp the card, but it worked perfectly.

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