Friday, January 8, 2010

CD Calendar - May - Rock Candy

Oh I am so excited about today's product....Rock Candy! I love the finished look you get when using the RC. Many people have asked various questions about RC ~ mainly what is the difference between Rock Candy and Crackle Accents. Back in November I did a side by side comparison of the two - Tim Holtz Rock Candy vs. Inkssentials Crackle Accents where I talked about the differences in each product. I really like using the Rock Candy mainly because it's so much quicker to use than Crackle Accents. Instant gratification ;)

One of the cool things about Rock Candy is you can use it over stamped images, pattern papers, ephemera, collage images, etc. I inked and stamped May's page but you could substitute various pattern papers if you are short on time.

CD Calendar


Rock Candy

CD Calendar - May 001



Rock Candy

Distress Ink

Ink Blending Tool

Rubber Stamps (Darkroom Door, Judikins)


1. Began by applying Distress Ink to the chipboard. (or if you are short on time simply use pattern paper.)

CD Calendar - May 002

2. Stamp desired images on the inked cardstock. I used a fern from Judikins & flowers from Darkroom Door.

CD Calendar - May 004

3. Apply a coat of Rock Candy to the entire work. Remember to vary the amount of Rock Candy you apply to different areas of the project. This will give you a greater variety of crackle pattern to the finished image.

CD Calendar - May 006

4. Let the image dry naturally or speed drying using a heat tool.

5. When dry, for added accent apply a bit of Distress Ink over the crackles. I added extra over the blue sky area.

CD Calendar - May 007

6. Embellish as desired and add to your CD!

CD Calendar - May 008

A closer look at the crackles...

CD Calendar - May 010

Fun huh?

Told ya it was cool stuff :)


  1. I love the rock candy. There are so many things you can do with it.

  2. This is so cool. I haven't seen your blog in a bit but I'm so glad I checked in. I LOVE the CD calendar project. I've gotta try it!

  3. it IS cool!! and you are too!! have a great weekend!!

  4. Hi Roni -

    How are all the new babies at your place doing? Give them all hugs from me.
    I love this calendar page. I've only used the rock candy once, just a little on a tag and I liked the way it came out. It really looks fabulous though the way you did it on the calendar page. I love the effect. I'll have to play more with this. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

    Elaine Allen

  5. I don't have any rock candy, yet. I added some crackle by using some ultra thick embossing enamel. Its not the same but it's my day off and the snow gives me an excuse to play all day. I caught up on my calendar and I did the triple tissue technique from all things
    Tim. I uploaded pictures on my blog. Tnaks Roni I'm having a blast making my calendar.

  6. I love the rock candy! I've tried regular crackle paint, but this is so much nicer and easier to use. Checking out Darkroom Doors now...=D


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