Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Welcome and thanks for stopping by today. I'm so happy to be playing along with the 2016 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! The hop started today, Friday, December 9th and will run through Friday, December 16th. The theme for this hop is winter/holiday and this inspired me to create a fun coffee themed card with a cracked ice background. For more details about the hop and a chance to win a special little gift from me, check out the bottom of this post.

Cup of Cheer Coffee Card with Cracked Ice Background by Juliana Michaels featuring Sunny Studio Mug Hugs Stamp Set

So what is a cracked ice background you ask? I'm going to share with you what it is.  This technique uses something from my stash. This stuff has been sitting there for several years and I'm not going to say just how many. 

Cracked Ice Background Technique:
  • To achieve this look take a piece of cardstock, cut to your desired size, and ink the entire surface with Versamark Embossing Ink. 
  • Sprinkle the surface with clear UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) and heat with a heat gun. To get the fun bumpy surface, try to avoid heating it until it is fully melted.
  • Apply another layer of Ink, sprinkle on more UTEE and heat with heat gun. Again try to avoid over heating or completely melting the UTEE.  
  • Repeat this process one more time. 
  • Once the entire piece is completely cooled, gently bend the paper and you will see that the UTEE will start to crack. 
What a fun effect and one I haven't done in ages. It's perfect for creating a winter themed background, don't you think?!

Cup of Cheer Coffee Card with Cracked Ice Background by Juliana Michaels featuring Sunny Studio Mug Hugs Stamp Set

Once my background was completed, I adhered a couple of cute mugs from the Mug Hugs stamp set by Sunny Studio. I colored them with my Prismacolor pencils and added a touch of shimmer to the snowflakes using a Silver Metallic Gelly Roll pen. For the sentiment, I again used the Mug Hugs stamp set and embossed it with white embossing powder. 

Cup of Cheer Coffee Card with Cracked Ice Background by Juliana Michaels featuring Sunny Studio Mug Hugs Stamp Set

I just love the cool effect and texture this technique adds to my card. I hope you enjoyed learning about this the Cracked Ice technique and that you'll give it a try on your next project!

Cup of Cheer Coffee Card with Cracked Ice Background by Juliana Michaels featuring Sunny Studio Mug Hugs Stamp Set

Here are the details for the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop:
To play along all you have to do is create a new winter/holiday coffee, tea and/or cocoa themed project and then head over over to the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog to link it up. While you are there, make sure to check out all of the details. There are loads of great prizes being given away for playing along. Anyone is welcome to link up any time between Friday, December 9th at 6 am pacific and Friday, December 16th @ 11:59 pm pacific. There are no limits to the number of entries - in fact, the more the merrier! By linking up your project, you become eligible to win a prize from one the amazing Super Sponsors! I hope you'll play along and thanks so much for stopping by today!

Some other fun days to celebrate during this hop: National Cocoa Day 12/13
International Tea Day 12/15

If you share your project on social media, make sure to tag it with #winter2016clh!

And now, as a special Merry Christmas gift to you, I'm giving away a Sunny Studio Mug Hugs Stamp Set to  one lucky person who leaves a comment below telling me what you are most thankful for this holiday season. Make sure to leave a way for me to contact you if you're the winner. Commenting will be open until December 16th at 11:59 EST. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


Supplies - Affiliate Links are used because these are products I love and want to share about them with you.  If you make a purchase after clicking, this means I'll receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. This extra money helps me do giveaways like the one for this hop. Thanks so much for your support!
Stamps and Dies: Sunny Studio Mug Hugs Stamp Set
Dies: Sunny Studio Snippets Mug Hugs
Patterned Paper: Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Winter 6x6 Petite Paper Pad
Ranger Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel Clear
Tsukineko Versamark Embossing Ink
Heat Gun
Cardstock
Prismacolor Premier Soft Core Colored Pencils, 150-Count
Sakura Gelly Roll Pen Metallic - Silver

Comments

  1. this is such a fun card! I love the cracked glass technique, but have never thought to use it for a bg. great idea! :)

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  2. Wow, that cracked ice background is amazing!!! Such adorable holiday colors on your sweet mugs, too. Pinning this card for future inspiration and admiration! Happy Hopping!

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  3. A very charming card. I like your choice of colors and photography on a tree. Thanks for sharing the cracked ice technique. This year I am thankful for a healthy family and that we will all be together on the 26th.

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  4. Had to check out your lively card because this set is on my wish list. Cool background and perfect for winter. Thanks for sharing the technique.

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    1. Forgot to say I'm thankful for my family this holiday season.

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  5. Juliana, this is one merry and festive card. LOVE the colors, too.
    I am so thankful for 2 new nieces who were born this year to my middle and youngest sisters... They are so cute and love video calling with them :)

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  6. Beautiful card! Love the stamp set..

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  7. Fun card, Juliana. This season, I am very thankful for my husband who makes it possible for me to be extremely involved with rescue/dog adoptions. Since last March I have being involved 24/7 with an all breed dog and cat rescue, caring for dogs and lots of puppies in my home and getting them into forever homes.

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  8. Great card. Your cracked glass turned out really nice. I have done that technique so many times, but I never have gotten the look that I was looking for. LOL. Maybe I'm just too picky. What I am thankful for this holiday season is my family and the little things that I usually take for granted.

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  9. your card is so nice!
    thank you for the chance!

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  10. Welp, I've had some of my embossing powder in my cupboard for forever and now I know exactly what to do with it. Thanks so much for the technique tip, you clever minx! And thanks for the giveaway chance! This holiday season I'm most thankful that I can get out of this blizzardy weather and go on a cruise with 33 of my family members! I can't wait!!!!

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  11. Awesome card design and thanks for the chance to win as well. Have a Merry Christmas!

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  12. You know I am already a huge fan of your work, and I love your die cuts too! Ok What I am most thankful for this Holiday is Really quite a Miracle for me. I am a Grandmother raising her grandchildren for the last 7 years. The youngest since he was an infant. Well for health reasons the youngest boy moved up North to live with his Aunt(my Daughter), last May. I miss him so much!! He misses all of us, but he also really loves living with his Aunt. So plans were made for us to send the 2 older siblings out there for Christmas to reunite the kids for Christmas, but there just wasn't enough money for me to get a plane ticket also. I was disappointed, but I was willing to take the sacrifice and let the kids experience their first White Christmas (hopefully), and put the Brothers & Sister together again. Just yesterday an Angel bought me a round trip ticket to PA. for Christmas. I am so Overjoyed!! So Thankful!! I am Blessed beyond Measure - the kids won't be getting much under the tree this year - but oh the pleasures of who will be around that tree!! Cherrie

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  13. Love the look of cracked ice and it pairs well with your super cute card. This holiday season I am most grateful son. He is such a blessing to me and life wouldn't be the same without him.

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  14. Lovely card. I'm grateful to have a job this he's allowing us to have a nice Christmas.

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  15. I always wondered what could be done with the UTEE. Thanks for the tip. I'm thankful that my health is better. It's not perfect, but it's better.

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  16. Juliana, such a gorgeous card. Thanks for the reminder of the Cracked Ice technique and yes, perfect for winter/holiday cards!
    Please don't put me in your drawing, I just picked up that sweet stamp set last month.

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  17. super cute! thanks for a chance to win!

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  18. Wow! Such a yummy card! Really adorable! I would love so much a good cup of hot cocoa even if is lungh time here in italy! Thank you so much for this chance to win this adorable set! I'm most thankful for my partner. On Mondday we're going to celebrate our 10th fiancee anniversary! I could not be happier!

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  19. Thank you for sharing your project on the WCLBH, I loved the very detailed post showing all the steps to create your card. I have UTEE so maybe I will be able to scraplift your inspiration.

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  20. I love using this cracked ice effect. I haven't thought about it for cards! I use it in my scrapbooks. I'm most thankful for my darling hubby and our quiet Christmas. He's so helpful with it all.

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  21. I have never used the cracked ice technique so thanks for sharing it. Such a charming card. As I am all year round, I'm thankful for my family who, although far away, are close to my heart, and my wonderful friends who bring such happiness to my life.

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  22. Your card is so fun and thanks for the tutorial on the BG - can't wait to try it!
    I am most thankful for my family. I am so blessed to be very close with them and we all live within 25 miles o we get together often.

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  23. Thank you for the great tutorial! Love the card!
    I also am most thankful for my wonderful family. Love them lots!
    Roberta

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  24. Love your colorful card and what a delicious give away. Yum.

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  25. Ok that's THE coolest cracked effect! Thank you so much for sharing. I actually bought some of that ultra thick powder and haven't even used it yet. I can't wait to try this technique.

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  26. Very cute and love the background!

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  27. Cool effect for your background! And please don't be embarrassed by stuff in your stash. I think most of us crafters can say we keep things past their prime...but look what a lovely card you were able to create using your stash! Love that stamp set too. Sunny Studios is a new favorite of mine. Thank you!

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    1. oops. Forgot to say: This season, I'm most thankful for my family and time we'll be able to spend together these holidays!

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  28. I am so going to try that technique! Super cute card. I am thankful for having time off to spend with my family this holiday season!

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  29. Beautiful card and LOVE that background... must try it! And love that stamp set too! thanks so much for the chance to win and for the inspiration!

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  30. Thanks for sharing your card in the hop. I love the idea of a cracked ice technique, and that stamp set is darling. This holiday season I am most thankful for my family. Especially my 3 year old son, and one on the way, due soon after christmas!Thanks for the opportunity.

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  31. OOOOOHHHH!!! I love this stamps set!! This holiday season I am thankful for my good health and the good health of my family. SO many of my friends have been stricken with illness and disease this fall it is scary. It reminds me to take care of myself and always be thankful for my good health!

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  32. Lovely card - the cracked glass background looks great and i like the plaid DP. Great card for the Winter Coffee themed blog hop !

    Imke ~ My Crafty Place

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  33. Such a sweet card! I am most thankful for my family this year. It's been a rough year with my youngest son being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and being hospitalized but now he's home and healthy and I am so blessed and thankful to have him here with me.

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  34. I am most thankful for good health this holiday season. Many of my friends don't have it. TFS your beautiful project!

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  35. Oh Juliana, this is just so very pretty! I love that shimmery embossed background against those adorable little mugs!

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  36. wow -what a beautiful card! Thanks for reminding me why I bought that UTEE all those years ago to begin with, lol. This holiday season I am thankful for the love and support of my family and good doctors.

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  37. that background is awesome!! thanks for sharing how you made it. sweet card! I'm thankful for family!

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