I was very excited to be sent a bottle of the new Tim Holtz distress crackle paint to try out!
The blurb on the bottle says it can be used on card, chipboard, paper mache and more. And I have to say that it really does work. I tried it on bare chipboard, coated chipboard, paper, card, acrylic shapes and it worked really well on all of these surfaces.
To get a good crackle effect you need to apply a medium to thick coat of paint, I found with a thin coat of paint no effect was visible. The thicker the paint the stronger the crackle effect you get. You don’t even need to worry about smoothing the paint out as it just sort of levels itself out. Once the paint is dry you can use inks to emphasize the effect and I also used sandpaper on the edges of the chipboard to add to the distressed look (see photo above).
This is the effect you can get with a medium coverage of paint:
And this shows a thick coverage!