Liking this That's Crafty challenge muchly as I do like my crackle! I've used a couple of crackle mediums on this little ATC plus an Andy Skinner crackly stamp, for good measure! I used a chipboard ATC as it can take all the wet mediums without complaining!
Sorry I didn't get step pics (too dark at 3am!!!) but here's how I created it.
1) Prime the ATC with gesso then paint in Cobalt Teal Hue - this is the colour that will show through the cracks.
2) For the crackle on the background I used Andy Skinner's Mega Crackle technique for which you can find a video here. Apply Weathered Wood and let dry completely, Mix Crackle Paint with a small amount of Metallic Gold paint and paint over the dry Weathered Wood, leave to crack.
3) Add some stencilling using Cobalt Teal Hue mixed with Tinting Base to make it more opaque. Add stamping in Coffee and black inks.
4) Paint a piece of card with Crackle Paint and when dry paint in Pyrrole Red. Stamp with the heart (Darcy). Add a wash of Metallic Gold over the top and cut out.
5) Add the heart and embellishments to the ATC.
If you haven't used them I'd really encourage you to play and experiment with them, as they are great fun to use and you can create quite a variety of effects.
PS: If you've enjoyed this you might like this video which also uses DecoArt crackle products :). And hearts for that matter!
Products used - available from That's Crafty:
That's Crafty chipboard ATC
DecoArt Media: Crackle Paint, Gesso White, Tinting BaseDecoArt Weathered Wood
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Cobalt Teal Hue, Metallic Gold, Raw Umber, Pyrrole Red
Archival Inks: Jet Black, Coffee
PaperArtsy Eclectica Darcy stamps: EDY01
Stampendous Andy Skinner stamps: Industrial, Shabby Chic, Steampunk
That's Crafty Dinky Stencil: 003 Circles