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I love trying new background techniques. I had so much fun with this one that I wanted to share it with you. Today's card uses acrylic paint. This is not only a super easy technique but you also get several backgrounds at once so you will have more to use for several cards or other creations. Let' look at my card, and then I will share this easy technique.
Memory Box Papers: blue poppy cs, meadow nc, misc. scraps, misc. vellum
Memory Box Dies: Fresh Foliage (98502)
Memory Box Stamp: Peace Love and Joy (G1874)
Stamp Ink: SU elegant eggplant
Embellishments: Blue Fern Studios Nested Circle (decorated with modeling paste, Making Memories eggplant acrylic paint, and lime green Stickles); Prima Soubrette G flower; Manor House Creations cornflower; Hug Snug; misc. acrylic paints for background; sewing machine
This particular card uses just a portion of the Memory Box Peace Love and Joy stamp (G1874). I inked up the word 'joy' and stamped it onto vellum. I wanted the background to still show so that's why I chose vellum. The leaves are cut from my favorite Memory Box Fresh Foliage die (98502). I cut them out of Memory Box blue poppy cardstock so that they would match the colors in my painted background. My painted background is mounted onto a Memory Box meadow notecard.
Now, to create the fun background like the one in my card above, you will need:
- Waxed paper
- Acrylic paints (any color and any brand)
- Scrap cardstock (the back of scrap Memory Box paper works great)
Now, let's get started:
1. Place waxed paper on a table and begin putting dots of acrylic paint on the waxed paper. Use different colors and place them around on the waxed paper.
2. Using your brayer, roll through the paint vertically and horizontally so that you get a nice mix of paint. Set your paint-filled brayer aside on the edge of your waxed paper.
3. Take a scrap piece of white cardstock and lay on top of the paint. Smooth with hands.
4. Gently lift the cardstock to reveal your beautiful painted background. (See my background on my card above.)
5. Sometimes you can get another painted background but not as bold. So, lay down a second piece of scrap paper on the paint to see what you get.
6. Get a new piece of waxed paper, lay down a scrap piece of cardstock, and run your paint-filled brayer (that you set aside in Step 2) across the top of the paper. You will then not waste your paint, and you will get another quick and different background.
7. Let all pieces dry. Then decorate on a card as I have done above.
Oh, and clean up is easy! Just crumple up the waxed paper and toss in the garbage. I don't even wash my brayer because I get all of the paint off on paper. I hope you have enjoyed today's technique and card. Have fun!