A couple of weeks ago I started experimenting with some acrylic paints – an impulse purchase made in the early days of quarantine. While they didn’t get much use back then, they’ve been keeping me very entertained these days! Today’s card is one that combines acrylic paint with more conventional card making supplies, and the process was super simple. If you are a complete newbie to painting, trust me, you can do this!
I started by mixing 4 colours in my paint palette – coral, navy, and a lighter shade of each that I made by mixing in a few drops of white. Next, I used a flat paintbrush to create 4 brush stroke swipes over the center of my white card panel. A previous experiment taught me that the best way to do this was to swipe the lighter colours (light coral and light blue) first, in the same direction, from left to right. Then once those were dry, I did the darker strokes (coral and navy) in the opposite direction. Note that you could absolutely do this with any colours – I just found it easiest to start with the light ones because trying to apply light tones later meant painting on more layers in order to hide the overlap with the darker shades underneath.
While the paint was drying, I embossed the large floral from the Pinkfresh Studio Anemone Magic stamp set. I did this in white embossing powder on vellum because I wanted to ensure the floral would be the focus, while still allowing my paint swipes underneath to show through and give the flowers some colour. I cut it out with the coordinating Anemone Magic die, then embossed a little sentiment from the Seamless Starburst Circles stamp set on navy.
Once the paint had completely dried, I backed that panel with foam tape and mounted it on my white card base. I was able to use double-sided adhesive tape to adhere the vellum to the painted panel, as well as under the sentiment, because it could be hidden underneath the little navy rectangle. This also allowed the embossed vellum piece to have a bit of movement, rather than being stuck down flat.
I hope that this card has piqued your curiosity about combining easy acrylic painting with your usual card making techniques, and perhaps inspires you to try using some of your floral stamps in this way. Thanks for stopping by!