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Video: Brayered Backgrounds

by Jessica Frost-Ballas April 29, 2019 27 Comments

Good morning! Jess here to share a fun technique video with you today! I've recently watched several crafty friends use acrylic paints with a brayer to create background panels and I decided to give it a try!

You can watch the video below:

If you are having trouble viewing the video, you can watch it here on YouTube.

To start I squish a small blob of each acrylic paint onto a silicone craft mat then I use a brayer to smooth them out and blend them together. You could also use an old credit card or piece of heavy weight cardstock if you don’t have a brayer. Next I carefully ink the Overlapping Petals cling stamp in the blended acrylic paint and then stamp it on an A2 panel of Dove White cardstock.  I overlap the stamping to get a variety of colors on the panel.  

When I’m done stamping I place a second panel of white cardstock over the leftover acrylic paint, cover it with scrap paper, and use my fingers to press the panel into the paint. Then I carefully lift the panel and am left with a pretty ombre background with the shadow of the stamp left behind!

I repeat this process on Pitch Black cardstock for a totally different look!

Next I stamp three sentiments from the Hero Greetings: Sending Smiles stamp set. I stamp them with Versafine and then heat-emboss them with clear embossing powder before trimming them down into thin labels. Then I die-cut the Thanks and Hello Fancy Dies several times from Dove White, Pitch Black, Peony, and Azalea cardstock and adhere them together. For intricate dies like these I like to use at least three layers of cardstock to give them a nice chipboard feel. I use Precision Glue to adhere the two colors on an offset to give the effect of a shadow.

I adhere the sentiment fancy dies to the various backgrounds and add the label sentiment with Precision Glue or foam tape. Finally I adhere the panels to top and side folding card bases and add a few sequins from the Icicle and Winter mixes to finish the cards! 

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fantastic Monday!





Jessica Frost-Ballas
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27 Responses

Darlene DeSario
Darlene DeSario

May 24, 2019

Love the cards! Vibrant backgrounds, just lovely!

Margaret Schuering
Margaret Schuering

May 07, 2019

Love this technique and the cards you produced! Thanks!

Rebecca RamirezBarnes
Rebecca RamirezBarnes

May 06, 2019

Love the cards and what a fun technique. Thank you for sharing.

Brenda S. Schuhmacher
Brenda S. Schuhmacher

May 05, 2019

Jessica, what a great way to make a lot of cards, and a great way to use some of the may colors of acrylic craft paints I have. I’m going to try this technique for sure.

Lagene
Lagene

May 03, 2019

Awesome cards, I love that you got the stamped card as well as the leftover painted version too, thanks for the video!

Mary
Mary

May 01, 2019

Thank you, Hero Arts. The Waffle Flower Water Media Mat looks amazing!

Hero Arts
Hero Arts

May 01, 2019

Hi Mary – Jess is using the Waffle Flower Water Media Mat: https://waffleflower.com/pages/watermediamat

Mary
Mary

May 01, 2019

I was wondering if you could tell me where to purchase a silicone mat like the one you used with this technique. I would like to try this and want the proper mat. Thank you.

Anna Rodgers
Anna Rodgers

May 01, 2019

Jess, Could your cards get any sweeter? I don’t think so! Lol! You are so very talented. Hero Arts makes some beautiful stamps and dies for us to create with, but they are blessed to have your gifts to showcase their products.

JANIS LITYNSKY
JANIS LITYNSKY

April 30, 2019

Thank You so much for all your talent and great work.

Debbie P
Debbie P

April 30, 2019

Great cards. Thank you for sharing this technique.

Vicki Kroll
Vicki Kroll

April 30, 2019

Love this technique and am gearing up to use it.

Jeanne
Jeanne

April 30, 2019

Love your first attempt – beautiful results!

Patty Eifert
Patty Eifert

April 30, 2019

Looks like a lot of fun! Really like your results!

Lynn C
Lynn C

April 30, 2019

Beautiful cards! I love the use of the paint & brayer. I never saw that done before. Thanks!

Darlene De Sario
Darlene De Sario

April 30, 2019

Loved your cards. The color scheme is my fav! Tyfs

Josmary
Josmary

April 29, 2019

I was thinking of getting a Brayer for another technique love it when I can get more uses for the stuff I buy. Awesome cards

Helen
Helen

April 29, 2019

Jessica, thank’s for sharing this acrylic/brayer technique. I like the way you’ve used the stamp applied to the paper and then the paper applied to the paint. It makes such interesting designs.

Barbara-Jean
Barbara-Jean

April 29, 2019

Stunning cards, especially the one on black!

Maureen E. Chandler
Maureen E. Chandler

April 29, 2019

Wonderful technique – your cards are beautiful!! Thanks so much for your video!!

Henriétte
Henriétte

April 29, 2019

Gorgeous cards and a great technique Jessica. Especially on black cardstock this technique is awesome!
Thank you so much for showing.

Vikki H
Vikki H

April 29, 2019

Your results are fantastic! Using the “negative” image is brilliant. I want to try it too!

Stephanie B
Stephanie B

April 29, 2019

Jessica, I love it! I just found a large brayer for $1 on clearance too. Time for me to get crafting, thanks for the inspiration!

Carla Hundley
Carla Hundley

April 29, 2019

Looks amazing and
great technic.
Carla from c

Cindy C.
Cindy C.

April 29, 2019

Such fun design and clever technique!! I am so glad you share the tips on how to achieve it even without a brayer.

Barbara Rademacher
Barbara Rademacher

April 29, 2019

I love your technique! Thank you so much for giving me ideas for Mothers’ Day cards.

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

April 29, 2019

These cards are lovely!