If you’re anything like us, you probably have a good amount of acrylic paint in your craft stash – those pretty colours are hard to resist, right? But short of being a painter (which we aren’t all gifted with), it can be hard to figure out a way to use them regularly in your crafts, and many of us are guilty of having them languish in the back of a cupboard gathering dust.
Since today’s Novamber prompt is all about acrylics, we thought we’d inspire you with a few easy ways to incorporate acrylic paints into your papercrafts! These techniques are a great way to try out new paints, use up older ones or just create something totally unique and beautiful to surprise your recipient. We’ll definitely be having a play with these techniques again later!
Not an artist? Not a problem! You can create super cool effects with acrylic paint by scraping it across the page – just blob down some colours then scrape with a palette knife, old loyalty card or even a piece of strong cardstock!
You can try all kinds of colour combinations with this technique, or wiggle the card as you’re scraping for different effects. You could even add glitter or gilding flakes into your paint for more sparkle!
Once your backgrounds are finished and completely dry, they make brilliant backgrounds for cards and tags. This technique results in a nice flat finished piece so they’re easy to cut down, trim and even die cut. Here’s a few projects we made with ours…
These super simple cards all make the paint scraped background the main feature of the card – they just need matting and topping with a sentiment!
Paint your own toppers
Might seem a bit daunting but hear me out! I’m no artist (and certainly not a painter) but I did paint these ‘rustic’ versions of our Nova Acrylic Paint tubes! With a bit of paint and a fineline marker, they make great toppers for a card or scrapbook layout.
The simple card layout was pulled together with an abstract acrylic painted background, a bit of simple matting and a sentiment cut from the First Edition Sentiments Digital Dies Set using the Cricut Maker.
Your toppers don’t have to be complicated – think hearts, stars, flowers, or even small elements you can die cut. We made this card with some of the leftover paint scraping and a circle punch – super easy and makes a fun background!
Design your own patterned papers
Have you ever thought about creating your own patterned papers from a painting? That way you can use them again and again in endless ways in your papercrafts! We recently did this for our October Free Papers – our very own Marketing Assistant Angel created some beautiful paintings which Graphic Designer Cat scanned in and turned into printable papers!
To make your own, you’ll just need to scan in your paintings (a good photo will do in a pinch) and print them out! Acrylic paintings are ideal for this as they’re usually pretty vibrant and scan well. They’re then yours to create cards, tags, gift wrap, scrapbook layouts and more!
We hope you found some inspiration here! If you try any of these techniques, be sure to share them over our on Inspiration Area or tag us on social media – we’re @Trimcraft
Shop the supplies featured in this post:
Nova Acrylic Paints – Shop on Amazon
First Edition Digital Dies – Sentiments – Shop on Amazon – Shop on CraftStash
Cricut Maker – Shop on Amazon
We R Memory Keepers 3 in 1 Punch Board – Shop on Amazon
Dovecraft Adhesive Glitter Card – Coming soon