Friday, January 15, 2016
Acrylic Masking Tape Background Tutorial
I have been collecting background techniques for ATCs and other projects for years now. And now I thought it would be
fun to share some with you.
My first background technique I call acrylic masking tape
background (creative, huh?). It's a pretty neat background as
it takes on different colors.
Here are the supplies you need:
🔹cardstock or other heavy backing
🔹three colors of acrylic craft paint
Start by cutting your background the size you need. For an
ATC, I like to use a playing card. The project I'm doing now is
for 5x5 journal page swap.
Next start ripping your masking tape. My pieces are
generally between 1 and 3 inches. You can start putting the
tape pieces on your backing or you can wait till you have
several. Up to you. Put them on your backing in a random
fashion. You can fold the tape pieces over at the edges.
When you're done, it should look something like this:
Next, add a dollop of one
of your acrylic colors.
And spread it around
with your finger.
Till it's all over your
card or page.
Now using your cloth,
wipe a lot to mostly of
Do this again with your other two remaining colors.
I decided I had wiped too much of the purple away in the
beginning so I added a little more of that color and wiped
When I was all done, here is what I was left with:
You should be able to see all the edges of the tape in a
variety of colors. Cool, huh?
Sometimes a bit of the tape will curl up from all the rubbing.
When this happens to me, I pull out a glue stick and mend the
Now you have a fun new background for your ATCs, or
whatever project strikes your fancy.
Here is my finished 5x5 journal page. I hope my swap partner
If you decide to give this technique a try, I'd love it if you
left a link to a photo of it in the comments section. I'll only
share it if you want me to.
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