Dry Embossed / Painted Backgrounds



Hi readers! Happy Sunday to you! I’m so pleased to bring you this gorgeous tag & card made by Mona Pendleton using lots of goodies from Ranger, Tim Holtz, and even some Simon Says Stamp exclusives! If you’re loving this background as much as me, you’ll want to be sure to read on to get some extra tips & tricks on how to perfect this technique!

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Steps to create beautiful dry embossed / painted backgrounds:

Step 1: Emboss tags.

Step 2: Apply blank canvas acrylic paint to embossed tags.

Step 3: Randomly apply broken china distress paint using palette knife and dry paint brush. Repeat step using the following distress paints: bundled sage, chipped sapphire, gold acrylic paint.

Step 4: Once dry, use backgrounds to create various projects.

Tip: If you would like to lighten the background randomly apply picket fence distress paint.




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  1. Gorgeous!! I had resisted purchasing Distress paints but I think I am going to have to reconsider!!

  2. I adore Mona’s work and this card and tag are wonderful! LOVE the emb, painted bkgrd and the design elements on each. THX for the tutorial, Mona! :)

  3. Fabulous card and tag! I love the dry embossing technique that gives beautiful background for your tag and card. The embossing butterfly on the card is stunning! The flower on the tag is gorgeous! WOW! Thanks for the inspiration today :)

  4. These are just stunning. Definitelly stand out from anything I have seen in a long time.

  5. Lovin’ your tags and card. Such awesome backgrounds. That flower is scrumptious! Thanks for sharing with us!

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