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. I love these projects. The raised portions really stand out and are so pretty. I keep saying I’m going to try the mixed media but get so involved in making greeting cards that I never seem to get to it.

  2. Oooo, your backgrounds look so beautiful, Mona! Love the fabulous texture on these gorgeous projects! Thank you for the tutorial!

  3. AWESOME!! Love the card and tag. Thanks for sharing this tip, wouldn’t have thought of it on my own! :)

  4. Love these projects, so many fantastic details and the texture and dimension is fabulous!!!

  5. I love embossing which adds so much interest to a project and steps it up.
    Beautiful job!

  6. I love your project, especially your tag. I’m really going to have to give this mixed media stuff a try, I might even make something that’s great.

  7. Wow! Love this background look that you achieved. I will have to get out some of my texture fades and paints and try this!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Love the backgrounds on this gorgeous card and tag. Wow! Thanks for the tutorial. I will try this soon.