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.




Thanks for reading today and thanks to Mona for being our guest!

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  1. Fabulous technique and stunning makes from Mona! I’m always thinking I should use my embossing folders more often – so this is great inspiration, thank you.
    Alison x

  2. Mona is one of my favorite designers & this post shows why! Absolutely stunning use of color–doesn’t have to be intense to grab attention when Mona does the creating! Thanks for always inspiring!

  3. Beautiful results!! Love your card and tag. These backgrounds are so rich looking, I love the layered color. Thanks for the tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  4. I love the idea of getting more out of my embossing folders. I hardly use them and my sister gave me heaps. I will have to play with them!

  5. I do not own a die cutting machine. But I make do because I can hand-cut most everything I want or need. However, it would be impractical (if not impossible) to dry emboss such intricate designs by hand and your demonstration is a fine example of the cool things I could do if I had one.

  6. These are absolutely stunning! I love that gorgeous background & the finished projects are awesome. Thanks for the tutorial, Mona!

  7. Loved the tags. Remember a bottle of this pain was in one of the stamp kits! Can’t wait to try this. Thanks for sharing. Love candy!!

  8. Thank you Mona for sharing you’re great technique using tags. Great ideas. I’d like to try something like this myself.

  9. WOW – these are GORGEOUS!!!

    THANK YOU for sharing this technique Mona … I’ve added it to “to-try” list and now that I am gradually releasing the tight grip on my ruler, I know that I will be trying it soon :)

  10. Thank you for sharing your technique. I see the distressed technique all the time and always wonder how to get it done. So thank you x

  11. Thank you, Mona, for sharing this gorgeous technique and card with us! I love this look and may try it for some ATC’s I need to make for a swap!

  12. Want to get my hands on some distress paint now. I am wowed by the creativity in these.

  13. What a gorgeous card! What a beautiful technique this is and the colors are so soft and pretty. The flower is so perfect it looks so real. What a talented gal. Thanks too for a most generous prize.