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Creating a background with resist sprays

Hi everyone, today I'm on The Crafter's Workshop blog and I would like to show you how you can create a fun background using an acrylic spray resist technique. I created a card but you can of course use this technique on other projects as well.


The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project. The opinions I share are solely my own. This post contains affiliate links.


Step 1:

I started my project by die cutting a square panel, two sizes smaller then my card base. I die cut this panel from some thicker textured watercolour paper. I placed my stencil of choice on the die cut panel and then lightly sprayed with my Dina Wakley Gloss Spray in “Marine” (my darkest colour). Don’t over spray because in that case the paint will seep underneath the stencil and the stencilled design will become less visible. Also spray from a bit further away to have the best effect. This also means that you will have to protect you surrounding surface because the paint will go everywhere!

Remove the stencil carefully and directly clean it under the sink, the paint will dry fast. Dry the background panel with you heat tool. Now you have created your resist background!

For today’s project I used a gorgeous The Crafter’s Workshop stencil called “Flower Field” (TCW5036).

Step 2:

Spray your background panel with you lighter acrylic paint spray (I used a Dina Wakley acrylic spray in “Turquoise”). Then directly use a roll of kitchen towel, rolling it over the background panel. Even dab of a bit of the paint if you feel this is necessary. Then dry the background panel again with your heat tool. Because the first layer was already dry it will resist the second layer of paint. The faster you remove the second layer the better the first layer will be visible.

Step 3:

Next I’m working on making this background more interesting to look at. First I splattered with Dina Wakley acrylic spray in “White”.  

Step 4:

Than I doodled a bit on the panel using my Sakura white Gelly Roll pen.

Followed by edging the panel with a foam applicator tool and VersaMagic ink in the colour “Aegean Blue” (which is about the same colour as my darkest paint).

And to finish this background I use a white Posca marker which has a fat nib, to lighten the edge around the flower elements.

Step 5:

This is what my acrylic spray resist background looks like now! Time to make a card out of this background!

Step 6:

I stamped my focal image ( Crafty Sentiments Designs “Annabel - Summertime” ) onto some Strathmore Bristol Smooth Surface paper using Versamark ink in “Onyx Black” and then I clear heat embossed the image.

Next I fussy cut the image and coloured her using my Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers in Peach, Spice, Topaz, Orange, Flame Red, Chocolate and Terracotta in combination with my water brush. When the colouring was done I added some highlights using the same white Gelly Roll Pen as before.

For my sentiment I picked one of the sentiments from the Clearly Besotted stamp set called “Many Mini Messages”, I stamped and heat embossed that onto some grey vellum and die cut a banner shape using the smallest die in the Lawn Fawn “Everyday Sentiment Banners Die Set”.  

Step 7:

Time to put my card project together: I die cut a slightly larger square panel from some matching dark brown card stock and adhered both panels together using liquid glue. Then I adhered the banner and the girl image on top using one millimetre thick foam tape and folded the banner around the back on the right hand side and adhered there using regular tape.

All I have to do now to finish this card is to adhere this combination to a crème coloured linen textured square card base using one millimetre thick foam tape.

Detail picture:

And that’s it for today’s background technique! I wish you a creative day!

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