Sunday, July 17, 2011

Distressed Hearts

I'm back today showing a fun way to distress the Basically Embellies Acrylic Hearts. But first, let's start from the beginning with the card background.

Using craft cardstock, spritz with a couple different colors of Smooch sprays. Once the cardstock is completely dry, ink a star background stamp with Perfect Medium and stamp the entire piece of cardstock. Working quickly while the Perfect Medium is still wet, use a small paint brush and apply gold Perfect Pearls over the stamped areas.

Set the cardstock aside because now it's time to work on the hearts.

Painting on acrylic pieces can be tricky as the surface is super smooth and there's nothing for the paint to grab onto. However, there are a few tricks to work around this problem. First, I took a piece of sandpaper and roughed up the top surface of the hearts and then painted on a thin layer of Liquitex Clear Gesso. The gesso will create a rough surface for the paint to grab on to. Next, I applied a layer of Ranger Distress Crackle Paint and waited (not so patiently) for that to dry. Once the paint was dry, I applied a thin coat of Liquitex Gel Medium, which will seal in the paint so it won't chip off. As an added bonus, the gel medium provides a smooth finish layer which allowed me to stamp on top of the cracked surface.

So until next time, keep thinking outside the box. Just because things aren't supposed to work together, like paint and acrylic, doesn't mean it's not possible.
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