Ive been playing around with the Spray Starch background technique tonight after finally getting my hot sticky paws on a can of Dylon aerosol spray starch 🙂

The background technique is surprisingly easy and straight forward; all you have to do is spray the starch liberally onto dark card stock, then tap on various colours of pearl ex pigments on top. Spray again with more starch and if it looks ok leave it to dry…..easy peasy lemon squeezy!

Heres how I did my backgrounds, I took the liberty of taking a couple of shots of the steps so you can play along if this background tickles your fancy…

Note – Remember to click on all pictures if you want close ups.

Supply List

All the supplies you need are in the picture below:

  • Dark Colour Card Stock
  • Spray Starch
  • Soft Paint Brush
  • Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments (or any powdered mica)
  • Newspaper to protect your work area

Steps 1 & 2: Place a sheet of card onto your work area and spray a good layer of spray starch over the top like so:

3. Using the soft brush, tap and dab slodges of pearl ex all over the card stock:

4. Spray over the top with another layer of Starch:

5. Optional – Add more pearl ex if you think it needs it (you can never have enough colour) and rub the pearl ex in a bit using the brush to help the colours to blend together in the starch.

6. This is my favourite step 🙂 Place a sheet of card exactly the same size over the top of the pearl ex background and rub along the back with your fingertips.

7. Peel the backgrounds apart to reveal the magic!

8. You can use a sheet of colour card stock to blot with over the background to distribute the colour even further and create interesting vein like textures:

9. Finally heat set (or leave to air dry) Your background is complete.

Notes: This background technique works well with both matt and gloss card, try them both to achieve different finishes. The backgrounds in this tutorial were created upon gloss card stock.

More Spray Starch Background Fun:

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Results in…..

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