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Painting With Sand

This is a favourite technique of mine which I love to use to add texture to cards and artwork and realistic looking sand effects on card. If you look at the frame on the lefthand side, you will notice it looks like real sand; thats because I actually painted it using REAL sand!

The scan doesn’t do it justice as the sand is actually 3 dimensional, you can paint with sand to create wonderful 3-d highlights on your stamped art, and since Craft Sand comes in all colours of the rainbow you can use white sand for snow, though I wouldnt recommend using yellow sand for snow 🙂 Pink sand for icing on a cake and so on! The list is endless!

Heres how YOU can do it:

1. In a plastic container pour a large dollop of White PVA glue: pva glue is the glue used in schools, its the cheapest white glue you can find.

2. Into the glue pour some craft sand and mix into the glue, keep mixing until you get a really thick icing like gritty paste.

3. Start painting your sand paste onto your card where desired. Allow to dry for a coupla hours.

The glue dries clear and leaves you with a lovely Sandy texture!!

While its still wet you can actually draw into the sand paste using a comb or a fork as it has a spackle like texture…you could even paint it afterwards if you wanted too!


Ive been experimenting with a pack of black lutradur sheets I had in my stash for a swap I signed up for, Ive been meaning to use my lutradur for ages but never got round to it. Adrienne announced a lutradur swap on UKArtSwaps which caught my eye – I now had an excuse to dig out my lutradur and actually USE it for a change 🙂

Heres a couple of backgrounds I did with the lutradur, havent made anything with most of them yet though! My next step with the background is to experiment with distressing them with my heat tool!

Dont forget to click all the pictures you see if you want to see bigger images!

Lutradur Metallic Rubbings:

I made this background using a sheet of black lutradur and a stamping mat to make a rubbing using metallic oil pastels. I love how the pastels pop out on the dark background

Lutradur Metallic Rubbings

Lutradur Metallic Rubbings

Lutradur Squirty Painted Background:

Various paints and colours where brushed and squirted directly onto the lutradur to make a painterly background, I then placed another sheet of lutradur on top of the painted sheet and pressed them together, then pulled them apart to make a print of the background. Both backgrounds are below (click for bigger)

Lutradur Painted Background

Lutradur Squirty Background

Lutradur Resist Background:

I made this background by first stamping a repeat pattern all over the sheet with metallic paint, once it was dry I rubbed over the top with another colour to make a kind of resist effect.

Lutradur Resist Background

Lutradur Oil Pastel Background:

I used metallic oil pastels gently rubbed over the black lutradur to bring out the patterns of the fibers. I love the feel of this background

Lutradur Oil Pastel Background

Lutradur Melted Oil Pastels Background:

This is one of my favourite backgrounds, I used various colours of both metallic and regular oil pastels to make this background, I used a hot encaustic wax iron to smear hot wax across the lutradur and added little droplets of wax to add accents.

Lutradur Melted Oil Pastels Background

This one is pretty straight forward and very easy to do and it looks like old leather too!

All you need for this background is MASKING TAPE! You need the high tack variety otherwise it wont stick to your card surface very well so make sure its sticky and not that low tack stuff you can buy.

To create this background all you need to do is tear off strips from the masking tape and layer them across a sheet of card stock – it works best if you have a lot of roughly torn edges on the masking tape as it all adds to the interesting texture.

So at this stage all you need to do is tear and stick the masking tape all over the card stock till the entire surface area is covered.

Once youve done that you can add colour to your masking tape background -the best way to do that is to smoosh or sponge your colours directly from your inkpads or you can use dye re-inkers. I find dye inkpads work best for this but you can use brands like Brilliance pigment inks because you can heat set them.

Thats it! Very easy 2 step easy to create backgrounds!

Heres some examples below:


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These backgrounds utilise Tissue Paper to make easy peasy Faux Leather backgrounds – these are so easy to make you can do them with your eyes shut!

What You Need:

  • Tissue Paper
  • Card Stock
  • PVA or White Glue
  • Glue Spreader
  • Acrylic Paint or Dye Re-inkers


1. Crumple your tissue paper into a tight ball, open it up again and set it aside.

2. Spread a generous amount of glue over the surface of your card stock using a credit card or plastic spreader.

3. Working quickly, tap the tissue paper down over the glued surface, do NOT flatten it out as you want lots of nice texture and crinkles in the background. Let it dry.

4. Now you need to add colour – either acrylic paints OR you can use dye reinkers or smoosh an inkpad over the top dtp style. Once the colour has dried you are ready make artwork with your backgrounds!

Faux Leather Tissue Paper Background Samples:



These backgrounds are EASY!! Very EASY! So easy infact it seems an ‘art crime’ to call it a background technique! Not only are they easy to make they look stunning!

Read on for info…

What You Need:

  • Card Stock
  • Black Gesso -or- White Gesso & Black Acrylic Paint
  • Gold Acrylic Paint -or- any colour metallic or pearl acrylic paint
  • Credit Card

How To Create:

First of all if you dont have any black gesso dont panic as you can improvise – read on for details:

Step One:

Black Gesso Method:

Take a sheet of card stock and scrape a generous amount of black gesso into the centre of the card. Use your credit card to spread the gesso all over the surface of the card – you want it to be applied very thickly – imagine you are plastering a wall!

Once the gesso has been applied use the credit card to make ridges, lines and textures into the gesso and make it completely uneven and textured. Set aside to dry.

White Gesso & Black Acrylic Paint Method
(for those who dont have black gesso):

Follow the instructions above for applying the black gesso to the card only use the white gesso. Once the white gesso has dried, paint it with a layer of black acrylic paint and set aside to dry again (or use a heat gun to hurry it along)

Step Two:

Once the gesso has dried, take a small blob of gold acrylic paint and squirt it into a plastic cup or artist palette or plastic plate. If your paint is thick and gooey you may want to add a little bit of water to water it down slightly – some paints are naturally thin and may not need watering down.

Note: You can use any colour metallic or pearl acrylic paint for this.

Take your gessoed background and lay it on the surface, now dip your pointy finger into the gold acrylic paint and use your finger to rub the paint over the raised gesso ridges and textures.

Tip: Dont put too much paint on your fingers – less is more. You want some of the black gesso to be visible underneath, the gold is for highlights. See background samples below for a guide.

Continue until the entire surface is covered with gold metallic highlights and set aside to dry.

Your background is complete!

Now wasnt that just too easy 🙂


You can use rubnbuff or metallic rub ons for these backgrounds if you prefer – I chose acrylic paints because most folks have those in their collection!

You dont have to paint your white gesso black – why not paint it dark brown or burgundy or navy or forest green!

Textured Gesso Background Samples: