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Creditcard Background Techniques with Melanie Smith


When I first started stamping I had (like everyone starting out) limited supplies.  I used stamps, inks, embossing powder, tombow pens  and coloured pencils for colouring images and white or coloured cardstock.  Most of it was shared in the little stamping group that I went to, and as we became more addicted, we each added to our collective "stash."  For a very long time these stamping"staples" were all I used - I never could have imagined using paints or other media sold in the art shop.  Those things were for artsy people and I just liked to make cards.

It still scares me a little to use "artist" items.  Most of the time I have no idea what these items are designed for or do - even after reading the label.  I expect that they should be used to make true to life portraits or captivating scenery, but - that's not what I do (only because I can't - oh did I say that -I can! I just don't know how yet.).  The longer I've been stamping and the more I read from other stampers - in magazines and on the net - the braver I become at using other mediums.  And this is what I'll be working on this week.

I like colourful, grungy and old.  I like to make layers and layers of treasures hidden under more layers and layers of treasure.  I like to start with no real plan of where I'm going to finish and just let the process be the guide.

My first background technique for the week is an oldy and a goody: The Credit Card Technique.


Cheap acrylic paint - I like the cheap ones for this technique because the coverage is thin and you can see the layers underneath.  A good quality acrylic may hide the colours layered below.

An old creditcard:  A used gift card voucher is a good alternative.

Cardstock: Any quality - try plain cheap cardstock first, and, if you like it, stick with it - I've used watercolour quality cardstock, smooth white cardstock and cheap, cheap cardstock - they are all fun to play with.

OK on to the pictures...


  • Spread a strip of colour along the edge of the card and cover the card with a thin layer by scraping the colour in different directions over the card.  Allow a minute or two to dry (I did get my iron out for this - and sandwiched the card between baking paper and newspaper to keep my surfaces clean).  Don't worry if there are still some white spaces - that is good and adds more dimension.


  • Clean the credit card and add two colours and spread on the card as before.  Dry it off and either add more layers or use it on your card.



This card was made using a Luxe Designs flower stamp and a Hero Arts word stamp using archival ink - this is the best ink I have found for stamping over the acrylic paint.

Stay tuned for the next episode a little later this week!



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2 Responses »

  1. you say oldie but goodie... I have done this before but not for making cards.. so it is a grand idea well worth revisiting.. thanks
    Ah the "art supplies" -- ya well some where some one mis-marked them.. there are some cool things for cards in the Auto department too. Thanks for the inspiration.. ton-O-fun cynD

  2. Beautiful card and what a fun technique! I am going to give this a try today. Thanks for sharing!!