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Background Techniques with Melanie, Part 2

Today I have just a couple of variations on the original Credit Card Technique, and I'm going to get straight into it.

Credit Card with a Drop - There may be a better name for this technique somewhere but I think this explains it quite well.

  • Starting with a light colour, blob some paint onto the bottom edge of the credit card.
  • Scrape the card down the length of the paper spreading a thin layer of the paint.
  • Fully cover the cardstock.

  • Add one or two more colours to the credit card.
  • Scrape on to the cardstock in a crosshatch fashion.
  • Drip drops of water on to the cardstock.  To do this, I usually have a cup of water and dip my fingers into it and then sprinkle on the cardstock, flicking into areas I think need it.

  • When the paint on the cardstock is dry, blot the water off the card.
  • This leaves the colours from the bottom layers showing through.  You can also scrape the water off - blotting the cardstock with paper as required.

And Credit Card with a Drip -


This calendar page is made with the same technique as above, except after you flick the water on the cardstock,  lift it up and let the water drip down the page.  Then lay it flat to dry off before scraping.  Here are the photos of the different stages.   The lime green colour that I used was a better quality paint than the others and has not given the best result - but it's still nice.  The stamps I have used are from the Darkroom Door Trees collection.





Now go and enjoy creating a lovely mess - it's very therapeutic, I promise.  Don't forget to send pictures of your creations (and stamp credits) to stampersquest@yahoo.com so they can be shared in The Sketchbook.

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3 Responses »

  1. Hi Jenni - I used acrylic paint - usually sold in a squeeze tube or plastic bottle. - just cheap stuff (same as the firstl credit card tutorial here).

    Once the paint is on the paper/card it provides a barrier between the paper and the water, so the water just sits on top and prevents the paint underneath from drying. You can leave the water on just a little (maybe 10 seconds) or until the paint around the water drips/drops is completely dry - but this doesn't usually take too long - it depends on the thickness and quality of your paint.

    I hope this has been helpful - let me know if you want any more info. - Melanie.
    And don't forget to send us a copy of your art when you're done.

  2. i am such a newbie--what kind of paint did you use that would allow the water to sit on top of the paint?

  3. Love this technique. I am going to have to try it.