Sunday, February 11, 2018

Painting With Cardboard

I am always looking for fun techniques to add to my cards. There are so many ways to created interesting backgrounds using other mediums. Today I am using cardboard (toilet paper tube) and paint!

You may have done this with your kids to paint fireworks in the summer, or flowers in the spring. I am using this for bursts of love in February! 
First of all I chose my sweet image from Sweet n' Sassy Stamps' Valentine Critters set (now retired but available in digital format HERE.). I stamped on Georgia Pacific White cardstock with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and embossed with WOW! Clear Detail Embossing Powder. I colored him with Copics and then cut him out using my Big Shot. Next I cut my toilet paper tube into strips about an inch and a half deep.

I chose my paint colors to match tones in the image coloring. I used inexpensive acrylic paint for my two-tone background, painting large circles to "stamp" my cardboard in. I started with the lighter color, pink, and then used the same tube for the red.

The key here, as stated in the video, is to have a light touch when you pounce on your paper. Sometimes I would have too much force, and then I got a few blobs of paint.

Pounce as many times as you like to get the look you want. I wanted a more open look, so kept my pouncing to 3-4 times.

I made a couple of sheets and will save the other pieces for another project later. I did find, on my second sheet, that the look is different depending on the color you begin with. I started with the red the second time, and put pink on top. Just experiment and see what you like! These photos are from the first sheet.

Finally, I added some patterned paper from Authentique (available at Stamp Simply), lace (Really Reasonable Ribbon), and stamped the sentiment when the paint was dry. I popped my bunny up using Stampin' Up Dimensionals. I think he turned out pretty cute, don't you? In front of a burst of love!

Challenges for this card:
Addicted to Stamps - Have a Heart
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes w/Optional Twist: Love 
Dragonfly Journeys - Love
A Gem of a Challenge - Have a Heart (feature a heart)
Allsorts - Love Is In The Air 
Crazy 4 Challenges - Make a Valentine, Anniversary, Thinking of You or card showing support  
If You Gave A Crafter A Cookie - Photo Inspiration
Color Throwdown - Color Inspiration


  1. What a fun technique, Judy. I've never seen it before but I do want to try it. (Supplies should be pretty readily available, right?)
    Thanks for posting your card at If you Give a Crafter a Cookie. Sandy/DT

  2. Cute and clever card!
    Thank you so much for sharing this at Allsorts;-))m

  3. Hey,Judy - thank you so much for sharing your project and creativity at 613! I have seen the technique before - and frankly, I dismissed it's resulting simplicity as not for me. THEN I saw your card and changed my mind! Your creative take on the 'burst' of colors for your background is inspirational! All of a sudden I see several possibilities - LOL! Makes a great card - well done!
    ~ginny, DT for 613 Ave C
    RubberMAD (

  4. Love the use of the toilet roll inner, what a super idea, the effect looks great, lovely cute image and a great card.
    Thank you for joining our 'Love is in the Air' challenge this week at Allsorts.

    Kath x

  5. Gorgeous card!!! Thanks so much for participating in our IF YOU GIVE A CRAFTER A COOKIE... challenge. Hope you participate in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  6. Super adorable card lovely work.
    Thanks for sharing with us @ AGOAC

    smiles Christine DT x

  7. Very beautiful and adorable, great how you did the background.
    Thanks for joining us at Addicted to Stamps.
    Greetings, Danoesja


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