Tuesday, September 16, 2014

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Stamped Acrylic Block Backgrounds

Acrylic blocks have been around since before I started stamping in 1996. (Yep, I'm dating myself here!) They've always been useful as a temporary mount for rubber dies, and then with polymer stamps when those came onto the scene many years later.

However, it wasn't until fairly recently that we started seeing them being utilized as a "stamp" of sorts themselves. Somebody got the brilliant idea to ink up their acrylic block and put it to paper, with lovely results.

Michelle Pearson likes this technique because "it is very quick and easy and beautiful...I tapped the distress pads on my long acrylic block before spritzing with water and stamping on watercolor paper."

You can find a step-by-step tutorial here, which outlines the process she followed using 11069SC Soaring Eagle Clear Set to make this card:

"For other [cards]," continues Michelle, "I dragged the ink pad through the inked blocks for contrast." Here's an example created with 11073SC Shining Lantern Clear Set:
The card above shows slight variations in color, whereas this one featuring 11070SC Songbird Clear Set contains greater contrast:

And for even more variety, Michelle explains, "[on] others I used my markers to make random patterns before spraying and stamping."

The resulting bold splashes of color are really striking:

The stamps from both 11013SC Brushed Calligraphy #2 Clear Set and 11071SC Holy Spirit's Fruit Clear Set work great for this fun technique!

I think the "wet" watercolor look of the horizontal darker green stripes mimics the juicy pear theme here:

Have YOU tried stamping backgrounds with acrylic blocks, Inky friends? Did you like how your projects turned out?


stamping sue said...

yes, I have done the acrylic block technique. they make fast and unique cards.
stamping sue

Mary-Anne V said...

Never tried to stamp directly with a block but love how these projects turned out so I will give it a try.

Sue D said...

I haven't tried this yet but I really like the examples shown--esp the one with the eagle.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Very cool! I will give it a try.

Katie said...

Great cards! Did you ever choose a winner from the Sept. 2nd blog post? I think I missed it... Thanks.

Linda R. said...

Haven't tried this, but it looks like fun....think I will.

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