Saturday, August 21, 2010

My favorite Technique...

I really love experimenting and playing around with different techniques. Over five years ago, I went to an art show in Maryland and saw an arist doing something that fascinated me. This artist painted in layers...Not what you think...paint on top of paint on top of paint. Actually, the artist created his scenes of depth and intesity by painting parts of a whole on individual panes of glass, then stacked them one on top of the other (with spacers) to create depth.

I minored in Art Education in college so this reminded me of an ancient technique called Reverse Painting. But his art was slightly modified. So as a teacher, I thought I'd share a link with you...If you would like to learn a little art history. CLICK HERE to learn more.

When I observed his work, all I could think of was my stamping. I knew this ancient technique could be a stamper's dream so I tried using clear acetate, StazOn ink, my stamps and of course, acrylic paints.

I created two different cards with the same materials- just a twist on the layout and a few additonal elements. I used Mixed Greetings because not only does it have some great sentiments in various fonts, it also has some adorable icon images (like the cupcake) that is perfect for cards.

I first tried this technique five years ago and I love it! I challenge you to give it a try! If you create something with this technique, please share! I'd love to see it!!!

PS... Older StazOn works best on acetate. It slides less, is more tacky and creates a crisper image. I had to get some new StazOn this week and it is VERY juicy so the images are less than prime this time. I'm a bit disappointed.



  1. Super cute!! Dry embossing on white cardstock is one of my favorite the teeny tiny cupcakes.

  2. Neat technique, and your cards are super cute!

  3. Looks simple, but very effective !
    Great cards,
    Have a great weekend,