In a Scrape!

But not in a bad way, no! Just getting creative with paint, paper/cardstock, old plastic cards, etc. for making really cool background surfaces. When I first learned this technique, courtesy of  Trish Bayley, I fell in love with its simplicity and speed… Anyone who knows me knows how very impatient I am!!

I have used some scraped backgrounds for ATCs, etc. in recent posts and to be honest, it’s a great way of using up paint that you have left from other projects, rather than binning it! Jump right in, read how Michelle Ward goes about creating textured and scraped backgrounds and get playing yourself. The photos are brilliantly clear as always and the advice (hints and tips), is priceless.

Here are a couple of pre-painted cards I got “in a scrape” with:

Autumnal scrapings I

I used red, black and copper acrylic paint on this bright orange background. The hard part was waiting a few  minutes for the colours to dry so I didn’t muddy things up. (Why do I have this problem with waiting?)

Autumnal Scrapings II

I love how vibrant they are and I know I found it hard to stop when I did these last week – I was nearly late for work – *giggles*!

Come and join in with all the friendly artists in the Street Team Crusades – a very cool place to learn new stuff! 😉

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  1. K Hutchinson

     /  September 11, 2010

    Oh Rosie these fall colors are soooo YUMMY! I LOVE them! I need to get working on mine! SMILE!

  2. Rosie – great textures! Love how the colors pop over black. I can imagine the copper looks very striking in real life. Almost late for work? That makes me grin 😉 Thanks for sharing Rosie!

  3. Gorgeous color and texture Rosie!! These cards definitely say AUTUMN loud and clear 🙂

  4. Hah…now I know why my pages turn muddy…I am too impatient!! I think your pages are great and are so suitable for autumn.

  5. Nice pages, Rosie, very vivid! i like the circle stamping, too.

  6. Very cool idea, combining fall colors with this technique. I’m looking forward to seeing what you might put on top of that background.

  7. Waiting waiting waiting – I know the problem 😉 Bright orange; AWESOME!

  8. Wow! It’s fall for sure now 🙂 I love bold colors, and for some reason the white stenciling through the sequin waste looks like the white paper peeking through. What a great effect! -Kim

  9. ooo fabulous, rosie!!!

  10. Heat gun or hairdryer – my best friend and perfect for impatience !!!! Love the colors – very Halloween. Gorgeous Job, Rosie !

  11. These are gorgeous! I love the bold colors. Also you’re not alone-I have the same issue with ‘waiting’ LOL

  12. i LOVE the colors you chose!!! I wouldn’t think to use all warm colors like that. It IS so vibrant. Lovely 🙂

  13. Fantastic, I love the bright colors, they pop off my screen ! And what an awesome tip, I will never throw out paint again…. Why can’t I come up with something like that LOL Anyway, thanks for sharing and great inspiration.

  14. Great textures! Love your scraped effects!

  15. Glad you called them autumnal because that was indeed how I felt (in a good way) when I saw them! Nice colours!

  16. Great pages. Love the autumn colors. Sequin waste must be great to use, cannot find it in the Netherlands. I stamp with bubble wrap instead.

  17. These are worth being late for work for!! LOL… beautiful autumn colors. Makes me want to build a fire and drink cocoa. Happy creations from germany, tj

  18. I love the colours and textures you have created here and especially the touch of copper. Thanks for sharing.


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