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Simple Paint Dragging + GIVEAWAY

Hello! Today I am sharing a simple-yet-oh-so-fun technique that you can do with paint to create gorgeous backgrounds. My kids even enjoyed it and we were able to make a bunch of cards in little time!

Paint Dragging Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Multiple stores are also linked in the parentheses following the product name. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.]

I have no idea what this technique is really called, but I refer to it as “paint dragging.” I was inspired by Josie Lewis… I LOVE all the gorgeous art she creates! I kept my paint dragging very simple, but you could get creative and create unique backgrounds.

Be sure to watch the video to see how these backgrounds were created. It is simple! Simply put drops of acrylic paint (I used THESE) on cardstock and then drag something with a straight edge through it. (I used a Creative Corner but you could use a credit card.) It results in beautiful backgrounds. After making lots and lots of backgrounds this way, I created these many cards…

My first card features one of my painted backgrounds in a simple shaker card. I used a rectangle die to do a partial die cutting trick (watch the video!) to create a narrow window on a piece of white cardstock. I then added a painted background with black heat embossed images from the Hero Arts July My Monthly Hero Kit. (More on that below.) The sentiment is from the Hero Arts Birthday Messages Stamp Set (HA | SSS).

Paint Dragging Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I only used a little bit of Tonic Golden Years Confetti in the shaker window and I *did not* use anything to remove the static. I like when the confetti sticks to the acetate so they look like they are floating!

Paint Dragging Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is another shaker card example. This time I used a circle die to create the window… and again heat embossed images from the Hero Arts July My Monthly Hero Kit. The starburst-like background die is included in the kit.

Paint Dragging Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

You can stamp with many inks on these painted backgrounds, but I really prefer the crisp results from heat embossing.

Paint Dragging Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is another card using black heat embossing on a painted background. I prefer doing black heat embossing by stamping with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink and clear heat embossing. Notice that the background die looks a bit different on this card. I show how to make this change in the video with a bit of simple partial die cutting.

Paint Dragging Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I also really like the new Hero Arts Ornate Carousel Stamp Set (SSS | HA). Also, the painting on this one is pretty in real life, especially with white heat embossed images! The background features the die from the Hero Arts July My Monthly Hero Kit cut from Carta Bella White Shimmer Cardstock.

Paint Dragging Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

All of these images on this next card are from the Hero Arts July My Monthly Hero Kit… and the background uses the leftover pieces from the kit’s die.

Paint Dragging Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

And here are a few more featuring the Hero Arts Ornate Carousel Stamp Set (SSS | HA). I added shimmer to these with Tsukineko Shimmer Spritz (subtle) or a Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pen (more intense).

Paint Dragging Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I like that this card can be given to a kid or adult!

Paint Dragging Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I am really liking the look of the die cut Carta Bella White Shimmer Cardstock on the white notecard. And this Hero Arts July My Monthly Hero Kit sentiment is so fun…

Paint Dragging Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I did thin layers of paint on these pieces, buy you could definitely do thicker layers if you want for a more solid look.

Paint Dragging Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Creating these “sun” pieces was very easy. I die cut a large circle from a Hero Arts July My Monthly Hero Kit‘s background die cut. Bam! I have a sun.

Paint Dragging Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The best part of today’s video? I have lots of backgrounds leftover for quick future cards!

Paint Dragging Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

BLOG HOP

This post is part of a blog hop featuring the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero July Kit. This kit has a huge stamp set, a large background die, coordinating, dies, inks, and more! The kit value is $72… but only costs $34.99! You can see all the details HERE. The kit is available for a limited time only – once it’s gone, it’s gone. And they sell out fast! The stamps and dies are not sold separately. (Remember that Hero Arts does have a subscription option with FREE US shipping and $9.99 international shipping in case you never want to miss out on a kit. Find out info HERE.)

HERE is the kit. All this is valued at $72, but costs under $35…

There are also many great new products available that coordinate with the kit. Worth checking out! You can find them all HERE.

The next stop on the hop is the blog of Kelly Latevola – someone I admire tremendously. (You can always start at the beginning of the hop at the Hero Arts Blog.)

GIVEAWAY

Hero Arts is giving away a kit to a lucky blog reader – selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. For your chance, leave a comment below and on all the blogs in the hop by 11:59pmEST on 7/8/18. (To leave a comment, head to my blog, scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the green “leave a comment” button. The winner’s name will be shared on the Hero Arts Blog. Hero Arts will reimburse the winner if they already bought the kit.)

SUPPLIES

Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk or from Hero Arts. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Hero Arts July My Monthly Hero Kit
[ HA ]
Hero Arts Ornate Carousel Stamp Set
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Birthday Messages Stamp Set
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Circle Infinity Dies
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Rectangle Infinity Dies
[ HA | SSS ]
Acrylic Paint
[ AMZUS ]
MISTI Creative Corners
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Mouse Pad Insert
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Bar Magnet
[ SSS | ELH ]
*Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat
[ SSS | ELH ]
Gina K Connect Glue
[ SSS | GNK ]
Tim Holtz Trimmer
[ SSS ]
Anti Static Powder Bag
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Ultrafine Clear Embossing…
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
[ HA | SSS ]
VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
[ SSS ]
VersaMark Ink
[ HA | SSS ]
Sizzix Big Shot Express
[ SSS | AMZUS ]
Therm O Web Purple Tape
[ SSS ]
White Craft Foam
[ SSS ]
Foam Tape
[ ELH ]
Tsukineko Shimmer Spritz
[ SSS | ELH ]
Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pens
[ SSS ]
Tonic Golden Years Confetti
[ SSS ]
Carta Bella White Shimmer Cardstock
[ SSS ]
Josie Lewis Instagram
[ INS ]