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


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.)


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.)


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
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
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 ]

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302 thoughts on “Simple Paint Dragging + GIVEAWAY”

  1. Those backgrounds! Amazingly simple yet so gorgeous! What a fun summer set from Hero Arts! Brings back so many fun memories of the county fair!!

  2. Jennifer – As always, you make it all look so simple! These cards are beautiful and you find such unique, creative ways to use the kit contents, like the sunburst die. Your talent is truly inspirational.

  3. I’m kind of on the fence about this kit, but seeing what you’ve done with it makes me want it. Thanks.

  4. I love the way you teach all of these different techniques, Jennifer! Very lovely as usual.

  5. Jennifer, your beautiful background is stunning and am thankful for learning of this technique. But the best part of your array of gorgeous cards is that you used this fabulous background die!!! Am in love with this new HA die and can’t wait to use it!!

  6. Jenifer, Just love this background die in the Hero Art’s July kit. Your cards turned out beautiful. I never thought to use my acrylics paints that way so thanks for the ides. Colors are so bright.

  7. Often wondered how I could use my old acrylic paints and can’t wait to try this “paint dragging”. It’s so exciting to see what happens. Thank you for taking the time to post the video and I’ve been watching your other videos while exercising to learn about card making.

  8. Oh my goodness, what a great idea for making backgrounds. I have so many techniques and ideas to try and not enough time to try them all, but this will be added to my list. So fun and beautiful, yet so simple. Thanks for all your inspiration.

  9. Jennifer, you make even the “easiest” techniques look wonderful. thanks for all the ideas and for sharing your talents!

  10. I love to make unique backgrounds. Using the acrylic paint
    is a great idea. I have lots of colors of those paints and
    now I have another way to use them. The backgrounds
    are amazing. The tips for embossing and die cutting
    were appreciated. thanks for sharing

  11. You never disappoint me, Jennifer. I love this seemingly simple technique and the beautiful results.

  12. I really love the effect from this paint dragging technique! Your cards are beautiful! The Hero Arts kit is great – Love the stamps and the sunburst die!

  13. Thank you for all the time you spend making such beautiful cards! I just made one using your example to make birthday cards that I send to patients!

  14. You make it look manageable – why do I always end up covered in paint. Really loved the ease of this idea. Thanks.

  15. This is a wonderful kit. It brings back special summertime memories of the small amusement park next to the house my Mom grew up in. Your cards are beautiful Jennifer. Thank you for sharing your tips and techniques.

  16. Hello Jennifer, Thank you so much for sharing with us your creativity. Beautiful cards, so inspiring.😊

  17. I really love these backgrounds. I’m going to try some with my granddaughter. She’s 8 and loves crafting so these will be fun to do.

  18. Beautiful cards and great technique with the background die. Thanks for showing so many different ways!

  19. This is a technique that any non-artist such as myself can do! Love it – thanks for sharing… anxiously awaiting my HA kit arrival!

  20. Wow, the cover die alone is worth the cost of this kit!!! So versatile! Loved your background technique!!! Finally a way to use all the left over paints I bought for projects with my son years ago. Hope they are still good!!!

  21. You’ve done it again Jennifer. Outstanding. Love your cards and techniques I don’t know how you manage it lol. TFS xxx

  22. I love the paint dragging technique for creating backgrounds and definitely need to try it! I also love your cards with the starburst fancy die! Your inspiration made this kit a must have!

  23. What a fun technique! I wil have to try that some time. All the different embossed images over those backgrounds looks very nice. Lot’s of fun in this kit!

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