Acrylic Batik

by Dina Kowal

Scrape acrylic paint over an embossed image for a unique background.


  • Heavy Cardstock (Neenah Solar White used here)

  • Clear embossing powder

  • Embossing ink (Versamark used here)

  • Large background stamp (Impression Obsession CC107 Thin Chevron used here)

  • Heat embossing tool

  • Acrylic paints (1-3 colors)

  • Stiff plastic card (credit card, library card, etc.)


  1. Step 1

    Stamp cardstock with background image using embossing ink.

  2. Step 2

    Apply clear embossing powder, and heat to set.

  3. Step 3

    Dribble and drip acrylic paints onto the embossed panel.

    Craft paints work great for this technique, since they’re more runny.

  4. Step 4

    Using a stiff plastic card, such as a credit card or library card, scrape over the surface of the panel. Change the direction of your strokes, working the paint into the paper, in between the embossed areas. Keep scraping with short strokes in different directions, until your panel is filled in and the embossed design is visible.

  5. Note:
    The more you scrape, the more blended your colors will become, and the more noticeable your embossed pattern will be.

  6. Step 5

    Complete your card, using the finished panel as a background layer or mixed media base.



  1. Instead of white cardstock, use colored or patterned paper as a base. Basic Grey cardstock and white acrylic paint were used here, with Impression Obsession CC081 Damask.

  2. Dark brown cardstock and tan acrylic paint were used here, with Impression Obsession CC043 Roses.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Acrylic Batik. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

This looks like a great tutorial thanks Dina. I will have to pick up some acrylic paints and try it out.
Annette  |  Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 4:52 AM
This tutorial got the creative juices flowing! I can just see all kinds of masculine cards as a product of this method. Thanks for sharing this with us!
Dottie  |  Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 5:21 AM
What a great idea and result! Can't wait to try a few variations. Love that the supplies are basic and I don't have to "buy to try". Thanks for adding to my repertoire.
Lila Moran  |  Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 6:11 AM
I am going to try this technique today.
Tamara Voss  |  Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 6:29 AM
Great looking cards and a technique I will definitely try! Thank you for sharing your talent!
Sharon Huffman  |  Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 7:00 AM
How fun! Thank you for sharing this. Time to get some paints and try it.
Nancy Stislow  |  Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 9:07 AM
Beautiful! I love the variations on different colored card stocks.
Holly Young  |  Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 9:10 AM
Have lots of acrylic paint just sitting in my cupboard. What a great technique to get the paint back in use. Thanks Dina!
Pam Rudzki  |  Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 10:38 AM
Thank you for demonstrating this techique. It seems so simple and I can see so many uses for it that I can hardly wait to get busy and tryig it out this evenig.
I do have one question: When using pre-printed designer papers, are you also embossing an image on top of that paper before you drop the paint on it?
Nancy Bues  |  Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 10:52 AM
The result is so lovely and yet it's so easy! Thank you for this fun, new technique.
Mary Beth
Mary Beth West  |  Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 12:55 PM
Nancy, yes, the variations with colored or designer cardstock are also embossed with an image before adding paint.
Dina K  |  Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 3:06 PM
Way stunning Dina! It's so pretty with the chevron pattern still showing through the colors! Thank you so much!
Rosy Newlun  |  Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 8:20 PM
I love the text stamp you used. Can you tell me who makes it?
Martha  |  Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 9:50 PM
Thank you, Martha! It's available through Impression Obsession.
Dina K  |  Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 9:56 PM
Super cool technique! It's a must do on my to do list! TFS
Kris  |  Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 7:18 AM
What a great technique. I love that you also added some extra options on paper and cardstock.
lacyquilter  |  Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 8:42 AM
love this technique -- impactful but simple, with a supply list that is doable. hope to try it this weekend.
Lela Meinke  |  Fri Feb 7, 2014 at 8:46 AM
This was a really fun technique! I'm not sure how to post in the techniques gallery but I did post a card in my gallery. Thanks!
Janet  |  Fri Feb 7, 2014 at 3:16 PM
I love this technique! Thank you so much for sharing it. So far, I've made only one card, but my brain is racing with possibilities. Can't wait to play with paint again.
Mary Gaves  |  Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 8:08 AM

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