Acrylic Distress

by Beate Johns

Create a rustic background with an embossing folder and acrylic paints.


  • Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug™'s Fleur De Lis used here)

  • Cardstock

  • Light Acrylic paint (Adirondack® Shell Pink Acrylic Paint Dabber used here)

  • Sanding tool

  • Brown dye ink, (Walnut Stain Distress ink used here)

  • Blending tool

  • Water mister

  • Cotton cloth

  • Additional cardstock and embellishments to finish the project


  1. Step 1

    Cut your cardstock to the size you need. Emboss the cut cardstock with an embossing folder and die cutting machine of your choosing.

    A Label 8 Nestabilities™ die was used to cut the piece in the sample, but you can use any shape die.

  2. Step 2

    Apply Acrylic Paint over the entire piece of cardstock. Let paint dry.

  3. Step 3

    Start sanding the raised images.

  4. Continue to sand until most of the paint on the raised part of the cardstock has been removed.

  5. Step 4

    Wipe away dust with cotton cloth.

  6. Step 5

    Apply brown dye ink to the cardstock.

  7. Continue to blend ink into the cardstock until the entire piece is covered.

  8. Step 6

    Dampen the cotton cloth with a water mister.

  9. Step 7

    Clean the excess ink off the painted cardstock with a moist cloth.

  10. The brown ink will only remain where the acrylic paint has been sanded off.

  11. Step 8

    Finish your project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Acrylic Distress. 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.

Thankyou for a great tutorial!

I love using distress inks and distressing!
shirley henry  |  Wed Apr 7, 2010 at 4:32 AM
Thanks Beate, as always your tutorials are very inspiring.
Fiona Harvey  |  Wed Apr 7, 2010 at 4:45 AM
Brilliant! Can't wait to have a go!!!
Sue McClenahan  |  Wed Apr 7, 2010 at 5:29 AM
Beautiful card and interesting technique. Can't wait to try it.
Jan D.  |  Wed Apr 7, 2010 at 5:55 AM
Great card. I'm going to try this technique. Thanks!
pat-czap  |  Wed Apr 7, 2010 at 6:39 AM
What a fantastic way to combine acrylic paint and distress inks and embossing- I'm definately going to try this technique!
Anne B.  |  Wed Apr 7, 2010 at 7:13 AM
this is gorgeous!! Can't wait to try smile
MelissaS  |  Wed Apr 7, 2010 at 8:00 AM
I like! I like! So simple yet so elegant. Thank you!
Billie Dee  |  Wed Apr 7, 2010 at 9:16 AM
This is so cool, Beata! I don't have distress inks but I can find a substitute.
bigfootbecky  |  Wed Apr 7, 2010 at 10:55 AM
Beate Love All your work but I Really love the vintage look Great tutorial Blessings Mary Ellen
Mary Ellen Cope  |  Wed Apr 7, 2010 at 11:23 AM
Thank you for your video. I always learn so much from you. I learn so much more from a video than I do from written instructions.
Mary Ann Huntington  |  Wed Apr 7, 2010 at 12:40 PM
Super job! Your tutorials are always great! I really appreciate you sharing with us! Thank you!
Dawn  |  Wed Apr 7, 2010 at 12:50 PM
Nice tutorial and card. Thank you for sharing. How much do you think the effect would change if you painted (dobbered) the piece before you embossed it (just thinking it might reduce the sanding a little... just an idea.
Kathy  |  Wed Apr 7, 2010 at 2:05 PM
A great way to use my little used paint dabbers. can't wait to try this with card & Grungepaper. Thanks
Lizzie T.  |  Wed Apr 7, 2010 at 3:22 PM
Can't wait to try! I love the look.
GINA BARROW  |  Wed Apr 7, 2010 at 3:31 PM
Great job, can't wait to try this.
JoAnn B.  |  Wed Apr 7, 2010 at 3:56 PM
Another great job, Beate! You are always such an inspiration and do such beautiful work. Thanks!
Maureen Morton  |  Wed Apr 7, 2010 at 4:21 PM
Great technique! I will try this.
Marilyn  |  Wed Apr 7, 2010 at 5:56 PM
WOW! Thanks, this is so pretty, and thanks for the "second" step of re-doing it. Love what you do. Chris
Chris Bjornstedt  |  Wed Apr 7, 2010 at 10:16 PM
thanks for the tutorial!
I definitely have to try this!!
mimibricole  |  Thu Apr 8, 2010 at 1:32 AM

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