Acrylic Resist

by Shelly Kuck

Create stunning backgrounds with acrylic paints and Distress reinkers.


  • Distress Reinkers
  • Mini Misters
  • Perfect Pearls
  • Acrylic Paint or Paint Dabber
  • Black Ink
  • Stamps
  • Embellishments


  1. Step 1

    Apply acrylic paint to stamp and stamp on Card Stock. Let dry a few minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Prep work:
    Put a FULL dropper of Distress ink in a mini mister, add Perfect Pearls by scooping out on the straw end of the sprayer. Fill mister with water, leaving a small amount of room at the top. Put spray top back on and shake well.

    Start with the lightest color and spray the cardstock leaving some open spaces. Place the cardstock on a craft sheet or newspaper.

  3. Step 3

    Continue to add additional colors of Pearlized Distress Mist colors until desired effect is achieved.

  4. Step 4

    The cardstock may begin to curl as the paper is saturated. It will flatten out when dry, or use an iron to flatten, sandwiching between two pieces of blank computer paper.

    The pattern on printed paper can transfer to the wet cardstock.

  5. Step 5

    When dry, overstamp images with black ink. VersaFine works great for this as it is an oil based pigment, giving excellent coverage that doesn't smear or bleed.

  6. Step 6

    Embellish and layer as desired!



    Less Mess
    Try Adirondack Acrylic Sponge daubers for applying your Acrylic Paint.

    -You can use regular reinkers. But using distress re-inkers work best because they are a concentrated dye and color stable, so you don't have to use as much ink to get vibrant colors..
    -Also, Pearl Ex will work if you seal your project after it dries. (Perfect Pearls have a built in fixative making them ideal.)

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Acrylic Resist. 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 is beautiful! What type of card stock works best for this technique??
Jer  |  Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 8:24 AM
This looks FABULOUS, Shelly--I can't wait to try it out!
Julesiana  |  Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 9:09 AM
Gorgeous Shelly! Awesome card and tutorial!
Carolyn King  |  Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 11:15 AM
That is lovely. I wonder if we could use a watered down reinker instead of the Distresses reinker?
joyce pacer  |  Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 11:33 AM
GREAT tutorial Shelly! Thank you for sharing your beautful work!
BevMom  |  Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 1:21 PM
Wondering what you mean by sealing if using Pearl Ex?
Darlene  |  Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 3:26 PM
I would be worried about the acrylic paint hurting my rubber stamps. Do you still just clean them with Baby Wipes? Also can you be sure that acrylic paint will work on the clear stamps with out them being ruined?
Karen Hanim  |  Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 8:09 PM
OK, trying one more time to get this comment in...

Braaa-VO! Love this, lol! Gorgeous look, really, one that takes me back to the days when fiddling with making cool background paper was the main event... I love any resist technique, and this is a new one on me! Thanks so much for sharing! (So, there's really a scoop in my little mister??)

Really, really, liked this...
MSBetsyZ  |  Thu Oct 23, 2008 at 1:06 PM
This looks great! I can't wait to give this a try!
Dianne K.  |  Tue Oct 28, 2008 at 11:15 AM
This is so beautiful!! Thanks for the awesome tutorial!!
Rose Ann  |  Thu Oct 30, 2008 at 9:19 PM
Brava! Excellent tutorial and one I for sure will try!
Minna  |  Wed Mar 25, 2009 at 12:08 PM
Love it!! Great idea! Thanks for showing us.
Nancy Sherman  |  Fri Oct 9, 2009 at 1:58 PM
I can't wait to try this - so pretty! Can you please tell me what color distress inks you used?...Thanks.
Robyn Polinsky  |  Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 5:16 PM
looks great cant wait to try
willie  |  Mon Mar 8, 2010 at 9:47 PM
Great Project! I've been trying and am having a problem with the acrylic resisting. Either it doesn't resist or the acrylic wipes off. I am waiting until the paint is dry, but still no luck. What brand/type of acrylics do you reccomend?
StampingJay  |  Sun Apr 4, 2010 at 10:41 AM
Hi StampinJay,
I only used Adirondack Acrylic Dabbers so far and no problems whatsoever. I love those dabbers.
Happy Easter! Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Sun Apr 4, 2010 at 10:54 AM
I am looking for instructions on how to make a collaspable box with flowers that also collaspe. When box is flat, you don't see the popups. I saw one a long time ago, and can't figure out how it works, probable on some sort of pivot system. I am stumped. I'm an experienced card maker, but this one I can't figure out. Help. Thanks. Virginia Montagna
Virginia Montagna  |  Mon Aug 16, 2010 at 1:49 PM
What brand are those dauber applicators?
Ginny Mapes  |  Wed Sep 7, 2011 at 7:04 AM
Do you mean the Acrylic Paint Dabbers used in the video? Those are from Ranger and you can find them in many online as well as hobby stores. They are called Ranger Acrylic Paint Dabbers if you want to use an internet search engine. I know Eclectic Paperie as well as Inspiration Emporium both carry them.
beate  |  Wed Sep 7, 2011 at 8:09 AM
Thank you for this video I love this look and am amazed and how many ways to achieve it! You have opened a brand new door!! Thanks!
Antoinette  |  Wed May 20, 2015 at 11:34 AM

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