Acrylic Smash

by Beate Johns

Use acrylic paint on acetate to create a unique background.



  1. Step 1

    Use die templates to cut white cardstock and acetate to the shape and size needed.

    Cut white cardstock and acetate with a paper cutter or circular cutting system.

  2. Step 2

    Stamp image in StazOn on acetate piece.

  3. Step 3

    Apply acrylic paint to the "wrong" side of the stamped acetate.

    Try a light coat first. You can always repeat this and the next step to add more color.

  4. Step 4

    Press your white cardstock piece over acetate.

  5. Step 5

    Flip the acetate/cardstock piece over. You can move the acetate piece around to spread the paint, or lift the acetate piece up and add more paint.

    Make sure the pieces are lined up straight.

    When the ink is dry, the pieces will stick together. No need for adhesive.

  6. Step 6

    Finish your card.



  1. Multicolored
    Add more then one color to your Acetate.

  2. Add more texture
    Run your Acetate piece through your die cut machine with an embossing folder before creating the background.
    You will need to cover the acetate completely with paint to make the now textured acetate stick to your cardstock.

Your Turn

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

We have a tutorial for Cutting shapes with Nestabilities here.
beate  |  Sat May 8, 2010 at 7:27 AM
Hi, Beate:

I've been rereading and admiring this technique so long and have finally acquired what I need to try.

Won't running the acetate through with an embossing folder ruin the stamped pattern? Or do you treat the layers differently? Hope you can help me.

Thank you!
Elaine Lawson  |  Thu Nov 4, 2010 at 8:24 AM
Hi Elaine,
I stamped the image, then embossed the layer with my embossing folder and last added the acrylic paint to create the background. The stamped image was not affected by the embossing.
Hugs and smiles
Beate  |  Thu Nov 4, 2010 at 8:58 AM
Dear Beate,

Thank you so much. I have just tried stamping clear Tim Holtz stamps on acetate with Stazon. Wow! It's hard not to get a mushy image!

Elaine Lawson  |  Thu Nov 4, 2010 at 9:53 AM
Dear Beate,

Again, many thanks. That will be my next effort.
Elaine Lawson  |  Thu Nov 4, 2010 at 11:23 AM
Looking forward to trying this! thanks for sharing.
Donna Sutton  |  Tue Mar 15, 2011 at 11:43 PM
What a clever idea, love it. Can't wait to try it. Now to find my paints. :0)
Beverly  |  Wed Jul 6, 2011 at 9:48 AM
WOW That is a great idea I love it thanks for the tutorial.
millie  |  Wed Jul 6, 2011 at 3:33 PM
WOW you have done it again, I am a visual learner, and i just love how easy you make it. Many thanks Beate, just keep them rolling grin
Enchancing Beauty  |  Mon Jul 11, 2011 at 6:15 PM
Very helpful video! I love the colors and stamp she chose, too.
Julia Wright  |  Mon Oct 20, 2014 at 8:05 AM

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