Camouflage Background

by Kelly Acheson

Use various inks to create the look of camouflage.


  • Cardstock - white or ivory (Stampin’ Up!® Very Vanilla used here)
  • Ink pads in various earthy colors (Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Always Artichoke ink pads used here)
  • Bone folder
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project: (Stampin’ Up! supplies used here: Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textures Impressions Embossing Folder, Linen Thread, Early Espresso and Crumb Cake cardstock, Aqua Painter, scissors, Die Cutting Machine, Adhesive )


  1. Step 1

    Drag a tan ink pad across a piece of ivory cardstock (SU Crumb Cake ink used here).

  2. Step 2

    Crumple up the panel.

  3. Step 3

    Apply a darker brown ink directly to the cardstock, leaving it crumpled up so the ink only touches the panel randomly as shown (SU Soft Suede ink used here).

  4. Step 4

    Crumple up the panel again.

  5. Step 5

    Apply olive green ink directly to the cardstock, leaving it crumpled up so the ink only touches the panel randomly as shown (SU Old Olive ink used here).

  6. Step 6

    Crumple up the panel again.

  7. Step 7

    Apply another green ink directly to the cardstock, leaving it crumpled up so the ink only touches the panel randomly as shown (SU Always Artichoke ink used here).

  8. Step 8

    Use a bone folder to flatten out the camo layer.

  9. Step 9

    Use the panel to embellish a card or other project as desired.

  10. Step 10

    Complete the project.


Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

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Great technique! I can see using blue tones too, like with blue camo. The Crumb Cake on Vanilla streaking really helps add dimension too. I wouldn't have thought of that. Nice job.
Shannon  |  Wed Aug 23, 2017 at 6:15 AM
Brilliant! I seldom do techniques, but I'm excited to try this one - thanks!
Susan Culotti  |  Wed Aug 23, 2017 at 6:40 AM
This is such a fun technique...if not a tad messy! Thanks for sharing I really had fun.
Sue Allen  |  Wed Aug 23, 2017 at 6:43 AM
Great idea and wonderful tutorial! Can't wait to try this
Carolyn S  |  Wed Aug 23, 2017 at 6:52 AM
What a clever and simple idea! Love it. Thanks for sharing the measurements as I am engineering-ly challenged.
Nan  |  Wed Aug 23, 2017 at 8:58 AM
What a great way to get a random camo pattern! I have family in the military and who enjoy hunting. They are going to love some cards using this technique.
Becky Y  |  Wed Aug 23, 2017 at 9:55 AM
What a wonderful tutorial! Everything was so well explained, and the card is genius for my S.I.L. who farms and loves hunting, but does NOT like girlie cards! Well done Kelly!
Michelle H.  |  Wed Aug 23, 2017 at 10:56 AM
I love your card, and I love this idea. Your tutorial was very well done, very clear with directions. I can't wait to try your camo technique. It looks simple, but very effective. Thank you for sharing!!
Pam  |  Wed Aug 23, 2017 at 11:09 AM
Thanks Kelly. Think I will try this with "girly" colors too.
Lynn Lipchak  |  Wed Aug 23, 2017 at 11:31 AM
I love your new technique of Camouflage. Looking forward to using this technique as I love doing something different with the paper & inks.
Becky Bakley  |  Wed Aug 23, 2017 at 12:28 PM
That's a cool technique. Not only works for military cards but also for hunting ones.
Verna Angerhofer  |  Wed Aug 23, 2017 at 1:58 PM
I'd like to try this with pink and purple. Girls love camo, too.
Pam Schwartz  |  Wed Aug 23, 2017 at 2:47 PM
Thanks everyone!!! I'm so glad you all like this technique - can't wait to see some OTHER COLORS like pinks and blues!!!
Kelly Acheson  |  Wed Aug 23, 2017 at 4:53 PM
Great technique!!!! TFS
Nancy Williams  |  Wed Aug 23, 2017 at 5:35 PM
LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!! Using it in my next class. Just what I was looking for. Thank you
betty green  |  Wed Aug 23, 2017 at 6:19 PM
Wow! Love this technique! Thanks for an awesome video! Can't wait to try this!
Cherie Gibson  |  Thu Aug 24, 2017 at 2:21 PM
Thanks for a fun tutorial; my 10 year old grandson and I had a great time making a bunch of these today!
claudia zimmerman  |  Thu Aug 24, 2017 at 8:40 PM
I can't wait to try it! Such a fun technique!!! I love seeing the beautiful samples!
angela bode  |  Fri Aug 25, 2017 at 7:22 AM
I had such fun with this! I made four!
muscrat  |  Fri Aug 25, 2017 at 7:22 PM
What a great tutorial, and I loved your video, Kelly! Thanks for inspiration for masculine greatest weakness! Hugs!
Cheryl Scrivens  |  Sat Aug 26, 2017 at 8:45 AM

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