Scrape Painting

by Karen Dunbrook

Scrape acrylic paint in a circle for a unique background.


  • Cardstock or watercolour paper (white heavy weight 110lb cardstock used here)
  • Acrylic paint (Vicki Boutin Acrylic Paint, Liquitex Acrylic Paint used here)
  • Straight edged scraper (Deco Foil Stencil Pal used here; old gift card or large craft stick can also be used)
  • Paper towels or wipes
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (used here: Art Journey "Nature Flowers" rubber stamp set, clear embossing powder, Versafine Clair ink, MISTI)


  1. Step 1

    Position your cardstock on your work surface making sure you have enough room to turn and move your hand or the panel if needed.

  2. Step 2

    Apply SMALL drops of paint randomly onto your cardstock panel by dripping the paint on or by using a paint brush to apply dots of paint.

  3. Step 3

    Place a spreader or an old gift card edge down into the center of your panel over the paint.

  4. Step 4

    Rotate your tool holding your paper in the same spot; go around in a circular motion.

    Try to go around as few times as possible to cover your paper to avoid a muddy appearance.

    Carefully wipe away any excess paint from your cardstock.

    Try to work quickly before the paint has a chance to dry.

  5. Step 5

    Let dry completely before stamping onto your painted circle.

  6. Step 6

    Complete the project.



  1. Play around with your colour choices.

    Try the technique with straight strokes.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Scrape Painting. 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 so much fun! Another great way to create wonderful backgrounds...TFS
jmhoffmann  |  Wed Jun 3, 2020 at 4:00 AM
What a fun technique! Your cards are lovely. Thanks for the video!
bzzzeee  |  Wed Jun 3, 2020 at 5:18 AM
I LOVE this! Great way to use the acrylic paint I have been hoarding and make Beautiful, interesting cards!
Suzanne Lelli  |  Wed Jun 3, 2020 at 8:26 AM
Congratulations on a wonderful tutorial, Karen! You are amazing, and I love the circular colors and how you achieved it. Looks like something I could actually do and share with our church card ministry. I think they might enjoy it! Thanks, sweet friend! And thanks, Dina, for a great video! Hugs and love! xoxo
CherylQuilts  |  Wed Jun 3, 2020 at 8:36 AM
Congratulations, Karen, are your guest spotlight! I'm delighted to see you here, and appreciate your artwork.
Donna E  |  Wed Jun 3, 2020 at 9:00 AM
Thanks so much everyone, for your most kind comments.
A big thanks to Dina for doing the video. Hope you will give it a try.
k dunbrook  |  Wed Jun 3, 2020 at 9:24 AM
What a cool technique! I love the look of the circular colors behind the flowers!
suen  |  Wed Jun 3, 2020 at 9:35 AM
Love this! Can't wait to try it! I've got plenty of paint and old credit cards...thinking maybe my lazy Susan will make the turning easier. Thanks for sharing.
casmiles  |  Wed Jun 3, 2020 at 9:49 AM
I am going to do this as soon as I can Karen, so much fun and I have so much paint!
kiagc  |  Wed Jun 3, 2020 at 10:15 AM
So cool, love it 😎
Kitanda  |  Wed Jun 3, 2020 at 11:42 AM
Karen, there is no one better than you to give us an excellent tutorial on an artistic and creative background. Your backgrounds are ALWAYS standouts....and your cards beautiful!
hobbydujour  |  Wed Jun 3, 2020 at 11:46 AM
I will have to try this. I like that design and look.
vangerhofer  |  Wed Jun 3, 2020 at 11:54 AM
Thanks for sharing this idea....looks like fun!
Susanne527  |  Wed Jun 3, 2020 at 1:55 PM
Wonderful technique! TFS!
momhom  |  Wed Jun 3, 2020 at 2:55 PM
A new background idea that is fast too! Thanks!
wavejumper  |  Wed Jun 3, 2020 at 3:00 PM
What a great idea for card making! I've used this technique in my art journal but never thought of using it for a card background. Thanks!!
johannah.timbreblue  |  Wed Jun 3, 2020 at 9:05 PM
Awhile back, Karen I saw you use this technique and I made a few backgrounds, but did not finish into projects. You have me inspired...Karen and Dina to see what I can come up with...Thank you. Loved your photo tutorial, Karen and your video, Dina. Stay safe and Creative, my friends. Hugs...Nancy
nancy littrell  |  Thu Jun 4, 2020 at 12:00 AM
Always love new techniques - thanks to both for explanation and video!
stamperbairb  |  Fri Jun 5, 2020 at 10:12 AM
I will have to try this one. I think my grandkids would like this, too.
catlovergrandma  |  Sun Jun 7, 2020 at 12:51 PM
I am new to this site. Can I save these tutorials for future reference? Any help would be appreciated, please.
catlovergrandma  |  Sun Jun 7, 2020 at 12:52 PM

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