Stamped Acrylic Block Background

by Beate Johns

Create a fun and easy background using your acrylic block, in a technique we learned from our friends at Hero Arts®.


  • Acrylic stamp block

  • Neutral cardstock

  • Stamps (JustRite® Sparky the Snowman used here)

  • Dye ink (Ranger® Distress Inks used here)

  • Water misting bottle


  1. Step 1

    Ink an acrylic block with a light colored dye ink by pressing the ink pad directly onto the block.

  2. Step 2 (Optional)

    Ink the edges with a slightly darker color ink.

  3. Step 3

    Mist the block lightly with water.

    The more water you add, the softer, and less vibrant the colors will be.

  4. Step 4

    Press the inked acrylic block ink firmly onto the cardstock.

  5. The finished stamped background.

  6. Step 5 (Optional)

    Stamp small images on the background with the lightest color.

  7. Step 6

    Finish the card.


Your Turn

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

That is so neat! TFS!
Diane L  |  Wed Nov 17, 2010 at 6:45 AM
What a lovely, simple way to make a different background. Thanks so much
Marion Bull  |  Wed Nov 17, 2010 at 6:54 AM
Great tutorial! I have used craft white on acrylic blocks and really like that look, but had not thought about other colors. I like the soft look the misting gives the background! Thanks for sharing your creativity.
Loretia  |  Wed Nov 17, 2010 at 7:06 AM
Very cool, who would have thought to use our acrylic blocks as a stamp! I love it!
Love all the video tutorials. Thanks!
kris  |  Wed Nov 17, 2010 at 7:11 AM
What a quick and easy way to make a background! Thanks for a great idea!
Linda L DesGroseilliers  |  Wed Nov 17, 2010 at 7:49 AM
Can any ink pads (i.e. Stampin' Up!) be used? Don't want to go out and buy the Distressed Ink brand if I don't need to...resources here are limited! Thank you.
Carolyn Smith  |  Wed Nov 17, 2010 at 7:50 AM
Hi Carolyn!

Any brand of ink will work smile
Lydia  |  Wed Nov 17, 2010 at 8:04 AM
Lovely as usual, Beate!
Linda  |  Wed Nov 17, 2010 at 8:07 AM
I'm happy to see a technique that does not require either expensive specialty tools or materials that I may not have and can't afford to purchase, or a lot of time. This is great--a quick, simple, yet creative and imaginative project that can be done with materials that most stampers already have on hand. Thanks!
Blue-Spruce  |  Wed Nov 17, 2010 at 8:57 AM
you are amazingly creative. thanks for sharing.
Reyne  |  Wed Nov 17, 2010 at 9:00 AM
I think I'll try this today, thanks for another great tutorial! Your sample is darling.
Joanne (sleepyinseattle)  |  Wed Nov 17, 2010 at 9:15 AM
Great technique, simple but effective.
Elizabeth Robertson  |  Wed Nov 17, 2010 at 9:24 AM
How awesome! Must try! Love it Beate!
Cathy  |  Wed Nov 17, 2010 at 9:57 AM
Another gorgeous project & tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing it with us Beate!
Vina  |  Wed Nov 17, 2010 at 11:05 AM
Awesome tutorial, as usual. I love that the texture is organic
alma de la rosa  |  Wed Nov 17, 2010 at 1:57 PM
How timely this idea is! I am working on a card project for my DH - and I needed - something - to round out the background. This will work perfectly! Great idea!
Sandy Hoy  |  Wed Nov 17, 2010 at 2:20 PM
Love this easy to do technique! All I need is ink and my blocks! anything goes! Thanks!!
Victoia  |  Wed Nov 17, 2010 at 4:19 PM
So waay easy ! I too, never would have thought of that, it's sorta like using the square rubber stamps that just stamp a colored square, but you don't need anything but an acrylic block, which nearly everyone has ! Bet it would be cute using other size blocks (she says as she runs to the craft room)
Elizabeth P  |  Wed Nov 17, 2010 at 4:20 PM
Great idea. and so easy to do.
I have a quesstion, not about this one.
you did a card with scor-pal, and the tool that
makes holes; for pattern paper. the card was plaid, diamonds. and with brads. I can't find it
could you post it on this site? I really would like
the instructions. thank you so much.
Have a good day.
Pattie  |  Wed Nov 17, 2010 at 4:41 PM
Very cool technique. You are so creative Beate and I would have never thought of trying this.
Jane Ralph  |  Wed Nov 17, 2010 at 5:09 PM

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