ATC Background Techniques – Part 5

18 Nov

Time for another cool ATC background technique!  By the end of this tutorial you’ll be able to create cool patterns like such:


So you’ll need:



  • Surface protector
  • Paints (I prefer metallics and pearls but any acrylics will do)
  • Tubs for paint
  • Paintbrush
  • ATC Blanks
  • Candle

First up you will need to decide which of the colours will be your background colours.  This is personal choice but remember that this is the colour that will be showing through the top coat.  Paint your ATC blanks in the colours you choose.  You can either colour them fully or if you want a grungy look, apply a little paint and try and spread it as much as possible.


Next up, light the candle and  *carefully* drip wax across the cards.  You may find it easier to do this with them arranged in a tiled position; this way you’ll make less mess.  You can either drip the wax in small spatters or you can drip large amounts of wax on and tip the card to make it drip down in strands.


Allow to dry and paint over with the top coat in a different colour.


Allow this to dry and then carefully peel off the wax.

And finally admire your work!

Experiment with different techniques.  One I’d like to try is stamping an image after the first coat of paint before you cover it with wax.  Then peeling off the wax to reveal the partial stamped image below.  If you try this it would have to be done with substantial ink.

I’d love to see your creations using these or any of my techniques, please feel free to mail a photo to me or provide a link in a comment and we’ll get them published here!


3 Responses to “ATC Background Techniques – Part 5”

  1. mrscummingsrx November 18, 2010 at 6:41 pm #

    i love this! how artsy, nice work 🙂

  2. Jen (daydrifter) November 19, 2010 at 3:33 am #

    Great idea! Thank you for sharing! Your backgrounds are beautiful, I’m definitely going to try this!


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