Looking to create a new and interesting effect on the paper you use in your paper crafts? Scrape painting is an easy and beautiful technique for amping up plain cardstock. Because it is so simple, kids love helping you do the painting. Get your kids involved making scrape painted letters for bulletin boards or scrapbooking!
I have played with scrape painting before, and it is such a satisfying technique. I have only scratched the surface (scraped the surface?) of the projects that can be made using the process.
Watch this short video to see how to create beautiful marbled shapes and letters with this fun technique. I have tons of crafty videos on my YouTube channel, so hop over and check them all out!
I chose to paint each of my 12×24 pieces of cardstock in varying shades of blue, but there’s no need to limit your color palette to one color. This is also a great way to use up any mostly empty bottles of craft paint you may have stashed in your craft space.
Two pieces of advice to make sure your finished scrape painted paper looks amazing:
- Don’t overdo it on the scraping or your colors may end up looking muddy
- Use a variety of paint finishes (satin, metallic, glitter) to add interest.
Once the paint has dried, you can run the paper through a cutting machine using the settings for whatever paper you used. You definitely aren’t limited to letters with this technique. Create 3D projects, artwork, envelopes, and more!
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- Craft paint
- Business cards or old gift card
- Cutting mat
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