How to Distress with Acrylic Paint

Have you wanted to take the plunge to work with acrylic paint?  Have you been scared off from distressing?  Well, stop right here. This is an easy technique that gives punching results.  Back in 2007 I produced a distressing (with acrylic paint) tutorial, which I am updating today.  Added to my card is the Bandana Technique.

There is no right or wrong when distressing.  Every try will provide a different look.




Paint brush

Dictionary page

Slap ink onto cardstock (coloured or white cardstock)

Thin paint with water.  Paint thinned paint over top of the entire cardstock.  This softens the ink distressing.

Glue pieces of torn dictionary pages to the cardstock.

Optional:  Distress edges and along dictionary pages

When the card is all dry, you might like to iron (on low) between two pieces of paper to flatten out your cardstock.

Matt cardstock and finish as desired.  Have fun!

Tutorials every Tuesday


Posted on : Jul 05 2011
Posted under cards, Tutorials |

4 People have left comments on this post

Jul 5, 2011 - 01:07:11
K Hutchinson said:

WOWZERS- this is just stunning! Love love love it! Such a fun technique! I have never done it this way! I am going to have to give it a try!

Jul 5, 2011 - 08:07:13
LorraineB said:

I have quite a few acrylic inks. I have Americana and Folkart and a store brand. I shake the bottles well before I use them and I’m getting “chunks” of something – paint globs? – and I can’t use them. Any ideas as to why? Is there anything I can do, like add water or stir with a craft stick? I don’t know if that would help. Any advice you can offer would be appreciated. I really like the look of the Distress with acrylic technique.

Jul 6, 2011 - 01:07:31
Maryann said:

Hmmm this is new to me. Never heard of this before, so maybe I should get some and try it? It sure looks great, but I almost don´t know, where I should put a new set of materials here in my crowded craftroom he he he, but I love, what you´ve done here, it´s just gorgeous hun.
Have a wonderful day.

Jul 6, 2011 - 11:07:11


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