Tuesday 22 October 2019

Acrylic pouring card

Hello Crafters, 

today I have a very different card for you. 

I have been fascinated by the acrylic pouring technique for quite a while now, but it's such a mess, I never dared to try it myself. I can just imagine my cats spreading the colour all over the house. 

Then I found out that one of my colleagues actually does that a lot with his daughter. Mostly on smaller canvases, but eventually with the aim to create some nice big ones for their home. Seeing all of their lovely works hooked me even more, but I am still not happy with how messy that gets. 

And I really don't want to hang so many big canvases either. So I thought of a way to get it out of my system in a card sized way. 

Since paper would warp too much with all the fluids, I got myself very thin (2 mm I think) pieces of balsa wood. It's so lightweight and thin that you can cut it with a craft knife.

Here is my first attempt still in progress.

As you can see, the thin wood warped quite a bit, but it flattened out when it dried. For good cells you need silicone and I didn't have any, but I am still rather happy how it turned out. I adhered the finished piece on a black card base and a added a die cut sentiment. I was fiddling around a lot trying to decide between a black and white sentiment, and in the end I offset the white on on top of the black one to create a shadow effect.

It's a bit bulky, so probably requires extra postage, but I hand delivered mine so it didn't matter. And I totally think the extra postage would be worth it.

Sadly I haven't managed to create any more panels since the first one, but it's firmly on my to-do list. Especially since I now do have some silicone and I still have lots of wood left. 

And also, I bought a big canvas for a "family pour". If it turns out well, it's meant to cover up the large and ugly heater in the hallway.

Let be know if you have ever tried that technique, I am happy for any tip I can get.


Seize the Birthday: Anything goes Birthday
The Paper Players: #464 Say it Loud
CAS on Froday: #166 Big Sentiment or Word
Day of the month Card Club: #8 World Cardmaking Day 



  1. Beautiful and artsy. Your acrylic pour background looks great... love the colours.

  2. The background is very spectacular!! And the simple lettering fits perfectly.
    Thank you for joining with us at DotMCC.

  3. Ela that acrylic pour background looks great and it sounds like you had fun trying out a new technique to make the perfect backdrop for your sentiment. I've never tried it myself, however I have a friend who creates amazing works of art using this technique. Thanks for joining with our CAS loud sentiment challenge over at The Paper Players this week!

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  5. This is such a cool technique! And it makes for a wonderful background for your big sentiment!! My cousin makes some beautiful canvases with this technique too! Thanks for playing with my challenge this week!

  6. Ela, this is a fabulous card and love the technique you used. Your big, bold Happy Birthday is perfect! So happy you joined us at The Paper Players this week! XX

  7. Such a pretty card with a great bg! Thanks for joining CAS on Friday! Hugs Åsa

  8. Necessity is the mother of invention, that's a well-known fact! You have mastered this technique totally well even without silicone and the result is really great! I'm thrilled and have to test it out! Many thanks for playing with us a second time at DotMCC! Rosi x