“Chicago”, scrapbook art from my book Creative Collage for Scrapbooks
Imprint your style with a decorative textured design, using a foam stamp and acrylic gel medium. The technique is simple, yet it produces an intriguing texture that begs to be touched. Keep in mind that gel medium dries clear, allowing the foundation it is applied on to show through. If you’d prefer an opaque imprint, either mix the gel medium with acrylic paint before applying it or use acrylic molding paste instead. Below is a close-up of the gel medium imprint technique in the collage above:
Gel Medium Imprint
- acrylic gel medium
- palette knife
- foam stamp
- metallic rub-ons
1. Spread a thick layer of acrylic gel medium on cardstock with palette knife; press foam stamp into wet gel medium with a fair amount of pressure. Let stamp sit in gel medium for about 30 seconds before removing; set aside to dry.
2. After gel medium has dried, apply metallic rub-on colorant using fingertips.
Try this technique with other textured items that will leave an interesting imprint like mesh, large decorative buttons, metal charms, etc.