tEchNiQuE TuEsdaY: Altered CD Cover

A few people asked if I would show the Make & Take I created for the CHA show, so I thought that this week’s Technique Tuesday would be the perfect place to show it and step it out… The techniques used in this project are a combination of the last two techniques I featured, Weathered Metal Surfaces and Acrylic Paint Blend. If you’re not familiar with these techniques, you may want to take a quick look at them (click on the links). You’ll see that when these two techniques are used together, you will achieve a completely different look than when they are used alone…

tip: Take note of the different effects using a baby wipe vs. a paper towel…the baby wipe will remove some of the color, while the paper towel will spread it but not dilute the color.


gesso – Golden
text paper
metal tape – Nashua
sandpaper (medium grade)
acrylic paint – Golden (Hansa Yellow, Green Gold, Cerulean Blue)
baby wipes
paper towels
stamps (various)
black ink pad – Staz On Solvent Ink
glitter glue – Stickles
beads & sequins
silver paint pen – Krylon

1. Prep CD case. Adhere masking tape along left edge of CD case. Apply 2 coats gesso; let first coat dry before applying second coat. Adhere torn text paper and metal tape strip; don’t worry about the excess tape, we’ll trim those later.

2. Distress gesso, text paper and metal tape with sandpaper. Sand in all directions…horizontally, vertically, diagonally, etc. Some of the text paper or metal tape may come off…this is okay; it adds to the look!

3. Apply first paint color. Place a small dab of yellow paint directly on metal tape. Take baby wipe and quickly swipe over paint, spreading it on the CD cover as shown. Do not worry if every spec of white gesso or tape or text paper is covered. Set baby wipe aside for use in another step #6.
4. Apply second paint color. Place a small dab of blue paint directly on metal tape. Take a paper towel, scrunch it up and quickly swipe over paint, spreading it on the CD cover in the same way you spread the paint in step #3.

5. Apply third paint color. Repeat step #4 with green paint.
6. Evaluate colors. After all three paint colors have been applied, look at your CD cover and ask yourself if you are happy with the result. If you are happy with your colors, move on to step #7. For my taste, this is a little too yellow…so I pick up the baby wipe that I used in step #4 and wipe off some of the yellow paint. Then I add another dab of blue and blend with a paper towel. Repeat this step until you are happy with your colors.

7. Stamp images with solvent ink (permanent) as desired. Do not worry about getting a “perfect” image from your rubber stamps…we are going for a hazy, layered and distressed look here.
8. Distress entire CD cover again by sanding in all directions with medium grade sandpaper. Notice how the intensity of the paint colors soften and blend together after sanding. Do not worry if some of the text paper has peeled up or ripped; simply re-adhere torn areas or tear off loose pieces. You may decide to re-stamp an image or two after sanding…the choice is yours.

9. Time to embellish…Squeeze a glob of glitter glue on cover (anywhere). Take a cosmetic sponge or use a piece of scrunched paper towel and spread the glitter glue over the entire CD cover; do not leave any globs. This will dry quite fast and leaves a light smattering of glitter without looking overdone. Now for a little eye candy…drip a few drops of liquid adhesive onto cover and sprinkle beads and sequins onto wet glue. Let set for 20-30 seconds and then shake off whatever doesn’t adhere!
10. Remove excess tape. Slice metal tape along masking tape line with x-acto knife; peel off excess metal tape and masking tape. Use a silver paint pen to border entire case as well as color area that was previously covered with masking tape.

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3 Responses to tEchNiQuE TuEsdaY: Altered CD Cover

  1. Rach says:

    Rockin’ CD case! Actually got to make this at CHA….so glad to meet you and “play” for a bit and create! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Rachel Ellington
    “lunchlady” @2peas

  2. CheryLOL says:

    pretty darn cool kel. So this is what I missed… boo hoo. Love it!

  3. Kelly says:

    Very cool! Love the CD case! I wish I had more hours in the day to do all these fun things you share with us! :)