This is a simple tutorial on how to take a plain, clear acrylic cover and turn it into a decorative element for your project.

Supplies Needed:
  • Acrylic Covers (by Zutter or another company)
  • Embossing Folder
  • Embossing Machine
  • Alcohol Inks
  • Blending Solution
  • Alcohol Ink Applicator
  • White Acrylic Paint or Gesso

STEP 1:  First remove the protective backing from the acrylic covers.
STEP 2: Place the covers in an embossing folder and run them through an embossing machine.
STEP 3: Apply alcohol ink to your applicator and dab away on the acrylic covers.  Experiment with your colors until you get the desired effect.
STEP 4: If you  think the colors turned out too dark, dab on a little blending solution to lighten them.  That's the great thing about alcohol inks, you really can't make a mistake.
STEP 5: Once it is dry, turn the acrylic over and brush on a coat of white paint or gesso.  Allow to dry and you're done!  You can use this as a photo mat or cut it into a particular shape.  I added a Dusty Attic chipboard bracket to the top of it to create a decorative element.

Hope you find this tutorial useful.  Have fun!