Mermaid Acrylic Stack by Amanda Southern


Hi Everyone
I have, for this week’s post, been playing with one of the acrylic stacks by That’s Crafty! and some of the newly released Laurel Burch stamps by Stampendous. I forget how much fun creating these stacks are and really should play with them more often.

Here’s What I Did:

The acrylic stacks come in various designs and sizes, you get three layers of acrylic and one of MDF and then 4 bolts to hold them all together when finished. 

Each layer of acrylic is covered in a protective film so I removed just one side of film from each of them. I have 2 methods of painting the images on the acrylic, one is to stamp on the acrylic and paint the reverse side, the other, which is the method I have used this time, is to stamp the image and then paint over the top, this is easier but you have to remember that as you will show the other side your image will be reversed so you can’t do this if the stamped image includes text. 

So I stamped my images, some of the new Laurel Burch stamps, with black Stazon which can be a bit slippy so this is so much easier using the Tim Holtz Stamping Platform. Stazon is the best ink to use on acrylic as it is so fast drying and permanent. Once I was happy the images were all stamped in the right place on the acrylic, I stack them together before colouring just to check, I then started colouring my stamped images with Posca paint pens. I then painted the MDF as my background for my acrylic layers. I have used PaperArtsy Fresco paints and the That’s Crafty! Dinky Bubbles stencil. Once happy remove the rest of the protective covering.

Here you can see all the backs of the acrylic layers, the other advantage is that you can go over the lines at bit as you won’t see it when they are the right way.

Here’s the layers now the right way around (remember these are reversed)
Once you are happy with the finished painted look and your paint is totally dry just stack them all together and secure with the included bolts as in main picture.

What I Used:-

I hope I’ve inspired you to have a play with some of the acrylic ranges produced by That’s Crafty! they really are fun to play with.

See you next week


Amanda X

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  1. This is magnificent Amanda, love how you have shown how each layer is made and built up. Great tutorial for anyone wanting to give these acrylic stacks a try. Beautiful use of the mermaid fish stamps and painted to perfection..
    Hugs Tracey xx

  2. Wonderful wonderful wonderful, perfect use of the acrylic stack, I love them too πŸ˜€
    Donna xx

  3. Wow, Amanda, what a fantastic way , of creating layers and amazing feeling of texture. The sampled picture gets so much perspective like this- and I love your mermaid, hugging all the fishes, and her sea life.- A gorgeous result.
    Hugs, Dorthe, xx

  4. Oh this is brilliant Amanda and such a great way of building the layers to give such a lovely depth. The colours are amazing too. Love it.
    Much love, Bev. xxx

  5. Beautifully colourful and absolutely gorgeous stack Amanda. The layers all look amazing.
    Fliss xx

  6. Just brilliant - great painting technique, and the 3D look once they are stacked is fabulous!
    Alison x

  7. This is so striking, Amanda. Very nice make 😊 xxx

  8. Wonderful, wonderful creation and technique! Thanks for sharing your process with all of us!

  9. Cant believe I nearly missed this - fabulous Amanda! xx


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