Cel Animation Inspired Acrylic Album Cover
This project was inspired by old-fashioned cel animation techniques and a clear acrylic album I had just waiting for the perfect use. I wondered if I could build a scene the way they did—with hand-tinted layers of images for the background, mid-ground, and foreground. And the key to using different brands of stamps is to keep everything in relative scale.
Time: 20 minutes + drying time
Select your images and stamp them onto scrap paper. Decide which images will go on each page of the album and which, if any, will go on the inside back cover.
Prepare the background image with Olive Green and Pistachio Memento Luxe inks and sponge daubers, adding clouds to the sky portion with Studio Glaze in cotton white.
Stamp the images for each layer with StazOn Opaque in Ivory Black. The great thing about acrylic pages is the ability to stamp on both sides, if needed, and easily reverse the direction of the stamp! Except word stamps, of course. Pieces of wax paper can be slipped between the pages to prevent transfer while the inks dry if needed.
Tint open images on the reverse side of the sheet with inks and a BrushStix or Fabrico markers. Either allow the ink to air dry, set with heat (very carefully so as not to melt the plastic), or blot excess ink off with spare paper to leave just a hint of color.
Assemble the background pieces on the inside back cover of the album to complete the scene.
- Memento Luxe: Olive Green, Pistachio
- StazOn: Opaque Ivory Black, Spiced Chai
- StazOn Studio Glaze: Cotton White
- Fabrico Marker: Pale Aqua
- Sponge Daubers
- Clear Scraps – Acrylic Album
- Stamps (Viva Las VegaStamps, Close to My Heart, Pink Paislee)
- Acrylic blocks
- Miscellaneous: cardstock, pencil, scissors, adhesive