Taking Traci Bautista's workshop really re-charged my muse . . . I took out my acrylic paints to make this ATC and card for a yahoo group I'm in . . . after I used 2-3 colors in the background . . . I used a wide angle plastic palette knife with a bit of paint . . . a plastic putty knife would work just as well . . . . I bought a set of three at WalMart for about $2 . . . pushed it down into the painting surface and lifted it straight up to get a nice texture on it . . . I repeated it in several places . . . The images are all A Stamp in the Hand stamped in black pigment ink and heat embossed with black embossing powder . . .My second piece is a xeroxed color copy of a Traci Bautista inspired background I did with acrylic paint . . . I added Liquitex Acrylic Glaze Medium and Golden Soft Gel Gloss to add dimension to the background . . . The image is from The Stampsmith . . . if you ask Estelle . . . Estelle@stampsmith.net . . . she'll email you her AWESOME movie star images she has available in rubber . . . I made my Audrey Hepburn image into a packing tape transfer, adhered it to the card . . . then beaded the edge . . . It's so much fun to get back to acrylic paints!