How to Create a Textured Brick Wall Background

by Jenny Marples

Create a realistic textured brick wall background with embossing pastes and inks.


  • 1 Wendy Vecchi Silver Embossing Paste
  • 1 Wendy Vecchi Crackle Embossing Paste
  • 1 Wendy Vecchi Translucent Embossing Paste
  • 1 Wendy Vecchi Potting Soil Archival Reinker
  • 1 Wendy Vecchi Red Geranium Archival Reinker
  • 1 Wendy Vecchi Watering Can Archival Ink
  • 1 Wendy Vecchi Potting Soil Archival Ink
  • 1 Ranger Sepia Archival Ink
  • 1 Tim Holtz Distress Paint Fired Brick
  • 1 Wendy Vecchi Stencils for Art Basically Bricks
  • 1 Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Splatters
  • 1 Ranger Inkssentials Mini Ink Blending Tool
  • 1 Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Cover the entire background with silver embossing paste and allow to dry (don't worry about getting a smooth coverage).

    Step 2

    Colour some crackled embossing paste with Potting Soil Archival Reinker and apply it over the silver base through a brick stencil. Once again, allow to dry and crack.

    Step 3

    Blend brown and grey Archival Inks randomly over the pasted surface using a blending tool, leaving some of the base coloured paste exposed. Then cover with a thin layer of multi medium matte.

    Step 4

    Finally mix translucent embossing paste with Fired Brick Distress Paint and Red Geranium Archival Reinker. Spread it through an 'ink splatter' stencil in various places on the wall background.

    Step 5

    I finished my card with some stencilling, a stamped/coloured image and some lettering but you can add whatever you like!