Hot Mess = Success: Ice Cube Painting!


Hi friends!

Today's card is for the May Hot Mess = Success card challenge.

The idea is to create a card using any very messy technique.

And this month just might have been the messiest YET!

Normally, I. do. not. like. messes.


Not here, not there, not anywhere!

But, with artwork and crafting, there is a type of enjoyment in the process

of creating art that are way, WAY outside my comfort zone!

The messy technique:  Ice Cube Painting!

I've known about this type of painting for years and years

and gave it the 'ol college try once I had the 'ingredients.'

I bought a set of ice cube trays at the Dollar Tree

and used some of my acrylic paints in just random colors.

            How It works: 
  mix 1/2 part acrylic paint to 1/2 parts water 

                                   and freeze - it's that easy!

I added mine to a freezer bag ( I think I would have had heart failure

if this would have spilled out in my freezer - acrylic paint? NO!)

I also left it there for about 2 months because I didn't have time :/

Once it's frozen, I let it set for about 30 seconds and popped them out

of the tray onto a plastic surface.


Have your paper ready and just swipe and color and paint.

Oh - did I mention .... you will need gloves?!

As you "draw" and "paint", it's also melting ... 

so the cubes don't last that long but they are SUCH a joy to color with!


I think I was able to paint about 20 backgrounds

and they do take several hours to dry because it's acrylic paint.

But once they dried, I was so in love with how unique 

and bold and different each piece was.

The first one, I did a simple stamping onto the painted background,

ran it through the die cutting machine and popped it up onto a card.

And here's another look at my card:

Was this month a success:  YES!

Would I do this technique again? 

Absolutely I would!  I think it's my  favorite messy technique so far!

Here are the other friends getting messy this month:






Be sure to check back again for the video tutorial of this messy card

and, of course, next month with another mess! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by :)


  1. Oh my goodness, Kelly - this is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! I had no idea you could ice/paint color. WOW! I don't like messes at all but this looks like something I need to put on my try this list of things to do. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing your creative way of thinking!

  2. Now this looks like fun. Messy, but fun. Great technique. I'd love to see a video. [Bunny]

  3. Absolutely beautiful CAS card love the die-cut flowers and sounds like a brilliant technique
    Carol x

  4. I LOVE mess, so this is something for me! Hugs, Valerie

  5. Omg goodness Kelly this is absolutely amazing technique. I've never tried this but looks so organic and would love to try it out ❤️❤️thank you for sharing with us

  6. Wow! I have never heard of this, but now I have to try it! Thanks so much for sharing! ❤❤

  7. Too much work for me. Lol!! But stunning results!! 😍

  8. WOW!! my goodness Kelly what wonderful backgrounds and I love those vibrant colours, it's also a gorgeous floral image. Beautiful card and a wonderful technique Kate x

  9. HOLY MOLEY THIS IS REALLY COOL!!! I bet it was messy, hahaha. I chuckled but also noted your tip about how quickly the cubes melt. Your bold colors make the die cut floral really dramatic on the white panel. Very, very beautiful.
    (I would have a heart attack if it spilled in my freezer too!!)

  10. You are a genius!!! :D Such amazing mess! I have never though about putting acrylic paints in freezer! Such great idea!!! LOVE how the colours mix together! Fabulous card!! And the backgrounds looks fantastic! I have to try your technique, absolutely!!!
    Thanks for sharing!!

  11. Brilliant idea Kelly and love the floral image on your card. Big hugs and blessings, Carol S.xxxx

  12. WOWZA! What an awesome card. AND--a fun technique. You are the creative one when it comes to messiness! The Queen! Great Job this month!

  13. WOW Kelly what an amazing stunning card. I Love it and the technique looks like something I would like to try and have some fun with. Great Job!!!!

  14. How cool is this! Love your CAS card with the messy technique!

  15. Beautiful card, Kelly. Like you, I usually avoid messy, but this is a really effective technique. xx

  16. This is so cool Kelly (pardon the pun)- loved the video and you card is a beauty
    Stay safe

  17. Well, that looks like some messy fun for sure, Kelly! The results are beautiful!

  18. I need to go out and buy some ice cube trays now. I just love love love this! And you know who else will love it? My boys. I think we've found a summer time project...

  19. It's very nice card!