“Stripped” backgrounds

Cards, Techniques

I have recently been obsessed with using strips of patterned paper to make busy striped backgrounds. Around the house, I call these “stripped” backgrounds.

I’ve found that using 1/2″ strips makes for the best backgrounds. This is for two reasons:

a) It’s wide enough that you can actually see the pattern;

b) They are narrow enough that you get stripes instead of bands.

I’ve been using patterns from various 6 x 6 paper books and selecting four or five pieces that complement each other, or the theme of the card. I cut two or three strips from each piece, depending on the size of the card.

Next, I start from the middle by laying the first strip over the card base on as much of an angle as is possible so that both ends go off the edge of the card. I tend to start in one corner and rotate until the strip covers to the other end. Once the middle strip is placed, I lay out the whole card to make sure the strips will reach the edges.

Laying out my strips I start from the centre.

Laying out my strips I start from the centre.

Once everything is laid out, I adhere the centre strip using my tape runner on the back of the strip. Then I repeat until the whole card is covered. The last step to finish the background it to trim the sides.

To do this, I turn the card over and use scissors to trim the strips around the card. I do on occasion use my trimmer.

One final note is to suggest that you check the edges of the card. I find that I sometimes need to add a little extra adhesive if the edges are lifting after I’ve trimmed. To do this, I just use my Zig 2 Way Glue Pen.

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