By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor
From: Peg’s Crafting Corner
What great card doesn’t need a great background? Sometimes we create a card and it just doesn’t seem to “pop.” Nothing draws your eye to the items on the card, but there’s any easy and fun way to change that. By creating a collaged background it helps to draw attention to the rest of the card through the use of color and patterns from the torn paper.
Begin by tearing pieces of patterned paper (Dot & Stripes by Echo Park used) that are about a medium size and inking the edges and center with a light colored ink (Tea Dye by Ranger used) and a sponge dauber to add the ink. NOTE: You will not want the pieces too large or the collaging effect will not show and if they are too small you will need a huge amount to cover the area and it will take a long time to ink them all.
Now, ink the edges with a dark ink color in the same shade as the first one you used. Here I used Vintage Photo by Ranger.
Trim a piece of Scor Tape Adhesive Sheet to a size that will fit your card. If it ends up a little bigger than you want that okay because it can be trimmed later to better fit your card. I chose to create a 5 ¼” by 4 ½” card base so I trimmed the adhesive sheet to measure 4 ¾” x 3 ¾”. Adhere the sheet to a piece of white card stock (Super Value Pack used) that measures the same size as the adhesive sheet. This will provide you a base to work from and create a sturdy piece to place on the card.
Remove the protective covering from the sheet to expose the adhesive and begin placing the piece on playing around with the layout of them until you have a pattern you like. Remember you will have to choose where to put the piece before you lay it down. Once it’s down there’s no easy way to get it back up without tearing it.
I worked from the outside edges in towards the center. Be sure to layer pieces on top of others as shown to create some texture from the torn edges on the collaged effect. Trim any edges that you may have hanging over and trim to the final size you are needing for the card. Ink the edges using the Vintage Photo Ink Pad. You can, also, very lightly rub the ink pad over the entire piece to cover any areas of the adhesive sheet that may be peaking through.
Stamp the images using the Garden Veggie Mini Cling Stamp set from Inkadinkado in black ink and color with your favorite markers or colored pencils. Fussy cut around each image and adhere to the collaged background using a tape runner.
Create your card base from card stock (Super Value Pack used) for the size of card you are creating. My card base measures 5 ½” x 4 ½” for this card. Place the card base inside the embossing folder you have chosen to add the texture to your card. I used the Floral Screen Embossing Folder from Provo Craft in my Cuttlebug. I lightly rubbed the Vintage Photo Ink Pad that I used earlier over the embossed area to add color to the embossed area. The card was finished by adhering tiled piece to the front of the card with a tape runner.
This technique is a great way to add another layer of interest and excitement to your cards. The looks can be changed just by what patterned paper you use and what ink colors are chosen. Think of the great flower patterns that can be used for spring or a pale striped pattern for a baby card. There are so many possibilities you will never run out of ideas for a great background again.