Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Loud Backgrounds: How Do You Use Them?

Hello crafters! 

Today I wanted to talk about backgrounds. I love techniques. Love, love, LOVE them. In the beginning I would make them, they were beautiful, and bold and . . . too much. 
Often times I felt completely overwhelmed by the boldness of them. I really love CAS and it did feel like CAS at all.
Then I learned it was all in moderation. :) I didn't need to use the whole piece as a background. I could break it up and it would still be awesome. 

Today I made a background for you using the hammock from comfy. If you want to see how I made it I have a photo tutorial on my blog here
Here is the background before I started hacking it up. ha!

First up: Die Cut

I decided I wanted to do an inlay die cut. I used the Twirled Heart die from Memory Box. It was kind of difficult to line up the black and white papers so I had to do a little trimming :) It happens right?
I felt like the lone sentiment really needing something. I tried a bunch of stuff but didn't like any of it. I finally settled on making dots with my Versamark pen that I was going to emboss except I reeeaally liked just the darker dots. Unfortunately, they didn't photograph at all. Guess that sentiment just wanted to be alone, jerk. 

Second: Die Cut to Create a Background with a Background

I die cut several circles from both my panel and my background. Combining them both gives me a background that is fun and interesting but not over powering. 

Third: Use a Piece of Your Background as Your Focal Point

I rounded one edge of my background to make it more interesting. i don't have any of those fancy edge dies. I traced a plate here people. It works, Don't judge me ;) I also rounded my sentiment to follow the curve. 

These are the two sets I used today. They are both in stock in the store


There are so many ways you can use your bold backgrounds in a CAS way. You could paper piece with them or just use strips or trim out portions to create an edge. This one would have created a cute scallop for sure. 
How do you use your bold backgrounds? We'd love to see!

Thanks for dropping in




  1. This is so inspiring Kelly love it.

  2. Wow Kelly, you have this idea down pat. What a beautiful collection and such clever ideas without anything fancy. So love the colours.

  3. Absolutely amazing cards ..thank you so much for sharing the techniques :)..Love them !!