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Inspiring Backgrounds: Paper Piecing

This week has been all about creating unique backgrounds.  I’m here today to share a few cards with you that feature paper pieced backgrounds.  It’s super simple – all you need is your trimmer and some pretty paper scraps.

My first card features a chevron effect that’s really easy to create using some 1/2″ strips of patterned paper.


I trimmed a bunch of patterned papers from the Hey Kid 6×6 pad into 1/2″ strips and started near the center of my card base, laying the first strip at an angle.  I then built the rest of the background around it, adhering strips and leaving just a little bit of the background cardstock showing between the strips.  When you’re finished, just trim off the excess strips from around the edges of the cardstock.



Voila!  A perfect chevron background that uses nothing but your trimmer and a few scraps of paper – you don’t even need a ruler, just use the first strip you lay down as your guide for the rest!


My next card uses the leftover strips from my first card.  I just pieced them together across the width of my card.

Betsy-Backgrounds-strips1I left a space in the middle where I diecut the word “happy”.  I added a few chipboard and canvas elements from the Hey Kid collection to finish it off.  Super quick and easy and a great way to use up those little scraps!


Thanks for stopping by today and taking a peek at my “Inspired Background” projects.  Hopefully this week has you inspired to create some backgrounds of your own in your upcoming projects!


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7 Responses to "Inspiring Backgrounds: Paper Piecing"

  • Béa
    November 22, 2013 - 2:23 am

    Ces cartes sont très belles, bravo !

  • Jingle
    November 22, 2013 - 10:31 am

    Wow! Absolutely LOVE these! I so love them!!!

  • Lynda
    November 22, 2013 - 6:01 pm

    I really like the chevron design. It looks so complicated until you show how easy it is to make!

  • Jean A Marmo
    November 22, 2013 - 10:10 pm

    Love that chevron!!

  • Marlena M
    November 23, 2013 - 7:36 pm

    These are BEAUTIFUL Betsy!

  • Jessica T
    November 23, 2013 - 10:44 pm

    Gorgeous and easy – the best crafting!

  • Lynne Platt
    December 10, 2013 - 9:43 am

    I love the look of the design. Clean and now I know simple! Thank you for this idea will be in my cardmaking for all types of cards.