Hi everyone! It’s Patti J. here today with a time-saving tip for you! Many times when I sit down to create, I’m in need of several cards. Or, I’m on my way out the door to church and remember that I need a birthday card. With that in mind, this tip is actually two-fold.
When creating card backgrounds, it’s just as easy to fill a full sheet of cardstock with a background as it is to do one smaller panel sheet four times. Shown below are a few examples.
In the photo above, I have used the Bokeh technique. Circles of various sizes and colors were added to the 8 1/2 x 11-inch sheet of cardstock. To finish off the technique, various sizes of white circles were added overlapping the colored circles.
When I cut my sheets, I cut them for an A2 card panel which would be 4 x 5 1/4 inches. You’ll see that there are a few strips left over that can be used for the insides of cards.
The next sheet was created using a brayer, rubber bands and a multicolored ink pad! Just add rubber bands onto a brayer. Then, use the brayer to roll ink onto the cardstock in one direction, turn the cardstock, and brayer ink the other direction. Voila!
Again, you will see that there are four background pieces plus some strips left over!
You can also use your favorite stamps for backgrounds. This is shown above with leaves and snowflakes. The possibilities are endless! Try bubble wrap, stencils and gelatos, stencils and watermark ink with embossing powders, and more!
The second part of my tip is to keep some pre-packaged journaling cards handy. Simply trim the card to desired size and add it to the finished background. Shown above is a finished card, using a Bokeh background panel, and a trimmed journaling card.
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you will give this a try!
Supplies used: Black cardstock from Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.; 3 x 4-inch snap birthday journaling card (#ASE4196) from A Muse Studio; Tim Holtz Distress ink pads (wild honey, mustard seed, black soot, picked raspberry, tumbled glass, broken China, peeled paint and dusty concord) from Ranger Industries Inc.; Recollections white pigment ink pad and adhesive foam dots from Michaels Stores; sponge daubers from IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko.