Monday, March 29, 2010

Making Your Own Backgrounds

Today I am going to show you two tips for making your very own background patterns. :) Can you spot the two techniques I used on this page?

For the first technique, I pulled out my Sea Monkey Vibez by Shimmerz Paints. We're all familiar with misting our cardstock, . . . this time I will be using a mask to create a pattern on my page.

I used my Silhouette to out a large polka dot pattern to use as a stencil. If you don't own an electronic cutting machine you could also create a polka dot pattern using the grommet punch by Making Memories.

Lightly tape your pattern to your cardstock. Use additional sheets of paper or paper towels to cover up the exposed edges of cardstock sticking out past the edges of your mask. Covering the edges will ensure that you won't get a line of "overspray" while you are misting. Spritz the openings with your Vibez spray ink. If you need to, move and line up your pattern around the page until you reach the desired result.

For my second technique, I decided to use acrylic stamps to create my own patterned paper.

First, I created a document on my computer that looks like a large scale sheet of graph paper. I used the "hairline" line thickness at 20% opacity in a grid across the entire sheet. The lines are spaced 0.5" apart. Print your graph onto white cardstock. You will be stamping directly onto this sheet. The grid marks will help you keep your pattern straight and even.

Next, choose one or more stamps to work with. I chose the spiky flower stamp from this stamp set called "Spunky Nature" by My Cute Stamps . I used an ink pad that contained several coordinating colors by My Mind's Eye. I stamped directly on top of the grid, using the lines to position my image. When the design is complete, the graph underneath will be barely noticeable. Now you are ready to incorporate your custom patterned paper into your next papercrafting project!

And here is my completed page! Everything else on this page is from the NEW Sonoma County Kit . There are just a few left! Pick yours up in the Noel Mignon online store HERE .

Thanks for coming by today!
Have a great week!
Jana Eubank


angie gutshall said...

Beautiful layout! I love the idea of making you own paper.

Frances said...

LOVE your layout...such great ideas!

Greta Adams said...

these ideas are great!!
and i am so addicted to misting right now until i can't stand myself...LOL

robin.christine said...

I love the new page and tutorial!

Cassie said...

Totally fab!!
Love the polka dot idea!!!

Anabelle O'Malley said...

Love the page and your wonderful tutorial!!!

Noel said...

This is so fantastical!!! :) You are the technique queen!!

Mel said...

I cannot wait to get my gorgeous new kit, this is just amazing, I love the masking tips and the making your own pp is just gorgeous. thank you.