Ways To Use Backing Papers

In my last post – here – I showed a variety of boxes made using background sheets from CUP printed onto card and scoring and cutting before making into boxes.

Today’s post is showing other ways I’ve used background sheets.  I hope it gives you some inspiration to try out some different things for yourself.

1Dusky Blue Flowers Backing Paper  2Soft Pink Bed of Roses - Background Paper  3Pretty Lace Background Paper in Turquiose/Lilac  4 Sand, Sun & Surf Backing Paper Kit   5 Red Begonia Pyramid

  1. Whole Base Card with Matching Embellishment Dusky Blue Flowers Backing Paper by Katy Kinsey (I printed the backing paper off and used a template from an MCS CD-ROM to make this closed book base card.  I used another sheet of the same backing design and cut out the flower shapes as embellishments using a 6 petal flower punch.  Other than that, the only embellishment on the card are some strips of straight gold peel-offs.  If you click through to see the design sheet you’ll see I also made a box using the same backing paper.)
  2. BagsSoft Pink Bed of Roses – Background Paper by Julene Harris (I used this backing sheet, printed out twice on good quality paper, to make this gift bag.  Not difficult to make and saves pounds on buying gift bags at the shops.  It’s nice to do this type of thing with the same background as you’ve used on the card that accompanies the gift.)
  3. Cutting Into A Shaped Panel And Embossing Before Sticking On Card As Main Element Decorated With Co-ordinating  Punched Out FlowersPretty Lace Background Paper in Turquiose/Lilac by Nick Bowley (This sheet has two different coloured backgrounds and while one was embossed and used as a background I punched lots of flower shapes from the other and then folded and shaped them to use as flower embellishments on the card.  Using a background with a fine lace detail gave a different effect to what I would have got if I’d just used a plain coloured paper.)
  4. Creating Frame From Second Copy Of Sheet To Make Shaker Element On CardSand, Sun & Surf Backing Paper Kit by Robyn Cockburn (I did something a little bit different with one of the backing papers in this kit – I printed it out twice, cut a frame from one of the layers, put some acetate behind it then shaker tape, put some beads on the front of the card and then lay the frame over it to exactly match up with the image behind. You’ll probably see it clearer if you click through.)
  5. Giving A Backing Area A Punched Fancy EdgeRed Begonia Backing sheet 2 by Rebecca Brindley (A backing element on a card doesn’t just have to be cut with straight edges and stuck to the card.  Think about using paper punches along some, or all, of the edges to give interest to the finished card.)

1 Just Roses matching Backing Paper    2 Purple Flutterby Blossoms Toppers    3 Party Night Backing Paper 2    4 Shabby Chic Rose Backing Paper 5 Mix N Match    5Butterfly Aperture insert

  1. Page Curls + Pocket To Hold Bookmark Just Roses matching Backing Paper by Carol Clarke (Put a panel of the printed backing onto a co-ordinating paper and stick in place, then turn over one or two corners of the backing before sticking the backing into place.  The turned over corners will show the co-ordinating paper and can be attached using brads or tucked under the topper when that is attached.  For the inset card I made a small pocket from the backing to hold a bookmark on a card which was decorated with a co-ordinating topper.)
  2. Half Card PanelPurple Flutterby Blossoms Backing Paper 2 by Rebecca Brindley (For this card I cut a panel that completely covered half the card front but left the other card just showing the card texture and colour.)
  3. Matting and LayeringParty Night Backing Paper 2 by Rebecca Brindley (With this card a matching topper was matted onto holographic silver card which in turn was layered onto a panel of the backing paper that was pre-cut to be smaller than the card.  This was then stuck to the front of the card before silver corner peel-offs were stuck at each corner of the backing panel.)
  4. Whole Card From One Backing Sheet – Shabby Chic Rose Backing Paper 5 Mix N Match by Ammie Sanders (For this card I printed the sheet onto good quality card, trimmed off the white edge, scored at the centre and folded and had a base card ready to stick toppers and ribbon onto.)
  5. Cutting Out AperturesGold Metallic Flowers matching Vellum by Carol Clarke (The sheet was printed out onto Super Smooth white decoupage card and then I cut out a Butterfly aperture insert out from the card using my CraftROBO and design cup141976_648.)

There are so many ways that background papers can be used to add a complimentary background to cards, or to make the background the focal point, as well as making matching boxes (as I showed in my last post) and bags (as I showed in this post) to complement any card given.  Browse round the cards already put up on CUP in the backing papers sections by Crafters and you’ll get loads of inspiration I’m sure.

You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)