Wednesday, February 6, 2013

How to make a quilted background

It's the first Wednesday of the month,
so that means it's time for a craft tutorial.
  It's Kristie from Kristie Kreates here.
Today I'm going to show you how to make a card with a "quilted" background.
Here are the supplies you will need.
Card stock.  I'm using white, but you could use a different color.
An ink pad.  I'm using Worn Lipstick Distress Ink
An ink blending tool with a foam pad.
And a piece of acetate. I'm just using a piece of packaging that I saved.

You will start in one corner and lay the acetate on a diagonal near the corner of the card stock.  Using you ink blending tool, apply ink, rubbing the tool right up to and over the edge of the acetate.

Move the acetate away from the inked edge and repeat the inking.
Continue moving and inking. See how the ink is darker right along where the edge of the acetate was.  This is the look you want.
Apply the ink in circular motions, applying it close to the acetate first and working your way out, to leave more ink near the edge of the acetate.

Continue inking until you have the entire piece covered.
I know it doesn't look great right now, but it will.

Now turn the acetate the opposite way and use the same process going the other way on the card stock.

You should end up with a piece that looks something like this.
If you want to make areas darker, you can lay that acetate down again and add more ink, or you can ink over the entire surface to get less light areas.
It's all up to you and your taste.
Now I put that aside to work on my focal image.
I decided to use
Lg Filagree Heart (#24601) from
I stamped it with VersaMark ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Once it was cooled I used a blending tool to apply the same color ink as the background.

I fussy cut around the image and adhered it to some white card stock.
 
Then I fussy cut around it leaveing a white border.
Now to assemble the card.
 
I cut the "quilted" piece down to 4" x 5 1/4"
Using the blending tool again, I added ink to the edges of the background piece.
I adhered the quilted piece to a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" white card base,
then used foam tape to layer the heart onto the card.
 
Here is the finish card.
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and will give this technique a try.
It's fun and gives a little different look to a card.
If you have any questions leave them in the comments and I will answer them as soon as possible.
I'd love for you to pop over to my blog
and see what else I've been up to.
 
Until next month, have fun creating!