Make Your Own Die Cut Background

Hi there everyone!  This is Jenni here today sharing a fun & different way to use your stencils.  It was definitely a labor of love, but therapeutic and I love the end result!make it happen_TCW_Jan 2016 final*The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with products to create this project*

I used this 12×12 stencil as a mask for cutting out my own background.

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Using the ‘Wagon Wheel’ stencil and white cardstock , I traced the negative spaces, taping my stencil and paper to my board.  I didn’t trace every part of it, leaving some areas that would just be white space.  I think doing this makes it unique and the graphic more dynamic!make it happen_TCW_Jan 2016 (1) make it happen_TCW_Jan 2016 (3)

Then using my X-acto blade, I cut out the lines I traced.  I used a metal ruler for the straight lines and just cut the curves free hand.

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This technique is a great way to use scraps and 6×6 paper pads.  I chose a variety of patterns and colors,  knowing that my photo would pop on a piece of black patterned paper.

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I used a couple of the cut out pieces for a loose template and washi tape on the back side to hold the papers in place.  I left a few of the small spaces blank, since I put another black cardstock behind my pieced background.  The additional cardstock secured all the paper pieces and I stitched some of it with my sewing machine. make it happen_TCW_Jan 2016 (8)

I added my photo with dimensional adhesive and clustered a few embellishments and tags around my photo.

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Actually, all the embellishments I used were out on my desk, but found a home on this layout!

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You can follow the link below to the stencils I used:


TCW571 – 12×12 Doodling Template – Wagon Wheel

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Jenni Calma

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

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