Creating Backgrounds

One of the things I love about paper is the versatility of it. I love texture and color and shimmer but I find that when I buy the pretty paper, I have a hard time using it. Isn't there a saying that crafters are hoarders in disguise?

To solve this, 'I can't use it, I may need it later' issue, and to save money, I started creating my own background paper on solid cardstock. I generally use 65# Recollections brand from Michael's because it is inexpensive and consistent in quality. I do not advise this weight for card bases or flip book construction as it will not hold up to wear and tear as well as 110#. However, it works beautifully for adding to a base or as a Pocket Letter insert. NOTE ~ I also use The Paper Studio line from Hobby Lobby though I find this paper to be softer and tears easily.

I use distress inks and oxides, gelatos, watercolors, shimmer sprays, stamped images, embossing folders, stencils and embossing powder or glitters to create backgrounds. Below is a sampling of recent backgrounds I have created.

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I'm a Texas mom of adult kids who has been playing with paper my entire life. I love to create! What's more, I find that I am overall a happier person when I spend time creating things. Be it Art, Food or Decorations. I am an event coordinator by profession and have used my skills to create elaborate room designs, tablescapes, invitations and favors for weddings, parties of every occasion, fundraisers and corporate events. I create jewelry, stained glass and paintings but mostly, I love paper! Many of my projects are for others as gifts or swaps with other creative people I am blessed to call friends. I use tools to create pattern paper and embellishments to get the most bang for my buck. In my blog, I share my creations along with tips, tricks, techniques and tools used to get specific effects.