Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Pillow Top Background Tutorial

This is a relatively easy technique which makes an interesting background.  The supplies you’ll need are:

Neutral cardstock  (I used MFP Pistachio Fleck.)
Ink  (I used Tim Holtz Distress Bundled Sage.)
Sponge dauber
Piece of clear acetate  (I used some packaging from a Spellbinders die.)





STEP ONE

Lay the clear acetate diagonally across your cardstock and sponge on the ink, starting on the acetate and moving onto the cardstock.  This will make the darker color closer to the acetate.



















STEP TWO

Move the acetate down about  ¾” , keeping it parallel to the previous sponged line, and sponge again.  Continue moving the acetate and sponging until you reach the bottom left-hand corner.


















STEP THREE

This is the reason you have to use CLEAR acetate.  Move it about ¾” above the first sponged line and sponge again.  Because the acetate is clear, you can see your other sponged lines.
















STEP FOUR

Continue moving the acetate and sponging more lines all the way to the top right-hand corner.


















STEP FIVE

Rotate the acetate so that it is going in the opposite diagonal direction and sponge from upper left-hand corner to lower right-hand corner.















STEP SIX

Repeat the Steps 2, 3, and 4. 
































Here is the finished background.  See how it looks like a pillowtop.

















Now you can complete your card any way you wish.  Here is mine.



4 comments:

Angie said...

Gorgeous background!

Tamara D said...

Thanks for this tutorial! I will have to try this.

MariLynn said...

Thanks for the tutorial.

loulou said...

What stunning results you achieved with this technique. Love your cute turtle and the wave borders. Thank you for sharing.