Monday, July 30, 2012

Marquee Background

One of the things that the awesome Pam Morgan showed us in Canberra in June was how to make marquee backgrounds ~ now this may have a different name but it is the best way that I know to describe the colourful background that you see on this card:
I have had a few people ask me about the card background so here is how I do it:
Start with three pieces of coloured cardstock - this means that you can actually make three different card backgrounds as you use the pieces that you don't use with the original to make two others (but a different order of colour combinations).
On the lightest piece of cardstock -draw a starting point. Make it big enough to see easily (you will be covering it over anyway with your card's main feature/stamped image so don't worry if it is a bit messy), I use pencil because it can be rubbed out later.  Rule lines through the central point, I like to have about 12 pieces at the end of the day. So I obviously draw six lines through the central point.
I then use the guillotine to cut along each line and either construct the base card as I go or number them sequentially close to the centre point so that I don't lose track of the order in which the different colours are to be stuck down.  I cut all three coloured card stock pieces at the same time.

I start by cutting the card at a half way mark (need not be perfectly in halves) ~ I am referring to the pieces here!
I cut each subsection of the pattern separately (in my mind I divide the segmented areas into four) and stick them down as I go. So above the cut pieces are piece #1 (on the top left hand side), the middle piece is actually piece #2 and #3 it just hasn't been cut yet and the one on the bottom right hand side is #4, #5 and #6 prior to cutting. . .

So here is #1, #2 and #3 ready to go.
I stick them down with snail adhesive and place each piece where it was in the original base card.  And you continue to add the pieces. . .
So you get the idea.  Make three base cards at the same time so that you are not left with odd shaped scraps and have three backgounds ready to go. You can adjust triangle sizes and the number of triangles in your background ~ you are only limited by your patience and your imagination.  My thought is that they make great kids card bases. 

Here is another that I made using a soon to be released stamp set ~ Animal Talk.  Terrific when combined with the sound recording devices which will also be released in the new cattie.

Chat later
Shanni x


  1. Hi Shannean

    This is such an effective technique for creating bright happy cards.

    Your tutorial is brilliant with wonderful clear photos.

    Thanks for sharing with us at Make It Monday this week.

    Michelle :o)

  2. Gorgeous card and colours Shanni. I saw this on MIM..Faye

  3. Hello Shanni. I saw this Beautiful and Bright card on MIM..Loz

  4. I spotted your fun, colorful card on MIM. I like the effect of the strips of paper - looks great!

  5. This card screams HAPPY! You're right - there are so many many possibilities for fun creations. Definitely going to give this a go. LOOOVE it!!! Glad I saw you on MIM#100. Thanks for dropping by my place and leaving a sweet comment.

  6. I saw your card on Make It Monday. I love the bright and vibrant colours you have used and your clean and simple layout love Linda

  7. Hi Shanni, saw your cheerful card on MIM...great ideas and great tut too!
    Jane x

  8. Such a great background and a wonderful tutorial! Found you on Make It Monday.
    Thanks for the inspiration,
    Katherine xx
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  9. Fantastic creation! All of those bold colors - Wow! Great tutorial, too :)

    Btw, I saw you on MIM.

    Lots of joy,

    PS - I invite you to join Tuesday Alchemy's newest challenge at

  10. Hi Shanni, this is such a fun bright card, saw you on Mim, Joey #217 xx

  11. Such a fun and beautiful creation! Love your choice of colors and cute image. Thank you so much for joining us at Make It Monday this week.... :)

  12. I saw your beautiful creation on Make It Monday and had to visit and take a closer look. Gorgeous! TFS! My entries are: #84, #129, #91, #157, #158 and #277.
    I would love to have you visit my blog!

  13. Love it! It's so very colorful & cheery!
    I found you on Make It Monday.
    Huggies ~

  14. Hi Shanni, that draws the eye in beautifully to focus on the image. Gorgeous and thanks for the tutorial!

    I saw you at MIM #100. I am entry 300 this week, I'd love it if you dropped by.

    Kasey ~ in Oz

  15. Thanks for the easy to understand tutorial for making this card. I first saw on MIM but have been unable to comment until now. Had mega problems with my service provider but hopefully all sorted out now. Hugs mrs a.


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