DIY Swirly Background Paper

I have a confession to make – I’m a designer series paper (DSP) hoarder. I see the DSP and DSP stacks from the catalogue and buy them. As soon as they arrive, I open the carefully, look at the wonderful designs, pick my favorites, and put them back carefully in the package as if they’ve never been opened. It will go untouched for a while (say months?) until I find the courage to actually start using them I buy a new package of the same design.

Click to enlargeSwirly Background Paper

Making my very own background paper to make up for my DSP hoarding problem might not help solve it but at least I actually have fun papers to use for my projects – and I get to design them, too!

The background paper I made for this project was a pretty simple one – fun but easy to make. I used a 12″x12″ Whisper White cardstock for this and ended up with 12 cute cards. I used Swirly Bird stamp set for the three swirly stamps. As for the greetings, I used the “thankful for you” stamp from the Sheltering Tree stamp set and the “sending smiles” stamp from the Greatest Greetings stamp set.

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Step One: Flirty Flamingo
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Step Two: Sweet Sugarplum
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Step Three: Dapper Denim

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After stamping your background paper, use your Stampin’ Trimmer to trim the paper up into twelve smaller papers.

First, line up the 12″x12″ sheet to 3″, 6″, and 9″ and trim each measurement. You should have four 3″x12″ strips of stamped background paper.

Next step is to line up a 3″x12″ strip on the Stampin’ Trimmer to 4″ and 8″ so that you end up with three 3″x4″ pieces of stamped background paper for each strip.

Do the same for the rest of the strips and you should end up with twelve 3″x4″ pieces of stamped background paper.

Click to enlargeFor the next step I just stuck each 3″x4″ piece of stamped background paper on a piece of  Basic Black cardstock.

I used snail adhesive for this but you can definitely use whatever adhesive you prefer. The Basic Black cardstock measured 3¼”x4¼”.

Then I stamped the greetings on the bottom of a 358“x478” Whisper White cardstock layered with a 378“x518” Basic Black cardstock.

Click to enlargeI almost always use Thick Whisper White cardstock for my card bases since I love making cards with a lot of layers. It just gives it a little more support since it’s usually front-heavy.

To add more colour to my cards, I used a sheet each of Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum, and Dapper Demin and trimmed them to four 4¼”x512” each and stuck them on to the card base.

My advise when making this set of cards is to do them in steps. Stamp the background paper first. Do all the paper trimming next. Put all the layers together and do the greeting stamps for all the cards. The last step should always be sticking your finished card front to the card base.


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2 thoughts on “DIY Swirly Background Paper

  • June 24, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Gorgeous dsp! I am also a dsp hoarder. I never have a problem using my own dsp though. 😉 Pretty cards!

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      June 24, 2016 at 11:07 am

      Thank you, Michelle! There are times when I do use my DSP – when I have an extra set (or two), a few months after I get it and finally put on my big girl panties and just use it, when I find an exceptionally stunning inspiration that makes me want to use it, or when I find a good “One Sheet Wonder” template so I won’t have even the tiniest little scrap left. It’s a problem, I know.

      Thanks for visiting! 😀


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