What do plaids make you think of? For me, they evoke feelings of cool autumn nights, curled up with a good book, a warm (plaid) blanket, and a cup of something steamy in hand. That's why the entire month of October I plan to share easy, do-it-yourself, plaid backgrounds you can create using markers. There are also a couple fun ways to use your plaids, so you won't want to miss any of the Monday inspirational posts this month!
Supplies need to create your own plaid background:
- Graph Paper (optional)
- I found that placing a piece of graph paper under my card front made it much easier to line up the ruler and create straight lines
Directions for my background:
- Beginning with an orange marker - create wide stripes both vertically and horizontally
- Next use a yellow marker and add wide stripes in between your orange ones
- Add some thin brown stripes
- Add some thin green stripes
- Using a darker yellow marker -- trace over every other yellow stripe to darken it and add interest to your background
- Using sponge daubers, ink around the edges with dark brown ink
Supplies used on this card:
- These colors of Distress Ink (Ranger)
- Vintage Photo
- Ground Espresso
- Rusty Hinge
- Fossilized Amber
- Pine Needles
- Mermaid Lagoon
- Sponge Daubers
- Sunflower Stamp Set (Heartfelt Creations)
- Spellbinders Nestabilities (Circle and Scallop Circle)
- Fall Foliage Dies (Sizzix - Tim Holtz Alterations)
- Instant Coffee
- Burlap Ribbon
Now it’s your turn to share the projects you’ve been working on! As always our link party is "Anything Goes" with these few simple rules
- Create ANY new project using a product or two from one of the companies CropStop carries in the store. (It’s ok if you didn’t buy it from us, and also fine if it’s a product we don’t currently have it in stock as long as it’s from one of the companies we carry!)
- Please, no back-linking old projects
- Limit 5 entries per challenge
- Link your project here, link back to this post, and mention the CropStop Challenge in your post.
Optional Twist for October
Include a plaid element somewhere in your creation,
and I'll enter your name twice in the random draw.
Wow Esther!, this is a beautiful card!! And your plaid background is amazing!!!
Simply amazing, Esther! You are so very creative!
Wow that is just gorgeous, I so love your plaid background, thanks for sharing how you did it and the flower is beautiful!
Absolutely gorgeous card, the plaid is beautifully created!!
Ack! DIY plaid is my favorite! Yours is ah-mazing!
Gorgeous creation Esther! i love plaid too! Thank you for the challenge.
Crafty Hugs, Sherry xx
Loose Stitches and Unraveled Threads
I especially love plaid for fall and winter projects so this is a technique I have to try! Thanks for the tutorial and beautiful card share.
Thank you so much for the tutorial on creating a plaid background - it's something I'm going to try now I know how! Your card is gorgeous and so autumnal too xx
Plaids sure look neat and yours give an extra warm fall background to that lovely flower! Don't know that I have the patience to DIY them, tho.
Parabéns pelo seu trabalho.
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