Tuesday, 17 April 2012



Have you heard of the Bargello Technique? No? Well it originated in needlework, but has been adapted into paper crafting. It is a great way to use up strips of your favourite Designer Series Papers (DSP) to make a really interesting background. You could also make your own background papers by stamping with various stamps onto cardstock and then follow the instructions.


In my stash (I have way too much) I have a lot of pieces of DSP 6” x 3” (15cm x 7.5 cm) which was ideal.

All you need to do is cut the paper into strips. For mine they were 2cm wide by 15cm long.  The papers used here are from the very gorgeous Paisley Petals Designer Series Papers.  Did you know that these were designed to match in with the Paisley Petals stamp set on page 51 of the current Idea Book & Catalogue?

Glue the strips on some thin paper in a consistent design with sides touching and the edges even. Then cut several strips in the opposite direction. Play with the strips to create a design.

Glue the strips in the pattern of your choice directly onto the card base or another sheet of thin paper to make a layer.

The Bargello background can also be cut with a die for a shaped background layer, in my case the wonderful and very well used Top Note die.

For the greeting layer, I punched a scallop circle out of Wild Wasabi and bound Linen Thread around it in the Spirelli technique style.


I stamped the scallop circle greeting from the Hostess Stamp Set - Happiest Birthday Wishes, twice in Early Espresso ink on Whisper White and Marina Mist cardstock. Punch one out with the 1 3/8 inch circle punch and the other with the 1 inch circle punch. Layer these using Stampin' Dimensionals and attach it to the Wild Wasabi circle with a Stampin Dimensional.


The banner is from the Petal Cone Die but you can easily make one from a strip of card and cut a V in at one end. The greeting is from For My Family stamp set.

Attach the greeting to the back of the Scallop Circle and mount directly onto the Top Note Die Cut.

Don’t forget that everything that you see here can be purchased through me.  Drop me an email at sassystampers@gmail.com if you would like to know more on how to order.

Take Care & Happy Crafting!


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