Die-Cut Backgrounds!

Dream Team Member, Laina Lamb

Good morning. Laina here today to share my favorite trend…die-cut backgrounds!  I love the contrast and depth these sometimes intricate 12″ x 12″ paper patterns can add to your page. Diecut patterns are popping up everywhere and can be used in many different ways.

Die-cut sheets can be used whole or cut it into pieces as Summer Fullerton did here. The die-cut paper creates a framework for the different paper patterns and helps the kraft paper patterns pop.

2nd Base by Summer Fullerton

Die-cut backgrounds are great for cards too! Nicole Nowosad uses the same technique as Summer by adding different pattern papers to the hexagon frame. The frame helps to separate the patterns and gives the card a quilted look.

Thankful card by Nicole Nowosad

There are many options for die-cut backgrounds. You can use a premade background papers like these from the KI Memories Flashback Collection. Perfect for cutting into individual pieces for pages, mini albums, cards and more.

KI Memories flashback collection

I especially love the new Placemats by Jillibean Soup. Placemats are offered in 4 different patterns in both kraft and white paper which are great for altering with mists, ink, paint and more.

Jillibean Soup Placemat

Ready 2 Rock by Laina Lamb

You can also make diecut backgrounds yourself! Nicole Nowosad used her Silhouette Cameo to cut this trendy arrow background. You can find many different diecut pattern cutting files in the Silhouette store and SVGs around the web.

Brand New Kicks by Nicole Nowosad

Don’t own an electronic cutter? Get creative and make die-cut patterns using tools you might already have on hand.

Use a punch to create a die-cut template

“Anywhere” punches that allow you to punch in the middle of a paper are a great way to create your own background patterns.

Anywhere Eyelet Setter from Making Memories

Grommet Tool from Making Memories

Look through your tools to find a hidden treasure. Years ago I purchased a Making Memories Anywhere Eyelet Setter and the Grommet tool that allows me to add circles anywhere on a page. Both of these tools are perfect creating my own backgrounds. A piece of cardstock and my on hand tools are all I need to create a beautiful background accent!

Want to try using diecut papers on your pages too? Leave a comment below to win a prize package of Placemats from Jillibean Soup and KI Memories Diecut Papers from Hampton Art!

Congratulations to our winner!

Emily Todd says:The idea! Now just to translate it into my scrapbook style!

Watch for an email in your inbox with instructions on how to redeem your prize.

One lucky winner will win a set of placemats from Jilliibean Soup and the Flashback collection from KI. Just leave a comment here by 5:00 pm (Mountain Standard Time) Wednesday, February 6, 2013 for a chance to win.

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88 Responses to Die-Cut Backgrounds!

  1. Rhiannon Metzger says:

    Great ideas! Had no idea that these “placemats” exisited ;)

  2. Katherine L says:

    Awesome layout with the circle placemat. Love it!! Thanks for the ideas.

  3. Jessica Ann says:

    Love the layouts! Thanks!!

  4. Beatrice Lawson says:

    The Silhouette would be a fantastic tool (sigh… love but pricey…)n but I think the placemats from Jillibean are awesome! I love using my masks, and it is so easy to use the mists with them.

  5. Veronica M. says:

    Love how you used the placemats. Thanks for all the tips. Great giveaway!

  6. I have been waiting to get this pad try it. I hope I win some since it will be a while to find it.

  7. Shauna K says:

    such great ideas, thanks for the inspiration!! I’ve never quite known how to use them before ;)

  8. Jessica K says:

    Love the Jillibean placemats, would love to win some!

  9. Linda Magee says:

    I really must buy those punch anywhere punches. Thanks for the ideas on this blog.

  10. Lynda says:

    I’ve seen the Placemats but this is the first time I’ve seen one used. It looks great!

  11. KarenF says:

    Wow, I’d love to try the Jillibean Soup placemats! Thanks for the chance to win.

  12. I’d really like to win some placemats, they’re lovely, thanks a lot for the chance!!!

  13. Liannallama says:

    What cute projects! Thanks for the inspiration.

  14. Dianne Jackson says:

    Wonderful ideas… Inspiring!

  15. Gorgeous layouts and card! Please pick me!!!

  16. Shannon Hall says:

    New and love to try these! Thanks!

  17. Lisa C. says:

    Wow – these layouts are gorgeous! Since I don’t own any kind of die cutting machine these would be perfect for me! I’ve had my eye on the new Jillibean placemats! The KI papers look so cool too. I would love to try them all out!

  18. Janet Zeppa says:

    I love these new placemats and I also love that I can cut my own on my Cameo!
    Thanks for all the inspiration!!

  19. Melinda Wilson says:

    I love these great layouts!

  20. Kirsten says:

    Love that Ready 2 Rock layout!

  21. Kim H says:

    love the JS placemats, so nice. love the layouts and cards, great textures when you layer. thanks for sharing and chance to win.

  22. Emily Todd says:

    The idea! Now just to translate it into my scrapbook style!

  23. Wow, l love those die cut background ideas!

  24. Christin Attebury says:

    I love the look of die-cut backgrounds!

  25. Karen Nuce says:

    Fabulous post…so full of information and great tips!

  26. Carmen says:

    What a great prize – thanks for the chance to win!

  27. SandyP says:

    Beautiful ideas…gotta remember to try them out!!

  28. Jessica G. says:

    What a great giveaway!! I’d be so excited to win this!!

  29. evilwoman says:

    Love the “Ready to Rock” layout! The Jillibean placemat looks awesome!

  30. Kerry Taylor says:

    Sweet idea. I’m going to have to experiment more with my Cricut to see what I can accomplish in making my own placemats.

  31. Rose says:

    I’m always trying to win something. Maybe this will be the time.

  32. Marcia says:

    I love these “placemats” – what a great alternative for those of us who don’t have a Silhouette (yet ;D)

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