New Guest Designer WM

It is the last Wednesday of the month and as a Guest Designer at Bugaboo, today is my turn to do a tutorial post. My tutorial is a pretty simple one. Not only does it show you a quick and easy way to create your own background, but it helps use some of those little paper scraps you just had to save…. you know you do it too! Don’t pretend you don’t!!! (lol)

So for my project, I decided to do a couple of matchbook gift card holders, but you can do this technique on any project – it looks great on a card too…

Step one – Cut your card base, grab some punches (you choose), and any color scraps (DP works too) you feel appropriately coordinate with your image. Truly reach for the smallest ones since you can use any size punches and some of the smaller punches will add to the effect!


Step two –  Lay the shapes down on your card before you glue them down; shifting them around under the image until it looks like you want it to. When you are happy with the way it looks, glue the shapes down. (I have found that a glue stick really works best.)


Step three – Run your card through your embossing machine using the embossing folder of your choice OR run a piece of vellum paper through and cover the card front with it. (I usually use a more translucent vellum than this one, but this is what I had. I like to sew the vellum down for a extra touch.)


Step four – Add your image and VOILA! you are ready to give your gift card, regular card, etc…



  • Image – AKV 2 cowboy – howdy digi by Bugaboo Stamps
  • Paper – (Base) Pure Poppy card stock, vellum, scraps
  • Ink – Copics: Clothes – R22, R24, E42, E43, E44, E47, shoes/belt – W3, W5, W7, W9, C1, C3, C5; skin – E00, E02, E11, E21
  • Other – Stitch die cut (PTI), Oval and Scallop Oval dies (Spellbinders), Various Circle Punches, Circle Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), brads, black twine

Here is another example using this technique with vellum on a birthday card…

Bugaboo Knooby Knee candle

I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial!! Thanks for stopping by!