Tuesday, July 28, 2015

How to use a background cut file on your layout: plus a bonus process video

Hello everyone!
I'm so excited that my background cut file class with Big Picture Classes is live! If you haven't already noticed, I love using background cut files on my projects -- I design and use more of this file type than any other. You'll want to check out my class for a complete guide to using background cut files: everything from accurate cutting tips, combining with patterned paper and layering, mixed media techniques, and designing your own cut files!

Today I have a layout and a PROCESS VIDEO(!!) to share with you. This page uses my criss-cross polka dot cut file, and with just some basic layering tips, the whole layout practically made itself. 
This criss-cross polka dot cut file makes a complete background all on it's own. Here I layered it over mint green patterned paper, but there are so many possibilities. Try layering over solid cardstock, or patterns of different scales for a very different look!

Because the cut file made such an awesome background, I felt like I could keep the embellishing fairly minimal. I used some Things That Shine glitter bows and turned them into cute little embellishments by placing them on wooden toothpicks and setting the bow centres with wood veneer pieces. 

Some black flocked polka dot tulle (from my Eerie and Enchanted kit) layered over the polka dot background was a super fun addition to this page!

Polka dots!!

Follow along as this layout comes together from start to finish! Using the criss-cross polka dot cut file really made this page come together quickly -- less than 15 minutes! 

Products used in this project include:
Criss-cross polka dot cut file
Glitter bows
Things That Shine cut files
BPC: Using Background Cut Files class

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