Saturday, July 18, 2015

Halloween Star Quilt background card

Here's another card using the star quilt background technique.  What I realized when making this card was that you don't need to have a bunch of triangles and squares for the background behind the star (in this case, the orange and white striped line paper).  You can start off with a sheet of paper that is
4" x 4" and then just add the star on top of it.  It does take a little more measuring ahead of time but in the long run you won't see a bunch of lines where you adhered your squares and triangles.

So here is how I made this card.  I started off with the background piece that is 4x4 and cut out (2) one inch squares (solid orange squares in the photo) to use as a guide.  Place the squares on the top corners of the background paper but do NOT adhere them; they are just acting as a guide.

Cut out (4) one inch squares and then cut each square diagonally, either on your paper cutter or by hand.  I found out that cutting them by hand actually worked better and gave me better corners on the triangles.

Then take two of the triangles that you cut in the color that you want your star to be (in this case the orange and gold dotted paper) and line them up so the right angles are lined up with the sides of the squares as in the photo below.  Do this for all four sides; just keep rotating your background paper.

You can also line up your 4x4 background paper on a grid that has one inch marks.

Now you are ready to place (4) one inch squares in the center of the star.  Keep in mind that you don't want to use the same color as the embellishment that you will put on the card, if you will be putting one in the middle of the star.

That's basically all there is to it.  I used the Fun Happy Halloween word die by Frantic Stamper on my card, along with the smallest bat that comes in the Bats and Ghost die set.

You can frame your background piece however you want, depending on what size card you ultimately want to end up with.  I framed mine with a layer of black cardstock then mounted the entire thing on a white card base which was 5x5.

1 comment:

  1. I had to read the instructions and review the picture twice, but I got it!....Thanks for sharing. I hope you win!!