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Stretching Supplies: Using Frame Dies to Build Backgrounds

Hello my crafty friends. Today I’m sharing another way to stretch those supplies by using your frame dies to build backgrounds. That’s right! Frame dies don’t just have to be used around a design, but rather to build a beautiful textured background as well.

One way to avoid clutter is to have supplies that can double up in their crafty duties. I find frame dies to be great substitutes for boards and for layering on backgrounds, like in this week’s project.

I was inspired by the idea of fish scales and decided to create a colorful background using a scalloped die. Of course, you’re not limited to just scalloped frames, I’m sure that there are a number of different patterns, and widths, out there that would make lovely backgrounds. Simply die cut strips of cardstock using the longer side of the frame to create scalloped strips. Then, starting from the bottom, glue the strips across a card base, layering the strips slight on top of one another.

I went for a dynamic look with multiple colors, but limited color pallet would also work. The result is a beautiful textured pattern that you can cut down or use as a whole.

I paired my background with a mermaid stamp from the Greeting Farm and kept with the marine theme by using the sentiment included in the set. I added a color coordinated birthday banner to finish the look and added some gems for a little shine.

To see how I made this card, you can watch the video here:

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