Today’s tutorial is another great way to use scraps! Also, we’re still celebrating the new Hero Arts stamps, so my sample card today features stamps from the Right at Home (CL583) set. Be sure and watch the S&S blog, Facebook, and this week’s OWH tv show for chances to win a set of your own!

Start with strips of patterned paper. You can use whatever size (width) scraps you have as long as you have enough length to stretch across your background. I cut my patterned paper for this card, so I have six strips that are each 3/4″ wide.

Adhere your strips onto a piece of paper or thin cardstock. You want to use a lot of adhesive because you’re going to be cutting these up later. You can use a xyron if you have one. I just used a LOT of ATG.

Trim the ends and then cut your paper into strips of different widths going the opposite direction. Mine are alternating 1/2″ and 3/4″.

Stagger the strips and adhere them to another piece of paper or thin cardstock.

Here’s the background before the card is fully assembled. Mine goes uphill a bit, but that’s how you can tell it’s handmade, right? 🙂

Here’s a video with a different Bargello background. It’s in French, but the card is beautiful, and it’s definitely worth watching. She makes her own background paper (anyone still working on last week’s Throwdown?) and then cuts it into strips and staggers those. It’s also a really great example of sponging.

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