by Beate Johns

Create a unique background with thin patterned paper pieces.


  • Patterned paper
  • Paper cutter
  • Xyron®, or other strong double-sided adhesive
  • Cardstock
  • Bone folder


  1. Step 1

    Trim a piece of cardstock to the desired size of your background. Run through Xyron® with a permanent adhesive cartridge.

    If you don't have a Xyron, cover the cardstock with any strong double-sided adhesive.

  2. Burnish the cardstock with a bone folder to make sure the adhesive sticks everywhere. Peel off backing and set aside.

  3. Step 2

    Cut three or more different patterned paper pieces into thin strips of equal widths - the pattern looks best with widths between 1/8" and 3/8".

  4. Step 3

    Pick one of the darker paper strips and adhere it to the cardstock base diagonally. It will divide the cardstock piece into two triangular sections.

  5. Step 4

    Adhere another strip from the same patterned paper across one of the two sections, forming a T.

  6. Take a third strip from that paper and adhere it diagonally across the other section. You now have four triangular spaces on the card base.

  7. Step 5

    Roughly trim the paper strips. It will make the next steps a bit easier.

  8. Step 6

    Pick one section of the cardstock and start filling it in.

    Take a different patterned paper strip and adhere it next to one of the main strips.

  9. Take another strip from the same pattern and adhere to the opposite side of the triangle.

  10. Step 7

    Repeat Step 6 with strips of a different paper pattern.

  11. Continue to add paper strip pairs until the first section is filled.

  12. Step 8

    Flip cardstock and trim paper strips. Don't trim all the way to the cardstock just yet.

  13. Step 9

    Fill in the second triangle with paper strips.

  14. Fill in the the third section.

    Trim the strips between each section. You can use the longer leftovers to fill in the next triangle.

  15. Step 10

    Fill in the last section.

  16. Step 11

    Burnish the background before cutting it to the size of your cardstock. This will prevent smaller strips from falling off.

  17. Step 12

    Use the finished background on project.
    (Roly Poly Winter Joy from Unity used here)


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Herringbone. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

WOW, this is so great! What a super way to use up scraps and make them look soooo special. Thanks for the idea
Suzie  |  Wed Nov 30, 2011 at 12:42 PM
Love love love it!!!! Can't wait to give this a try
Carol c1027  |  Wed Nov 30, 2011 at 12:49 PM
you can use glue stick on each paper strip or double sided adhesive over the entire card sheet, even if it's a hassle. You can also try spray adhesive. I can't tell you how good that works, I have never tried that.
beate  |  Wed Nov 30, 2011 at 1:13 PM
Oh this is awesome Beat. I have to try this.
Lisa Lara  |  Wed Nov 30, 2011 at 2:06 PM
This is fantastic!
Just beautiful!
Tracey Malnofski  |  Wed Nov 30, 2011 at 2:41 PM
I love this technique, and I have actually done this in the past. But is there a special template or something for the lovely piercing done on the oval stamped image? If so, who is the manufacturer or where can I buy it? Thanks.
Nancy Walker  |  Wed Nov 30, 2011 at 4:50 PM
Nancy, check our Paper Piercing Tutorials for step by step instructions.
beate  |  Wed Nov 30, 2011 at 4:56 PM
Great way to use scraps, great idea. I use some of mine by putting boards on strips with my punches and covering the card. uses up thoses scraps.
marlene geiger  |  Wed Nov 30, 2011 at 5:17 PM
Very nice! I was cleaning my stamping room the other day (a work in progress) and wondering if I should cave and toss out the tons of scraps that accumulate and never seem to get used. Now I can get busy and use at least some of them, ha!
Thanks for the inspiraton...
Lura  |  Wed Nov 30, 2011 at 7:37 PM
Beate, you do amazing work!! Alway love your tutorials!!
Kathy  |  Wed Nov 30, 2011 at 8:00 PM
That is so cool Beate!! Love the look - hope I can try it soon! smile
Julie Masse  |  Wed Nov 30, 2011 at 10:47 PM
I have that Xyron and never use it. Now I know how to put it to use in a fun way. Thank you for showing this technique. Show more ways to use the 9" Xyron please.
Mary Ann Huntington  |  Thu Dec 1, 2011 at 8:13 AM
Never ceases to amaze me the ideas you come up with :-D This is absolutely AWESOME! I knew those paper scraps had a useful purpose!!
Thanks for sharing.
stampdujour  |  Thu Dec 1, 2011 at 1:28 PM
In the past I used a similar technique and doublesided sticky carpet tape was used if you don't have a xyron machine.
Kathy  |  Thu Dec 1, 2011 at 3:21 PM
Saw this and loved it! Just finished a Christmas card using this technique. I chose greens and reds of different shades, some solids, some prints. I was very pleased with the result!! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talent with those of us who need inspiration.
sandiec34  |  Fri Dec 2, 2011 at 5:46 PM
Great video. BUT, I usually download the splitcoaststampers videos for future reference. This time it could not be downloaded in RealPlayer. Any reason?
Jo  |  Fri Dec 2, 2011 at 11:28 PM
I love it! I now know what to do with all those strips of paper that I cannot bear to throw away! Thank you
Christine F  |  Sat Dec 3, 2011 at 8:21 AM
I do not have the zyron either but I decided to use a glue stick on the strips. It seems like a great way to use your scraps. For Christmas cards, I'll use just different Christmas papers.
Mary Ann  |  Sun Dec 4, 2011 at 8:14 AM
Tina - Yes, I use carpet tape. Here's a card I did 2 yrs ago: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1486467?&cat=500&ppuser=3070
Dawn Olchefske  |  Sun Dec 4, 2011 at 9:00 PM
Why can I see the tutorial but not the
gallery on this type of card????
Johanna Beebe  |  Mon Dec 5, 2011 at 8:19 AM

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