Bargello is a technique traditionally used in needlepoint and borrowed by paper crafters to create interesting background effects using paper strips. I borrowed this technique and have done a couple of versions over the years, but today I am incorporating die-cutting and the ever so popular washi tape to create this easy technique. Just another reason to use my products combined together in my Cuttlebug.
Bargello wreath using the Cuttlebug
This technique consists of small thin strips of paper used to create a background. I usually keep all my strips of off-cuts to create this technique, but today I used various strips of washi tapes instead of paper.
I used a plain piece of white cardstock and adhered the strips of tape to it until the entire background was covered in washi tape.
Then I used my Assouline die cut to cut the beautiful wreath out of my Bargello background cardstock.
I added some diamante in red and clear and adhered it to my folded card. This can be a quick Christmas card or a beautiful girly wreath by adding ribbons, bows and using floral patterned paper strips for my Bargello background.
Tricks & Tips
- Combine washi tape with paper strips for a beautiful Bargello background.
- Try using different die-cut to cut shapes out of your Bargello backgrounds for a fun alternative.
- Use 50mm wide double sided tape from The Wholesaler to create a sticky back and front for your Bargello background. The front to adhere your paper strips onto and the back to have a sticky back even after your die-cut your shape.
- Recycle those beautiful strips of paper cut from the bottom of your Kaisercraft patterned papers to create a background that will cost you almost nothing.
Remember to please share your Cuttlebug Christmas card idea (or ideas) with us!