Thursday, October 20, 2011

Create Your Own Background

For those who wants to maximize the use of their Cricut machine, I have a tutorial that I want to share. I can't help to love those shelves with wallpaper backgrounds. But Oh man! wallpapers are  expensive (for me). So, I decided to create my own background.
I used my Sure Cuts a Lot 2 software and Cricut to cut the background. I used my spare cardstocks that I don't use. I want to maximize the 12 x 12 cardstock so I decided to expand the pattern.

Then I cut it. I mean the Cricut cut it.
Here's what it looks like after the cut. (Sorry I can't change the orientation of the photo.)

I painted the Quatrefoil background with a regular craft paint I bought from Michaels. It's made by FolkArt and the color is 524 Calypso Sky. I just used a pointy brush that I bought from the dollar store. I painted it twice.

Once it was dry, I flipped it down then apply Mod Podge using my pointy brush.

I stick it to my shelf. Once it's dry I applied Mod Podge over the quatrefoil pattern using foam brush.

Here's the sneak peek of my book shelf.

Hope you enjoy my tutorial. Keep viewing for my finished book shelf. Thanks!

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, 
as good stewards of God's varied grace: - 1Peter 4:10 ESV

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  1. You are so creative! This looks great!

  2. Love it! It adds interest without being too busy. And it's so fresh!

  3. What a LOT of's BEAUTIFUL!

    Deborah (visiting happily from you'll drop by to say hi!)

  4. I love the impact that it gives this piece. Can't wait till you finish it, I know it's going to be divine!

  5. This is sooo nice! I love it!!! :) It's so easy to do... But then I need to buy a cricut!!! :) Please visit my blog!

  6. Wow! What a great tutorial and I LOVE how the background turned out. Thank you for sharing this at Freshmen Friday!

  7. What a creative way to add a background. Great color!

  8. Very cute! I found your blog from the Homemaker in Heels Party. I'm your newest follower...I love you to stop by my new blog & follow along too!

  9. That is a FABULOUS idea!!I love the idea of not really stencilling. You are so smart!! Thanks so much for linking up to Strictly Homemade Tuesday. Please come back!!!

  10. So pretty I love it...that's so smart! Thanks for stopping by and following my blog...I'm a new follower too!

  11. Wow! It looks beautiful! You did an amazing job! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Homemaker in Heels! Have a wonderful weekend! :)

  12. Love this! I am trying to figure out where I can put some quatrafoil now. My sewing room could use some jazzing up. Your projects are super fun.

    I am following you now too! Can't wait to see what else you come up with :)

    jamie @

  13. Can you share your sure cuts a lot file with me?