Faux Tartan Background

I participated in my first ever swap recently. It was a Technique Swap for 20 and my chosen technique was Faux Tartan. Here are a couple of cards I did to show how to use the technique.
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This one I did using a retired stamp set Trendy Trees for the tree. Perfectly Penned Stamp set for the words. Faux buttons and Vintage Trinkets brads and little leaves sizzlets at the top.
Reinker colours were crumbcake, old olive and tempting turquoise. Faux Tartan or I like to call it Faded Flannellette. LOL! is a great background for Men's cards.

But here is a girly one, too.
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I used Field Flowers and Established Elegance Stamp Sets from the main catalogue.

As you can see I stamped with black staz on, over the finished background and then ran the card through the bigshot using the Square Lattice Folder.

If you would like to make your own Faux Tartan Backgrounds in any colour.
Fold up a baby wipe until it is about the thickness of your finger. On the folded edge run a line of re inker colours across. (I recommend 3 different colours)
Now drag your inked baby wipe across your cardstock (I like using gloss card for this as it gives a softer effect).
Now drag your baby wipe down the card all the way across to the other side.
You should have a tartan look piece of cardstock to play with.

I always cut my cardstock a little wider and longer than I want so I can trim down the edges as the ink sometimes pools at the ends.
Any questions please just ask. Come back soon.


  1. Great cards Vicki, thanks for the lesson too

  2. What a great technique Vicki. Thanks for sharing these beautiful samples and the instructions.

  3. What a great technique. Thanks for sharing


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