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To make these fabric paper backgrounds I used Tyvek – you can use cotton and muslin too but I dont have any – *sob* – so I have to use tyvek.

Basic Instructions:

Get a sheet of tyvek or muslin or open weave cotton, place it onto some plastic (I used carrier bags), smear on el cheapo white school glue all over one side, then cover with printed tissue paper, apply another layer of glue, cover with a sheet of plain tissue paper, more glue over the top of that, then add paint or colour medium of your choice. Let air dry overnight 0 or longer and youve got yourself a lovely wrinkly sheet of colourful fabric paper.

Sources For Printed Tissue for Fabric Paper:

Printed napkins or serviettes, printed tissue papers – 7 Gypsies have a range of printed tissue papers, also check out very thin paper bags with patterns on them or paper used in florists to wrap flowers in. Any store which sells handmade gifts usually have nice paper printed bags – I’ve collected them for years – did you know you can iron the paper bags to make transfers of the patterns onto paper?

For my backgrounds I used both printed napkins and tissue papers, after reading how some members where having problems applying the colour to the final layer because the tissue paper was tearing, I decided to cut out the middleman and I mixed a little bit of acrylic paint into some pva glue and painted it onto the final layer as a glaze – less mess that way and you only need to add one final layer!

Heres my backgrounds, click on the pictures if you wanna see them bigger:

Fabric Paper On Tyvek 6

Fabric Paper On Tyvek 5

Fabric Paper On Tyvek 4

Fabric Paper On Tyvek 3

Fabric Paper On Tyvek 2

Uncoloured Fabric Paper – I like how this looked without adding additional colour to it, the colours you see are from the actual tissue and napkins:
Fabric Paper On Tyvek 1

These backgrounds utilise Tissue Paper to make easy peasy Faux Leather backgrounds – these are so easy to make you can do them with your eyes shut!

What You Need:

  • Tissue Paper
  • Card Stock
  • PVA or White Glue
  • Glue Spreader
  • Acrylic Paint or Dye Re-inkers


1. Crumple your tissue paper into a tight ball, open it up again and set it aside.

2. Spread a generous amount of glue over the surface of your card stock using a credit card or plastic spreader.

3. Working quickly, tap the tissue paper down over the glued surface, do NOT flatten it out as you want lots of nice texture and crinkles in the background. Let it dry.

4. Now you need to add colour – either acrylic paints OR you can use dye reinkers or smoosh an inkpad over the top dtp style. Once the colour has dried you are ready make artwork with your backgrounds!

Faux Leather Tissue Paper Background Samples:



As you can see Ive been having some fun creating new styles of backgrounds for this issue! The card on the right comprises of several layers to create a wonderful textured mixed media card. The 2 main ingredients to create this vintage olde worlde look are walnut crystals and floor wax! I love to play around with mediums and see what I can come up with and had a lot of fun creating this card!

Walnut Inks and Crystals are a favourite medium of mine to use as I love how you can get an instant old fashioned background effect using little effort! Theres so many different ways you can use walnut inks and crystals out there that there are new ways being invented all the time! This is my current favourite background technique which I came up with while playing around with the floor wax recently.

These backgrounds would also work well with collages and altered books too! Why not have a go and see what you can come up with?

Supplies Used:

* White Gloss Card Stock
* Black Permanent Inkpad (Memories Stewart Superior)
* Walnut Crystals
* Future Floor Wax or Johnsons Klear Wax (or suitable alternative)Paint Brush
* White Tissue Paper
* Embossing Heat Gun
* Clear Embossing Powder
* Interferance Violet UTTEE or similar embossing powders (optional)
* Gold Pearl Ex (or colour of choice – you can use ANY powdered pigments for this i.e. perfect pearls, moonglow, fairie dust etc)
* Forest Green Card Blank
* Double Sided Tape
* Scissors
* London Map Scrapbook Paper Sheet (Kay and Company Lifes Journey Range)
* Rulers Scrapbook Paper Sheet (Kay and Company Lifes Journey Range)
* Journey Dictionary Defination Taken From Scrapbook Paper Sheet (Kay and Company Lifes Journey Range)
* Burgundy Card Stock

Travel Background Rubber Stamp Used CARDSNSTAMPS.COM

Creating The Background:

Always protect your work surface before working with these backgrounds as they can be messy. I use a sheet of card board for this purpose.

1. Take the sheet of gloss card stock and stamp the travel background all over the surface of the sheet with black ink. Let dry.

2. Next paint over the entire surface of the gloss card using floor wax and a paint brush – dont skimp with the wax!

3. Now take the same brush and dip it directly into the tub of walnut crystals – you dont mix then before hand you want to use the actual crystals themselves!

Use the brush dipped in walnut crystals and tap and stipple the brush over the surface of the card – the wax will act as a blending agent and the walnut will stain the card itself. Continue until the entire surface is covered with walnut ink.

4. While the wax is still wet; tear off strips of tissue paper and tap them over the wax randomly. You dont want to cover the entire surface of the card; just different sections to create a texture. You get more of a texture if you tear the tissue up first then open it up and tap it down on the card.

5. Paint another layer of floor wax over the tissue paper you have just laid down to make it go transparent.

6. Dip your brush back into the walnut crystals and paint the tissue paper different shades of brown.

7. Now take a pinch of walnut crystals with your fingers and sprinkle them over the surface of the background.

The wax will dissolve the sprinkled crystals a little but not too much and create ‘age spots’ on the background.

8. Allow the background to dry – you can hurry it along with a heat gun.

This step is completely optional:

9. Once dry take the clear embossing powder and sprinkle it over your background – you do not want an even layer just a rough sprinkling of powder so dont over think this step. Heat powder to melt.

10. Apply more clear powder and heat, then add a final layer of interferance UTEE to the hot clear powder (not too much) and heat again.

Your background is complete.

Making The Card:

To make the card shown, I tore around the Walnut Wax Media Background, then layered it onto my card blank with a strip of London Map Scrapbook paper. Next I cut out a ruler from the ruler printed paper and affixed it over the top of the layers. To finish the card I cut out the ‘Journey’ dictionary definition from the dictionary sheet and layered it onto a sheet of burgundy card stock.

Tissue Paper Leaf Collage Card

The leafy card on the left was created using tissue paper. I had a stash of tissue paper left over from when I was playing with the Caught In Crystal technique, rather than put it away I decided to experiment and see what it was like for stamping on. This is the result of my little experiment.

I stamped directly on the tissue paper using 2 leaf stamps by Stampendous in various colours of green Marvy Matchables inkpads. The ink dried instantly onto the tissue paper, and gave the stamped images a kind of ‘feathery’ look which I liked.

Next I sponged over the top of the stamped images using various colours of yellows, greens and oranges to get the leafy colour background I wanted.

When I had done that, I crumpled up the sheet of tissue paper Id just stamped and sponged into a tight ball, then opened it up again.

Next onto a sheet of white card I spread a thin layer of cheap white glue (pva) and then placed the stamped tissue paper over the top of the glue to stick it down. I wanted to make the crinkles visible so I didn’t pat it down completely flat. The glue doesn’t take too long to dry, I helped it along using a heat gun.

Once dry I took a dark green inkpad and gently rubbed it along the wrinkles of the tissue paper to hilight them and makes it look as if it has veins. I continued until I’d hilighted all the wrinkles.

Finally I cropped the tissue paper collage down and layered it onto card to finish.

Floor Wax And Tissue Paper Cd’s

I created this CD when I was doing the Caught In Crystal Technique on acetate, I had some cds nearby and I wondered what the technique would look like on cd’s instead on of acetate.

I took an unwanted CD Rom, and painted a layer of Floor Wax over the top of it. Next I sprinkled on fine glitter, then I placed on a crumpled sheet of tissue paper. I applied more floor wax, then dropped on several colours of Artists Inks to add colour to it, then finally another layer of wax to seal.

I let the CD air dry naturally for 24 hours as I wanted it to be completely dry.

I was surprised by the results, the tissue paper had changed into a wonderful colourful plastic like texture, it feels a little like fabric, except its not! I stamped over the top of the tissue paper with various celestial images using a black memories inkpad.

I’m going to try making small pins using this technique on random CD pieces and embossing over them in gold as I think that would look cool!

I bought some Johnsons Klear Floor Wax the other day as I was told it makes a good varnish for Domino Art. I haven’t actually used it on dominos yet but I have been experimenting with it to create backgrounds!

Johnsons Klear Floor Wax is available to buy in the UK from Supermarkets, its Acrylic based, those of you in the USA will know this as ‘Future Finish Floor Wax’..the 2 products are very much the same.

Apparently it can be used with many different techniques, so I decided to try my hand at backgrounds to see what I could come up with, these are my first results from experimenting!

Now read on for how you too can create these easy backgrounds!

What You Will Need

Newspaper to protect your work surface
Johnsons Klear Floor Wax (or Future Floor Finish)
1 sheet of A4 size Acetate (or any plastic film sheet)
Metallic Acrylic Paints: I used metallic paints by both Plaid and Inscribe.
Cotton Wool Balls
Card Stock in all colours, I used dark colours such as black, plus white. Both gloss and mat card stock work for this technique and both produce different effects. I recommend you use both to compare results.

How To Create

1. Place your sheet of acetate on top of the newspaper to protect your work surface. Pour a dollop of Floor Wax into the centre of the acetate, use a cotton wool ball to spread the floor wax over the entire surface of the acetate sheet. You want a good even coverage of floor wax, but not too much that it is swimming in it.

2. Next squirt metallic acrylic paints directly from the bottle over the acetate, you can make swirls or just squirt dots, it doesn’t matter how you squirt the paint. Squirt different colours all over the acetate so that the surface has random swirls of colours, do not completely cover the surface however, you still want the majority of the surface to be covered with the floor wax.

Use as many or as little colours as you want, I used purple, copper, green, red and blue all together to create a rainbow background.

3. Next using the cotton wool ball, move the acrylic paint around so that it mixes in with the floor wax, this will create a kind of multicoloured ‘oil slick’ with all the colours intermixing with the wax.

4. Take a piece of dark colour card stock and place it into the coloured floor wax, pat the back of the card stock so that the colour is spread evenly over the card, and gently peel and remove the card and set aside to dry

Your background will look something like this:

The scans don’t really portray the backgrounds in their true light, the floor wax gives the paints an almost powdery effect on the background which I think resembles Pearl Ex as it changes colour as you move it in the light.

You can get several backgrounds out of one ‘oil slick’, each time you place the card into it, the colours fade each time to create different colour effects.

To charge up the colours to make more backgrounds add more floor wax and paint and start all over again.

You can make the colours for your backgrounds more intense by adding more paint, and make them more subtle by adding more floor wax, experiment with quantities to see what you can come up with!

If you add mostly floor wax and a tiny bit of paint, I find it creates an almost batik wash effect on both cream and white colour card stock:

Dont throw your cotton wool balls away what you have mixed the paints and wax with, they can be used to ‘sponge’ directly onto card stock to create a kind of ‘clouded’ rainbow effect:

For this technique I find matt card stock produces the most prominent backgrounds. Gloss does work too, but its results are more subtle. You can compare the differences below:

Gloss Background

Matt Background

Once you have finished making backgrounds you can now actually use the acetate you have been using to create a background all on its own!!

Crumple up a sheet of white tissue paper, then open it up and pat it down over the acetate to make it stick onto the floor wax, at this point you may need to add a little more floor wax to help stick the tissue paper to the acetate. Once dry you can stamp on the smooth acetate side of the background. The results are as follows:

Another Background

I hope you have as much fun creating these backgrounds as I did!