Textured Background Using Paper // Card Creations

April 06, 2017

Hi friends! I have yet again another otter card. This one took a little bit more planning though which I am excited to share with you! In case you haven't seen them yet, check out my other otter cards! I am featuring My Favorite Things' Otter Stamp Set and Whimsy Stamps' Say What? set. Let's jump right into this card.

I started with a portrait oriented card base which is made out of 110 lb. white cardstock. I cut it down to 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and then scored it at 4 1/4". Once your base is set up you'll want to decide on how wide you want your river to be. I estimated my river to be able 3" wide. I wanted it to be a focal piece on this card. You'll need two different papers to create the river pattern. I used a pattern from Kathy Davis' Journey collection and a piece of paper from Basic Grey's Granola collection. I made sure that all of my paper tearing had the white core showing. This better represents a river and it's bubbles and flow.  

I tore the paper at various heights being sure to alternate colors the entire way. I then put glue down and started laying my torn pieces down starting at the top of my card. By starting at the top of the card, you will be able to have a solid edge when you get to the bottom. So, be sure that you keep one piece with a flat edge. Now, while I was laying these down I realized that they were not exactly lining up on the edges. I decided to frame this middle piece with gray cardstock that also meets the edge of the card. To make a more prominent frame, I used some solid black washi tape. This also really helps the colors pop!

I stamped my otter and sentiment using my stamping tool and Staz-on black ink. I then lightly watercolored my little friend and fussy cut them out. Since there is a lot of texture in the background already, I decided not to put foam behind my images.

Lastly, I finished off the sentiment on the inside of the card. I hope you enjoyed this fun paper tearing technique! Have you ever used paper tearing techniques on anything else? I would love to see more examples, so please leave any you have created down below. Thanks for stopping by!

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