Leaf Circle Background 2 Ways | Jaclyn Rench September 23, 2017 07:00

Hi Just Nick friends!  It's Jaclyn here today to close out 'background' week on the blog.  You've seen several stunning pages featuring backgrounds from the design team, but I thought I'd mix things up a bit and size down my background file of choice to fit atop a card front (or two!).

Nicole has released a bevy of beautiful new leaf themed designs in the shop.  The Leaf Circle Background is a new favorite of mine and the one that I chose to adorn my card fronts.

Once sized to fit a standard 4.25" by 5.5" card front, the open circles of the design were a perfect place to hold little critters.  I stamped and colored a cute trio of animals from a Mama Elephant stamp set and positioned them to look as if they were peeking out from the open spaces in the design. The remaining leaf-filled circles were backed with colorful papers, that tie in the coloring from the stamped designs.

I went a totally different direction on my next card, and decided to stick closer to the cut file's theme and feel by using a fall color palette.  I backed each of the leaf circles with a fall colored patterned paper, and filled the big open circled with a stamped and embossed greeting.

With two circles left, I wanted to do something special and fun!  So I created mini shakers out of those circles, filled them with coordinating seed beads and backed them with white cardstock.  It's a fun and unexpected element that adds a little something special to my card.

I hope this post has inspired you to look at your library of background cut files in a different way.  Specifically I hope it's allowed you to consider using those backgrounds in a much smaller size, that is conducive to card making.

Happy crafting!

Cut file used:

Leaf Circle Background