Using bakers twine to create an effective card background

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Bakers twine is brilliant for card making! Learn how to use it to create a quick and eye-catching background for your card making or papercrafting projects.

If you don’t have a lot of time to create a card, this super quick project is for you! Enhanced by the beautiful coloured ink this technique is simple but effective.

Wrap your twine around an acrylic block and stamp all over the paper to create some lovely inky prints – it only takes three steps! Enjoy!

Bakers twine card background tutorial 

You will need 

  • White Neenah card by Crafters Companion 
  • Acrylic block 
  • Twine 
  • Blue Breeze Kaleidacolor Inkpad

Top tip! Using a Kaleidacolor inkpad gives a beautiful ombre effect. 


1. Wrap the twine around an acrylic block.

Top tip! In this example the twine is wrapped in an orderly fashion in parallel lines but you could wrap it differently depending on the pattern you're going for.

wrapping bakers twine around acrylic block

2. Secure it with a knot on the top of the acrylic block so it doesn’t interfere with your printing.

Securing bakers twine with a knot

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3. Apply ink to the twine then lightly press the acrylic block onto the card. Turn the directions of the twine for some variation.

Creating a pattern using bakers twine

If you enjoyed making this design, why not have a go at creating an ink splatter background with masking tape?! It’s super fun and messy! Happy crafting!

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