August 7, 2012

Tuesday Tips or Techniques-Bargello Technique!

I have a cool technique for you today for "Tuesday Tips or Techniques". The card you see below utilizes the "Bargello Technique". Bargello is a word used in the needlepoint embroidery, consisting of upright flat stitches laid in a mathematical pattern to create motifs. The name originates from a series of chairs found in the Bargello Palace in Florence, which have a "flame stitch" pattern.

Here is my "Bargello" card:

Notice the pattern in the background of the card? Here are the steps to help you create your own!

Step 1:

Cut several 3/4" strips of Designer Paper. I cut a total of 7 strips using 3 different patterns (6 showing in the photo). I started and ended with the same pattern. The strips are 6" long.

Step 2:

Arrange and glue all of your strips on regular copy paper. This will keep them in place for Step 4.

Step 3:

Trim the copy paper so all edges are straight and even.

Step 4:

Using a Paper Trimmer, trim your strips along the edge that has all the designer papers lined up side by side. Cut the strips in different thicknesses, some a little larger than others.

Step 5:

Decide on a pattern for your background. You can use any of the following ones you see below:

ZigZag Pattern:

Wave Pattern:

Pyramid Pattern:

Rick Rack Pattern:

Step 6:

Once you've decided what pattern to use for your background, glue the strips on another piece of copy paper.

Step 7:

Cut your background to the size you want. You can even use a die shape also and cut what you need. Complete your card as you desire!

Close-up of sentiment above and completed card below!

Card Supplies:
  • Cardstock: Midnight Muse, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla
  • DSP: Comfort Cafe
  • Inks: Midnight Muse, Cajun Craze
  • Stamp Sets: Friendly Phrases, Four Frames
  • Accessories: 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon in Pool Party, Brads, Flourish Designer Frames
  • Tools: Decorative Label Punch, Mini Glue Dots

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  1. Beautiful card and a SUPER technique!

  2. Good Morning Debbie,
    Like the way this technique turns out, so many patterns make each card unique. Thanks for showing how easy it is to create.
    SIU, Seletta

  3. Very pretty, Debbie....not as complicated and tedious as I had imagined...thank you for making it easy to see and understand...and hopefully do (LOL!).

  4. Very cool technique. I am definately going to give this a try. TFS!!


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