3 Incredibly Easy Ways To Create Plaid Backgrounds | Lydia’s Crafty Corner + Video

by Lydia Evans

Hi there, everyone! Lydia here. Today I’ll be sharing 3 incredibly easy ways to create plaid backgrounds using 3 different techniques.

Technique 1- Watercolor

Watercolor is an easy way to add plaid to your projects. I used a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ piece of watercolor cardstock and simply painted lines using colors from Artist Watercolor 24 Pan Set to create this look. I used the grid lines on my cutting mat to try and help me get the lines straight. Now this won’t give you a perfect look, unless you have a super steady hand, but I still love the look it gives.

Technique 2- Artist Markers

Another way to add a little plaid is by using Artist Markers. This time I had a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ panel of white cardstock and simply drew on straight lines using Artist Markers (Sunkissed, Autumn Blaze, and Desert Night Markers). As before, I used the guide lines on my cutting mat to get the lines straight. This one has a cleaner look to the first but still has a rustic charm about it.

Technique 3- Colored Cardstock

A third way to add plaid is using colored cardstock. I cut strips of Warm Sunshine, Caramel Toffee, and Navy Cardstock in various sized strips and then adhered these to a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card panel. You can see that this gives a much cleaner look than the previous two techniques.

To finish all of the cards, I cut a mat and layer from white and Navy Cardstock using Soda Top Nesting Die Set. The sentiment is from Across The Pond Stamp Set and I stamped this using Obsidian Pigment Ink.

For a closer look to see how these cards came together, please check out the video below. Or over on YouTube:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Across the Pond Stamp Set
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Soda Top Nesting Die Set
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Artist Watercolor 24 Pan Set
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Artist Markers Warm & Cozy Set
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Artist Markers Cool Summer Night Set
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Gradient Cardstock Set – Summer…
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Navy Cardstock (25 sheets/set)
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Classic Crest Solar White (25…
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Watercolor Paper Set (A2 loose sheets)
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Obsidian Pigment Ink
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3 Pack Glue Tape
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Helen Budz July 9, 2020 - 10:28

Thanks for sharing these plaid techniques, Lydia. Haven’t tried them yet but I think my favorite is likely to be the paper strips…might like using the markers, too, but with a ruler. I know I’ll try all three to see if my predictions are true. tfs-stay well.

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Patricia Wilson July 9, 2020 - 12:54

Interesting techniques and shows you don’t need a special stamp to do plaid backgrounds. Liked the one with the paper strips as we all know we have all kinds of “pieces” we can use up. Thanks for the inspiration. I can see plaid with Christmas colors coming.

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Karen Hale July 9, 2020 - 17:29

Love these plaid cards..thanks for the great tips!

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Nancy Probst July 9, 2020 - 21:25

Really cute cards!

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Judi Dempton July 10, 2020 - 21:33

Very interesting card! Thank you

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