Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Back Filling!!!

Hi everyone.. Quite a simple project for me today.. I say simple, more in the result rather than the technique..

Sometimes you can spend hours on something and the result looks like it took you 5 minutes to do!! Some would call that a skill!!!!....
Either way, here's a step by step if you fancy giving it or something similar a go...

To start with I used the Sue Wilson Die - CED4101 New York Collection - Background to cut into a piece of White card stock.

I say cut "INTO" as this Die is an "Innie" not an "Outie" (There is no complete cutting edge running around the Die, so therefore it just cuts the design into the card stock..)
I have always been a fan of "Back Filling", I.E using the waste from a Die Cut as well as the positive image.. But sometimes this can be a thankless task,

although the result is a million times more effective

than just layering a positive die cut image over a complementary piece of card stock...
Now, you may be saying "Andy, haven't you got better things to do with your time?" and the answer would be a resounding "Yes, I have", but as my old boss once said to me "Any idiot can do it the easy way, it takes a genius to do it the hard way!!" Idiot or genius, answers on a postcard!!
Anyway, over the years I have tried various ways of swapping the background from one image to another..

Taking the pieces out one by one and placing them back in position, a little like a Jigsaw Puzzle was my main way of doing this, But I think I have finally stumbled upon a much quicker way of achieving the desired result in no time at all...

Take an adhesive sheet

and apply the Die Cut image to it.

Next, cut the image out in Black card stock, if you are lucky enough the pieces will stay within the card stock and we can work this to our advantage...

Simply lay the two images over each other
and poke the loose sections of the Black image into the open areas of the White... The open areas of adhesive from the sticky sheet will allow the Black pieces to be held in place....

Ta Da, one back filled image.

I've teamed this Die Cut up with this Month’s Creative Expressions Design Team Stamps. I think the generic design works quite well with "Poppy the Cat", or any of the others come to that!!
Thanks for checking us out.
See you soon.


  1. Love the effect, will definitely be trying this one.

  2. Thank you for sharing this method of 'backfilling' Andy.
    Great card.
    Toni xx

  3. Hi Andy, sorry I am late looking at your blog, I am all over the place this week, still as the saying goes " I am here now". I have looked at Sue's blog and I think you have both come up with similar ideas, only yours came first on Wednesday. I have done swaps and really like the effect. I will have a go with die pieces as I have only tried peel offs. Thank you for the inspiration.
    X Ros

  4. Thanks to a link from 'John Next Door',I just found your blog - what a gift!

    Your details are marvelous and I quite like the way you write to tell the story.

    Happy thoughts,
    New York