Ink pads in a variety of colours
Small rubber stamps
Exacto Knife (not shown)
Metal Ruler (not shown)
Cutting Mat (not shown)
Cut your cardstock into a variety of widths, then stamp images onto cardstock. You may wish to colour areas on the images and this would be a good time to do that.
Lay strips of cardstock onto a double sided sheet of sticky tape carefully so there is no space between the strips. Trim edges that are hanging over.
The next step is to cut your strips. Turn your cardstock so the strips are horizontal, and using an exacto knife, cut strips into various widths. I cut in widths of 1/4", 1/2", 1", 1 1/2".
Starting from the centre, lay your pieces down onto cardstock. This can be done with glue, spray adhesive or double sided sticky tape.
Turn your piece over and trim edges with an exacto knife
When your bargello piece is cut to the size you want, finish it off by matting it.
These are the items I made with my bargello: two cards and a cheque book cover.
- Stamp a large image in the same colour as your paper, and then use a smaller image and stamp in a co-ordinating darker colour
- If you do not have double-sided sticky tape sheets, Elmer's spray adhesive can be substituted
- Use a roller stamp with ink and cartridge
- Use those dollar-store clear acrylic stamps; there are many small flower images
- Use up your scraps. If you have different sizes of cardstock, simply butt the ends to join the two pieces