Bargello technique tutorial

Three new papercraft techniques


Bargello papercraft technique tutorial

I’m getting very excited about attending Creativeworld in Frankfurt later this month – even if it does mean that I’ll be missing my husband’s 50th birthday!  (Don’t think I’ll ever finish paying that one off!!)

During the show I’ll be crafting on the Trimcraft stand. What I love about working with Trimcraft is that I buy their products for my own craft! Every range they bring out makes me think “I’d buy that”. Testament to the wonderful designs I’d say.

At Creativeworld I will be showcasing Trimcraft’s inspirational range of craft supplies and materials including new First Edition paper pads and Dovecraft papers and embellishment collections. I’ve crafted myself a brand new notebook to keep my ideas for the show all in one place (more of that in a later post) and this week I have been putting a few of those ideas into practice.

Rolled paper technique

Heart shaped card topper using the rolled paper technique

One of the best things about my job is the huge leaps and bounds forwards I can make in my creativity and papercrafting skills. I have always believed in continuous education – everyday’s school day and all that – but the new techniques I’m learning make me feel I’m rapidly progressing and growing creatively too.

This week, whilst prepping for the show, I tried out a new card shape and two paper techniques and I’m going to share them with you now.



This card’s wow factor versus effort are way off balance; it’s so simple to make, yet packs a massive punch creatively. It’s going to impress anyone who receives a card like this.

I made it on my Cricut – follow this link to make it now – but it can also be made manually with a die or hand cut with a craft knife.

Cut a piece of card stock to 10 inches by 6.5 inches (approx 25cm by 16.5cm). Add a crease line in the centre at 5 inches (12.75cm) and one either side at 2.5 inches (6.5cm) and 7.5 inches (19cm).

The crease  on the left and right will be valley folds and the centre crease will be a mountain fold.

If your hand cutting your aperture, draw a heart directly over the centre crease and cut out with a craft knife. If you’re using a die make sure you pass it through the die cutting machine with the die directly over the centre crease. You might want to use low tack tape to keep it in place while it is passing through.

How to make a tunnel card

How to make a tunnel card

Take a second sheet of paper, the same size as the first and add a stamped sentiment directly in the centre. You can place your first piece of paper over the top of the base card to make sure your sentiment is visible through the aperture.

Fix double sided tape to the back of the far right and far left panels of the first piece of paper (with the aperture) and fix to the inside of the second piece (base layer).

Fold in half to create the finished card shape. Decorate the front of the card. I used four hearts exactly the same size as the aperture creased down the centre and fixed together to make a 3D heart.

Embellish the inside of the card with heart die cuts and voila, a tunnel pop up card.


Rolled paper technique

Rolled paper technique card topper

This is great for using up the one inch paper strips left over after matting and layering. You’ll need a piece of plain card to attach the paper rolls to the same length as the paper pieces you’re using, and wide enough for the shape you want to cut.


Fix narrow permafix tape to the edge of your piece of card and place one of the paper strips on top. Bend the paper round a pokey tool or very thin pencil to create the roll. Secure with another strip of narrow permafix tape.

Continue rolling and fixing until you have covered the card base with paper rolls. Take a die cut shape to act as a template for your rolled paper and attach it to the reverse of the card holding your paper rolls. Cut around the template to create the finished shape.

Attach to your card design … et voila!


bargello-technique-6Apparently this method of using up leftover paper strips from your 6×6 papers after die cutting or matting and layering is called Bargello technique.

I’ve never heard of that name for it before but it is essentially a mosaic or paper pattern effect that is really easy but VERY effective. My favourite kind of craft!

This video shows you exactly what to do.


I am using papers from the First Edition Storyteller paper pad as the colours are so vibrant it’s easy to see how the technique works. Unlike the natural light in my craft room this week which is anything but vibrant. You’ll have to excuse the poor lighting in the video.

I will make a finished project using this piece and share it with you soon but in the meantime here’s a couple of examples using the brand new Dovecraft Blooming Lovely range.


Don’t forget to share your makes using these techniques with me. Tag @KathyCraftsTV on Twitter and Instagram or post to my Facebook wall.


Happy crafting!

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