Palm Paradise Bargello Card
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Palm Paradise Bargello Card

Blend Gorgeous Color with the Bargello Technique

Card makers, I was recently introduced to an incredible method to produce uniquely beautiful backgrounds.   A sister consultant inspired me to give the Bargello technique a try and I am thrilled with the effect.  Not only does it use what I have on hand, but I can use it with a wide variety of stamp sets.  Give this a try!

Step-by-Step Instructions


  • White Daisy card with envelope
  • White Daisy cardstock 4 1/2″ x 5 3/4″, 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, plus scraps for die cutting
  • Black cardstock 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
  • Palm Paradise stamp + Thin Cuts
  • Stitched Rectangle die
  • Exclusive Inks stamp pads in Black, Peach, Mint, Sage, Green Apple, Willow, New England Ivy
  • TriBlend Markers in Coral, Citrus, Turquoise Blue, Brown Grey
  • Liquid Adhesive
  • Tape Runner
  • Sponge or ink daubers
  1. Using a sponge or dauber, apply Mint ink to White Daisy cardstock panel in a row across the card roughly 1 1/4″ high.  Blend in rows of Sage, Green Apple, Willow and New Endland Ivy to cover cardstock.
  2. Using a paper trimmer, cut the inked cardstock into 1/2″ strips (each 5 3/4″ long).
  3. Apply liquid adhesive to White Daisy cardstock and stagger inked strips to cover.  Some strips will over hang the top and others should over hang the bottom.  Turn some strips to have the lightest color ink at the top and turn others to have the darkest ink at the top to create a pleasing color combination.  Allow glue to dry 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Die cut inked panel with Stitched Rectangle die and mat with Black cardstock.  
  5. Using Black ink, random stamp foliage images from Palm Paradise on the inked background.  Most of the images in the sample go off the edge.
  6. Stamp three flowers and parrot on White Daisy cardstock with Black ink.  Color with TriBlend markers and adhere as shown.
  7. Adhere panel to card front.
  8. Stamp sentiment “Aloha friend” in Peach ink on a strip of White Daisy cardstock.  Dove tail one end and ink edges.  Adhere to upper left corner of card front.

The Bargello technique is surprisingly easy to master.  Simply select five coordinating ink colors, blend well and accent your background with die cuts.  Check back tomorrow as I explore new color palettes and themes for use with this method.

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