I wanted a subtle background for my photo so I chose two pieces of cardstock in the same colour but with different tones. Having decided on a ‘sunray’ style pattern, I used a ruler and a pencil to mark out long trapeziums – wonky rectangles that are skinnier at one end – on the lighter-coloured sheet.
Use a trimmer or ruler and a sharp knife to cut along your pencil lines. Depending on how thick you make your shapes you’ll need between four and eight pieces. When they’re all cut, arrange them on your base with the skinny ends of the shapes coming from a common point – don’t worry if this point looks a bit messy; it will be covered by your photo later.
When you’re happy with the arrangement, stick the shapes on the cardstock then trim their edges in line with the base of the cardstock. You could sew along the edges of the shapes at this point if you like. Stick your photo over the ‘origin’ of your sunrays and continue with your layout!
Draw rough circles all over a sheet of cardstock with a pencil. Of course, you could trace the circles if you want to be neater, but I wanted more of an organic look. Use a sharp craft knife to carefully cut out your circles then go back and rub out any pencil lines showing.
Lay the piece of cardstock you’ve just cut up over a sheet of card in a contrasting colour. Using the circular holes as a guide, draw smaller circles on the bottom piece. Again, I went for an organic look and drew them in random shapes, but you could trace yours with a template if you like. Cut out your circles.
Take a third sheet of cardstock and lay your first, holey, sheet over the top of it. Apply glue around the edge of the sheet with the holes in it and around the edge of the cut-out circles so your page doesn’t gape. Stick it down firmly on the cardstock, then stick your little circles inside your bigger ones. You’re done – and ready to experiment with lots of different shapes and colours!