Quilted backgrounds are nothing more than pieced paper, and are a lot of fun to do. Also they are great to use up paper scraps, or paper that is a little bit out of style. Years ago I had bought a huge slab of Christmas designer paper and still had most of it left. So I dug in and punched one inch squares from four coordinating papers. The plus side is that it makes you feel very virtuous to be using up those old supplies! (Tip: you can cut the squares on your cutter, but it sure is faster and more consistent to use a square punch.)
You can Google quilt designs for pattern ideas. This one is fairly simple, using squares and triangles. Time saving tip -- you really only have to "quilt" the edges because the middle usually gets covered up. A mixture of patterns and solids usually works well. I ran the solid squares through my trusty Swiss Dot embossing folder for texture. Then just start gluing down on the mat layer (in my case burgundy), starting 1/8" away from both corner edges and working square to square The quilted layer was then adhered to a 5.5 inch top folded white card base.
Final touches were applying tulip snow for the fur on the stocking, and faux-sewing 4 buttons and using glue dots to adhere -- three in the upper left and one on the greeting (which I scanned and shrunk to fit my small oval punch). I deliberately used white buttons and white thread because although I wanted the homespun feel and added interest, I didn't want all those buttons to compete with the focal point or even the background.
I used a fifth coordinating designer paper to make the envelope. It is so easy to make custom-sized envelopes with the Envelobox Creator. For an envelope to fit my 5.5 inch square card, I started with an 8.25 square piece of paper and scored at row G on all sides. That was it! Another great way to whittle down that slab of paper, and it removes the reluctance that I used to have to make these large square cards, for fear that I didn't have an envelope to fit.
Hope you enjoyed today's card!