Hello! It’s Ann here for a quick tip on making a plaid (or at least plaid-ish) background in 3 easy steps. I’m working in Affinity Photo, but these steps should be adaptable to most layer-based image editors.

Open a striped background .jpg paper, and duplicate the layer. CTL + J (Win) or CMD + J (Mac) keyboard shortcut.

Rotate the duplicated layer.

Change the blend mode to something that you like. I used Linear Burn for this paper.

I’ve created a little mini paper pack for you to try it out – 3 striped papers and one bonus plaid paper.

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Experiment with blend modes. See what works for you and your images. Try mixing and matching papers, too! 😉


I made these papers with my Stars and Stripes Affinity Photo brush set.

My layout also uses ML Designs gorgeous frame cluster from Thrifty Treasures Clusters 02.