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.

Stars and Stripes

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

ML Designs Thrifty Treasures Clusters 2