I've been looking at old design books in the last couple of weeks.
It never ceases to amaze me that there are some really old books around that contain beautiful colour images, long before the printed processes were such that colour books became mainstream.
This one is from 1849 (wow!) and is called Floriated Ornament. The designs are by Augustus Welby Pugin (1812-1852) who was an English architect, designer, artist and critic.
Some of the individual images from these sheets will make fantastic backgrounds so feel free to get creative with them. They are well and truly out of copyright worldwide, so have fun with them.
If designing your own backgrounds isn't your thing, we have loads of ready-made card-making backgrounds available. All of our card-making sets include a free sheet that you can download immediately - take a look at our gorgeous sets at Printable Heaven now.