use adobe photoshop or any other graphics program to design the
background Print it on your printer and laminate it for long life.
What I do is similar, but can result in a much smaller finished
product, which is better for shooting earrings, rings, small pendants
etc. I create the background on the computer and then have a slide
made of it. I then take the slide to a photo shop and have
matte-finish prints made from the slide. I get them in various sizes
for various uses. 4 x 6 works for most pieces, 8 x 10 for necklaces.
The surfaces of the prints get messed up after a few uses (good idea
to laminate them I'll have to try it), but for earrings I tape a
print to a piece of cardboard and then poke holes for the posts.
That way the earring s lay flat against the background. Pins and
pendants get stuck onto the background with Quakehold (a similar
material to Fun Tac a putty-like, non-drying material that is easily