May 29, 2012

Tuesday Tips or Techniques-Making your own Chevron background!

I've always wanted to try my hand at a "Chevron" background and today is the day I took the plunge. This is a great way to use up some of those scraps you may have laying around. You can use Designer Paper, cardstock, or a mix of both. Keep scrolling and I'll show you how to achieve this:

Step 1:

Cut 2 squares of cardstock. I used Whisper White measuring 5" x 5". Cut different patterned paper or colored cardstock in strips. I cut all of mine 3/4" wide and at least 5" long or more:

Step 2:

Glue your strips of paper on top of your 5" x 5" square cardstock pieces. Glue the strips side-by-side until your cardstock square is completely covered. Trim the ends the size of your squares. Make sure you complete both squares so that they are identical. Place them side-by-side and turn one square so that the patterns are opposite to each other:

Step 3:

Cut your strips in a diagonal pattern as shown below. I cut all of my strips 3/4" wide. Make sure when you cut your diagonals, that each square is going in a different direction, one square cut diagonally to the left, and the other to the right:

Step 4:

Now start matching your patterns by grabbing one strip from the left-hand side square and one from the right until you have enough for the size square you want to create. Match the diagonal patterns to create the chevron:

Step 5:

Once you are happy with the number of strips you need, start gluing them to a rectangular strip of cardstock so that they remain in place. I used a small rectangle as shown below. This will hold your strips in place until you trim everything square:

Step 6:

When all your strips are glued in place, trim off the ends to create your square. Trim the size you need. Mine turned out 5" x 3":

Step 7:

Glue to card front and complete your card:

Completed card!

Play around with different sized panels and you can also vary the thickness of your strips! Have fun!

Card Supplies:
  • Cardstock: Very Vanilla
  • Inks: Wild Wasabi, Soft Suede
  • Accessories: Brads, Taffeta Ribbon
  • Tools: Paper Cutter, Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch, Sponge Daubers
  • Stamps: Best Dad Ever
  • DSP: Spice Cake 
Just a quick reminder, we are getting so close to the date for the new catalog debut........June 1st is just around the corner!
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