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 
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  1. Love your card. The chevrons are terrific and I appreciate your tutorial. I will have to give this a try.

  2. Great tutorial. I'm going to try this for my Father's day card. TFS.

  3. Wow, great tutorial I will give this a try!!!

  4. I love your tutorials thanks and I will try this later today

  5. Debbie, this is fantastic!! Thanks for sharing with us how to do this. I'll have to try it. You make it look pretty simple. And I see a cool looking banner with notched end that would look great on a card or scrapbook page as well. Thanks for the inspiration. Hope you have a wonderful day!

  6. Love your card. And this is a great technique. TFS.

  7. Wow! Love the technique. Thanks Debbie.

    Ter ;)

  8. Awesome technique Debbie...thanks so much for sharing. Can't wait to try it out.

  9. Awesome tutorial! Very eye catching! TFS


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