Last week the latest issue of Card Maker magazine arrived in my mail box. As I always do, I sat right down with it and went through the whole thing. And, as always, there was something in there that I wanted to try with my Stampin' Up! products.
There were two different activities in which I was involved at the time: one was writing Thank You notes (happens at holiday gift-giving time!) and the other was trying madly to find things to do with the left over Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog papers in my stash. So I decided to work on both these projects at the same time I tried out the instructions for making a Herringbone Patterned background. The instructions called for 6" long pieces of paper cut into 1/4" and 1/2" strips. Since one of the products I still have plenty of is the Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack, and it's 4" x 6", it was ready made for this!
This is the first card I made with the strips. You can see that I picked out the papers that were Cherry Cobbler and Lucky Limeade, or a combination of both. I didn't even try to make all four sides of the herringbone pattern the same as I thought it would be more interesting if I mixed it up a little, and I like the way it turned out. I also picked 7 different designs because I wanted to use these papers to make another design for yet another card design that called for larger pieces of 7 different papers.
Now for a quick tutorial on making this herringbone background.
1. Pick however many different pieces of 4" x 6" papers you would like and cut them into several 6" long 1/4" and 1/2" strips. I cut four 1/4" strips and four 1/2" strips from each 4" x 6" piece of paper. I left the larger 6" piece for other projects. So, if you're going to make several cards or just 1 or 2, you can decide for yourself what sizes you want your papers to be.
2. Cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White (or Very Vanilla) card stock and apply adhesive to cover one side.
3. Lay your piece of card stock (adhesive side up!) on Stampin' Up! Grid Paper on an angle so that the top right corner (a) and bottom left corner (d) are on the same dark vertical grid line, and there is approximately the same space between the dark horizontal grid line and the top left (corner a) and bottom right (corner c) corners, as shown in the photo to the right.
4. Take a 1/2" piece of paper and lay it horizontally across the card stock so that it is centered on the dark horizontal grid line, as shown in the same photo (above).
5. Turn the card stock 90 degrees so that the 1/2" piece of paper is now vertical and the bottom left corner (d) and top right corner (b) are on the dark horizontal line. Take two 1/4" pieces of the same paper print and place them horizontally on the card stock so that the bottom edge of one is 1/2" above the dark horizontal line and the top edge of the other is 1/2" below the dark horizontal line.
6. Enough of the measuring! After this it's just deciding which papers to use where. Begin with one of the "quadrants" of the back of the card stock and fill it in with other papers, adding first a horizontal piece and then a vertical piece of the same paper design. Then pick another design and do the same thing. I alternated strips that are primarily Cherry Cobbler and primarily Lucky Limeade, throwing in some pieces with both colors occasionally. Here is a photo of my filling in the first quadrant.
7. After I filled in each quadrant, I snipped the papers close to the edge of the card stock so that I could have some of those strips available for other quadrants if I needed them. I also used these left over strips for my second card (at the end of this post).
Once I had all the quadrants filled in, I simply trimmed all of the edges so that I was left with a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of card stock with the herringbone design.
The final card has a Lucky Limeade mat that is 4-1/8" x 5-3/8", and it's all mounted on a card base that's 4-1/4" high by 5-1/2" wide. I used the "Thank You" stamp from the Sassy Salutations Stamp Set and punched it with the Decorative Label Punch. No ribbon needed for this project as it's busy enough, don't you think!
Here's the second Thank You Card I made with these same strips of paper.
I'd love for you to try this out, too. You'll be amazed at how much fun it is!!