A Herringbone Halloween

So, I got a little ahead of myself yesterday. I was so excited to use the scraps from my Festival of Prints DSP Stack that I totally forgot time was quickly ticking away for me to use up all my Halloween paper scraps. Argh! You all provided great feedback on how I can use my scraps, but one (thanks, KnitterPam) sent me in just the right direction.

KnitterPam suggested I use the scraps to complete a “herringbone technique” card. I was playing around with the scraps early on and was ALMOST there, but I stopped short. I had seen this pattern but had no idea what it was called so that I could find a tutorial. Now I do. Here’s a card I made with my leftover Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP:
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Tips, Tricks and Reminders:

Herringbone Technique

I found a video for the Herringbone Technique on Dawn Olchefske’s site. Dawn uses double sided carpet tape, but I found that my 2-Way Glue Pen worked really well to complete this technique. Here’s what I did:

  • I trimmed a couple of strips of 1/2″ strips of Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP.
  • With my 2-Way Glue Pen, I drew a solid line across the center of a 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. I glued down a strip of the DSP.stampwithbrian.com - Herringbone technique.jpg
  • I turned the carstock over and snipped the edges of DSP that were hanging over the edges. I then drew another line perpindicular to the first strip and glued down another piece. stampwithbrian.com - Herringbone technique.jpg
  • I added more strips, creating an “arrow” at each point. Glue, add paper, snip edges. Glue, add paper, snip edges. Are you starting to see how easy (but how time consuming) this can be?stampwithbrian.com - Herringbone.jpg

Here’s how the finished page looks (before I added my finishing touches):stampwithbrian.com - Herringbone.jpg

I’ll be honest…(don’t you hate it when people say that?)…don’t you always have the expectation the people are going to be honest? I mean, seriously! I tend to disbelieve people if they start with “I’ll be honest…” OK, back to the card. This pattern looked GREAT as I was making it. When I was done, though, it looked REALLY, REALLY busy. There’s a lot going on. The card needed the image on top of it to remove some of the busyness. Glad I had already planned to use that image. ūüôā

On a personal note

This is SOOOOOO nerdy, but I have to give a birthday shout-out to my four-year old. I didn’t make a card for him because he wouldn’t really have an appropriate level of appreciation for a card. Instead, I’m giving him an entire roll of retired ribbon. He will LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it. Happy Birthday, Bandit! Here’s a quick picture from his first birthday celebration. He was a ferocious shark!

Stamp sets: Toxic Treats Papers: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Howlstooth and Scaringbone Designer Series Paper, Very Vanilla Inks: Basic Black Accessories: Labels Collection Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Festival of Prints Simple Greeting

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been working on a really big project that involves a ton of card stock and 8 packs of the Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack.¬† Once I had cut all the pieces I needed from the stack, I¬†was left with¬†28.7 pounds¬†of 3/4″ paper strips.¬† As you can probably guess, my mind immediately started racing about how I could use the leftover the strips of DSP.¬† I don’t want to let these strips go to waste.

Here’s a card I made with the strips:stampwithbrian.com - Festival of Prints scraps.jpg

Tips, Tricks and Reminders:

  • Coordinate your patterns. This paper stack has a lot of really great prints, but they don’t all coordinate well with one another. THESE two filigree patterns, however, are brilliant together. They aren’t matching patterns, but they coordinate well.
  • Repeat a simple pattern for a simple appeal.¬† This card is visually appealing because it is based in Lucky Limeade¬†and pops¬†with accents of Cherry Cobbler.¬† I repeated this pattern in the sentiment on the front of the card – based it in Lucky Limeade and added some pops of Cherry Cobbler.¬†¬†Sometimes it’s unintentional, bu it’s most effective when it’s designed that way.

Stamp sets:¬† More Merry Messages¬† Papers:¬† Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack, Lucky Limeade, Cherry Cobbler¬† Inks:¬† Cherry Cobbler¬† Accessories:¬† Stampin’ Dimensionals

If you can think of any great ways to use the paper strips, please send me a note.¬† I really don’t want these strips to go to waste – and I don’t want them to get trapped in my¬†Bucket of Lost Dreams.

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