Make My Monday has a brand new challenge that I want you to play with right now! Know why? Because I absolutely know, without any doubt, you have A LOT of scrap paper hanging out in your craft room that you don’t know what to do with! Am I right?? This herringbone technique using Gilded Autumn designer paper on my card today is so much fun! You are going to be making cards galore with your scraps now. If you want to find out how I did it, read on!!

MY SECRETS TO MAKING THIS PROJECT

  • This A6 card was so much fun to make! The herringbone technique is such a great way to use your scraps. Here is the tutorial from Sam Calcott that shows how to make one. My best tip is to make sure your first strips go down correctly. These will make or break all of the rest.
  • My first decision was, which DSP do I use?? There were some that I hadn’t used yet so it was very tempting to go with one of them. But the spirit of the challenge was to use my scraps, right? That’s why I went with my absolute favorite designer paper this season – Gilded Autumn. I have LOTS of scraps so this was an easy choice!

Card Details

  • Taking those scraps, I began cutting them into 1/2″ width pieces but it really doesn’t matter what the width is at all. You can make the width uniform or even vary them. This technique looks great no matter how you do it!
  • Following the herringbone technique, I laid each strip down onto Very Vanilla cardstock (cut to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) till I had each section done, then cut off whatever went past the cardstock. Once I had it completed, I trimmed it down with the Stitched Rectangle dies. Then, I layered it onto copper foil and Mint Macaron cardstock. Here is a photo of the card base once I cut it with the Stitched Rectangle die.

  • I wanted to keep the rest of the details for the card on the simple side so that the designer paper could shine!
  • Healing Hugs has such wonderful sentiments for those difficult cards we have to make from time to time (and I have been needing a lot lately).
  • I stamped the sentiment in Soft Suede ink, then cropped it with the Hippo & Friends die. Then, I layered it onto Copper Foil paper. Before adhering it to the card base, I wrapped linen thread around it for a little detail.
  • Needing just a little sumthin-sumthin, I cut out a leaf from Stitched Leaves and added a sweet, little linen bow. Adding just a couple of champagne rhinestones, this card front is done.
  • Now, go see what great ideas the rest of the design team has and play along!

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT

HEALING HUGS STAMP SET

Send healing vibes with this beautiful photorealistic flower. Mix and match the images for a variety of texture on projects. Also available in French. This is a Distinktive** stamp set; it has a special texture that gives added depth and dimension in a single step, creating photo-realistic images. **Patent pending

Quantity: 9 rubber stamps

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