Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Technique Tuesday - Herringbone Technique....

It is Tuesday and I am back with a new Technique for you.  Today, I am going to show you the herringbone technique.  This technique is great for masculine cards because of its' geometric look.  Let's get started....
 Here's what you need:
  • Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet (mine is cut to 5 1/2" x 2 1/2")
  • Cardstock cut to the same size
  • Several pieces of coordinating Designer Series Paper (I used Well Worn)
  • Scissors (not pictured)
 Cut your DSP into strips of any width - I would recommend that they be 1/2" or less in width for the best effect.  You will not need as many as I have pictured here.  Two of each paper will be all you need for the 2 1/2"x 5 1/2" piece.
 Attach the adhesive to your cardstock piece and remove the backing so the top of the cardstock is sticky.  (I found that rubbing the adhesive using a bone folder before removing the backing helps make the adhesive adhere best.)
 Take one of your strips and place it at an angle on the sticky side. 
 Trim the DSP along the edge of the cardstock and use that same piece to butt up to the prior piece.  (You want to use the same strip so the width is the same.)
 Take another DSP strip and place it inside the "V" created by your first strip.
 Trim that piece along the cardstock edge, turn it around so you have the square end and place it down against the other strips.
 Continue to do this with other strips of DSP until you fill that portion of your herringbone design.
 Take another strip and place it to run along the other side of the herringbone.  Again, trim this piece, turn it around to the square end of the strip and place it to create the "V".  Continue to do this until you have completed the entire area.
 Trim off any strips left.
 Here's what you will end up with.  Doesn't that look cool? 
Here's the card that I made to highlight this technique.  The truck image is from Countryside and I used Not Quite Navy, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso scraps for an unusual matting.  I used the Houndstooth embossing folder on the Early Espresso layer and the scallop border punch with Cajun Craze cardstock behind the Herringbone piece.  A 5/8" jumbo brad completes the card.

1 comment:

  1. This looks great done with patterned papers. We did one with inked papers but it was called something else... duh, will post back when I remember! Lovely, clear instructions - thank you!