Monday, May 21, 2012

Deconstructed Chevrons

The month of May is historically CRAZY-time here at the Bolton household.  Between a ton of birthdays, the end of the school year, and baseball season, life has been beyond chaotic.  I'm just now coming up for air and I finally got to finish a card today!  Yay me;)  
This card is a slightly different take on the popular chevron pattern.  I started off by cutting chevrons (with my awesome MFT chevron die) in lots of different colors.  I cut each chevron piece into small lengths (each about 3" long).  Then I randomly glued 8 chevron pieces to a strip of white cardstock.  I repeated this process, until I ended up with 4 strips of white cardstock each with a different combination of 8 chevron pieces.    
I cut the strips into narrower strips (along the chevron corners) and rearranged the strips into new chevrons.  I love how the pattern looks 3D!  To give the chevrons an "inlaid" look I covered the loose white strips at the top and bottom with a piece of white cardstock cut with the chevron die.  Gives it a nice finished look!  After much debate, I ended up putting the sentiment on vellum.  I don't know about you, but I have a terrible time with sentiment placement!  
I really like how colorful and happy this card turned out!  I'm kind of getting a Qbert vibe;)  (Anyone else remember that video game?)  This one is going to be added to the Paper Crafts Gallery Idol flickr group:)  I'm also adding it to the CAS-ual Friday's Punches/Dies challenge this week! 
I'm looking forward to a quiet week and I hope I can hit all the blog posts that I've been missing!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!
{Aloha, jj}

PaperCover Smooth White 100 lb 188091 (International Paper), Vellum, Assorted colors from Mark's Finest Papers and PTI
Stamp: Sentiment (Hero Arts)
Tools: Corner Chomper
Dies: Chevron (My Favorite Things Stamps)

58 comments:

  1. I think I just fell over. Love the finishing touch of the white to perfectly interlock with the ends of the chevron strips. One of my favorite cards I've ever seen. No joke.

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  2. Oh, my. This is incredible. You need to enter this card all over town, because it will win every prize around. Just genius. It reminds me of my daughter's wooden pattern blocks--did your kids have those? This is a super card, and putting the sentiment on vellum was a stroke of brilliance.

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  3. Wow..... this is awesome!! Wow...that is all.

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  4. JJ...this is beyond words AMAZING!!!!! I absolutely love your card!!! The chevrons...WOW...and sentiments can be tough...but this...on vellum...WOW...love how you finished the card with the white cardstock...such attention to detail...LOVE IT ALL!!!

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  5. My jaw dropped! AMAZING, GORGEOUS design, JJ!!

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  6. I'm utterly speechless!! Amazing!

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  7. Amazing! And you showed us the tricks to make it easier. Thanks

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  8. AWESOME design JJ - as always!
    Hugs, Karin

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  9. ...

    I have no words to express to you how much I love this card. my all time top 10 cards EVER I laid eyes on. and I thought your feather card was divine! Better make some time for gallery idol, cuz this is IT! a winner!

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  10. wow! this is super cool! love love it and thanks for the tutorial, too!

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  11. Wow!! most amazing card...i have ever seen.love the idea and the execution...too good.

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  12. QBERT! I loved it! What a genius design, JJ - and you know I'm all over the rainbows :) It totally looks 3-D, and the vellum sentiment is perfect. It may be a struggle for you, but it seems to me it always works out beautifully :) Adding the white at the top & bottom really might be the cleverest finishing detail- it looks perfectly inlaid. Gosh, you rock!

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  13. I'll be sending you the bill when I have to have reconstructive surgery on my jaw since it crashes to the floor almost every time I log on to your blog! :D This is STUNNING! love the 3D look and it is totally Q-Bert - one of my favourite games back in the day! Love the inlay. Love the vellum sentiment. Love it all! Looking forward to voting for you over at Gallery Idol!!!

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  14. Absolutely incredible! I love the mix of bright colors, and adding the white pieces at the ends to give it an inlaid look was brilliant!

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  15. Oooooh, ahhhhh! Breathtakingly beautiful!

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  16. My goodness; you do know how to create magic! This card is a work of art!

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  17. Simply amazing JJ! Love this CAS card, love the chevrons effects! Fabulous work!

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  18. Fabulous way to play with chevrons, love this design!

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  19. OK JJ - Spill it!! I want to know where you come up with these ideas!!! You are like the mad scientist of paper! I saw this ... dropped everything... called my daughter and said "Look what JJ did now!!" I love the crisp clean cuts and all the pretty colors. Stunning doesn't begin to cover it! Just Amazing!

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  20. this is so inspired, I just LOVE it! need to get me a chevron die now!

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  21. You've done it again with those dies and bright colours....you're ideas amaze me, so inspirational!!
    The vellum wrap is just the perfect way to add a sentiment :0)
    So pleased you joined us at Casual Fridays too :0)
    Jenny x

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  22. Gosh!!!!!!
    Somebody fan me or get me my smelling salts!!!!!!

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  23. This is awesome JJ! Thanks for sharing the pics on how you did this...it's so cool. I imagined you assembling each lil' section...but when you showed us how, it was like "Oh, yah, that makes more sense!". LOL.

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  24. Um, WOW! This is unbelievable & your execution is perfect! Definitely going on my Pinterest.

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  25. OMG! OMG! This is pure genius. Totally amazing. And THANKS so much for sharing for your instructions. One day I will have to try this. OMG!

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  26. There are no words. Just open jaws. :)

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  27. That's just about the coolest way to use a punch EVER! Amazing job!

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  28. OK, I really did try to come up with an appropriate adjective, but seriously, since I laid eyes on this all I keep saying is "WOW".

    Show-stopping card and exquisite execution. There, how's that?

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  29. Seriously. Visiting your blog is hazardous to my wallet! The MFT Rainbow die is on its way to me right now. This is a much quicker chevron technique than the one I'm currently using.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  30. I had seen this card over Pinterest and was so happy that you entered it for the challenge! It's utterly amazing! So glad that you join the fun with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

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  31. This is just perfectly gorgeous, as are all your cards! (LOL - I saw this on Pinterest, but didn't have time to click - so funny to "find" it by following your comment on my blog!) Thank you so much, you are so sweet!!!

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  32. This is spectacular! What a totally creative and amazing idea. Thanks you so much for sharing this. I think I will need to try this out. Love the velum sentiment--the perfect top off!

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  33. This is one of the most OUTSTANDING, well thought out, perfectly executed cards, I have seen to date! Most definitely Paper Crafts Gallery Idol WINNER material as far as I'm concerned!!!

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  34. Wowza! This is unreal! Thanks for playing along with us this week at CAS-ual Fridays!

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  35. Holy cow, JJ! This is just phenomenal! Everything about it is perfect! And it IS somewhat Qbert-esque - LOL!!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

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  36. I love this! I've tried doing chevrons like this... but I can't seem to get my parts glued together =_=

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  37. Holy moly this is awesome!!!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

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  38. Oh wow, not sure what I can say that hasn't already been said, but good golly that's a cool card!!!

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  39. Swoon! I just fainted from joy. Pinned you, too. Heart!

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  40. Lawd!! This is perfection! Thank you so very much for sharing.

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  41. Fantastic. I've got a chevron die due in the post soon, can't wait to have a go. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  42. Wow! I just don't have any other words for this card! I think you made the right choice in sentiment placement, too...HA! Congrats on the win!

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  43. This card is SO amazing! I don't even know where to start! I love everything about it: the colors, the design, the vellum...just perfect! Congrats!

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  44. Such an amazing card! Congrats on your CF win and good luck with Gallery Idol!

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  45. Amazing - saw this on Pinterest and had to come and tell you how much I like it! Great job!

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  46. Oh, so *that's* how you do it!! Genius!!

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  47. I am in LOVE with your style.. can you add a follow by email button on the sidebar? I just don't want to miss anything youmake.. this is amazing! hugs

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  48. Hi! I just found you on Pinterest and I had to tell you that I love this card! It is probably my favorite that I have seen so far! I'm just starting to learn about card making so thanks for the inspiration!

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  49. What an amazing card. Great job!!!!

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  50. Great card how did I miss seeing it 2 years ago? Can I ask where you purchased the chevron die? I've looked in the normal places but can't find it. Again it's a beautiful looking card which you should be very proud of!

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  51. I love this card and thank you for putting a tutorial with it! I'm new to the Big Shot machine. How did you mask off your die so you only got one zig-zag at the top (for the white top and bottom? I've been doing all sorts of experimenting and can't seem to get it right. Thanks!

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