Whew! This has been a horrible winter. Yes, I know, tell you guys something you don’t already know. It has kept me from hanging out in my craft room and creating because I have been sick for almost all of February and March. It stinks! I was feeling a little better and my voice had returned, so I thought I would whip up a few cards.
I loved this card pattern from the moment I saw it in the My Scrap Chick newsletter about a month ago. I just couldn’t figure out what color scheme. I do like the grey that’s pictured, but couldn’t decide which color I was going to do. Why not make this quick and easy chevron Hi card in a few colors then. Amiright?
But I still wasn’t feeling too hot and didn’t have the strength to stay out of bed for long. What I had in mind, the amount of colored papers I had to pick out would take forever. And let’s face it, I sometimes like to take the easiest way in my card making. All four took me a little over a half an hour to cut, color, and assemble. Here is a little tutorial on how I managed in that short amount of time.
I created all four with only three pieces of 12×12 white paper and a scrap of shiny black. Yes I am bragging. That’s a feat for me when I use my die cutter. Way better than all the scraps I would have made cutting one chevron out of a different color to achieve the cute gradient look this pattern is supposed to have. The first piece of paper I used to cut the chevrons and a set of base layers for the sentiment banners.
Once I had the chevrons cut, I grabbed four different color sets of my Spectrum Noirs. I quickly colored the cuts, no caring if I got them completely or not. That gave them a slight watercolor effect. It is more pronounced on the blue. The texture of the American Crafts paper contributed to this, I think. Not much of a gradient effect with the red I’m sad to say. I probably should have chosen that color group a little more carefully, but I was just happy to be vertical and crafting again.
I shaved a bunch of time off with the “hi” cut by layering all three together and making them one cut. Then gluing them to the white base banners I made with the scrap paper from the chevron cut. Then I just colored in the heart red and made a mark in the “h” to give it the loop.
For the last two pieces of white, I cut the four card bases out. I am ready to assemble! To make the placement of the chevrons super quick, I ran them through my Xyron 2.5 in Sticker Maker. It can fit three chevron at a time. Peel and stick, then pop up the sentiment. Four adorable cards on the easy peasy! I love that I didn’t have to mess with lots of different cuts and paper and still came out with four cards I know my friends will love. In this day and age, our time is precious. So I am always on the lookout for a quick way to make something that will bring a smile to someone’s face. Because I know if it’s easy, I am more apt to push myself to create. That makes me sound bad, but it’s the truth. 🙂 I’m just glad I can use someone’s creativity and purchase files like this. Otherwise, I would be in no crafty-craft land if it was up to me. Ha!
Supplies used: Hi card by My Scrap Chick; Spectrum Noir markers; Xyron 2.5 in Sticker Maker; American Crafts cardstock in white