Thursday, 29 March 2012

A Little Shapely Counterfeiting

Have you got any scraps left from your March Counterfeit Kit?  Want a fun way to use them up?  Then you've come to the right place!  I couldn't join in with a full blown kit this month as I was busy with ... well I was busy!  But I loved the colours of the kit-to-copy by Birds of a Feather and one sheet of paper in particular:  Authentique's Friendship paper from their Genuine collection.

Authentique's Genuine Friendship patterned paper

Look closely and you will see that the chevrons are entirely made from triangles ... which got my counterfeiting brain into overdrive!  So when the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog asked the Master Forgers to put together a card kit from the counterfeit kit I was quick to volunteer!

Just gather your paper and card scraps, a couple of card blanks, some ink and sentiment stamps and create along with me:

Scrapbook paper scraps - Jimjams
Grab your scraps and get cutting!
Cut your paper scraps into 1" (2.5cm) squares and then cut along each diagonal to make two right-angled triangles.  Ink the edges of each triangle to hide white cores and "tie" them together.

Scraps transformed into right-angled triangles - Jimjams
I used 10-15 squares (20-30 triangles) to make each card
Cut a piece of card to 3.5" x 5" (8.5cm x 12.5cm) and draw a faint pencil line down the centre parallel with the long edges.
Arrange the triangles along the centre line of your card to form a zig-zag line.
Add triangles along the long edges of the card to create a zig-zag effect from the cardstock.

Arranging the trangles to make chevrons - Jimjams
5 individual triangles fit along the long edge of the card
Adhere the panel to your card blank and mount a stamped sentiment on foam pads to complete your card.

Vertical chevrons greeting card - Jimjams
Ippity Stamp
My second attempt used a different blue which was too bright ... so I added more triangles and created a modernist card:

Chevrons transformed greeting card - Jimjams
Too busy for an added sentiment!
I had a lot of fun playing around with the combinations of triangles on a page ... and decided this was a simple way to make subtle chevrons from any paper as well as a great way to use up tiny scraps or even hard to use patterns like my cassette paper from Crate Paper!

Horizontal chevrons greeting card - Jimjams
A different arrangement of triangles gives thinner zig-zags
and machine sewing adds texture
Inkadinkado stamp


Lizzie said...

I saw a tutorial for making your own chevron paper - looks like hard work, but fun.
Your cards are fantastic Jemma and definitely worth the effort - it must have taken a while to cut and ink all those triangles, then arrange them neatly.
A great way to use up scraps - but who'd know that was what you set out to do? Fabulous results. Love the "Modernist" idea - made me smile!

Lynn said...

Thats a great card - must have a try - would suit a male recepient and I also find their cards so hard.

Kirsty.A said...

These are fab. Thanks for the tutorial

li-bee-ti said...

Wonderful use of all those scraps! Thank you so much for the tutorial. I really should give it a try, and use the scraps from my counterfeit kit.

Sian said...

You are the perfect tutor for this project - that meticulous mathematical brain scores highly here! Lovely stuff.

Alison said...

Great tutorial Jemma..perfect for 'man' cards!
Alison xx

Susanne said...

Wow, those cards look great. Thanks for showing us how!

Beverly said...

Great tutorial, the last card is my fav :) I am not at all into the chevron rage everywhere but I love the look of your cards and might give it a try.

Tricia said...

You have a good eye to notice all those triangles. Thanks for the tutorial - great cards!

Julia said...

Fabulous idea...I can't wait to give it a try! I love the look of your cards using this technique!!!

Unknown said...

What a genius idea!! I would love to have a counterfeit brain like yours....I am off to Oz!!! :0)

nomorelittlemonkeys said...

You are a genius!! Your patchwork/chevron paper really resembles the inspiration! Gorgeous work!

Ali said...

so so cool, nice one Jemma.

Tricia said...

I feel silly but I didn't notice the triangles in the inspiration paper until you pointed them out :) Wonderful tutorial can't wait to try it!

Lisa said...

Your card kit is inspired! What a great way to use up scraps. You can be sure I'll be lifting your ideas! Fabulous cards.

alexa said...

I love that modernist card! The chevron and triangles work so well, and your colourways are very fresh.

Missus Wookie said...

I do like mathematical shapes, so nice to look at. Fun way to use up scraps too.