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Another technique I picked up from Onlinecardclasses.com was how to make a checkerboard background from cardstock (taught by Kristina Werner). I shared a card recently on IG using the same technique and the same cardstock. But for this card I used the checkerboard as the full background. This card is a little different from what I usually make because I normally die cut or stamp and color an image, but this focuses on the sentiment and background. What a fun and simple way to stretch your supplies and creativity! You could do this technique with different colors and create a great masculine card – the possibilities are only limited to your imagination. It is way easier than it looks, so let’s get to it!
To start, I choose 3 colors of cardstock- blue, green and glitter. I cut each piece of cardstock into half inch strips using my paper trimmer. I then glued these strips to a piece of copy paper using my tape runner. I trimmed any excess hanging over the edges.
Next, with the stripes laying horizontally, I cut my striped panel into half inch strips. This will leave you with strips made of tiny squares of each color of your cardstock.
Next, I glued the strips together being mindful to offset colors to get that checkered pattern. In hindsight, I should have flipped every other strip around so to avoid the solid blue stripes in the final card background. But I’m still happy with the result. I trimmed the checkered panel down to about 3.5 x 4.5. I matted it with some cream cardstock.
To create the custom sentiment, I die cut the letters from the Marzipan Alphabet die set. I die cut each letter 3 times for dimension. Next, I stamped and clear heat embossed the sub sentiment from the Whittle Everyday stamp set. I created my own banners by cutting small notches at the end of each sentiment strip. I adhered both the letters and the sentiment strip with foam tape. In a clean and simple design like this, I think the added dimension adds some polish to the finished card. I wish I could capture that pretty glittery cardstock here, but trust me, the sparkle is gorgeous!
Hope you liked the card and enjoyed the step-by-step walkthrough. Until next time, happy crafting!
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