Thank You with Gorgeous Greens

When I find a diagonally-striped cardstock, I immediately want to cut the paper into strips and build a chevron pattern. The gorgeous, striped paper in the Sweet Stockings Designer Series Paper sent me down that path for just a moment – and then I decided to mix it up a bit. I opted for a “deconstructed chevron pattern” – I’ll tell you how to build this later in my post. Let’s start with my card:

Peaceful Cabin, Encircled in Beauty Dies, Sweet Stockings chevron pattern, Stampin Up!, Brian King

The Sweet Stockings Designer Series Paper is filled to the brim with fun and gorgeous patterns that are perfect for your Christmas projects – and beyond! Six of the patterns can be used well after the last Christmas decorations have been packed away – I love the versatility of Stampin’ Up!’s Designer Series Papers! Here’s look at the colors and patterns in the Sweet Stockings Designer Series Paper:

Sweet Stockings Designer Series Paper, Stampin Up! 156281To build a chevron pattern with a uniformly-striped diagonal pattern, I cut some strips along one side of the paper (imagine we start on the left side of a square paper) and then cut strips along another (if we cut the first strips along the left side, we will cut along the top with our second strips). Those strips can be alternately positioned to build a chevron pattern on a card. Here’s a sample from a project I have previously shared (you can click on the photo if you want to see my original post for this project):

You Are Amazing, Well Suited Designer Series Paper, Stampin Up!, Brian King, guy birthday cardInstead of gluing the strips into a single panel like the card above, I positioned the strips on today’s card loosely on the focal panel and glued them down, allowing them to be offset from each other a little bit).

Once I positioned the panels exactly where I wanted them on the Pear Pizzazz panel (no glue at the time), I used Post-It Tape to hold them in place, flipped them over and added Multipurpose Liquid Glue and then glued them down. The Post-It Tape allowed me to hold the panels in place while I added the glue and centered them on the panel. Here’s a look:

Sweet Stockings chevron pattern, Stampin Up!, Brian KingThe “thank you” on my card is pulled from the Peaceful Cabin stamp set, another stamp set that’s useful past the Christmas season. Isn’t it beautiful?! I framed the sentiment with a gorgeous cutout from the Encircled in Beauty Dies, new in Stampin’ Up!’s 2021 Annual Catalog. I added a layer of Vellum (it’s glued to the Encircled in Beauty cutout to show the dots that are part of the die. Here’s a closer look:

Peaceful Cabin, Encircled in Beauty Dies, Stampin Up!, Brian KingWhile the Encircled in Warmth stamp set in the July – December 2021 Mini Catalog was designed to coordinated with this set of dies, there are so many other stamp sets that also coordinate. Some count images, and one cuts a beautiful pattern INTO the paper (the one on the left below). Here’s a look at the incredible Encircled in Beauty Dies:

Encircled in Beauty Dies, Stampin Up! 155546The diagonally striped panels from the the Sweet Stockings Designer Series Paper are Old Olive and Evening Evergreen. There’s a thin strip of lighter Old Olive in the paper that looks an awful lot like Pear Pizzazz, so I positioned my panels on a layer of Pear Pizzazz cardstock. If you like this gorgeous green mix of Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive and Evening Evergreen as much as I do, I hope you’ll save this for future reference:

Stampin Up! Color Inspiration - Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Evening Evergreen

Stamp Sets: Peaceful Cabin  Papers: Sweet Stockings Designer Series Paper, Evening Evergreen, Pear Pizzazz, Vellum Cardstock, Thick Basic White  Inks: Evening Evergreen  Accessories: Encircled in Beauty Dies, Layering Circles Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you like the project I have shared with you today and that it inspires you to make something amazing this weekend. ♥

Thanks for stopping by today!


Sweet Stockings Designer Series Paper, Stampin Up! 156281


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  1. Deconstructed chevron pattern…..SERIOUSLY my friend……BRILLLIANT layout. Love this card to DEATH (and I’m not a green kind of gal).

  2. Wow! What a stunner! The die cut makes a gorgeous frame around the sentiment.

  3. Totally crazy! I love it!

  4. I must have been asleep when I looked through the catalog because, yet again, you are featuring what I would consider a “must have” set of dies that I don’t recall noticing. DUH – So glad to have you point these things out to me. Lovely card today Brian.

  5. Love your chevron patterns. Nice card today. Love the beautiful dies. Enjoy your day!

  6. Such a FUN card! Love the mix up of patterns; so strategically placed to create interest. And there you go again; I keep saying “no” to those dies; gosh darn it….. (sigh)…

  7. Stopped dead in my tracks by the color palette, I overlooked details like the vellum at first, and then concentrated on your tutorial for chevron construction/deconstruction before I really considered how appealing the overall card design is. Arresting, although it’s a normal aesthetic for you. Just LOVE this! TFS

  8. You are so great at creating these awesome backgrounds!

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