Chevron is all the rage in papercrafting right now. And with good reason! It's bold. It's fun. And there are so many ways to use it!
Lately, I've seen a few chevron backgrounds made with the Silhouette that I adore. But... there's one problem. I don't actually own a Silhouette machine at this moment. So, I decided I had to figure out a way to make it on my own. Here's what I did.
First, gather your supplies. You'll need a sheet of white cardstock that measures 9x10 inches. You'll need to cut 1" strips from some patterned and solid colored cardstock to make the chevrons. Also, grab a hexagon punch, a clear ruler, and pencil and some adhesive.
To make the chevrons, insert your 1" strips of paper in the hexagon punch as shown above. Don't worry too much about getting them exactly straight. Perfect is not the goal here. But, if you like, you can mark the center of the paper with your pencil to give yourself a guide.
You'll want to cut several lengths of paper. All different sizes is good.
Now we can start arranging the papers. I like to have a bit of a white border around the outside, so I went ahead and marked it lightly with my ruler and pencil. Start at either the top or bottom of a column and start gluing them down in a line. If you're nervous about getting them all straight, just make another guide line with our pencil. Also, I like when things appear to hang off the page a little. To get this look, simply cut a chevron in half and start with that piece.
All finished! As you can see, I've left a few spots open, just for more interest. After you have everything in place, you can use it as-is or cover it with a light coat of matte gel medium or paper ModPodge. Either will do wonders at keeping everything in place. Don't forget to erase your pencil lines first!
And there you go! A custom, gorgeous background for your layouts or cards. Who needs a machine??
(Ok... to be honest, I want one... we'll get there).
Hope you had fun!