The herringbone paper technique is a great way to use up leftover bits of pretty printed cardstock. You know, the kind that’s too pretty to throw away but too small to use any other way. It’s fun to mix and match to make this unique, snazzy background. Let me show you how!
Don’t let the complicated look fool you – herringbone paper is a cinch to create
You only need a few supplies to make this easy background layer: some patterned paper scraps, some solid cardstock, small scissors, a paper trimmer and a bone folder, which I’ll explain in a moment. Oh, and you’ll need sticky paper, too.
Sticky paper is paper that is stickier than label paper, and once a material is stuck to it, it stays stuck. It’s the paper I use to make my stenciled glitter background layer, and it’s the best way to create this background too. You could use glue, but adhesive paper is so much quicker.
As for the paper scraps, this is a fun technique for any occasion, including holiday cards. I used this technique for my Halloween herringbone card and plan to make a few Christmas cards like this as well. After all, who wants to throw away pretty patterned scraps?
- Sticky paper (the very stickiest is from Art Glitter)
- Patterned paper scraps
- Solid cardstock
- Small scissors
- Paper trimmer
- Bone folder
Steps to make herringbone paper
Trim the adhesive paper to the desired size of your background.
Trim 3 or 4 patterned papers into strips between 1/8″ and 3/8″ width. Trim a dark color into one of those sizes. I trimmed my dark brown into 2/8″ width.
Take one of the dark strips of paper and adhere it diagonally across the adhesive paper. Do the same with two more strips of dark paper. You have now divided the base (adhesive) layer into four rough triangles.
Roughly trim the paper strips. This will make the next steps a bit easier. Do NOT trim up to the base layer just yet. (You can see two of the dark strips trimmed shorter.)
Note: Don’t worry about being precise when laying out the dark strips. There is no certain way or pattern for doing this. The right way is YOUR way.
Pick one of the four triangles and start filling it in. Choose one of the patterned paper strips and adhere it next to a dark strip. Choose another of the same pattern and adhere it next to the dark strip on the opposite side of the section.
Repeat Step 5 until the entire section is filled in.
Flip layer over and trim paper strips close, but not all the way to edge yet.
Fill in the second section with paper strips.
Fill in the third section. Use longer leftover strips for this section.
Fill in the fourth section.
Trim the strips close to the base layer.
Burnish strips firmly to adhere all strips to adhesive layer. This ensures smaller strips will stay adhered. Turn over and trim again if any “stretching” has occurred.
Use background on finished project.
This sweet baby card was finished off with a bird stamp colored with chalk pastels applied with Q-tip cotton swabs onto white cardstock and layered onto two doily diecuts. A stamp die cut tag attached with the tiniest clothes pin onto a green seam binding bow finishes this card off with sweet effect.
This herringbone paper technique doesn’t need much flash or sparkle – it stands on its own quite nicely.
Now it’s your turn. Give this clever herringbone technique a try and share it with us on Facebook. We’d love to see how you use YOUR leftover patterned scraps!
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