Oh how exciting! One of my favorite cards ever is being featured at the CASE Study Challenge ... JJ Bolton's famous Chevron card.
Ever since I first saw this card I wanted to CASE it, but didn't because it's such a distinctive card and you all would be thinking, "why the heck is she making JJ's card?" So now's finally my chance! I wanted to stay pretty true to the original, but make a few small changes to make it my own. But what do you change on such an amazing card?
Here are my changes:
1) The colored card base. OK, this is totally cheating, because the color of my card base is taken directly from the background of JJ's photo. This change was a no-brainer though. For any card that you can remember off the top of your head, AND what the background of the photo was, it has to be a pretty darn good combination.
2) Fussy-cut the bottom of the chevron design and mount it on a raised panel.
3) Instead of using zig-zag die cuts to make the chevron pattern, I used the diamonds from the Papertrey Harlequin Cover Plate. Lined them up, and cut them in half. Then when they didn't make a chevron (darn it!!) realized that I needed another set of diamonds going the other way.
4) Used alcohol markers to color the paper. You can see my "staging area" on the right side of the photo above. I had a line of adhesive on the scrap paper, lined it up with a row of diamonds on the harlequin die, and pressed down. Once the diamonds were secure, I ran the marker over all of them at once for efficiency.
Then I thought, what trends are hot now, that weren't when the original card was made, and how could I incorporate them?
5) Gold embossed sentiment. Of course.
6) And SEQUINS. I wasn't sure if they would totally ruin the graphic effect of the chevrons, so I have a very light adhesive on them in case I change my mind and want them off.
What do you think? Sequins or No?
I had some left over strips, so I thought I'd attempt a collage-style card. This was inspired by the collage style card Taheerah posted yesterday, and the photo of Alexandra's sewing machine stitching away on her layout. Also incorporated the Online Card Class lesson on making sure the pattern on the DP is centered before cutting it out.
Thanks so much for looking! I had a lot of fun today, and isn't that what it's all about? : )