Inspiration to Creation: Thanks For All You Do

I adore Jennifer McGuire. She has a way of showing practical, fun techniques on her YouTube channel that allow you to use the stamps and dies you have in new ways. One of her recent videos was on stretching your border dies. I had never thought of using them in the way she did in this video, and it gave me instant inspiration for a card. (If you haven't already seen this video you really need to check it out).

I have a set of card border dies from Pretty Pink Posh which includes a chevron border. I thought this would be so fun to do what Jennifer did and cut a bunch of chevron strips to create the front panel of a card.

It looks like a lot of work, but it is fairly easy to run the border die through your Big Shot or die cutting machine multiple times to create the strips. I just used some Post-It tape to hold the die in place so it didn't shift too much.

I attached all the strips to a piece of white card stock that I'd covered in adhesive. Then I trimmed off the edges. For the back gray panel, I used the largest rectangle die in the Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangles set.

Next I stamped "For All You Do" from the Avery Elle Handwritten Notes stamp set with black StazOn ink onto some vellum.  I cut the vellum into a thin strip and wrapped it around my chevron panel, then attached that panel to the gray background. Finally, I die cut "thanks" using the Lawn Fawn Scripty Thanks die three times with white chipboard. I adhered all three together to make a thick die cut, added more adhesive to the back, and attached to my card.

I had so much fun making this card. Seeing the chevron strips all line up together was very satisfying. I am so thankful for Jennifer showing such a unique way to use border dies!

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