Today, I have a card linking up to several challenges. Firstly, the BIG blog hop from Papertrey Ink for August Blog Hop Challenge! We were given this inspiration photo from Nichole Heady and I wanted to try some masking for a DIY herringbone pattern.

I CASEd Nicki’s winning card from CASE Study for the current CASE Study #105 challenge. For my sentiment, I didn’t want to cover up the background, and I was too chicken to stamp directly on it, so I cut a small banner with a simple “happy birthday” sentiment, perfect for CAS-ual Friday #67! To give it a little more movement, I decided to offset the sentiment to the side rather than in the middle for Moxie Fab’s Asymmetry Challenge.

Herringbone Birthday

Close up of the masking:
Herringbone Birthday - Close Up

I have included a small photo tutorial on how I did the masking for the herringbone pattern. I used some washi tape, cut to the desired width and masked away.

Herringbone Birthday - Herringbone Steps

Sorry for the long post for just one card!

Cardstock: PTI (White)
Stamps: PTI (Birthday Basics)
Ink: PTI (Smokey Shadow, Kraft, Fine Linen, Soft Stone) Stampin’ Up (Basic Grey, Creamy Caramel) Clearly Better (Chocolate)
Other: PTI (Rustic Cream Twine) Making Memories (Basic Eyelets)

I was sitting at my work desk thinking how I can take partial cutting one step further.  This card uses the partial cutting method shown below.

Happy Birthday - Partial Cut v.2

I think this card is going to need more than just one picture to show you how it’s done.

Step #1: Draw two lines that will be narrower than the dies.  Place the dies in the middle in which the two lines will run through the dies.

Step #2: Use tape or post-its to secure the letters to the paper.  You don’t want the letters moving around when you run it through the Big Shot/Cuttlebug!

Step #3: Stick it in your die cutting machine!  My bottom board is the cutting board, so I leave the part where I don’t want to cut hanging off the cutting board.  This is where the lines that you drew in step #1 is helpful.  You can line up the top line with the edge of the cutting board.

Step #4: Now for the top board, it should cover just the part you want to cut.  Line up the top board with the second line you drew from step #1.

Step #5: Run it through the machine!  This is what you get.  A tip would be to NOT line up the boards exactly with the lines on the paper.  Always leave some room in case the boards shift.  Now you can take your cutting knife and cut out all the negative spaces.

Step #6: For tutorial purposes, I made this on some scrap printer paper so it looks a little flimsy.  But after all the cutting, you will be left with this.  I think these make nice little name cards for wedding and other special events!

Used: Papertrey Ink (Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist, Enchanted Evening, Plum Pudding, Scarlet Jewel, White cardstock, True Black ink, Movers & Shakers stamp set, Upper case Alphabet dies)