Every single time I use one of my Chevron Stamps, I get an e-mail asking where I bought it. I always direct people to the post I 'm sharing today, originally posted on October 27, 2010. Enjoy!
I've been watching this girl use her new chevron stamp on everything. And it made me want one wicked bad! I could have paid the $28 for this kit (which contains the stamp) just to get the stamp, but it simply wasn't in the budget this month. I know that the stamp will be available in a few months, but I just couldn't wait that long!
So I made my own.
- Carving Block
- Box Cutter
- Linoleum Cutting Tools
- Glass Mat
STEP ONE: Divide The Space
For all my measurements I used a quilting ruler that has a grid and allows you to see through it. Best invention!
Measure two equal halves. Mine are each 5/8" (otherwise known as 5 mini squares if you're using the quilting ruler).
Going the opposite way (perpendicular to the lines you have just drawn), draw lines to determine the angle of your chevron. I spaced mine 1/4" apart for a fairly mellow (non steep) chevron shape.
STEP THREE: Connect the Dots (so to speak)
Use your ruler to connect the lower inside corner of each box to the upper outside corner.
STEP FOUR: Mark What is Staying
Roughly color in which parts of the stamp image will not be cut away. I chose to alternate which shapes would get cut away -- like a checkerboard.
STEP FIVE: Cut
I like to use a box cutter and a ruler to cut the strip off before I carve the shapes.
And then using your linoleum cutters, trim away everything that isn't colored in.
Do a test print of your stamp.
I'm having a little bit of chevron madness! I ended up making three of these stamps in varying sizes.
Take a peek at some of the lovely chevrons from flickr:
1. Chevron Love, 2. Chevron Scarf, 3. Friendship Bracelet Patterns - Five Favorites, 4. Vintage 1960s Walborg Formal Beaded Evening Bag Gold, 5. Knit - Honey Bunched - worn, 6. Three Pattern Postcards, 7. Chevrons #1, 8. Blue Orange Chevron, 9. b9668 Eyes on Chevrons
And if I had the money, I would definitely buy this gorgeous necklace:
And after I initially wrote this post, I made even more chevron stamps! Here are two more (non-alternating this time):
Finally, here's a quick layout I made using some of the chevron stamps.
So, do love chevrons as much as me? I'm thinking of a thousand projects to use these stamps on. My art journal is already covered in them. Hmmm...I may print some fabric next...!
Thanks for stopping by!