I admit it… as much as I love warm weather … and I do!!!! I am ready for fall and all the fun festive decorating… love Halloween and just the change of seasons… this may be my last change as we are planning to move to Fla next year but for now… we will soak up the fall… so why not start the festivities off with a nice banner that says “Blessings”!
It’s home is over our TV in a “dead space” that I thought me and my craft self could cover… What do you think?
The close up is my favorite! I love seeing it in the room… here is how I did it!
I started with basic supplies:
chipboard pieces (I got mine from CTMH for $5.00 and it comes with 10 pcs and jump rings)
cricut (and gypsy or Design studio preferred but not necessary)
CTMH Art Philosophy Cartridge for Cricut
4 pieces cardstock ( at least one should be solid)
ribbon if you want to hang your banner with (you can use the jump rings if you don’t want a decorator look)
First I painted all the pieces I planned to use… to make the word Blessings I used 9 of the 10 pieces… I saved the last to use on a card or some future project. They are set at 4″ height and come in 4 styles.
Before I painted I decided how I wanted them laid out then painted them in that order….
I used latex paint because it matched my living room and I wanted this to look nice on the front and back… so I painted all the edges and inside the holes with the paint to cover all of one side and most of the other.
Now it was time to design the banner base and component parts…
Here is how my pages looked on the gypsy… notice how I left almost no negative space….
and the second layer to finish the 9 4″ banner pieces and more minimal negative space as well!
I even had room for an A2 card on this one!
Then I cut them out… check out this great tip of cutting out various shapes you think you can use in the future from paper that will get thrown out or end up in a scraps pile and never used! Thanks Sheila at She’s a Sassy Lady blog! Love that tip on your Gypsy Made Easy tutorials 🙂
Now back to the banner.
I took the cut out pieces and used my fave pink ATG gun to glue it well to the not all painted side of my chipboard banner pieces matching the shapes accordingly… then I chose to ink my edges with “Wrap me in Chocolate” by Megan Elizabeth. Have you found her yet on Above Rubies Studio? She has taught me tons!
Anyway… next it was time to cut out the chocolate squares so I pulled out my new Spellbinders I have been dying to use and used 2 sizes of scalloped squares with my Cuttlebug…
I chose 4 smaller and 5 larger scalloped squares. Then I cut my letters out using this design on my gypsy
Notice again that I used up the space left over this time with some scalloped edging I will use on cards… it is lacey looking paper and I thought that would be a nice addition! I chose the CTMH Art Philosophy Cart again because I think this font is classy and I wanted to add some stickles and the dogs on it make it perfect for Dressing Up!
In this close up the afternoon sun is messing up your view of the gorgeous paper I used for this project.. and the stickles I chose was “Copper” out of my stash!
Repeat for the 8 more tiles and whalaaah!
And that is how you make a beautiful banner!
Hope thing has been a blessing to you! Please give me feedback on what you like or what you would like to see… in the meantime I will keep crafting!