Monday, December 17, 2012

Punched Banner Corners - Save Those Scraps!

Banners are a great way to highlight a sentiment. They look good AND they're a great way to use up scraps. Are you like me? I save all my scraps, so I love it when I find a way to use some of them.

How do you make a banner?  There are several ways - what's your favorite?
  1. Use our  banner framelits dies
  2. you can cut the tails free hand
  3. Or use your square punch!
For both of these cards I stamped the sentiment on a strip of paper and used a square punch to create the banner tails. Here's a 3rd card too.

Banner tail made with a square punch

Card made with Stampin'UP stamp set called: Christmas Lodge, banner tail made with a square punch
Card made with Stampin'UP stamp set called: By the Seashore, banner tail made with a square punch

Its super easy: when you look through the hole in the bottom of the punch. Put your paper strip in one corner and make sure its symmetrical.

You can control the size of the tail 2 ways:
1. depends on how far you put it in the punch
2. and depends on what size punch you use

The card above was stamped with a set called  By the Seashore.  Its kind of similar to a seashell card I posted in August. I really like the white wood look on this card - which again was a scrap strip of paper.  I got that wood look by using our Woodgrain embossing folder.

The shell card above was used to demonstrate the technique of Acrylic Block Stamping, see more samples here.  Banners are a good way to highlight a sentiment and using your acrylic blocks to create a backbround is a good way to highlight your main images.

The card to the left was also made to demonstrate a technique.  This one shows how to create a sun or moon by masking off an area and sponging around it.  We did this technique for our September Technique lessons on Moonlighting, see more samples here.

And, in case you are wondering, this card was stamped with images from a set called Christmas Lodge.

Are you local?  Join us for technique classes and stamping events.  Check the calendar for class dates and times and you can RSVP directly to the events page. I also do private classes for 5 or more people. Why not get together with a few friends and let me teach you some really fun ways to be creative. Locations are flexible, your place or mine.  

Contact me to schedule your event.  
by email or by phone (608) 220-3450 

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