A Banner Day!

6 Nov

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. One might call it a “banner day”. And since banners are all the rage in the crafting world, I decided to make one. First, I want to share my thanks for Cut Card Stock (.com) for sharing some of their amazing cardstock with me. Ooh la la! I just created a Thanksgiving banner with some of the Basis colors and the metallics and I am thrilled. So without further delay… introducing CutCardStock.com “Happy Thanksgiving” banner.

{click on the photo to see the gallery of pics. Then click on any photo to enlarge it.}

I really love this cardstock. The colors are rich and stately. The text weight “works” with many different techniques {as I hope to show you from time-to-time} but for this project I’m featuring die cutting and embossing. The edges cut perfectly and the embossing was deep and crisp.

Remember, you can use these instructions to create any number of banners including holidays, names, special events or locations, etc. Just imagine the possibilities.


  • Begin by cutting/embossing Basis Brown #80 with S4-127 Scalloped Squares LG. You’ll need to cut 18 for this project. If you are careful, you can get them out of two pieces of the 12×12″ paper, just cut each sheet into nine, 4×4″ squares.
  • Next, using the Shazzam font (retired) from Spellbinders™ or similar font cutter or computer program, cut the  letters from various colors of metallic papers (#60). I used Stardream Metallic 81# text in Gold, Antique Gold, Copper and Cognac.
  • Emboss each of the letters in the texture plate by layering the following in the Wizard™:
    Master mat, texture plate facing up,  die-cut letter face up, embossing pad, blue mat from the Charm Embossing Kit.
  • Sand each letter to bring out the texture.
  • Cut 6 squares (3×3″) from each of the 8-1/2×11″ sheets of Tan, Olive, Brown Paper Bag.
  • Adhere the straight edge squares onto the scalloped squares. Leave one scalloped square and one olive square for the flower and leaf.
  • Cut/Emboss the leaf from S4-157 Sunflower Set One using the left-over Olive square. Adhere it to the scalloped square using dimensional adhesive.
  • Cut/Emboss four small flowers from S5-004 Sunflower Garden using Stardream Metallic Gold.
  • Layer the first two flowers onto the leaf using dimensional adhesive.
  • Cut the third flower as shown below. Create a small cone by overlapping two petals. Glue the overlapping petals together and adhere onto the first two.
  • Cut the fourth flower in the same way. Overlap 3-4 petals and ad to the blossom. For a final touch, add a gem to the center, top.
  • Arrange the banner scalloped squares, flowered square and letters on the table top before adhering the letters. Once pleased with the pattern of colors, adhere all the letters to their bases.
  • Line up the Scalloped Squares, overlapping at top corners and punching a hole. Be sure to add in the flowered square in between the two words.

  • Using a brad to secure, place a photo hanger at each junction.
  • When all the letters are joined, string the photo hangers with wired raffia or similar product, leaving about 2 feet on either side of the banner for hanging.
  • To finish, punch a hole in the lower half of several squares, add an eyelet and tie on some ribbons.
  • Hang your banner and enjoy!

Important Stuff
Papers #81 Stardream Metallic Gold, Antique Gold, Cognac and Copper; #80 Basis Brown, Olive and Tan ; The Greengrocer’s Brown Bag Paper (CutCardStock.com)
Tools S4-157 Sunflower Set OneS5-004 Sunflower GardenS4-127 Scalloped Squares LG (Spellbinders Paper Arts), Crop-a-dile (We R Memory Keepers)
Accessories Brads, eyelets, photo hangers (Creative Impressions)
Adhesives Pop Up Glue Dots (Glue Dots International)

Other Stuff PVA Glue, ribbons, wired raffia ribbon


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