Welcome to Wedding (Part 2) about the banner signs. For the matching blingy table numbers go to Wedding (Part 1).
Each banner letter is made of two layers of cardstock: the cream layer, with letters cut out, and a slightly larger navy blue layer that is the background. The layers are glued together and strung on 5/8″ ribbon. I’ve got a super-easy foolproof way to line up the two layers, so assembly is quickquickquick. The free download (SVG or Silhouette file) contains the five banners I made, plus empty banner shapes you can use to create more signs, either in the same font (got that link for you!) or another font of your choosing.
The calendar’s just turned to December (woohoo!) so start the the fa-la-las and bring on Christmas!
First up… Christmas cards.
I’m in a “simplicity” phase at the moment, and, as usual, I’m short on time, so the design is simple. The cards are quick and easy to make and you can change them up simply by choosing different cardstock colors…Christmas-y red on green , blingy green on gold or super subtle white on white. I even added a few foam dots on some to add dimension. The free download file includes all of the pieces for NOeL and hohoho cards sized to fit a standard A2 envelope.
My dad is turning 86 this week. He’s a punny guy with one of the sharpest senses of humor of anyone I know, so I know he’ll get a good laugh out of this card with 86 candles.
…a decorative cardstock project
………………………….…and a peek into my design process
As part of this year’s Halloween decorations, I thought I’d make up a new mini garland. Since I’d already done one with bats, Jack O’Lanterns seemed an obvious next choice.
One of my goals for this year is to explore a broader range of materials and Silhouette Studio tools. Today, I’m using a familiar material (cardstock), but the tutorial involves a tool you don’t hear about very much—the center of rotation tool. It’s pretty cool. It allows you to change the pivot point of an object and then duplicate and rotate it at the same time so the duplicates are positioned evenly around a circle. A couple of clicks and you can have a more complex—and beautiful—design.
Last year I made a quartet of Christmas gift tags cut from a single layer of cardstock. This year, my tags are made of two layers—the top layer has a Christmassy cutout and the bottom layer is plain, showing through the cutout and framing the top layer. I’ve got four ways you can use them, but I bet you can think of a few more! As usual, I have the free Silhouette cut file for you so you can make your own.
If this card looks a little familiar, it’s because it’s a Christmassy take on the Birthday Banner Card I did last year. A blog reader (Hi, Debbie! :^) wrote to ask if I had a file for “Merry Christmas” instead of “Happy Birthday”. Uh, no I didn’t, but after a few minutes in Silhouette Studio, now I do. I love it when a file can be repurposed, don’t you?
I really like this design because the “Merry” banner is three dimensional, and you know me…I’m a sucker for 3D every time. The letters are threaded on a string and hang freely from the front of the card. “Christmas” is cut from temporary adhesive vinyl. And like the birthday banner card, I’ve got the free cut file you can download to make your own.
Please tell me I’m not the only one who looked at the calendar today and said, “Holy Cadiddlehopper, Batman, we’re at the end of the first week of December and I still haven’t sent out Christmas cards! If you’re like me, this post is for you—a simple card that’s easy to cut and assemble and get in the mailbox quickquickquick. And if y’all are more organized than I am and already have your cards sent, I tip my hat to you…you can tuck this idea away til next year.
The tree, made of little circles cut out of the card, is topped with a glitter heat transfer vinyl star (or you can use adhesive vinyl or cardstock, if you prefer…I just happened to have some HTV scraps to use up).
. . . a yummy cardstock project.
…plus how to do a cheater print & cut (Look, Ma, no registration marks!)
…and how to make invisible score lines for folding accurately
…and how to prevent the blade from picking up bits
Today I have a simple Halloween treat holder that’s a perfect fit for a single Hershey’s Chocolate Kiss. I designed it with a 3D bat―all bats should be 3D, don’t you think? All it takes to make this self-standing holder is three pieces of cardstock, a little bit of adhesive vinyl (which is optional), and a few dabs of glue.
This is a great project if you need a classroom’s worth of treats (especially if you have more time than money (or kids you can put to work!) —folks notice the cool packaging and not that there’s just one itty bitty piece of chocolate inside). And they’re terrific scattered around tables at a Halloween party—once the kisses are poked out and eaten, the holders stand on their own as Halloween décor.