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.
…layered adhesive vinyl on a paper gift bag
Kraft bags. Anyone else in love with them? Such a sweet blank canvas—so versatile. I keep a variety of sizes on hand to use as gift bags. In a few minutes, I can personalize one for a specific person or occasion…or both! Here’s a HAPPY BIRTHDAY design I did recently. Sometimes I add more swirlies, sometimes I swap out the black for white or the turquoise for a different color, and sometimes I swap out the brown bag for a blue, green, or other color (are they still called Kraft bags when they’re not brown???).
This design involves a little layering, but just a little, so if you’ve never layered adhesive vinyl before, this is a great first project to give it a try. The free SVG & Silhouette cutting files are available to download below, and I’ll take you step-by-step through putting it together, so let’s go!
My craft studio (including my Silhouette!) is all packed up for the move to the new house. Yes, you can imagine the withdrawal symptoms I’m going through! It’s been a while since I’ve posted a new project, so I thought I would do a little crafty show & tell to tide you over until I’m all unpacked again.
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.