By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor
Halloween is fast approaching and it’s time to start putting out the first of the decorations for the year. Greet your guests or the trick-or- treaters this year with a fun Halloween themed banner. It’s made even spookier with this great paper from Carta Bella!
This banner was created using the Spooky paper kit by Carta Bella and the 4” x 6” natural chipboard pennant pieces by Paper Accents, but you can choose one from the great selection of pennants that Create for Less carries.
Add color to the edges simply by using a brush pen to mark along them before adding the patterned paper.
Choose which sheets of paper from the kit you would like to use keeping in mind that you will need 9 pennant shaped papers per side for a total of 18 pieces. Lay the pennant down on the back side of the paper and trace the first one.
Move it over and trace a second one repeating these steps until you have all eighteen traced.
After removing the bottom identifying strip from the sheet of paper, place the sheet in a paper trimmer making sure to line up the pencil marks with the cutting track and blade. Cut down the first line. Move the paper over and line up the next pencil line and make that cut. Do this until you have all of the pieces cut out.
Adhere the first paper to one of the chipboard pieces using a tape runner. Now, before adding the second sheet of paper using a hole punch (Crop-a-Dile Big Bite used) to punch the holes through the paper. Add the next sheet and turn it over using the first holes as a guide and punch the backside holes. Cover and punch all of the chipboard pieces.
Now, use the sheet of patterned paper from the kit that is called, “Spooky and Scary” and choose what strips you would like to decorate the tops of each piece. Center the strip in the middle of the pennant and attach them using a tape runner. Then, trim the excess off each end using a pair of scissors.
Now, it’s time to do the decorating.
Create the rosettes by cutting two 1” x 12” strips from cardstock. You can, also, use patterned paper for this.
Score both strips in ½” increments using a scoring board. Pull each piece in a circle and use glue (Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue shown) to secure the ends to each other. Allow them to dry. You may need to use something to hold the ends together until they are dried. Small clothespins work well for this.
Take a 1” circle punch and cut for pieces from cardstock. Attach the spiders from the sticker sheet in the kit to two of the circles.
Add a pool of glue to the two undecorated circles and place the rosette into the glue.
Press the center down and hold or place something on the top of the rosette to hold it into the glue until it has dried.
Attach the spider circle on the front using the glue and adhere them onto 2 of the pennants.
Make two small bows from pieces of ribbon and glue them onto 2 of the pennants.
Create two spider webs using one of the dies and a die cut machine. Add glue to the back of them using a Quickie Glue Pen by Sakura and attach them to one of the pennants. Remember to flip one of the die cut pieces so it faces the opposite way before adding the glue to it.
Pull a length of Baker’s Twine off the spool to thread through all of the pennants. You don’t have to cut it off so if you need more you can just pull more from the spool. For another look, use two or more colors and thread it through the pieces.
Start by threading the twine through the front of the first pennant.
Run the twine along the back and bring it up through the second hole. Add the remaining pennants by starting the twine in the front and bring it up through the back at the second hole. Make sure to leave some room between the pieces or allow the corner to overlap a little for a different look. Once you have added all of the pieces, leave approximately 16” on each end and cut it from the spool of twine. Tie large knots in the ends that will not slip through the holes to secure them onto the twine.
Hang the banner in a window or in an entry way. No matter where you put it it will bring a spooky, fun time to all those who come to your door. Happy Halloween everyone!