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Published on September 10th, 2013 | by Cheryl Harwick


Graphic 45 “Steampunk Spells” Halloween Banner


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My project today is a Graphic 45 “Steampunk Spells” Halloween Banner.  I love the fun images and the rich colors of the new Graphic 45 “Steampunk Spells Collection” cardstock stack.  Even if you’re not into steampunk, you have to check out this paper.  It is too cool.  I immediately knew that I had to make a banner, but I can also think of many ways to use the papers for the best ever Halloween cards.  For this project I used the 8×8 cardstock stack.

It is very easy to create a banner using the Spellbinders Pennant, Lacey Pennant and Banner Basics dies.  They coordinate beautifully so no measuring, or stress, or “make it work” is needed.  The Pennant and Lacey Pennant dies combine to create a “flag” with a contrasting lacey border.  I used the largest Pennant and Lacey Pennant dies to have enough room for my elements – the large pennants measure approximately 4” at the top, and about 6” from end to end.  The toppers in the Banner Basics die sets (sets 1, 2 and/or 3) can be used to create a topper for a pennant created with these largest dies.  I chose Banner Basics 1 because I thought the shapes worked well with the Graphic 45 paper and the design that I had in mind.

I decided to use simple black and orange cardstock to build the individual flags so that the Graphic 45 elements were featured, and didn’t get lost in a sea of patterned paper.  I selected Bazzill cardstock, colors Navel and Blackbird, as my foundation.   (The Bazzill cardstock is a nice 80lb weight, so with the layers used it will make a substantial flag without the need for any chipboard, etc.)

To construct the individual flags, I needed the largest lacey pennant in black, the largest pennant in orange, the set of flags from Banner Basics 1 (I chose the rich teal  paper on the back of the first page in the pack called “Steampunk Spells”), and black decorative toppers from Banner Basics 1. I wanted  to use the word “beware” instead of a more traditional “welcome”, so I needed at least 6 flags.

To build each flag, I attached the orange pennant to the black lacey pennant.  I recommend a tape runner or ScorTape for this instead of glue which might become lumpy on such a large area (glue sticks generally won’t hold for long).  Since I knew I wanted my ribbon on top as a decorative element, I attached the sets of flags and topper to complete the basic flag.  Please see the short video for more information on how the Spellbinders dies coordinate, and how the individual flags are assembled.

Now it is time for the fun part – decoration.  I placed one of the Sticko foam letters at the base of each flag to spell out the word “beware”.  I was drawn to the cute images on the Graphic 45 papers called “Nevermore” and “Frightful Folly”, and I selected specific parts of these pages to feature on the flags.  I also selected a button for each flag from an assorted Halloween button pack by “Dress It Up”.

Once the individual flags are decorated, it is time to join the flags together to complete the banner.  I put ScorTape across the top of each individual flag, and then carefully mounted the ribbon to the top of the first flag, and continued until each flag was attached to the strand of ribbon.  (Be sure to keep the ScorTape liner in place on each individual flag until you are ready to attach it to the ribbon.)    Leave enough ribbon at each end to form a loop for hanging (just fold the ribbon to the back and attach the loose end under the nearby flag with ScorTape).  I attached bows made from the same gingham ribbon at the beginning and end of the string of flags, and where each flag is joined in between.  To finish it up, I attached 5mm rhinestones to the black topper.  I didn’t have matching orange rhinestones, so I used clear rhinestones  colored with my YR18 (Sanguine) Copic marker.

You can see the individual flags in the banner better in this series of photos –

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Now go and get your own Graphic 45 “Steampunk Spells Collection” paper pack before they all . . . disappear.  Happy haunting!


Supplies used:

Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Collection 8×8 paper stack

Black and orange cardstock – I used Bazzill 80lb cardstock, colors  Navel and Blackbird

Assorted buttons – I used assorted Halloween packs from Dress It Up

5mm rhinestones – I used clear rhinestones and colored them with a Copic marker (YR18 – Sanguine)

Ribbon – I used a fun black and orange gingham.

Spellbinders dies –  Lacey Pennants


Banner Basics One

Die cutting machine – I used my Spellbinders Grand Calibur

Sticko letters – Alpha Lge Black Foam

Tape runner and ScorTape

Glue to attach buttons – I used Scotch Quick-Drying Tacky Glue



Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!



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About the Author

I have always enjoyed crafts of every kind! At an early age I learned to sew, knit, crochet and embroider. As long as I can remember there has been a project (or two or three!) that I am working on. I am a Certified Intermediate Copic Designer teaching participants how to effectively use their markers. For a number of years I have taught classes including counted thread embroidery (linen work and specialty stitches), soft sculpture and knitting. Being retired gives me the luxury of spending more of my time in the craft world.

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