Don’t you just love to use a fun banner to celebrate an important occasion? This banner is one that I made to celebrate the upcoming graduations at Cleveland State University.
This banner was super easy to make. I wanted to place it on my office door, so I needed to keep it kind of small. Tag dies make great smaller banners, and I especially like the Spellbinders Celebra’tions Build a Tag One and Two die sets. The straight tag and the scalloped tag nest together perfectly, giving me just the right color combo! The finished size is perfect too — each banner measures approximately 2-1/8″ x 3-1/8″. I began by cutting 14 green scalloped banners and 14 white banners with a straight edge. To add the letters, I had the choice of either cutting green letters and gluing them on, or cutting the letters from the white tag so that the green beneath showed through. I liked the second approach better, so I selected one of my favorite alphabet sets (Little B “Monogram”) and cut one letter from each of the tags. For some of the letters, it was important to keep the “insides” to glue back in to form the complete letter (for example, O and D and R, etc.). I cut two graduation caps from black cardstock – 1″ x 1″. The graduation tassel was cut from another Spellbinders die set, “Victorian Tassels“. Too easy! I printed the logo onto white cardstock, and then cut it out using the straight tag die.
With all of the pieces cut, it was time for assembly. I attached the white tags to the green tags using Angel Craft 1/4″ adhesive. I used a little glue to replace the center of the letter (where needed), and to glue down the edges where the letters had been cut. I made my two graduation caps by trimming the top of the tassel slightly (1/8″ – 1/4″), and then attaching the tassel to the black square using a black rhinestone. The caps were attached to the first and last tags using a dimensional adhesive. I glued sequins on the individual tags to decorate them further, and then punched holes in the top for the twine. To string the tags together, I used some Maya Road bakers twine. This twine is thicker than most, so one strand was perfect for the banner. Here are some close-up photos of the tags —
A special occasion is just more fun when you have a banner to commemorate it. With great tools like the Spellbinders dies, it is quick and easy to make the banners. Please see the short video for additional information on how I created the banner.
Supplies available from Cut @ Home:
Spellbinders Celebra’tions Spellbinders Build a Tag One (SKU SCD-010) and Build a Tag Two (SKU SCD-011)
Spellbinders Spellbinders Victorian Tassels dies die set (SKU S5-226)
Angel Craft Tape 1/4″ (SKU ACT-1414)
Die cutting machine — I used my Spellbinders Grand Calibur die-cutting machine (SKU GC-200)
Supplies from my stash: green, white and black cardstock, assorted sequins, Little B Monogram die set, Scotch Quick-Dry adhesive, Maya Road Twine (Wheatgrass), 1/8″ hole punch
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!