Saturday, June 16, 2012

Tutorial with Melanie Jarocki

Melanie created this fab banner and a tutorial for our readers to recreate it!  So, let's see what is up.....

For this Father's Day banner, I mainly used the Noah collection, but also adding in one sheet from the Exit Here collection. The banner could easily be adapted for a 4th of July celebration in the USA or for a birthday.

1. Cut six 4x6 inch rectangles from Exit Here "Hiking Trails". Trim one short edge of each rectangle into a wide upside down "V". (I went about 1 inch up from the bottom, 2 inches in from the side and made a pencil mark. Then I cut from each corner to the mark.) (The rest of the papers are all from the Noah Collection). 

2. Using a die-cut machine or template, cut 3-1/2 inch letters from "Noah's ABC's", along with shadows and heart shapes from "Honk, Honk". (I used my Slice machine, Great Outdoors card for the letters, and Remember This card for the hearts).

3. Trim two 1/2x12 inch strips from "Noah's Overalls". Cut each strip into three 1/2x4 inch strips, so you have six total strips. 

4. Using a border punch with some sort of hole in it (I used Martha Stewart star border punch), punch along the edge of "Noah's Wallpaper". Then trim a 1-1/2 inch strip from the edge of the punched border. Repeat. Cut each 12-inch strip into three strips that measure 1-1/2x4 inches.  

5. Fussy cut 20-25 stars from "Noah's Stars".

6. Adhere punched border strips to tops of rectangles (opposite "v" ends), leaving 3/4-inch showing (including the punched border). Add 1/2-inch strips from "Noah's Wallpaper" on the pennant below the border, with 1/8-inch of blue background showing. Zigzag stitch between punched border and 1/2-inch strip. 

7. Assemble letters with shadows and trace around letters with red pen. Using a dimensional adhesive (I used GlueArts U-Cut-It), place smaller heart on larger heart. Adhere each of these pieces to a pennant, centering above the "V". 

8. Add a 3-1/2x5 inch photo to the remaining pennant. 9. Randomly add fussy-cut stars to each pennant.  

10. Thread twine (I used Maraschino from The Twinery) through the punched borders and hang to display. Ta-Da! 

What a fun banner!  And it can be adapted many ways, by changing the wording, adding panels, etc!  Thanks for the great project and instructions, Melanie.  Be sure to visit Melanie's blog.


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This is awesome! Wow!!! I loveeeeee it!!!

Stacy said...

Melanie your banner is totally rocking girlie :)

Melissa said...

This is awesome Melanie! I will definitely do this for july 4th1 celebration. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial :D

Texas Cattlewoman said...

Darling!!! Super creative and thank you for sharing!!!

Deana said...

Another fabulous banner! Love it, Melanie!

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