Tuesday, 23 August 2016

How to create a layered birthday banner-

I love birthday decoration, and this banner was a special one as it was to my nephew, who is just one month older than my daughter. And as he is crazy about horses, I made a birthday banner with carousel horses. In this tutorial I wanted to show you how you can make layered birthday banners, using patterns and shapes from the silhouette library. Hope you enjoy the tutorial!

Supplies needed:

Light blue cardstock
Glitter cardstock
White cardstock
Glue dots
Silhouette Cameo/Curio/Portrait
HORSE Design (ID #77154)
BANNERS Design (ID #48734)

1. Designing your banner:

Once you open your banner file, you need to ungroup and delete the two other shapes as we will use only one of them

Using the circle shape, create small holes in size 0.3 cm

Place the circles on each side of the banner where you would like to have the ribbon to go through. Group and copy the banner on the side.
On the original, make an internal offset on 0.27 cm. Delete the original shape and keep the holes on the internal offset. Select the whole design and choose compound path.

Now you have two banner shapes. the background one and the internal one. 

Using the internal shape. Make a duplicate of it. We will use the duplicate to make the pattern.
Opening the library, use the free design that we will use to make the background. 

When you open the design, I colored in light blue and resized it.

Place the banner on top the design, making sure the banner is placed correctly so the pattern is symmetrical. 

Crop the design.
First make sure that the cropped design is set as No Cut.

Position the other banner on the back on the cropped design, set your cut settings on Cut. Group your design together. Set your paper size to your printer and add registration marks. I managed to print two banner designs on each paper. 

Now to create the circles inside the banner.
First the outer circle, make a circle in size 0.719 cm. 

And then I did an internal offset of 0.4 cm. 

The big circles I wanted to cut out using A4 silver glitter paper. So I set the paper size to A4 landscape and added as many circles as possible. I need to make 13 of these circles in total.

I then wanted to cut the smaller circles, using white cardstock A4 size. So I removed the bigger circles once I was done cutting them. And replaced them with the smaller ones. 

Then it was time to cut the writing I wanted to have on the banner.
Using LW Bubble letter, I wrote "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" and resized it to fit inside the small circles. I also adjusted the linespacing between the text so I don;t waste too much paper.
These will be cut using the silver glitter paper, so I kept the A4 size.  

I will wait on cutting this, as I want to cut the carousel horses with the same paper as well.
Now to do the shape of the horses, when you open the file it will look like this.

Do an offset on 0.350cm, and delete the horse design.

Resize it to fit the small circle and place it beside the text to cut on the glitter paper. One in the original shape and one mirrored to the right. 

Now set your setting to cardstock with a higher thickness. Make sure to do a cut test before you cut to make sure its cutting properly.

Now its just to assemble the design. 

Even though it seems like its a long project, its quite easily to do and was finished with fast as well. 

The little boy loved it and so did his parents!




1 comment:

  1. Your banner is looks beautiful Sara. Thank you for such clear and comprehensive instructions. now, who can I make a banner for ... ?