Hi everyone, it’s Alexis from the Sizzix Art Department again! I hope you all enjoyed last week’s post on our Birthday Wishes Card. If you haven’t yet had a chance to see this project, check it out here. Last week I shared with you my inspiration for crafting DIY parties, I love to make people feel celebrated! Personal touches have always been the details that touch my heart.
Truthfully, all of the hours I spend creating are made worthwhile the minute I see another person’s eyes light up from something I crafted for them to enjoy. I have always loved to make others feel special and find genuine joy in celebrating the people in my life. So when it comes to designing an event I try to keep the guest (or guests) of honor in mind. Are they a bohemian soul or a modern, clean-cut individual? Do they like bold colors or muted tones? Will this make them happy? Does this showcase their personality? An event should be a celebration of a person’s persona and soul, whether that is at a shower, a birthday, or a simple gathering of friends around the table.
Today I wanted to share the next element of my summer party, a single banner panel that can be hung up as décor piece. And can I just say I LOVE banners! They are a great way to pull your colors and theme together to form a focal center point above gifts, food or even in the backdrop of a photo booth.
Lets grab the materials we need for this make:
- Banners #2 Framelits Plus Dies
- Stephanie Barnard’s Chevron Tags
- Stephanie Barnard’s Banners Triplits Die Sets
- Lori Whitlock's Mix & Match Flowers Thinlits Die Set
- Where Women Cook’s Cake Topper, Hooray
- Big Shot Plus
- Cutting Pads
- Multipurpose Platform
- Magnetic Platform
- Pattern papers
- Buttons (for accents) I also used
- Tim Holtz’s Distress Inks
For this project I was inspired to create a large banner panel using our Banners #2 Framelits Plus Dies from Sizzix. These nesting dies are the perfect way to create a banner or décor piece in any size that suits your fancy, in this case I chose to use some of the largest pieces of the set. I’ve discovered recently that I might have a slight obsession with tags so I die cut a variety of tags from Stephanie Barnard’s Chevron Tags and Banners Triplits Die Sets to create a small banner on my panel. Also, as I mentioned in my last week’s post I have loved working with Lori Whitlock’s dies recently and on this particular project I wanted to incorporate her Mix & Match Flowers Thinlits Die Set to accent my banner heading. And for a final flourish I cut out Where Women Cook’s Cake Topper, Hooray to act as my sentiment.
To create my base I cut out three different banner piece sizes and layered them together. The top piece I choose to do in a bold color and used our Sizzix Field of Diamonds Textured Impressions Plus Embossing Folder to create an element of dimension.
Next I layered my header pieces on the upper half of my banner, using pop dots to raise my triangle piece up so that I could build my other elements below it.
I then began playing with my Chevron Tags and Banner pieces by laying them out in a variety of ways until I found the arrangement that I loved the best. I then strung them onto baker’s twine and attached it to the back banner panel through hole punches I had created.
Next I layered my Mix & Match Flowers and attached them all together to create one big flower. I find layering flowers is the easiest way to create 3-D elements on any project.
After attaching the flower, I then layered my Hooray cake topper to act as my sentiment. If you had a chance to see last week’s project you will understand just why I love how Sizzix dies can be used in a variety of ways.
Of course with any project you can add glitter, distress ink or other mixed media elements to give your project an extra punch. For example, I personally used glitter on my Hooray Cake Topper to make it stand out as the banner heading. As with last week’s project I hope this project inspires you to get out there and personalize you party pieces!
Stay tuned next week for the final installment in this DIY party series, I’ll be walking you through the cutest little party favors!
See you then!
For more inspiration and party banners, check out these DIY's!