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Sizzix Tutorial | Thankful Banner by Kylie Jenkins

Happy November!  It's Kylie from Made by a Princess. Today I've got a Fall "Thankful" banner tutorial to share with you. Here in San Diego we don't have very drastic seasons and not a whole lot of leaves changing colors so if I want to see some Fall leaves I have to make my own.  The idea for this banner came to me after seeing the pretty Textured Impressions Embossing Folders Fall Set and Bigz Leaves #2 Die.  I have a beautiful yellow rose runner from Koyal Wholesale and thought a banner in fall colors would look just perfect with it.

Start by gathering your supplies: scrapbook paper, glue, twine (I used burlap), letters (mine spelled out THANKFUL), scissors, and a small hole punch. Cut as many 4x6 pieces of paper as you have letters. I cut 3 green, 3 yellow, and 2 orange.

Place a piece of paper in the embossing folder and close it.

Sizzix Tutorial | Thankful Banner by Kylie Jenkins

Using the sandwich method place a Standard Cutting Pad on the Multipurpose Platform which is open to tab 1, then the leaf embossing folder, then another Standard Cutting Pad on top of that and roll the sandwich through the machine.

Sizzix Tutorial | Thankful Banner by Kylie Jenkins

Now you have a beautifully embossed piece of paper that will be used a banner panel.

Sizzix Tutorial | Thankful Banner by Kylie Jenkins

I cut letters out using my electronic die cutting machine and then glued each on an embossed panel.  I really like the Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive for paper crafting because it has a fine tip, dries quickly, and dries clear.

Sizzix Tutorial | Thankful Banner by Kylie Jenkins

Now that your letters are all glued onto your panels, while those are drying you can get started on your leaves.  I cut pieces of cardstock the same size as the Bigz Leaves #2 Die. Using the sandwich method (Standard Cutting Pad, die, paper, and another Standard Cutting Pad on top of the paper) I made a number of leaves.  Once the sandwich is together and ready I rolled it through my Big Shot Machine.  I chose scrapbook paper in colors other than the ones I used for the panels to add some depth and texture.

Sizzix Tutorial | Thankful Banner by Kylie Jenkins

I wanted to add some more dimension so I lightly folded along the perforated lines.

Sizzix Tutorial | Thankful Banner by Kylie Jenkins

I clustered some leaves together and then glued them so they would stay put and then wrapped a little piece of burlap twine around them. Once all my leaves were bundled I glued them to each panel.  I then punched holes in top and ran the burlap twine through all panels so I could hang it.

Sizzix Tutorial | Thankful Banner by Kylie Jenkins

I am really pleased with the way this turned out and will definitely be using more of the embossed folders. I love the way the paper looks!

Happy Fall!  Kylie

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