I was moving things around in my craft closet earlier, and I found my Kaiser Craft Chapter One 6.5x6.5 paper pad lying* on a shelf. It was all by itself since my boxes hold 6x6, not 6.5x6.5. I picked it up to fondle it, and a bunch of small pieces tried to escape. ENOUGH, I said, ENOUGH. I took all the small pieces out of the pack, cut them into strips, and made ... you guessed it: banners. I may be in a rut.
I pretty much pulled a repeat of the other day and started sticking banners to white card bases until I ran out of banners. I ended up with 16 more cards for OWH. Whoa.
Here's another one:
With that one I got all crazy and overlapped the banners.
Here's a high-waisted model of the previous card:
I had to do SOMETHING to keep it interesting.
And a low-rider version:
I'm going to take advantage of this banners post to do a brief demonstration of how I cut my banners. I've tried several methods, as demonstrated by many crafters, but this is what works for me.
I'll show my preferred method first. I start by cutting the card stock into strips:
Next, you make the first diagonal cut, from one bottom corner to the top of the center cut:
Then you make the second diagonal cut from the other corner:
Ta-da! How easy was that?
This works no matter how wide your paper strip is; you just do the same thing:
Some people like to skip that first center cut and free-hand the whole thing, but I need the guide to know where to stop.
Another method I use when I have squillons of these to cut at once is to use a square punch:
Now, let's say you've cut a banner but you don't like it. Maybe it's too pointy, like this one:
See? Just like the other ones.
Now you've also seen that you can control the angle of the points based on how far in you make the cut up the center. A shorter cut yields a less-severe angle.
Now go off and play with some scrap paper, then go forth and create!
Thanks for stopping by!
*Yes, I had to look it up. According to this site: Once you lay (put or place) a book on the desk, it is lying (reclining, resting) there, not laying there.