I thought I’d share this quick and easy paper banner I made for a dear friend last year. I used an old book and my ‘Scalloped Punches’ die by QuicKutz.
I really love that you get two sizes and the die cuts out multiples all at once.
After die-cutting the book pages, I punched a hole in each centre. I made a chipboard template so the die-cuts all got punched in the same spot. That worked great.
Using Primary Element paints and a small brush, I coloured all the paper die-cuts. The colours are called, Sunshine and Summer Breeze. Perfect right? I really fell for the soft and shimmery effects of this paint. Unlike acrylics, its translucent qualities are great for thin papers like this.
All the layers are held together with a small brad. I love when a meaningful word pops out and catches your eye. Little happy accidents make me giggle. The flowers were glued to a wire twine. I decided to alternate each flower with a paper heart also cut from the book pages.
Of course, there’s a bit, a splash, noticeable amount of glitter!
I traced the hearts with white Mono Glue and sprinkled with Super Fine Glitz in White. The small birdies that can be spotted along the banner, got the same treatment too. Don’t forget how meaningful tiny elements can be. They’re like little surprises along the way.
The mini clothes pins were altered with paint, pink Stickles and more Glitz. They can be used to hang the banner. I especially thought it looked cute in the window.
So peak around your craft room, you probably have all the elements I used for this banner in there somewhere.
What do you craft with old books?