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    A banner inside of a greeting card is a fun way to surprise the recipient as it unfolds as the card is opened.  It’s also a great way to use up pieces of scrap paper or put a new use to washi tape.  Each one can be personalized with a special message or even someone’s name to give it that extra special touch of uniqueness.

    This particular example showcases the sentiment “be mine” but it can be altered to fit any holiday or occasion.

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    Getting Started: Supplies Needed

    Photo Credit: Candice Cruz

    Supplies Needed:

    – cardstock to create the card base (this is a 5.5″ x 5.5″ square card base)
    – cardstock to line the inside of the card base
    – embroidery floss or string
    – paper or cardstock to create the banner flags
    – small embellishments (optional)
    – small alphabet stamps (optional)
    – tape
    – adhesive
    – washi tape (optional)
    – 1/16″ hole punch tool (optional)
    – mini glue dots

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    Create the Card Base and Cut Banner Flags

    Photo Credit: Candice Cruz

    Instructions:

    1. Cut a piece of 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock paper into a 5.5″ x 11″ rectangle.

    2. Use a bone folder and scoring tool (optional) to fold the rectangle in half so that it creates a 5.5″ square card base. Set this aside.

    3. Cut a piece of cardstock paper into a 5″ x 10″ rectangle and repeat step 2 so that it creates a 5″ square card.  We will use this as the liner of the card.

    4. Cut paper into .75″ x 2″ strips and make enough for each letter of your message, plus any spaces that may be needed.

    The span of the card and the length of the message may affect the width of the strips.  For instance if you need to create more than nine strips then you may need to make them less than .75″ wide.

    5. Fold each strip in half and then trim a triangle into the bottom of each flag.

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    Use Stamps to Create a Message

    Photo Credit: Candice Cruz

    6. Use alphabet stamps to create a message on the flags.  If you don’t have access to alphabet stamps try using your own handwriting instead, or use a computer to print letters and cut the strips out that way.

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    Punch Holes in the Lining Paper

    Photo Credit: Candice Cruz

    7. Punch two little holes in the lining paper where you want the banner to begin and end.  In this example I used a 1/16″ hole punch tool and made a hole in the upper left and right corners of the lining paper, about a 1/4″ down from the top edge.

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    Anchor the Embroidery Floss with Tape

    Photo Credit: Candice Cruz

    8. Cut a piece of embroidery floss about 12″ to 13″ in length.  Thread one end through the hole in the upper left corner and then anchor it to the back of the lining paper with a piece of tape.

    9. Open up the lining paper and lay it flat on your work surface.  Thread the other end of the embroidery floss into the hold in the upper right corner and pull it through until you’re happy with the way it hangs on the inside of the card.

     I didn’t want mine to lie completely flat on the card so I pulled it a little more taut before anchoring it onto the back of the lining paper.  Trim away any excess embroidery floss.

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    Use Washi Tape to Decorate a Flag

    Photo Credit: Candice Cruz

    10. If you want to use washi tape to decorate a flag: open one of the strips and cover one side with a strip of washi tape.  Trim a triangle out of the bottom of it as in step 5.

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    Use Wooden Embellishment Stickers to Decorate a Flag

    Photo Credit: Candice Cruz

    11.  Spaces in between words are a great way to add a little bit of embellishment to the banner.  I used a wooden embellishment sticker in this example.  Since it was slightly wider than .75″ I made one of the flags 1″ in width instead.

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    Place the First and Last Flags

    Photo Credit: Candice Cruz

    12.  Open up the first and last flags and put a mini glue dot or a piece of double sided tape on the inside of each one.  Place each flag onto the embroidery floss and then press them closed.

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    Place the Remaining Flags

    Photo Credit: Candice Cruz

    13.  I find that it helps to figure out which flag will be the center flag of your message before placing the remaining flags on the banner, and then start with that one.  Once the middle flag is in place add the remaining flags and space them out evenly.

    14. Gently close the card lining paper in half and make sure not to bend or smoosh any of the flags.  Apply a good amount of adhesive or double sided tape to the backside of one of the lining paper’s sides, and then slip it into the outer card base (the 5.5″ square that we created in step 2) making sure that there is an even margin around three of the edges.

     The center spine should be lined up with the inside of the outer card (like a book).

    15. Apply a good amount of adhesive to the other side of the lining paper and adhere it to the other side of the outer card.  This will hide the tape that was used to anchor down the embroidery floss.

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    Decorate the Front of the Card

    Photo Credit: Candice Cruz

    16.  Decorate the front of the card with three strips of the washi tape placed in the center, and then top it off with a little embellishment.

    Since this is an irregular sized card it may be difficult to find an envelope that it will fit in. You can make your own square envelope with this tool or consider using a large rectangular envelope.  If you use a square envelope, keep in mind that there may be extra charges to ship it so be sure to check with your post office before mailing.

    Supplies Used:

    – “crumb cake” cardstock to create the card base (Stampin’ Up!)
    – “blushing bride” cardstock to line the inside of the card base (Stampin’ Up!)
    – “rose red” cardstock to make the banner flags (Stampin’ Up!)
    – “light gold” metallic embroidery floss, #E3821 (DMC)
    – small wooden heart sticker embellishment (Target)
    – small alphabet stamps (Hero Arts)
    – “onyx black” Versafine ink pad (Tsukineko)
    – tape (Scotch)
    – adhesive tape (Tombow)
    – washi tape (Scotch Expressions)
    – 1/16″ hole punch tool (Fiskars)
    – mini glue dots (Glue Dots)


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