Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Boo Banner Graphic 45 Style

Fall is definitely my favorite time of year!  The crisp air, the hayrides, bonfires, leaf piles to play in, the colors, mmm and the apples!  But really, when I think fall, I think Halloween!!! 
Getting to dress up,  all the spooky decorations,  the stories and history behind it all! 
Simply Magic! 
That is why I decided to create a Boo Banner using Graphic 45's Kraft Envelope Album.
To help you capture the spirit of the season, I have also created KITS that are available for purchase in my etsy store!
As well as a tutorial for creating the aged Spiderweb's on the envelopes.
So let's get started....

The best part about creating a banner using Graphic 45's Kraft Envelope album is the ability to hide things inside!  Create tags, or cards, fill with Halloween decor or candy! 
Either way,  your guests will love it! 

These fun little witch tags were created using the leftover Graphic 45 Staples packages and metal brads.  Each tag has a different little seasonal saying, and each witch is a wearing a tiny handmade paper hat complete with trim!

Now onto the Partial Embossing Technique to create a haunting look on your banner!

Colorbox Decades Ink Photogenic
Embossing Folder

This technique can be used with any embossing folders! For this banner, I wanted an elegant yet haunted look, so I went with Cuttlebug’s Spider web Embossing Folder.
Step 1: Take apart album book by bending the binding and remove the pages. Remove cover, and use pages from the inside making sure they all have the same size tabs for hanging.
Step 2: Cut desired paper to size of envelope only, don’t include the tab, this will be decorated separately. I used Tour De France and Well Groomed for my banner.

Step 3: Adhere paper to envelope, and angle cut bottom on both sides, meeting at the center to create a v or flag shape. Make sure not to cut too high, or your tag will hang out!
Lightly Adhere bottom closed to create a pocket.

Step 4: Place envelope partially into embossing folder, angling to make sure paper doesn’t hit die cutting machine before envelope is embossed.
This takes a lot of turning and flipping to get it just right, and don’t be surprised if there is A LOT of your envelope still hanging out. 

Step 5: Crank die cutting machine partially to emboss, making sure to stop before envelope hits machine and becomes crushed.  

Step 6: Repeat to desired effect

Step 7: Once embossing is done, create a little age using a blending tool and Colorbox Decades Photogenic Ink. Ink to desired effect

Step 8: Using Ink Pad, directly drag ink across embossed area’s and edges of envelope to really make them pop.

Once complete, allow ink to dry, and decorate as desired!! Repeat for desired length of banner, alternating embossed area’s on each envelope!
Also, for added strength of your banner, trace shape onto chipboard, cut out and adhere to the back!
Supplies Used:
Graphic 45 Papers
Colorbox: Graphic 45 Decade Inks, Photogenic
Hampton Arts: Flourishes and Flowers Clear Stamps
May Arts: Black lace, fringe black ribbon, white roping, small black seam binding
Cuttlebug: Spiderweb Embossing Folder
Sizzix: Big Shot
Spellbinders: Eyelet Squares Nestabilites
Ranger: Platium Stickles, Rock Candy Distress Stickles, Frayed Burlap Distress Ink
Scrapbook Adhesives: 3D Foam Squares, repositionable adhesive
Tombow: Color Glue Stick
Other: Clipart, Font(Old English), Printer, metal star stamping, vintage watch faces, crepe paper garland
Thanks so much for stopping by on this gorgeous fall day!! 
Happy Haunting your craft room!!
And don't forget if you are interested in purchasing a Boo Banner Kit, head over to


Danielle said...

I love how you used the embossing folder!! TFS!

Nancy Wethington said...

Nicole, I thought this idea was brilliant. I would never have thought to use the envelopes as a banner. Gorgeous design work!

Nina said...

hi, wonderful artwork! I use pictures of my children for halloween....where did you get the hats? I'd love to use them on my little darlings... :o)

Anonymous said...

I just love the antique look of your artistic de

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