Letters to Santa banner

Hi all..

Elaine here again today bringing you my last piece using the fabulous, traditional Letters to Santa Kaisercraft collection.

imageTo create this banner I first cut some flags from the Carolers paper from the collection using a stitched die from my stash..although hand cutting would, of course, be perfectly acceptable. Also if you think this shape isn’t to your liking..a simpler triangle could be used to add the cluster on top instead. I then punched small holes in the corner of each flag for ribbon to be threaded through later.

imageNext I made some rosettes using the scoring method. First I cut three strips of 1.5″ by 12″ Christmas Traditions paper and you should end up with this after these first two steps.

imageI then scored the strips at 1/4″ intervals (shown at half inch but I did it at 1/4″ after all)  and folded them in a valley and mountain fold securing them at the end with double sided tape and then pushing them down in the centre. I punched two 1.5″ Circles for the top and bottom to secure in place with wet glue. I then weighted these down overnight to allow to set properly. (There are many tutorials on You Tube to help you if you get stuck)

imageOnce the rosettes had set, I added them to the centre of the three middle flags and embellished them with the Kaisercraft Chipboard Alphas letters spelling out JOY.. although,  of course, if you want to make a longer banner you could have MERRY CHRISTMAS, PEACE etc. too. I inked the letters with a Kaisercraft Cherry Red ink pad and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder from my stash to give them a little twinkle. I then added a wooden flourish to each rosette that I first inked with either the Cherry Red or Vine Ink pads and highlighted each of them with  Lippy Red Rhinestones and a Fire Red Mini Bloom. I also added an organza ribbon tail using ribbon from my stash.

imageTo create the left end flag I took some Cherry Weave Kaisercard and cut two poinsettias using the Decorative Die and added a couple of collectables from the collectables pack too. I used a Daffodil Sparklet  as the centre for the flowers and added a smudge of Kaisercraft glue stick before sprinkling on some Stickles gold glitter.

imageTo create the right hand flag I took a large collectable and fussy cut some holly leaves from the Holly and Berries paper tucking them in behind the rose and the poinsettia collectables adding a smaller Daffodil Sparklet. I also embellished these with gold glitter and added a couple more red rhinestones for a final bit of sparkle. I also, at this stage, touched the roses on the central flags with glue and added a light dusting of glitter.

imageTo finish I used the same organza ribbon as the tails to thread the five flags on to. All in all I think these are very festive and I can’t wait to start decorating my new home with these..this collection certainly makes it easier.. Show us what you’ve made with it too why don’t you?

Have fun creating!