Lesson 15: Making a Holiday Banner

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Hello all,

During the month of December I am very blessed to receive many lovely cards that are handmade small pieces of art.  I save most of these and make card banners to display during the holiday season as an easy and beautiful decoration for our home.  This year, I have been making banners on lace using Tangie’s Winter Wonderland, AJC13 December Collection Scandinavia, and Favorite Things: Baking kits.

I have been making collage sheets as jpg files in Photoshop using an 8.5 X 11 canvas so that I can print at home, then cutting things up and making the banners using holiday themed brads and applique’ pins.

Here are a few examples of the collage sheets:

Angels 1 and 2

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With the roses below, I added one element to the Photoshop file, then copied and pasted one row, selected that row with the Marquee tool, and copied and pasted my way across the canvas.  I re-sized two rows to have some variety and fit more on one page:

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For the triangular shaped pieces, I made a Photoshop template using the Custom Shape Tool, choosing one of the default shapes from the drop down menu.  I re-sized the shapes, colored each in black, then used each one as a clipping mask for Tangie’s papers and holiday elements.  After I had each mask completed, I added a background paper.

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Then it was just a matter of cutting the triangles out and using brads or pins to mount onto the ribbon or lace strip.  With some of the banners, I leave a lot of space and clip cards to the banner, others I pin more densely, and hang up without adding more:

 

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I also like to make a “Merry Christmas”  banner to add to an evergreen swag on our mantle piece to hang with the stockings…here are the beginnings of my swag banner.  First I made a Photoshop file, again on an 8.5 X 11 canvas so I could print at home, then added all the letters to spell, “Merry Christmas”, with a background paper.  After I had all the letters, I did the unbelievably gymnastic keyboard command, “Shift + Control + Alt + E”  for “Stamp Visible”, basically a great way to save all the individual layers onto one layer without flattening the file:

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Then I printed the jpg file onto photo paper and cut out the individual letters. I have started to line up all the letters and mount on a lace ribbon in preparation for my evergreen swag.  I like to wait until just before the holiday so the evergreen stays fresh and fragrant, so for now, it is pinned to my studio curtains!

Art Travels with RainI hope you are all enjoying the wonders of the season, and having a bit of time for some art!

take care,

Rain

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