A Birthday Banner Tutorial

In this post some time back I mentioned showing you how I created part of a birthday banner for my son who is soon to be thirteen.

Life got in the way and somehow time slipped away from getting the post done.  Life is like that sometimes.

Anyhow – this next week is the special day so it was high time this got posted!

Birthday Banner Tutorial

Using  Industrial Collab from Viva Artistry and Studio Gypsy I printed off a couple of the awesome papers as well as one of banner templates from The Cutting Files which I had layered some more paper over.

Then all element pieces were adhered to some saved chipboard. After drying overnight I cut them out and inked up the edges.

I wanted to have loads of texture and grungy layers on this one so the handmade medallions added the extra height. These were made by a new technique discovered one night while craft blog surfing. It was bookmarked for reference but, not for the want of looking, I can’t find it. (Let me know if it was you as I would love to credit with a link!)


The medallion technique starts out like the usual way with a concertina folded strip of paper. For added grunge the edges of the paper have been pre-cut with a crinkly pair of scissors.

After folding it all up with the back side out two small notches are cut into either side of the pile.

Then I tied a loose weave twine around the middle, securing it tight on the top side where it would be visible.

Spread out the folds and adhere to edges to create this flatter type of medallion.  I like the way it looks and sits without needing a circle of cardstock behind. It seems more industrial and not so “girly”.

Then all the pieces were adhered to the banner template with hot glue. This helps get some height to the levels and is useful where there is only a slight edge to attach.The two number 13 strips were hole punched and added with a metal eyelet.

All the individual letters that make up the word thirteen on the banner are inked and added to a tag from the digital kit which is then layered over another banner template onto the bigger banner template which I enlarged slightly in photoshop.

Inking everything gave it that extra something. Real staples and metal pieces from Tim Holtz really brought the whole thing to life and gave it that wonderful added dimension of lifelike items.

Now lets hope he like it!

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2 thoughts on “A Birthday Banner Tutorial

  1. Sharyn, I’m in awe of your project. And your tut makes it a lot less intimidating. I have to get the guts and give it a try, it’s just too stunning not to. WOW.

  2. Pingback: Boys Thirteenth Birthday Banner « An Altered Life

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