I live in a cold-weather climate. Once the lovely light of the holiday season has passed and the decorations put away, we still have to deal with a long, cold, dark January before we can look to other fun holidays and reasons to put out decorations. So I came up with this lovely, sparkly “SNOW” banner to bridge the gap!
Now, it seems as if there are a lot of directions, but it’s all easy, you can do it! You may want to do this one in a few stages to give your glue time to dry.
- Cardstock in white, royal blue, and light blue. 2 sheets of 8 1/2 X 11 each should do it. (I used the Roy G. Biv Super Assortment from Core’Dinations.)
- Martha Stewart Star Punch
- Chipboard Letters (or cut them out using the Cricut)
- Martha Stewart Glitter in Sterling, Turquoise, and Crystal Fine
- 1 adhesive-backed Foamie Sheet
- 2 inch paper punch
- 1/4 inch hole punch
- Snowflake brads
- Decorative-edge scissors (optional)
- MS Scoring tool
- Purple Cows Paper Trimmer
- Tacky Glue
- Foam brush
- Wired Star Garland
Start by cutting the four pennants. Cut one sheet of white cardstock 4 pieces of cardstock 4.25 X 5.5 inches. If you are using a Cricut to cut your letters, use the other white paper for this. (I used the Storybook cart and made the letters 2 inches.)
Next, cut 2 three inch strips of light-blue cardstock lengthwise. Use decorative-edged scissors to cut the 3″ strip into two 1.5 inch strips. (You’ll have 4 strips total, each with one fancy edge.) Using the Martha Stewart Scoring Board, score each strip into 1/4 inch increments. Glue the ends together and let dry COMPLETELY. If you need directions on making paper rosettes, we have a tutorial HERE.)
In the meanwhile, cut 2 strips of dark blue cardstock long-wise 1.5 inches. Use your MS star punch to cut out the star) border.
Now you can make the pendants: measure the middle the short side of the white cardstock rectangles, then draw a line from the middle to the corner using a pencil. Cut out as shown:
Glue the star punched strip to the top of the pennant and trim at an angle with your scissors.
Now, let’s glitter those letters! Brush the front side of the letters with a thin coat of tacky glue. Sprinkle the white glitter first in the middle of the letters. Then sprinkle the silver along the top and bottom to create an ombre look. Let dry.
To assemble the rosettes, I came up with a little trick: I use a piece of adhesive-backed foamies to create a “base for the rosette. The folded paper has a tendency to want to spring up, but the foamie holds it right down. (I cut 2” circles from the Foamie sheet using my Cuttlebug, but you can just cut it free-hand- you won’t see it anyway!)
Cut four, 1.5 inch circles from the dark blue leftover cardstock and glue it to the top of the rosette. You may need to weight it down with a book while it dries completely.
Now to put it together! Add a little extra glitter to the top of the rosette, then add your letters. Glue the assembled rosette to the pennant. Punch a hole in each corner of the pennants with a 1/8 hole punch, and use a brad to attach them to each other.
Use some star or snowflake wired garland to hang it up! So festive, so pretty! You might actually be sad when the snow melts in the spring!
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