Sunday, February 21, 2010

"LUCKY" Grungy/Vintage St.Patrick's Day Banner

Use your Cricut to make this!

Add some Irish Luck to your décor by whipping up this super savvy, funky and fun 3-layered banner using your Cricut. Who knows, maybe you’ll attract leprechauns…!

This project requires the “Making the Grade” Cricut cartridge and will take approximately 2-3 hours to complete!

3-5 pieces of 12x12 black cardstock
3-5 coordinating 12 x 12 pieces of patterned paper in green tones (we used Rusty Pickle) but any coordinating paper works just fine!
3-5 pieces of 12 x 12 coordinating solid brown cardstock
2 pieces of 12 x 12 solid green in a coordinating shade
Vintage music patterned paper scraps (we used Making Memories FaLaLa)
Small piece of torn corrugated cardboard
Black and white damask/flourish print ribbon (or any other pattern/color)
Stickles (we used Gunmetal Black and Distressed Stickles in Peeled Paint)
Sewing Machine with brown thread (this step can be skipped)
Paintbrush (or Q-tip)and water
Hole punch
Ink pad (we used a copper colored ink by Dew Drops)
Forest Green Rain dots (adhesive transparent colored dots)
Embellies – things in green – all different shades work great!
(We used muted lime green buttons in assorted sizes, green safety pins, paper clips, St. Patrick’s Day acrylic shapes, butterflies with clips from the Florist section at craft stores) We also used silver beading to attach to the butterflies for more bling, soda can tabs, a bottle cap and silver paper clip – feel free to jazz up your own creation!)
Your preferred adhesive

1. Using your Cricut and the “Making the Grade” Cricut cartridge you will need to cut out five pennants using the “blackout” feature from the black, brown and green patterned paper. We cut ours at 7”. So once all pennant pieces are cut, you should have a total of 15 pieces.
2. Cut the letters “L-u-C-k-y” using your paper scraps from step one and the solid green paper. You will be cutting the word “LuCky” three times – once in black, brown and green. We cut ours at 4”.
3. Next, stack the pennants so that the black is on the bottom, brown in the middle and the coordinating patterned paper is on the top of each. Layer these pieces so they are off-centered slightly (see photo for example or visit our blog at for close up photos of each pennant).
4. If sewing the pieces together this is the time to do that. Make a sloppy stitch (we used the straight stitch – size 6.0). Stitch around the entire pennant following the edge of the top paper (should be the patterned paper shaped pennant) as a guideline- stitch approximately ¼” in from the edge of the paper. (NOTE: Before sewing, we found it easier to add a small spot of adhesive to the center of each pennant layer to keep the pieces in place.) If you are not going to stitch the layers together, go ahead and use enough adhesive to attach pieces haphazardly.
5. Do the same now for the letters. Cut the word “LuCky” from the black, brown and green solid paper using the paper scraps from step one. You should have a total of 15 pieces – three of each color. When we cut ours we did not use shadow or blackout for any cuts. They were all the same size just arranged so that edges of each color showed.
6. Arrange the three layers of letters in whatever color preference. We mixed our layers to add a little more whimsy to our banner (see the photo for example). Adhere the letters together using your favorite adhesive but do not glue to the pennant yet – set aside.
7. Using a small paint brush, dip and drag across an ink pad and heavily ink the edges of the patterned paper. Once inked, use the same paint brush by continuously dipping in water to lighten the ink and give it more of a water colored look. Continue adding water until you get desired results. While wet, start weathering the edges by rolling and slightly tearing to give it a more vintage/grunge appearance (see photo for example).
8. Using your preferred hole punch (we used our handy dandy Crop-a-Dile), punch a hole through both sides of the pennants making sure to go through all three layers. Lay out the entire banner side by side in the correct order.
9. Cut eight pieces of ribbon into 6”-8” strips (or whatever is appealing to you!) and two pieces to hang the banner (we used two 12” pieces). Hook the banner together using the ribbon. The two longer pieces of ribbon are used on the very first and the very last hole for hangers. To hang the same way we did you will need to fold the ribbon in half and push the looped end through the hole on the pennant. Tie a knot at the end so that the loose ends are on the front of the pennant (see photo for example). For all of the other pieces, just slip the ribbon through one hole on each pennant and connect by tying in a knot- trim ribbon edges to desired length.
10. Tear two pieces of vintage music paper scrap around all four sides large enough to use as a mat under the letters “F”and “y” and ink the edges. Curl the ends of the paper by rolling and slightly tearing the edges. Adhere to the first and last pennant where the letters will be positioned.
11. Find some coordinating paper scraps to place under the “u” “C” and “k”. We used a black cardstock circle from our scrap box, a piece of torn corrugated cardboard and paper scraps from the paper leftover from the pennants. We also added random “x’s” with staples to the corrugated cardboard. This can be done by stapling one time and then stapling on top of the staple on an angle to form an “x.” Adhere the paper scraps to the banner pennants by using the photo above for placement.
12. Attach the letters in the correct order on top of the paper scraps you just glued on the pennant pieces.
13. Now the real fun begins! It’s time to start personalizing the banner by making it your style. Add feather butterflies like the ones we used or cut them out using your Cricut. Add beads, sequins, buttons, safety pins, paper clips, tulle and more to give your banner that special touch that makes it YOUR creation!
14. The final touch, is of course, optional BUT it definitely adds some Emeril "Bam!" And some SHA-ZAM! Get your own by adding dots of black and green Stickles randomly on the letters and maybe some rain dots in a coordinating green around the banner edges.

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