Friday, February 23, 2018


Bobbieaz asked me to show how I make banners for cards. Banners like this:

Here's a close-up. 

So here's how I do it.

For a black banner with white embossing, I start with these supplies. For a white banner with colored ink, skip all the embossing, but otherwise follow the same process.

White embossing powder, white pigment ink (in this case StampinUp,
but any white pigment ink will do, and you can even use clear embossing
ink, but I have the white SU ink, so that's what I use), black card stock,
and whatever stamp you want.

Ooops. I forgot to use the Embossing Buddy. Don't worry if the black cardstock looks dusty after pouncing with the Buddy. It will come off later.

The Embossing Buddy keeps embossing powder from sticking
on the cardstock where you don't want it. 

After embossing, I clean the cardstock with a tissue to get the chalk off, and then I cut the sentiment out using an quilting ruler and craft knife. Watch your fingers!

Once the sentiment is cut out, with even margins on each side, I use the craft knife to notch the ends.

Well, after I took the photo, I realized this looked a bit ragged, so I trimmed it up cleanly, as you can see on the final card above. Probably ought to keep readers on my nose all the time while crafting now as my reliable close vision isn't so reliable anymore.

If you use a paper trimmer, it can be tricky to get everything centered. You might want to cut the strip and stamp after cutting, but then you have to be careful to stamp straight and centered. For me, it's always easier to stamp first, cut second, just because I'm comfortable using the quilting ruler and craft knife.

Have a lovely weekend! We are off to see our firstborn in a comedy show raising funds for hurricane relief. Should be fun!

Mercy, grace, peace, and love,

stamps: Hero Arts (Feb Monthly kit), Papertrey sentiment
ink: StampinUp white craft ink, assorted pigment inks
paper: Papertrey white, StampinUp black
accessories: rhinestones, dimensionals, embossing powder, heat gun, Embossing buddy, craft knife, quilting ruler, 


  1. Another way to make the notched ends is to use the corner of a square punch. My preferred method is to use a banner die for the whole thing. I have a few from PTI.

    1. I always seem to get the angle wrong with the square punch!

  2. Great reminder of the quilting ruler... I hav3e two on my desk - time to use them! Thanks!

  3. Now this is a card I "think" I might actually be able to CASE!

    Thank you for your posts, I don't reply often but I always see cards I like.

    Enjoy the weekend.

  4. I am not good with a craft knife no matter how hard I try. I need some banner dies.

    1. If you find any good ones, please let me know. The set I have is too small for most of my sentiments.


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