Altered Art, Die Cutting, Felt & Fabric, Halloween, Shakers, Tags and Gifts

Trick-or-Treat Banner

Hello! Hello! I’m back yet again with a Halloween craft for you. This time I’m back to using paper though I did include a bit of felt here & there. Let’s get started with the tutorial…

Step 1: Plan & Cut

I started by arranging dies on my desktop until landing on a layout I loved. The original was a Batman sign, but after falling in love with this “Harvest” patterned paper pad this pastel version was born.

Step 2: Stack & Stick

The alphabet letters were then cut out once in light pink and then again in silver glitter cardstock. For a dimensional shadow effect, the letters were attached to each other lightly off-set with foam strips.

Step 3: Bat Bling

I played around with different colors and sizes of bats for the center, and finally settled on a pale purple cardstock that I added purple glitter glaze over to give it more texture and pizzaz.

To keep my fingers from getting sticky, I temporarily adhered a scrap strip of paper behind the bat die cut to use as a handle during the glitter glaze process.

Step 4: Cut a Window

While the glittered bat dried, I cut an oval window into the top banner layer, attached a piece of clear acetate behind it, and added a decorative stitched border.

Step 5: Fill ‘er Up!

Next, loads of adhesive foam was added behind the top banner layer and sequins were piled up in the center of the bottom banner layer.

Before attaching the top layer to the base layer, I added an extra bit of foam for support in the center of the sequins pile where I knew the bat die cut would cover it.

Step 6: Tabs

I used a strip die to create the banner loops from felt and secured them with stitching before attaching them to the banner.

Step 7: More Bats!

A dark grey glittered bat and small black felt bats were added to the banner followed by the alphabet letters.

Step 8: Embellish

Drops of purple glitter were added for extra embellishment followed by the purple glitter bat. Finally, the dowel was added and bits of ribbon finished it off.

Whoo! Hoo! I love this one so much. I think it might be my favorite of the whole crafty year. What do you think of this pastel Halloween color combo?

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– Laura Evangeline

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