I have seen several of these banners made on the net and thought I would make one for my fireplace. I didn't feel like making a file for this so dug out my cartridges and looked for some thing that would work. I used my Sizzix Eclips and Albums, Bags & Boxes 2 cartridge. (Tutorial to follow) And ended up making a file for the letters as I only own 1 cart with letters and they are wonky looking. So would not work. So yep, had to make a file for the letters and cut to my Sizzix with Ecal.
Here is my fireplace with new Pine Cone Garland. For years we have had the long strand of plain garland that swagged cross the fireplace and down the sides. Now that I have 2 grand babies in the house all day. We decided to change it up. And use a garland that just laid across the top. I had some issues with the ribbon and will have more pictures coming up in the post with a link to May Arts Ribbon.
This is a close up of the Banner, You can see the Inked edges. I used Adirondack Oregano, first on the outer edge. But after it was done. I thought it needed a touch of red. So I used a light inking of Adirondack Cranberry. On the outer edges. The second layer is light brown, and used Distress Ink in Walnut and top layer Oregano. Then stamped the First and last Letter of both of both rows. And finished off with Silver Rhinestones from Want 2 Scrap.
I was having a hard time with the wire ribbon on my mantle. I had tried 4 times to put in on different ways. And it just didn't look right. So was taking a break and reading facebook and Wham! May Arts Ribbon posted this: "Classic Christmas Wreath for the Bow-Challenged". So I went and read it and posted to see if it would work for Mantle Garland. And Charlene Driggs sent me a message on facebook and said it should work fine. So I gave it a try and Yes! It worked. (Thanks so much Charlene!) Above is a collection of several sets of 3 gathered together to make a box.
Here is the mantel with the Ribbon, Poinsettia flowers, Silver ball garland, and a few red ball springs. (Im having a hard time with the color lights. Hubby wanted colored lights this year. I'm a White light and Blue, Silver and White Christmas kind of girl!
Sizzix Eclips, Cartridge and Ecal
I haven't used the cartridges but once to test cut when I first go it. So it was a learning experience for sure. And since there are not a lot of Eclips tutorials out. I am going to walk you though the steps I used to make this banner from a Album file. And some tips I learned along the way.
I used Recollections cardstock and use these settings. Blade 2, Speed 4, Pressure 3
If using the Title Merry Christmas you will need 14 of each layer.
(yes, you can use cricut mats, just lay your Eclips mat on top and use a fine marker to mark the rounded corners. Cut the corners off and it works fine. I think these stay sticky longer and cheaper to get with a coupon at Joanns)
Here you see how the file cuts out of the scrap. So really you get 3 out of 8.5 x 11 if you take the time to use the scrap just make sure you change your Qty to 1. I did these when I had enough of the sets of two cut. And just cut the last 4 on the scraps.
NOTE: On your handheld scree at the bottom, It will ask you "ROTATE SHAPE FOR LANDSCAPE" hit OK for yes. And it will cut just like you see on screen. And get 4 out of this piece of cardstock.
Pay attention to your edge. Use your laser to check it. With the cricut mat, I think the paper placement is off a little. Its right close to the edge, I usually just use my hand held to move the blade over and down a tad, forgot on this one but it was fine.
Sizzix Eclips (Machine)
Ecal (Cutter software)
Albums, Boxes and Bags 2 (Sizzix Cartridge)
Stamps (Recollections Flourishy)
Ink (Adirondack Oregano, Cranberry) (Distress Ink Walnut)
Cardstock (Recollections) Brown, Cream, Deep Red
Glue (Scotch Quick Dry) Love this stuff!
Adhesive (ATG Gold Tape.