It's our first Designer Challenge of the new year and I chose a suitably celebratory theme: Birthday Banners. The idea is to make a birthday card incorporating banners, bunting, pennants, or flags. The team rocked the challenge (as usual) with their clever ideas for strung decor.
For my project and video, I wanted to show an idea for using the Tag Book Pop-up a little differently by turning the pop-up squares and tags into open frames that would then highlight a scene on the big tags in the background. This allowed me to use the pop-ups primarily for hanging banners, although I also floated the "Happy Birthday" greeting. Here's the video tutorial:
I chose lots of bright saturated colors for my card, in keeping with the cheerful Birthday Banners theme. It's a costume party, where the guests chose their costumes, which are attached to wire "sticks". The clouds are made using white Nuvo crystal drops and the grass is made using the Nature Edges die set.
To float the title I attached the words from Word Set 2 to transparency pieces that are attached behind the openings to create the illusion of floating words.
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Let's take a look at the great Birthday Banners projects by the team. Simply click their names to open the blog post in a separate window for more details and full supply lists.
Helen Cryer is the queen of bunting so this challenge was just perfect for her masterful skills. I love the explosion of banners in this fun Katherine Label Pop-up card.
Kelly Booth is a master of coloring and it really shows in how she shaded the frosting on her scrumptious cupcakes. I love the fun whimsy of this Cupcake Pop-up birthday card with Tag Book banners decorating the background.
Fran Sabad made this floral explosion Tag Book card with bees, banners and blossoms and it's absolutely lovely. What a happy card!
Frances Byrne used the perfect mix of dies, stamps and papers for this cheerful birthday card using the Katherine Label Pop-up. The banners work so well with the diagonal stripes.
Shelly Hickox created this pretty invitation to a British Bake-off themed birthday party she's hosting for a friend. I love how she created the word "bake" for her banners by cutting apart the words in the birthday set.
Karen Aicken made this love-inspired card with a clever combination of dies. I love her use of the banners along the front of the House die's platform. And the heart tree is divine!
Summer Hills-Painter took a couple of challenges off to make a huge move from the east coast to the west coast. She's settled in and unpacked her craft supplies and wow is she back with a bang! Check out this absolutely adorable pirate-themed Tag Book project.
As a bonus, Kelly Booth made a second Birthday Banners project featuring the Charm Accordion and her amazing coloring skills. I just love the way she created the background. The Charm Accordion is such a great generic die to showcase stamps, as Kelly has done beautifully here!
Well I think this has been an excellent kick-off to another year of pop-ups! In fact, the team is particularly excited to start showing off their projects made with our Winter 2018 Release, scheduled to start shipping on February 1st. Stay tuned for sneak peeks and videos in two weeks. We'll also be back next month, on February 7, 2018, with our next Designer Challenge, featuring brand new dies, and we are royally excited about it!