Be Merry, Be Bright! by Jana Eubank

Be Merry, Be Bright! by Jana Eubank
Are you looking for a way to brighten up a corner of the room with holiday cheer? Hello, everyone! It's Jana Eubank with a Christmas banner to share with you today. Banners are perfect for adding to a mantle, sideboard, window, treat table, and more! I created this banner with the Jingle All the Way collection to share with you today.
When I'm creating a banner, I like to work on all of the pennants at once. First, I choose the background papers from the 6x8 Pad and place them in order on my work surface. I then die-cut them into a pennant shape, and go to work creating designs for each one.
First, I select a focal point image, for this banner I decided to add Santa to every other pennant to take advantage of all of the cute embellishments featuring the jolly ol' elf from this collection. For the remaining pennants I chose to use the snowman, gingerbread couple, and the car with the Christmas tree on top.
Most of the focal point images came from the pack of Bits & Pieces. I also pulled in Santa in his sleigh from the Cardstock Stickers. The gingerbread couple and car were fussy-cut from the Element papers.  
After I select my focal point images I fill in with supporting images like presents, flowers, snowflakes, holly, etc. I also added a word of some kind to each cluster. The Foam Stickers are perfect for this! They add dimension and interest. I added even more texture with the puffy stickers and enamel dots.
Next, I chose a shape of some kind from the Journal Bits to place behind each grouping to connect everything together. You can also use tags from the Tags paper, or fussy-cut journal blocks from the element papers.
To anchor each cluster I layered die-cut shapes of patterned paper and vellum. I chose to use my nested dies for this in oval, bracket, and rectangle shapes. On some of the banners I put the vellum behind the patterned paper shape, and on others I chose to layer the vellum on top.
Finally, I added a 1" strip of patterned paper across the top of each banner to add strength. I punched holes in the corners then strung everything together with a length of sage green hemp twine. I added black buttons tied with the twine in between each pennant for even more cuteness and texture.  
Banners are so much fun to make and can dress up your home for any holiday, season, or celebration. After you take the Christmas decorations down, why not try making one for Winter to chase away the grey days of January? 
Happy Creating!
Jana Eubank

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