Silhouette Cameo Crafts

Quick and Easy Birthday Banner

How to Make a Quick and Easy Birthday Banner

No cut file needed!

Birthday Banner

 

 

 

Hope you’re having a fun and fabulous Friday! This weekend we’re celebrating our grandson’s birthday, and I wanted to share this cute birthday banner, made in Silhouette Cameo.

Back in the day, when my own kids were…well kids…and when I finally had a computer, I used to print out a birthday banner. Remember those greeting card software programs? Seems like a crazy long time ago when we still had a tall tower computer and a big clunky monitor. It was fun messing around with those programs…right?

For birthdays I made my kids their favorite meal and cake so that they would feel special on their birthdays.

I love using my Silhouette Cameo and today I decided to pull out that idea of a birthday banner, but use my Cameo to create it.

I like easy,  and I didn’t want to shop around for a file to make it, so I started with a simple idea, and made up my own.

  • First of all, I drew a rectangle. Not too difficult… If you’re familiar with the cameo, you’re doing this already. rectangle
    You can make this into your own shape by clicking on it twice, and now you have point editing open.
point editing
  • You can see that there’s no point in the mid bottom of the rectangle, but if you just move your cursor on it, and click that center, you create one.

  • Now that you’ve created your point, you can drag that down into your banner shape.

  • If you want this kind of banner, lift up your point with the cursor instead of pulling it down.

  • Resize your banner to further customize the shape. This is just one example. I decided to go with the first shape as you’ll see here in a bit.

 

  • This may not be an absolutely necessary step, but I decided that I wanted to do an offset, so that I could layer my banner and give it some dimension.

  • Here are the two layers, and I just changed them to blue and white so that I could see what I was working with. The offset piece has been moved from behind and they are now separate pieces.

  • Hit CTRL and the d, and make multiple copies of the shapes. Here I was able to get several of these on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet, and cut out enough for my banner. I did the same thing with my white layer. If you really wanted to have some fun and make a more colorful banner, you could make your pieces in different colors. In the end I chose green for my background pieces.

This COLORBOK cardstock has been in my drawer for a long time, and I decided to use some of it to cut the pieces. This is another one of those places you could use up scraps or even patterned paper. I’m sure you’re not as boring as I am!

bright and primary cardstock

 

Ready to move onto the lettering?

Keep in mind, I’m not showing every single step here, but I wanted to give you a general idea how I made my banner. I’m sure there are other ways of doing things.

  • I typed out the “Happy” and “Birthday” with the text tool and changed them to the Dissentio font. This is a fun and simple font, and I didn’t have to worry about the “middles” of letters. I thought it would make it much easier to glue them all down when assembling the banner. You could use any font. Each letter as a different font would look really cute!

 

  • Next, I resized and measured against my banner to check my fit.  When I was happy with it, I ungrouped my letters and gave each one a color with the fill tool. I’m off the paper here, but I’m just sizing up my letters. I’ll be moving things around soon!

I just played around until I got what I wanted, and then moved my banners out-of-the-way so I could start cutting letters. Now that didn’t mean I was totally committed to those colors, but I could cut by color when I sent them to the Cameo. I have another grandchild with a birthday coming up, so I cut two of each set using a blade setting of “3”.

 

Assembly

  • Once cut, I laid out my pieces, and I decided that despite the bright colors, it was missing something. I ran each white piece through the Cuttlebug with the Happy Birthday folder. Texture makes everything so much better!

embossed with Cuttlebug

  • Everything was glued together with Aleen’s Fast Grab tacky glue. It’s what I had and I knew it would stay glued. I punched holes in the top with a paper punch and they’re not perfectly straight, but oh well!

  • I decided that our little guy was a star, and added these little felt stars to some of the banner panels.

felt stars

The finished banner

I’m not certain I’m going to keep the purple ribbon, but for now you get an idea of the finished product. It turned out really cute, and I can’t wait to put it up at his birthday party.

 

This is a really simple project. If you have questions feel free to drop me a comment! I would love to hear from you!

 

Creating Gift Tags from Scraps and Free SVG File

Tag set and cutting files.
Christmas Tag Set
Gift Tags are a wonderful way to use up bits and pieces and they make gifts look so special. These turned out so cute that nobody will know they came from scrap bits in your stash.

I’ve cut these little tags in Silhouette Studio from a file I created myself in Inkscape. With the cut file below you can make tags like these as well as something that is the right size for your gift.

I was able to cut out 4 tags, the white layer and these cute little trees from small pieces that I grabbed from my overflowing file drawer. Each tag is only 1.5 inches x 2.5 inches and is the perfect size for gifting those smaller items on your Christmas list. 

This tiny sentiment comes from  “A Little Love”, stamp set from Close to My Heart. It’s the smallest stamp that I had available and fit perfectly in the amount of white space on the tag. For the hole at the top of the tag, I simply used a paper punch. This is something that could be added to the cut file, but this way you can use your own punch to make it larger for ribbon or smaller for baker’s twine or other string. Of course some bling, like these enamel embellishments, provide some extra dimension.

This is my first time trying to make my own cut file and it’s been an enjoyable challenge to learn this process. Today I’m sharing it as a free file in Zip format. There are formats in PNG, SVG, DXF, and JPEG. You can download the entire file by clicking on the link below.

 

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Layers of tag cut file.

These files have been tested on my personal Silhouette Cameo 2. Files are for personal use only.  Say It With Simplicity assumes that you are familiar with the downloading and use of these files. You may share these files on social media by linking directly to this page, not the files themselves. Please be sure to credit Say It With Simplicity as the source of these files. Thank you!

 

Learn How to Make Lovely Home Decor from a Dollar Tree Plate

Dollar Store Charger plate to Home Decor

Today I’m going to share with you how I created this awesome fall home decor plate with a simple plate from the Dollar Tree. You can also make a piece that is uniquely yours with a scrap of vinyl, your Silhouette or other cutting machine and some spray paint. Home decor has never been easier. (more…)

Grateful Thankful Blessed Sign

Cabinet Door to Farmhouse Sign

Shopping at Habitat for Humanity can be a real treat and this reclaimed cabinet door inspired me to make this sign for our dining room. I’m fairly new to sign making but learning is half the fun! It’s just one of a few signs I’ve made for our home and it’s now hanging on our wall, and I simply love it!

I painted the cupboard door with this RUST-OLEUM Flat Black and did about 3 light coats. It had been sitting around for awhile and I was going to repaint it, but I started to sand and liked the look of the distressed frame. I decided to mask off the edges and only repainted the center.

RUST-OLEUM in flat black.

Oramask 813 has been my go-to product for stenciling and it cuts like butter and adheres so nice. For another Oramask and spray paint project, check out my first Youtube video HERE.

The file was purchased from Etsy and I cut the material using the matte vinyl settings. My blade was set on 3, Speed 5, Force 10. These are the settings I use for the Oramask and it works out wonderful on my machine. I use Transfer Rite tape to transfer my cuts to the work.

I did several light coats with white paint and a sponge brush. I did have a little paint peel up when I removed the vinyl, but I think it’s because the cupboard door is a sort of laminate and so the paint couldn’t really soak in like it does with wood. If I had it to do over, I might have used a spray paint like the RUST-OLEUM Ultra for the lettering because it adheres to just about everything. I ended up filling in a couple tiny areas with a liner brush. Hubby says I’m too picky, but in the end I was pretty happy with it. It’s a nice addition for fall decorating.

Have you shopped at Habitat Re-store? What did you find for decorating your home?

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll venture out and make something special for your home today.