Hello there! Thanks so much for stopping by today.  And big hugs and thanks to Graphic 45 & Petaloo for all of the amazing product that you sent us! I certainly had a plethora of goodies to choose from. Who knew Petaloo had sooooo many different, gorgeous, textural flower varieties?! All week we will be sharing projects using the Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells and Typography collections and Petaloo Darjeeling collection.
 
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I recently stopped by a bookstore in downtown Los Angeles called “The Last Bookstore”. They had these amazing paper sculptures jutting out of walls, picture frames, bookcases, and even pianos! Yeah, pianos with sheet music spewing forth as if an eruption of paper was caught in still life. Upon closer inspection, I discovered that the paper tendrils were actually a piece of wire sandwiched between two pieces of paper and then bent into a shape. Xyron could definitely make that happen!
 
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This halloween banner was all about lateral motion but also the 3D effect of the paper tendrils jutting forth from the pennants. Why not?! Display across bulletin boards, on a desk, across a mantle, or in your window.
 
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To create the tendrils, I cut pieces of 8″ x 8″ Graphic 45 paper to 2″ x 8″. Then I ran them through the Xyron 3″ Sticker Maker to coat one side of each paper with adhesive. I cut lengths of wire to 8″ and applied the paper to the wire. Then I applied a second paper to sandwich the wire between the papers, pressing the papers together firmly. Then I bent the paper into the desired shape and adhered to the pennants of the Halloween banner
 
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The next technique involved adhering googly eyes to paper without wet glue and without glue dots. It IS totally possible! I ran a paper diecut through the Xyron 3″ Sticker Maker with the right-side facing down, towards the adhesive. I then applied adhesive to the back of the “sticker” and applied it to a tag. The front of the diecut word was covered with Xyron adhesive, I applied googly eyes as desired. Then, I sprinkled on a fine coat of glitter to cover the remaining adhesive and add a bit of sparkle to the Halloween banner.
 
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I hope you enjoyed this Halloween banner and the two techniques I shared. What project would you create with the Xyron 3″ Sticker Maker and these techniques?
 
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Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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9 thoughts on “Xyron, Graphic 45, & Petaloo Team Up!!! A Halloween Banner

  1. WOW what a NEAT idea, gonna have to try this!

    Posted on September 26, 2013 at 10:08 am
    1. I’d love to see your project when you do!

      Posted on September 26, 2013 at 6:39 pm
  2. WOW! Love the lettering with the google eyes. So clever and cute. Great idea. Very clever and unique sculpturing for your banner, Great work.

    Posted on September 26, 2013 at 12:40 pm
    1. Thanks so much! Amazing how wonderful the Xyron adhesive holds things together — soooo much easier than liquid glue.

      Posted on September 26, 2013 at 6:39 pm
  3. Jennifer, this is so cute! I love the idea of running wire between the papers – some we used to do as kids and tend to forget as adults. Great looking banner and the dimension makes it so much fun to look at.

    Posted on September 26, 2013 at 4:34 pm
    1. Thank you so much!! I thought it was so cool when I saw it! Now I want to do it all the time!

      Posted on September 26, 2013 at 6:38 pm
  4. Fabulous fun banner thanks for sharing enjoying the hop

    MaggieH

    Posted on September 27, 2013 at 12:27 am
  5. great techniques. thanks so much for sharing might have to try some of these.

    Posted on October 20, 2013 at 4:40 pm