Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Printable Canvas DIY Banner from Michaels Midesign

Hello everyone!  I wanted to share a hybrid craft with you using canvas paper.  If you don't have or can't find canvas paper cardstock would work great as well.  I had this in my stash and wanted to make a banner for the holidays with it, and this is what I came up with!  I printed 5x7 cards and then cut them into banner shapes and put our last name on it using alphas.  Of course you could design the entire banner in the builder and not have to do much to it when printed.  But, I like to add those extra buttons and lace on things.  Here's my instructions:

Go to MiDesign and log into your account
Once logged in click on "Let's Get Started" in the upper right corner
Choose "Start A New Creation"
Select "Photo Cards", "5x7 Flat Cards", "Start Creating"
Now here, I just added background papers to the Front and the Back sides of the card and chose the option to print at home.  You can design your entire banner in the builder then print from home as well.  Adding last names, dates, family members names etc.
Once I received the print from home files in my email, I unzipped them and opened them in photoshop.  I then added two of my 5x7 cards onto one 8.5x11 sheet for easy printing.  If you do not use photoshop you can choose to print from the file, they come as a jpg.  Just reinsert the paper upside down to print the back of the card.  Make sure to use a test print on regular paper.
Once I had everything done in photoshop I printed out my cards onto the canvas paper.  You can also print out on cardstock as well.
I then assembled how I wished!  I added baker's twine, buttons, bling etc.  Look in your stash and just use what you have.  Make sure to use a strong glue as well.  I chose to use Helmar's 450 glue for my project.
Tip:  When cutting my banner shapes I folded my cards in half to find the middle.  Then I was able to cut the banner shape and triangles.  Also, if you're using cardstock make sure to break out those fun border punches for unique edges!

This would be a great Valentine's Gift with Love Papers and embellies as well!

~Amy Teets
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