Trend Watch – Raise Your Banners

A few months, I wrote a Trend Watch article about banners and paper party supplies that you can DIY for your parties and get togethers.  There are so many fun ways that continue to come out to make that more elaborate and more fun.  Now I want to share how that same fun look can come together for your cards.

While card banners aren’t new; we have seen clever crafters create banners with washi, scrap paper, twine and other papers.  I have been impressed lately with metal dies  that incorporate words and that awesome tissue paper look that is popular now.   There are some great stamps too that duplicate that same look.

Let me show you a few examples of this cool way to showcase your banner skills.

I just love how happy and colorful Kimberly’s card is.  She uses letters and colored tulle to create her awesome banner.

happy birthday garland 2 Kimberly Crawford

card by Kimberly Crawford photo courtesy of Kimberly Stamps

Banners are great for tags and journaling cards.  Look how nice the banners look on Amy’s piece.  Inspiring and beautiful.


card by Amy Sheffer photo courtesy of Reverse Confetti

Tell me you can’t hear the party music in the background of this card.  It is so festive.  And look how cool the tassel banner is.  You can alternate color to create a custom look.  The twisted crepe paper is such a nice touch and super easy with a metal die.


card by Taylor Van Bruggen photo courtesy of Taylored Expression Blog

I just love how sweet this card is.  Plus, it also reminds me that I can keep the scraps of those papers I just love and make banners out of them.

tcp-die day

card by Lisa Henke photo courtesy of My Little Creative Escape

This card is so funny to me.  I often feel like the only way to use a banner is across the width of a card.  I just think it is so creative that Michelle gave one of her adorable monsters the banner to hold.  Super cute card.


card by Michelle Bala photo courtesy of Paper Smooches Blog

Another great example of small banners in bigger spaces is this sweet card by Kathy.  I love the decorative edge design she creates with her coordinating banners.


card by Kathy Martin photo courtesy of Card-Blanc

Lisa’s card is so eye catching.  It’s colorful and captures so many fun colors.  The die she used allowed perfect semi circle cutting to fill in the colors as you need.


card by Lisa photo courtesy of I’m in Haven

This card is so lovely.  I just love the Top dog die set that Michelle uses for this card.  This would also be really cute on the back of a car as a congratulations to the new bride and groom card.  The sparkle is wonderful.

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card by Michelle Bala photo courtesy of My Passion for Crafting

Another great idea for this type of die is the negatives.   I love it when you can get double duty out of your supplies and when they turn out this lovely, it’s just a win.  Another gorgeous card by Amy.


card by Amy Sheffer photo courtesy Pickled Paper Designs

Gayatri created a shaker card and I love the way it turned out.  It is just the perfect thing for a festive birthday card.


card by Gayatri Murali photo courtesy of Handmade by G3

Another great holiday look is this gorgeous card by Isha.  She used a sentiment banner stamp to create this look.  The shiny embossing and bits of color look great together.


card by Isha Gupta photo courtesy of New Ideas by Isha Gupta

I love how Debby used her striped piece with the sentiment to ground the heart banners.  It all comes together beautifully.


card by Debby Hughes photo courtesy of Lime Doodle Design

The stamp set Clare used is actually a holiday set but is versatile enough to create a birthday card and look this awesome.  The vellum is a nice touch as well.

stamp banner


card by Clare Prezzia photo courtesy of Berydo Paperie

You can use stamps, dies, alphabet letters, decorative pieces and any string you have to make a banner.  I hope you are inspired to make your own and to try something new.

So go ahead… make something pretty.


Banner die from Taylored Expressions

heart die

Heart die banner from Simon Says Stamp


party borders from Taylored Expressions

paper smooches stamps

rubber stamps from Paper Smooches

hero arts stamps

Hero Arts rubber stamps from


Cas-ual Fridays stamps from Simon Says Stamp

3 replies on “Trend Watch – Raise Your Banners”

  1. I just recently started using banners on my projects and am loving how versatile they are!!! TFS!

  2. Banners add such a nice look to casual cards. Love that I can use up scraps and end up with a delightfully designed card. thanks for details on these cards.

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