Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, crafting expert and educator, is a paid consultant of Brother ScanNCut USA.
If you’re a last minute decorator, like me, I have a quick and easy project you can have ready in less than an hour!
I have always loved papel picado. Those beautiful brightly colored cut paper banners fluttering in the air. If you’re not familiar with papel picado, it’s a form of Mexican folk art where tissue paper is cut into lacy banners using small chisels. The term “papel picado” roughly translates to “pecked paper.”
I knew that I wanted to use the same rectangle format as papel picado to create a pretty banner. However, I wanted to create a more linear finished design that had a more modern feel.
Cutting all those flags by hand seemed like it could be fun, but time consuming. I wanted fast. Remember, I’m a last minute kind of gal! So, I designed a cut file for my ScanNCut machine. You can see it here in ScanNCutCanvas (Brother’s free online editing program):
It was pretty easy to do. I simply started with a rectangle and then added and subtracted bits as I needed. Watch my video on Process Overlap (previously approved, link to brother youtube)to learn how to weld and subtract images.
I used my ScanNCut machine to cut the pattern 5 times. For ease of workflow, I used two mats and while one was cutting, I was cleaning and prepping the other mat (it takes about 6 minutes for each of these flags to cut). After that I strung the paper cuts together on a piece of embroidery floss.
Then I hung my fabulous new banner in the window!
Even without color, that lacy paper looks so fantastic against the window:
I love it! I think this banner looks awesome and says celebration!
If you’d like to make your own, you can download the .fcm file for FREE, right HERE.
Talk to you next week!