Monday, November 17, 2014

Warm & Cozy Taxidermy Banner

Taxidermy Banner
I am absolutely in love with Carta Bella's Warm & Cozy paper! (In case you haven't heard me say it a million times already lol).

As soon as I started looking at the paper I immediately saw my dads taxidermy deer in my minds eye. The deer has become a main fixture in our family. We decorate him for every occasion! (The Halloween Elvis costume so far is my favorite). I started searching to see if there was any realistic way to make something like that out of paper. Thankfully someone else also had this idea and shared her pattern. (

I had to hand cut the deer as my new silhouette still isn't cutting without tearing everything. But at least it's out of the box right?? Lol Once I cut the pieces, I used the body as a base to create the moose. I freehand drew the majority of it and created my pattern. I did the same for the bear.
Once I had everything cut l, began distressing with my favorite Tim Holtz Distress InkWalnut Stain. I used a quick dry glue (Beacon 3 in 1) to make sure the pieces stayed together.
While those pieces were drying I cut out the mounting piece from a small stack of DCWV Corrugated paper. I distressed those edges as well.

In planning the storage of this project I wanted to make sure the animals would not get damaged. I used my Basic Grey magnets on the back of the mounting piece so that each animal could be removed and stored in its own box. (This paper is so adorable I will most likely make each animal its own box lol). You can also rearrange the order they are hung or interchange them with any new animals you decide to make.

I cut the banner pieces out of heavy weight chipboard and covered them with more of the Warm & Cozy paper. To make the small swag pieces that hang between the animals I used kraft colored straws, some of the Warm & Cozy sticker embellishments, and some Bazzill card stock. I found that Pomegranate, Storm, and Ivy matched this collection well.

To finish the project and really make the project pop, I used some Christmas garland I found at my local Hobby Lobby. I used some 7 Gypsies twine from my stash to string it all together and complete the final look.

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Carta Bella Warm & Cozy paper
Basic Greg Magnets
DCWV Corrugated Paper
Beacon 3 in 1 Glue
Heavy Weight Chipboard
7 Gypsies Twine
Queen & Co Straws
Christmas Garland
Bazzill Cardstock Ivy, Storm, and Pomagranate
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Walnut Stain