Saturday, August 27, 2011

Easy & Beautiful Home Decor

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These ornate candle labels from the Dieline were the perfect inspiration for my project today. Calligraphic ornaments and beautiful penmanship are always an instant draw for me. A combination of fantastic typography and carefully crafted calligraphic images can become decoration for a multitude of items around your house. With fall quickly approaching in my part of the world, I am bursting at the seams with ideas for decorating my house. I am going to show you how to create a great paper garland that can be used in any room of your house for everyday decor or a special event!

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Materials needed:

Photo Editing Software
Label Shape
Calligraphic Swashes
Serif Font

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Fill your label shape with the color you'd like your background to be. Create a border around the outside edge and a narrower border about an 1/8 inch from the outer edge of the label shape. Place your calligraphic swashes along the edges of the top and bottom. I added some texture and grunge with some Photoshop brushes. Once you have the label looking the way you'd like it, duplicate it three times. (or as many times as the number of letters you need) Place the letters of your word on each of the labels and print the sheet out.

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With very little effort and really no money at all, you now have the perfect addition to your fall decor.
Add it to your mantle as I have shown above or above a window, etc. I would really love to see what touches you add to suit your own personal styles!

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