Well, it’s me, Susan (susiestampalot), and I’m back with another fascinating tip/tutorial. Today I’m going to share something that may seem to some as mudane, but I tell ya’ll, when I heard this snazzy little tip from a friend, I had never thought of this method before! It’s a unique way to make those swell fishtail banners that are all the rage.
As always, we have an idea of what we are going to be using. My favorite little “robin” from the Winter Fun Robin set will be joining us today. Right now, he’s naked, but I am going to be coloring him red with a sickly green tummy here shortly. (I wish I had made his belly ivory or something. Not a happy with the green, but I was too far into it to start over, in my book!)
If you’re into yoga, you’ll know this phrase, “find your center”. Do exactly that at the bottom of where you want your “flag-end” or fishtail. You can measure and get all precise on me or just eyeball it with your “special eye”. Make a cut vertically however deep you’d like the fishtail angle to be.
Here’s the result of the first cut.
I made dotted lines on the paper strip, just for ya’ll to see where I’m cutting. At this point (no pun intended), all you do is cut from the corners to where you ended the first vertical cut.
Here’s a little look at what kind of difference this could possibly make. If nine times out of ten your fishtails look like the one on the right and you have to end up fixing it a bunch to even it out, this method is for you. Your welcome.
Here’s the Cliff Notes version.