I printed Happy new Year onto some parchment paper in different fonts - the fonts are from top to bottom - Callie hand, Engravers MT, St Nicholas, Chopin Script, One Starry Night, Angelic War and Eraser. Most you can download free from DaFont.
I then used a deckle edge blade on my Fiskars paper trimmer to cut the paper into strips. This gives a slightly crinkled edge rather than a perfectly straight one.
For some I punched stars in between the words.
For others I punched decorative edges.
Until I ended up with a pile of decorative paper strips, which I bundled together and popped into the card I made.
I kept a few for myself too.
You could easily apply any of these ideas to make your own paper chains next time you have a celebration. They were fun to make. I remember making paper chains in primary school out of coloured paper to decorate the classroom. Did you?
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