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How to Make a Decorative Banner in Inkscape and Gimp

Open Inkscape.
►With the rectangle tool, make a rectangle of your own choosing (think about your project before choosing the size,) with th regular square edges.
Fill it with a color similar to the one of the texture you will be using later. Pull the rectangle to one side.
Make a narrow rectangle, fill it with a contrasting color or with the color of the first texture you will be using. Now elect the Star tool and make a star. Drag the star so that 1 of the points of the star is positioned right in the middle of your new narrow rectangle.
►While the star is still selected, hold down the shift key and choose both the narrow triangle and the star, now with both objects selected, go to Path, Difference, to cut a point in the center of your narrow banner.
There is only one problem, the edges are square. To solve that problem, go to Edit Paths by Nodes, (the tool right underneath the Arrow or Select tool) click on it, and then click on your narrow banner. You will notice that nodes appear. Pull carefully on the nodes until your have pointed ends and push in the side nodes
to balance the shape of your banner's ends until they look as if they had been snipped with scissors. Duplicate your narrow banner twice more. Make each small banner of a different color, just so that you are able to see each one when working with it.
►Drag each one and place it where you want it on top of the previous square banner. Because the narrow banners will be below the main banner, you must click on the 11th button on top of the page (counting from the left,) the Raise Selection to Top or Home tool.
►Once your banners are at the top, select all the objects with your mouse and go to object, Group.
Now you have a couple of choices. You can leave your banner as is, you can use SVG textures for each of your banners, or you can select your object, copy it, open gimp and apply textures there (I prefer to to that,) there are many, many free textures online to choose from and you can make your banners quite lovely with them.
►To fill your banners with different patterns, open Gimp and open your image there. Choose the Bucket tool, and the each texture you want to use,m filling each area with it. Then go to Layer, Merge Down, then save image as a PNG.

You can add other embellishments to your banners such as buttons, brads, staples, text, etc.

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