Positioning the Banner & Background
So far, so good. This last step is the part where you will need another pair of hands.
Great! Now, go wash your hands before you leave sticky fingerprints everywhere. Fingernail polish (and most other organic solvents) do a good job removing the adhesive from your skin.
- Together, carefully lift the banner from the scrap paper. Try to avoid getting adhesive on your fingers (it will turn black, but does wear off in a few days). Sticky fingers leave black finger prints on the paper.
- Turn the banner face up, keep it taut, and have one person position one end of the banner on the background. Remember to account for the margins.
- Beginning in one corner, smooth the banner onto the background using diagonal strokes (to avoid air pockets), working from the attached end of the banner to the free end.
- The adhesive takes a few minutes to set, so step back and evaluate the result. Trust your eyes - if it doesn't look right, it probably isn't straight. If you need to, carefully detach the banner and try again.
- When you are satisfied, use a straightedge and razor blade to cut through ONLY the title banner at each joint, leaving the heavy tape intact to serve as a hinge.
Absolute alcohol (use 100% only!) on a tissue works well if you need to remove excess adhesive from the banner. Test it on a scrap of background, since some colors may fade or run. This is especially a problem with cheap white poster board (the kind often carried by university book stores), where the white surface may rub away entirely.
REVIEW the previous pages, Making a Rigid Banner and Applying Adhesive, or the Title Banner, Font Styles, and Assembling the Title Banner pages, or RETURN to the Main Menu page.