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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Big, big banner

Today's project is HUGE -- well, about eight feet long.

I fell in love with the Build a Banner Simply Created kit on my first glance at the new holiday catalog. Now I have this GORGEOUS banner in my living room -- just in time for a family birthday celebration today!

One of the neat things in the catalog is that each project idea is displayed from simple to complex as you look across the page.

Here's a peek at how this banner looked in its most simple form:

Cute, right? I could have left it just like that, but instead, I stepped it up with some butterflies, bling, and a giant rosette:

I used one of my all-time favorite DSP packs -- Sycamore Street, from this spring's Sale-a-Bration. I had lots of buttons and ribbons that coordinated, and I just played like a kid! Pick your paper first, and go to town!

Paper and card:
  • Sycamore Street DSP
  • Island Indigo
  • Rich Razzleberry
  • Tangerine Tango
  • Pool Party
  • Build a Banner Simply Created kit, with the included stencils and spritzers
  • Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die (I had almost forgotten this old favorite!)
  • Ribbon in Pool Party and Tangerine Tango
  • Rhinestones
  • Linen thread
  • Sponge daubers
  • Rhinestones
  • Linen thread
  • Glue dots
Baker's secrets:
  • Do put newspaper out -- and give yourself room (and time) to create. I did all my chevron-purple, dots in blue, and stripes in orange in one pass, and then wandered off for a bit while I waited for my rinsed stencils to dry. The letters were EASY and my favorite part. 
  • I mixed 25 drops of Razzleberry ink with rubbing alcohol to fill my spritzer. I used the spritzer on the chevron pieces, and daubers on the others. I think I prefer the effect from the daubers, but it took longer.
  • I found some repositionable tape in a drawer and used it to hold my stencils in place while I spritzed or daubed.
  • To make the rosette, I cut a 12"x12" sheet of DSP into four 6" square pieces, folded them into fans, and then folded the fans in half. I then glued the edges of each fan together. There are four in this one -- or one full sheet of DSP.
  • The instructions say "be careful when you lift the stencils, since ink can pool on them" ... here's what happens if you are NOT careful:
Boo boo kitty
That's it! So fun, and so pretty. My pictures don't do it justice, so you'll all have to come over and see it for yourselves :-).

1 comment:

Jen said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE! Now I need to order that banner kit!

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