December 11, 2013

If you guessed a banner, You're RIGHT!

Update: I did in fact have this ready to go last week... but apparently it works better when you push the "Publish" button instead of save. Opps :) Guess that is what happens when you have a LO that is making you horribly sleep deprived! Well, belated or not, I hope you enjoy today's project ;)

I wanted to use my Build a Banner kit to make a festive banner for Christmas. Although, I wanted it to be able to stay up all winter, so I stuck to the "snowy" side of the holiday. Do you like how it turned out?!

I tried both sponging and spritzing the ink on. The letters I did with a sponge dauber in Island Indigo, and the chevrons/spots were spritzed on in Bermuda Bay (10 drops of reinker and then fill up the rest of the spritzer with water). Personally I liked the more refined look of the part I sponged on- the spritzed part was wetter and thus more apt to bleed. Also, it made the banner curl so I had to flatten it out again after it dried. So if I make another one I'll stick to the sponge daubers. But if you prefer the more watercolored look you should go for the spritzer all the way :)

I added more pizzaz to the banner with the snowflake pennants around the letters. For these I used the Winter Frost Paper stack, Festive Flurry Framelits, and Silver Glimmer paper. To make the small, blue 3D snowflakes I cut two of the little framelit, removed 1 of the six sides from each and then folded them back and forth in a circle. Then I attached them together, overlapping them by one 'pattern'. The final effect was the cute little lolly snowflakes. For the big silver lollies I used a 1/5" x 12" piece of the glimmer paper and folded it ever 1/2". Attach the ends together and flatten. So sparkly :)

I also added a little bling bling on the 'b' with a Frosted Finishes Embellishment. I love these things. They are so pretty and elegant!

Hope you flutterby again soon!

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