Last night was my first night working with a really great group of women in Atlanta. For years, the group has been enjoyed monthly get-togethers during the school year. They alternate between crafty get-togethers (card making, pottery painting, scrapbooking) and cultural events. All-in-all these ladies know how to have fun.
I am sharing the project we made last night. Brace yourself because it’s not a card. Instead, it’s an all-purpose banner. It took several tries for me to find the right balance with these materials (and learned a few tricks along the way), but I’m happy with the outcome. Here’s the banner we made (the banner is posing against the Fungeon wall – not a hugely celebratory backdrop unless you think of all the fun that happens down there):
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- Sticky Templates. I used Stampin’ Spritzers to spray the backgrounds on these banners – the Build a Banner Simply Created Kit comes with a handful of background stencils. My first attempt at spraying the backgrounds failed miserably because I didn’t have my stencil secured enough to the banner piece – lots of ink bleeding ensued. This weekend, Justin suggested a temporary stencil adhesive spray which was sprayed on the backs of the stencils so that they will stick to the banners time after time. Woo hoo! After they were sprayed with adhesive and dried a bit, they were stored a piece of wax paper. Easy as pie.
- Filling Stampin’ Spritzers. The kit also comes with a Stampin’ Spritzer. The spritzer is filled about 6/7 full of 70% rubbing alcohol, and I then dropped in 10 drops of each color. I labeled each tube with my label maker so that no one could mix up the containers during our workshop. I sponge daubered the letters onto the banners so that they would be as dark and legible as possible.
- Mostly Regal Colors. While I could have added more drops of color to each spritzer to get a darker, deeper color, I like that the resulting color is a bit light. The ending combination of colors and the “celebrate” sentiment is perfect for almost any celebration – light enough for a baby shower, soft enough for a girl’s birthday, bold enough for a boy’s birthday, fun enough for a New Year’s party. The colors I used are: Summer Starfruit, Bermuda Bay, Gumball Green, Elegant Eggplant, Island Indigo and Tangerine Tango.
Inks: Summer Starfruit, Bermuda Bay, Gumball Green, Elegant Eggplant, Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango Accessories: Build a Banner Simply Created Kit, Stampin’ Spritzers, 70% Rubbing Alcohol
Here’s the trick with these banners – you have to let go of the “everything has to be perfect” approach you take to almost everything – I’ve seen how perfectly organized your kitchen drawers are. There will be some bleeding from the stencil, and there will be some imperfect sponge daubering. I didn’t realize until I was done that the letter placement on my banners were far from perfect. But that’s OK – it’s part of what makes this banner so special and cool.
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