I've had this Build a Banner Simply Created kit (page 31 Holiday Catalog) since the Holiday catalog was previewed for us demonstrators way back when in the summer. I thought back then that it would be fun to create a banner for the fall and another for Christmas to hang in my front entry way. Well, I finally got around to making my autumn banner last weekend.
I really like this kit because you get 18 banners in 3 styles as well as the pattern and alphabet stencils so you can make any kind of banner you want. You can also use the stencils on cardstock when making cards and scrapbook pages and you know how much I love double duty supplies!
Here it is on the floor of my stamp room after I finished it. I used Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Soft Sky and Chocolate Chip for my colors. Instead of using the Spritzer included in the kit for applying the colors I used sponged daubers so I could get a more saturated color. First I did the background patterns then I did the letters.
In between each letter I made a mini banner out of Sweater Weather DSP and added an Autumn Accents leaf. I alternated the leaf color and shape as well as the embossed pattern. Some are embossed with the Perfect Polka Dot folder and the others are embossed with the Woodgrain folder. I tied a piece of linen thread around each leaf stem.
Since my banner was quite long and I didn't want to use up all the jute twine that came with the kit I cut smaller lengths and just knotted the ends to link my banners instead of having the twine threaded through the back. This also kept the banners from sliding around. The smaller DSP banners are attached with sticky tape for a secure hold. I just folded over the top of the DSP around the jute twine and adhered.
And one final (giant) photo showing the banner hung up in my front entry. It add some nice fall color to a very bland wall. I'm looking forward to enjoying this banner through Thanksgiving and for many more fall seasons to come.
It was really easy to put together and fun to add the extra accents. What do you think I should make for Christmas? "Merry"? "Joy"? I still have 12 banners left so I could do both if I wanted to!
Thanks for looking! Did you stamp today?
Ink: Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Sweater Weather DSP, Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Soft Sky
Accessories: Autumn Accents die, linen thread, Perfect Polka Dot e.f, Woodgrain e.f., sponge daubers, Build A Banner Simply Created kit