the making of a banner...

I've been working on a banner for Spring that has several things I love... flowers, teapots (silver teapots!) and butterflies.
Always on my projects, I like to make as many of the elements as I possibly can. For me there isn't much fun in shopping at a store, walking down the aisle buying packages of pre-made embellishments.
Border punches are always great for tiny little bits of 'trim' wherever you can fit them.
This Martha Stewart punch reminds me of crocheted trim when it's cut out in cream-colored cardstock but for this project I'm using a soft sage green instead.
And seam binding. Lots and lots of seam binding. Oh be still my heart- how I LOVE to dye this stuff. The camera doesn't do it justice but it's been sprayed with a shimmery silver.
Chandelier crystals are always nice on the bottom pieces of banners but sometimes I like to look for something else to use. This time, tiny pearl-headed pins, crystal and silver beads.
Here are the banner pieces when assembled together, using the seam binding to tie them all together.
Chipboard is perfect for bumping up the parts of the image to give it some dimension. Tiny little pieces to fussy-cut but it's worth it.
Stickles. Lots of it. Years ago I thought Stickles was just another form of glitter glue. Oh how wrong I was! This stuff is like gold to a project. If you have never used it, it's a micro-glitter with adhesive. Comes in a small bottle with a tiny point and you just kind of 'paint' with it. When it dries, the adhesive has completely disappeared and what you are left with is a delicious sparkle. The silver was perfect for these teapots.
Stickles come in a ton of colors- you can try to match the color to the area you are applying it to or you can just buy the 'diamond' color and use it on everything. Either way, it's sooooo pretty!
I made sure to bump the butterfly up with an extra layer of chipboard so that it stuck up higher than the flowers or the teapot. 
You can use these techniques on anything- from cards to scrapbook pages to canvas collages. One warning though- it can be very addicting!


Wendy Aspinall said...

oh you didn't show the whole banner .. it looks wonderful and yes love all the sparkle..... hugs wendy

Unknown said...

Beautiful banner Terri! You always make using stickles look so fun and pretty.

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