Today is my first Design Team project for Kiwi Lane Designs. Every other Friday, they feather a Weekend Whimsy project on the blog - showing how to use Designer Templates in home decor, accessories, etc.
For my project, I decided to attempt a banner. Nothing like trying to do something for the first time for your first ever Design Team project!!! But I'm glad I did. I am not one to decorate much for Valentine’s Day around the house, but I decided I want to try to do a banner for it this year. Authentique’s Lovely was perfect for making a “Love” banner!
I started with a Fancy Pants Chipboard Banner – Half Circle as a base. As I went through my 6x6 Lovely pad, I started picking out the papers I wanted to use. There are a lot of beautiful designs in this collection. The reds and pinks are so vibrant, that I decided to cut the L-O-V-E out of balsa wood on my Cricut so the colors of the papers would stand out. A little ink to highlight the edges of the letters and viola!
I used Adorn 3B to create the scalloped edges. The other elements are die-cuts from Lovely, with the exception of the heart which is from Tim Holtz.
I have to say, when I saw the Keynote paper, I wanted to do a “You hold the key to my heart” element. I was so excited to see Authentique had included just this saying in their die-cuts. So after cutting Keynote with my Adorn 3A template, I found a key in my embellishment collection and tied it all to the “O”. I highlighted the Adorn cut with some silver Stickles. The red background is actually leftover Christmas tissue paper Modge Podged onto the chipboard.
I went to town with Adorn 2A, cutting strips from various papers and lining them up on the chipboard. I used Tags 1 to anchor my Authentique die-cut and added a few pearls and a cabochon - which is one I really thought I would never use, but here it is! (I am not one for black flowers.)
Can you spot the Winter 2 template? Those two little love birds are sitting on one branch of the snowflake. A little Liquid Pearls added a touch of "snow" on the branch. I also used Tag 7 as a background for the chipboard. One thing I love about Authentique’s die-cuts is that have patterned paper on the back of each one. The stamp element is one of their die-cuts, simply flipped over.
I used Paisley Place 2A to make the flowers on the L and the V banner. I cut a 12” strip paper from Authentique’s older collection, Uncommon. After rubbing it along a table to make the paper soft, I sprayed them with a little Glimmer Mist (to help make them wet and add a little shine – though I think a lot of that shine ended up on my hands) and started rolling them. I quickly learned that I the best thing to do was add a little fold into the paper to help it wrap smoothly. A little pink Glimmer Mist sprayed directly in the center of the flowers gave them a little more pop.
I hope you enjoyed my Weekend Whimsy and I’ve inspired you to try making a banner of your own. I have a little challenge to you - grab something you thought you would never use - and USE it - as I did with my banner and the black cabachon.Cheers!