Mixed Media Spooky Banner

While going through some boxes and bags recently, I came across a stash of chipboard banner pieces and some wooden beads... they were begging to be used for this Halloween themed post.


You'll need:
Chipboard banner pieces
Background stamps (Mixed Media Supplies)
cardstock - black and off-white (stash)
Gelli plate
butter cream, whipped cream paint (FSJ)
ink  (pumpkin bread [FSJ])
silver embellishments (FSJ)
18 mm wooden beads (stash)
black ribbon (1/4 " wide - stash)
electronic die cutting machine, software
blender tool, blender pads
embossing folder, embossing machine (optional)

Cut the letters and ovals using the electronic machine.  (dies and punches could be used or purchased chip letters and oval cuts)

Using the fence background stamp, stamp the ovals using the pumpkin bread ink... ink the edges using the blender tool.  If desired, dry emboss with any desired folder.

Grab the Gelli plate and paint.  add a couple of dots of each color and blend lightly using a brayer.  Stamp the Gelli plate, remove the stamp* and press a banner piece face down into the plate and pull the print.  Repeat as desired for each of your banner pieces, adding additional paint and stamping with different stamps as I have done.
TIP:  *clean your stamps promptly.  I keep a small bucket with about an inch of water in it and place the stamps in there to keep the ink or paint moist until I can properly clean the stamps when I've finished stamping.

Now place the ovals and lettering on the banners as desired.  BUT.... Don't secure in place yet!

Using the crop-o-dile, punch 2 holes about 1/4" from the top and side of the banner piece.  Wrap a piece of black ribbon around the banner.  Adhere two silver embellishments on either end of the oval.  Secure the ovals using pop dots centered over the black ribbon and then secure the letter, centered over the oval.  I used a pop up for a little more dimension. 

Leaving a 6 inch or more length at one end of the ribbon, tie a knot and thread 3 beads, tie a knot and add a banner piece, tying a knot at each hole on the banner piece to keep the banner from sliding along the ribbon, add 3 beads and repeat until all the banner pieces have been used.  Tie a knot, add 3 beads, tie a knot and cut leaving a length of ribbon similar in length to the ribbon at the other end of your banner.

Hope this project inspires you in your decorating ideas.  Get creative, play -- and check out more creative fun this week on the Mixed Media blog!  Thanks for stopping by!

You can always find more ideas on my blog... Stay tuned more posts from the rest of the designers coming this week!

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