Friday, December 9, 2016

Chalkboard Banner - Details #2

Thanks for coming back to take a closer look at the next four flags on my Let it Snow banner.  First up is the spacer between Let and It.  Rather than stenciling on the spacers, I used the Tim Holtz Mini Weathered Winter stamp set and stamped a few randomly placed snowflakes using Glacier White craft ink.  I really like how this stamp looks on the black chalkboard paper.  I brushed on gesso for the icicles with a thin paint brush and gave it a few flicks of Picket Fence distress paint with the Tim Holtz Spatter Brush.  Then I cut the pieces for the snowflake out of heavy chipboard using the Stacked Snowflake die.  I seem to get getting a lot of use out of that die this year.  It's really become my main go-to die for Christmas crafting.  I painted the gray chipboard white with Picket Fence Distress Paint.  I ended up giving it two coats of paint because distress paint is thin and it needed two coats to really make it white.  The "greenery" was cut with the Mini Holiday Greens die for the top left piece and the Holiday Greens die set for the holly branch on the right.  

The 'I' banner was stenciled with the Tim Holtz Layering stencil Poinsettia.  Glacier White craft ink was dabbed on using the Mini Ink Blending Tool.  I reached way back to a very early Tim Holtz Bigz die - Winter Wonder.  I gave the snowman a red scarf using some jumbo red rick rack from my stash. The letters are 2 1/2" chipboard that I picked up at Hobby Lobby as I don't have an alphabet die that large.  I painted them white with Picket Fence distress paint.  I wish I had given the letter a second coat of paint or used white gesso because they are not as bright white as the rest of the elements.  Once the paint was dry, I gave them a thick coat of Glossy Accents and applied some very chunky glitter that I purchased years ago at Jo-Ann.  

The Tim Holtz layering stencil used for the 'T' banner is the Woodlands stencil.  I cut the Noel die cut using the old Vintage Noel Bigz die.  This one is a classic that I absolutely love and try to use at least once a Christmas season.  It was cut from white CS and colored red with Festive Berries distress stain  Then I applied embossing ink and embossed it with clear Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel.

For the second spacer, ditto the one above except both of the "greenery" pieces were cut with the Holiday Greens thinlits die set.  

That's it for today's installment.  I'm taking Saturday off because I'm getting ready for our holiday party Saturday night.  Please come back on Sunday to get the details on the final four letters SNOW.

Thanks for visiting!

The products below were used to make the above project.  They are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique where Tim Holtz, Ranger and most other name brand products are always 20% below list.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Chalkboard Banner - Details #1

Hello again, I'm back today with details on the first three banner flags from the Chalkboard Banner I posted yesterday.   It was so large that you can't really see the details of each letter so over the next couple of days, I will give you close up shots of all the flags.  

The first thing I did was sort through all my Tim Holtz Layering Stencils and pulled out all the Christmas/winter themed ones.  I needed 11 so I used almost all of them.  Using a Ranger Glacier White craft ink pad and a mini blending tool, I stenciled a different pattern on each of the 11 flags.  I heat set each stenciled flag with a heat tool to make sure it was fully dry.  Sometimes the craft ink has  tendency to be very slow to dry and then it smudges. The icicles were just painted on with a narrow brush using white Dina Wakley Gesso.

The chipboard is from Hobby Lobby 2 1/2" size.  I just didn't have an ABC die that made letters large enough to cut my own from chipboard.  I painted the chipboard white with Picket Fence distress paint.  If I was doing this again, I think I wold have painted them with the white gesso.  Too much gray from the chipboard showed through making them not as bright white as the stenciling. After painting and drying then, I gave each one a thick coat of Glossy Accents and then sprinkled on some very chunky white glitter from JoAnn's (a store brand I believe).

I used a couple of older Tim Holtz Bigz dies to create very simple embellishments.  For L, I used Tattered Poinsettia and Kaiser Kraft white pearls that I colored red with a Copic marker.  For E, the Pine Tree Bigz die was used along with a few more pearls and some rhinestones.  For T, I used the Prancing Deer Bigz die.  I wanted every flag to have a pop of red, so I gave him a red blanket that I stenciled with a Nordic pattern using the Mini Holiday Knit layering stencil and Glacier White ink.

The Chalkboard Banner kit that we sell at The Funkie Junkie Boutique comes with regular twine.  But to keep my red and white theme going, I switched it out for the Tim Holtz red and white jute Christmas twine. It was hard for me not to pick up my Vintage Photo ink and give all the edges a little weathering, but I wanted to keep the my whites pure for this project.

That's it for today.  Stop back tomorrow to see the next few letters close up.  Thanks for stopping by!

These products were used to make the above project.  They are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique where Tim Holtz, Ranger and most other name brand products are always 20% off list.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Let it Snow Chalkboard Banner

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Hello, I'm filling in again this week on the Funkie side of the Frilly and Funkie challenge.  Our wonderful Kathy Clement is our host this time and her challenge is Home for the Holidays.  She wants us to create some type of home decor piece. You can make centerpieces, wreaths, banners, ornaments, wall hangings, or little vignettes... basically anything BUT a card for this challenge. If you don't celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, then just make some home decor with a wintry theme.

This challenge really stressed me out.  I hemmed and hawed about what I could make and finally settled on this chalkboard banner.  I used a banner kit that we sell at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  Basically it's just a 12 piece black "chalkboard" type banner and it comes pre-punched and with a small bundle of twine.  I used Tim Holtz's Christmastime red and white jute twine in place of the plain burlap style twine.  Talk about biting off more than you can chew.  Wow, this took forever!  It would have been fun except my life is controlled by a schedule right now as I am having a large Christmas party this Saturday night and every second is scheduled from cooking to shopping to cleaning to prepare for the entertainment.

Because I am so short of time and this project is so involved, I'm just giving you a brief look today and will be over the next couple of days to share individual banner flags up close and detailed.  For now, just a quick overview.  I started with all my winter/holiday Tim Holtz stencils and using Ranger Glacier White and a Mini Ink Blending tool, I stenciled on the white craft ink, using a different stencil for each banner.  I also used a Tim Holtz die on each banner.  My color palette is black and white, but each banner has a pop of red.

Thanks for visiting.  Please stop back tomorrow for a close up of the LET banner sand the details on how they were made.

These products were used to create the banner above.  They can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique where most name brand products are 20% below list.

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