Thursday, February 2, 2012

*Valentine* Banner

Last year I made this banner for Valentine's Day. I still really like it, but I wanted to make a new one so that I could put last year's in my kitchen and put the new one in my entry way. This one used more letters than most of my other banners so it hangs a little lower, but it fits perfectly. One more letter and I would have run into trouble. In fact, I shouldn't admit it, but I did run into some trouble. I use a ton of the letter "e" when I am making my banners and I had completely run out. I had to get creative and turn a c into a letter e....it is the last one on the banner. So....if you ever get in a crunch, look and see what letters you can trim, cut or glue back together to make something else! LOL!
All of the papers are "Lost and Found" and they are perfect for the feel I was going for. I used paper doilies for the medallions on the v, e and i and then decided that I needed one under every single accordion medallion as well. This banner is super thick and super heavy, but I really like how it turned out.








I stamped the crown images and punched them out using one of my Martha Stewart punches. I placed them in-between each of the rosettes on the top. The rosettes are from Prima and I love them. They are perfect! The tickets are from Tim Holtz. I die cut the ric-rac using the PTI die and black felt. I only used two pieces since the banner was starting to get very heavy and I worried it might look a little "over embellished" by the time I was done. As much as I like heavy embellishment, sometimes more is just more!

Of course I had to add a little bit of sewing. I chose to use a black thread to really make it pop. I was hoping that what ever was in my sewing machine would work, but it was light pink and I thought it would get lost. I need black thread in my machine for my next project anyway. I will share that with you soon, too. I distressed all of the edges using Walnut Stain distress ink by Tim Holtz. It is one of my favorites and while it is super dark, it worked nicely with all of the dark papers. Thanks for fluttering by! ETA* I realized that my watermark on the banner photos gives the image copyright to Papertrey Ink which is not correct.

11 comments:

Ginger said...

This is fantastic! So beautiful. I love it, you should be very proud.

harrahx2 said...

Welcome back. I missed your chatter and so love your bnnner! Hope all is well for you.

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Just gorgeous!

Patrice said...

Absolutely divine. Love all of your details and turning that C into an E - perfection!

papertrails leaver said...

this is beautiful Kelly!

Deborah Saaranen said...

Gorgeous as always! I {{{love}}} your banners...so fun to view all of the little details!

Marci said...

*LOVE* this banner! So glad to see new posts! You've been missed!!

Tami McBeain said...

Amazing banner, I just love it! I've missed your posts and was thrilled to see a new one! Thanks for sharing another one of your banners, they're always fabulous! I love the style of the font on your chipboard letters, may I ask who makes them?

Cynthia said...

So good to see you back and to think you made another one of your "to-die" for banners!!! It really is jaw-droppingly incredible...all the little details and the doilies...you know how to add the right touches everywhere...just amazing and so fun to get an update about your family! Glad you got a vacation and that you are back creating again as well! Hope to see you soon! Love ya!

Sarah Hawks said...

Where did you get your glittery letters???

paula boudreaux said...

Oh my! I found your banner in a google search for valentine banner...I am so glad I clicked over! Love your work...now I am a new follower!