Here's a project that I've enjoyed working on this week. Once again I used the Country Living kit from Stampin' Up!, and once again I used the kit contents as a jumping off point for my own project.
One tip which was new for me, and I thought you might also find interesting, is the way Stampin' Up! suggested we color raw chipboard. For a very long time now I have used acrylic paints to color chipboard. While this is not difficult by any stretch of the imagination, it does require that I use a paintbrush and wash it out when completed. However in the kit, they provided white pigment ink, and so instead of painting the raw chipboard they suggested we apply the ink directly to it. I just know, that you're shaking your head at me saying that you've been doing this for ages - seriously, I can feel you wondering how dim I am through the computer screen. But honestly, first time ever that I used ink to completely cover chipboard! And you know what? I liked it. A lot. (smile) Anything that saves me time is a winner in my books; I love that I don't have to leave my craftroom to wash out paintbrushes! So there is my little PSA for the week, courtesy of a Stampin' Up! kit.
Here are some quick instructions on how I made the banner:
- Cover three chipboard squares with precut aqua paper. (all provided in kit) Sand edges to distress.
- Using white pigment ink, cover raw chipboard scalloped frames. Allow ink to dry. Apply a thin coat of glue to frame, sprinkle irridescent glitter on top of glue. Allow to dry. Shake excess glitter off and pour back in the glitter container. (all provided in kit)
- Glue white glittered frame to aqua squares.
- Cut three strips of pink patterned paper 1 x 12 inches. (pink paper not supplied in kit. There are enough kit papers to have used them for this step, but I wanted to use pink pastel as opposed to the colors in the kit, so chose from my personal stash). Pleat each strip to create pleated rosettes. Unfortunately I ran out of time to make a tutorial for you, but a quick google search resulted in this fabulous set of instructions from Jeanne at Dream, Create Inspire. After making rosettes glue them to the center of the scalloped frame.
- Glue vintage game pieces to center of pink rosettes. (not provided in kit)
- Using a Japenese screw punch, punch holes to thread ribbon through.
- Thread winter white ribbon through holes. (provided in kit)
- You're done! Now display and enjoy it throughout the holiday season!
As you head into your weekend, be sure to visit my friend Linda's blog as she is hosting a Winter Cheer Giveaway which is starting today! Linda is super-duper creative, so anything handmade by her is going to be awesome.
Have a great weekend everyone!