My fingers are all blue from this project! That's what I get for not waiting unil my letters were dry to attach them to my squares. Good thing ink on my fingers stopped bothering me a long time ago, because it's pretty much a daily occurance when stamping IS your job!
I'm so glad you poked your head back in for another peek at the December 2012 blog series I have going! Today's "30 minutes or less" quick holiday project is a vintage-inspired door topper banner. Mine says "snow" but any Christmas-ssy three to six letter word would work--noel, joy, merry, bright, etc. I cut my letters with the Serif Essentials dies for the Big Shot.
First off, though, if you're going to color your Glimmer Paper, like I did, do your sponging FIRST and let it dry while you put together the rest of the project. Otherwise your fingers can be a lovely Midnight Muse just like mine! What? You didn't know you can color Glimmer Paper? Of course you can! Grab a sponge or sponge dauber and have at it! I used straight ink refill so my color was particularly saturated.
You'll need about four feet of some wide ribbon. I used an upcoming product, a two-tone charcoal gray wide soft taffeta ribbon that is just scrumptious, and I ran Sticky Strip down the middle and layered Whisper White Organza ribbon down the center. Then I used the heat tool to melt the organza, which bunched and ruffled the wide taffeta just gorgeously. Way more fun than just flat ribbon!
While your letters are drying, you'll want to make use of the Big Shot and cut some scalloped squares and snowflakes, and emboss a mat for them (one for each letter of the word you are spelling). Then just adhere each panel to your door topper with hot glue!
I added a large pearl to the center of my snowflakes, and my embossed mats are made with Brushed Silver cardstock, so between that and the Midnight Muse Glimmer Paper letters, my banner is nice and blingy, with a vintage feel. I pinned it to my curtain with hatpins with facted glass beads, too, which is a nice touch and a change from tying the banner to the ends of the curtain rod.
Hint: if you like, you can run the banner vertically instead of horizontally, too. Here's a picture of a banner I made a couple of years ago using very similar supplies, to show you how to lay it out. I would not use ruffled ribbon if you want it to lay flat and straight in that case.
Hard to believe there's only three more days of the Procrastinating Crafter' Guide left to go! And then December will officially be half over already. Yikes! But I've been saving the best ideas for last... spread the word by clicking on the "like" button below, and I'll see you back here tomorrow!