Hello again! I'm setting some kind of record this week, I'm thinkin' - multiple posts and multiple tutorials? I hope you don't get used to this, because I'm not sure it's sustainable... Enjoy it while you can, though, right?
I was doing some maintenance here on the blog and noticed that the links to a few of my tutorials went....nowhere... They were for posts I did as a guest designer for Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps a couple of summers ago. The company has since revamped their website, blog, etc., and all the prior stuff is gone. I contacted the owner (Korin is a sweetie!) who confirmed this sad fact, so I'm re-gearing to post the tutorials here.
The good news is that I still have pics - the bad news is that it's been long enough that I may be sketchy on a couple of things. We'll see... Anyway, here is the first of those:
TUTORIAL: BANNER BLOCKS
- Wooden blocks (mine are up-cycled from un-mounting rubber stamps)
- Binder clips (obviously they do not need to match)
- Papers of choice (I used Basic Grey Boxer and Cosmo Cricket Honey Pie)
- Stamps/inks of choice (I used Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Snow Friends and Close to My Heart Cobblestone Alphabet)
- Ribbons of choice (good use for leftover bits)
- Adhesives (I used Royal Coat Decoupage Medium, Dimensional Magic, glue dots and foam tape)
- Punches (optional - I used a scalloped square and a corner rounder)
To begin, measure your blocks and cut a strip as wide as the block is tall, and long enough to wrap around and overlap a bit so you can adhere the ends. Glue it to the block, making sure that it's smooth and even. I also cut a piece to fit onto the top of the block to finish it (I traced around the block, then cut) Cut strips that fit your binder clips, too, and adhere them (All of this is where I used the Royal Coat):
Stamp and/or color your images:
Cut them out and assemble them:
I also added some Snow Writer to their hats. Did you notice that the Mom and Dad are each missing a hand? That's where the heart they were holding got lopped off when I cut them out. We'll fix it in the next step...
Add them to your blocks and embellish as desired (this is where Dimensional Magic and glue dots come into play). I used snowflake sequins and teensy stars to gussy mine up a bit (and give Mom and Dad something to hold). I also used more Snow Writer around the bottoms of all three. Tie a bow in each of your ribbons and stick them onto the clips with a glue dot:
Next, use Dimensional Adhesive or another stronger adhesive to attach the binder clips to the top of the block. Stamp whatever letters you need for whatever word you want, then cut out and assemble the tags. You may notice that I have "extra" ink and embossing powder on my letters. I didn't even notice when I was making the tags - just figured they were "shabby chic" or something and were supposed to be that way. They aren't, but I'm okay with them, regardless! When I stuck the letter to the scalloped square I used foam tape and only put it on the top and both sides - the bottom is open. That way I can slide the tags over the clip. That was just a personal preference, though. You can do them however you want!
And here's the finished project again: