Sunday, September 1, 2013

A Banner Day!

Did you know that banners have been around since the Old Testament times?  Moses used them to keep the Israelites in line during their trek through the wilderness.

Ancient Romans would decorate them with a coat of arms and hang them at their doors to identify their house.

 Ancient Japanese warriors would wear them on their armour.

Banners were everywhere during Medieval times, on castles, in battles, at feasts!

Trade unions in Britain brought them back into use with symbols identifying their trade in popular May Day parades.

So banners aren't new, but they are a beautiful way to enhance your home decor during special seasons or to decorate for events such as Halloween.  Stampin' Up has come out with a series of banner kits in the new Holiday Mini Catalogue.  The basic set is the Build a Banner Simply Created Kit which includes 18 blank canvas pennants, some jute twine and alphabet and image stencils.  

Then Stampin' Up created a Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit and a Christmas Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit.  These are loads of fun to work with.  Today I'd like to share with you the Halloween Banner I created and will be offering as a class on Wednesday, September 18, along with an Autumn Banner that I designed myself.  I will show you the Autumn Banner in the next post.

The lighting and background colouring leave a lot to be desired, but you get the idea!  Oh, my goodness!  So much fun to make, and not difficult with most of the pieces cut for you.  You have many choices you can make so as to make it your creation.

  • You can see the three shapes of pennants in the kit, six of each shape!  
  • There are precut and scored paper strips to make two of the three rosettes pictured here.  I used the Simply Scored Scoring Tool to make the third one of paper in the Witches' Brew Design Series Paper.
  • I used a sponge dauber along with the background and letter stencils to create the patterns on the pennants.
  • The circles for the top of the rosettes are included along with the cutouts embossed in glittery black.
  • Ribbon and accessories are part of the kit as well, but I added a few of my own.

If you are interested in making one of these super cute banners, you can register here.

Products:  Build a Banner Simply Created Kit (133507); Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit (132698)
Extra Products:  Jumbo Sticky Rounds (127852); Sticky Strip (104294); Witches' Brew DSP (132185);  Sponge Daubers (102892); Summer Starfruit (126839) and Tangerine Tango (111349) cardstock; Classic Stampin' Pads in Early Espresso (126974), Summer Starfruit (126991) and Tangerine Tango (126946); Chevron Ribbon in Basic Black (130010); 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch (118874); Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334)

Build a Banner Simply Created Kit

Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit

Jumbo Sticky Rounds

Simply Scored Scoring Tool

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