Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Spring FLOURISHes

Today I'm here to share with you this home decor piece I created with the Flourish paper collection.  I had this great idea in my head that I wanted to create something to hang by my front door but wanted it to hang vertical.  When I first saw the "Enhancements" paper with the letters to spell out Spring, I knew that I'd found the beginning of my great idea.  The colors of this collection are nice and bright, yet not over powering.

And because it's Spring, there of course has to be some flowers on this banner!  I used the Spellbinders "Spiral Blossom Four" die to cut each of the flowers.  I found that I cut 7 flowers per sheet of 12 x 12 paper.  Creating the flowers is quite simple – I start by placing a glue dot on the large center of the flower before starting.  Then you simply start from the outside and roll the flower to the inside, adhering the flower down onto the glue dot when you're finished.  Some people find it easier to wrap the flower around a pencil or pen to get it started.  Before I adhere my rolled flowers down, I allow them to "open" a little bit to give them a more full appearance.

What I didn't know when I began this project was that my Spring banner would end up measuring almost 4 feet in length!  At this size, it would definitely get noticed in any house.

To create this fun banner, cut 6 pieces of book board (or similar) to 3˝ x 4˝ inches in size for the letters.  Adhere each letter to one of these pieces to spell out the word "Spring."  Color the edge of each piece with coordinating colors of Memento Luxe ink.

Next cut 6 additional pieces of book board to 5˝ x 6˝ for the backing pieces.  Cover each of the boards with your choice of papers from the Flourish collection.  Finish each board by coloring the edges of each board piece with Memento Luxe ink

To assemble the banner, place a piece of double stick tape onto the middle of the bottom board covered with the Flourish paper.  Lay down the ribbon onto the tape, and continue this process for all of the boards.  I used one long piece of double faced satin ribbon to connect all of the boards together, leaving approximately 1/2˝ of space between each board.  Then adhere the letter pieces on top of the ribbon, sandwiching it between the two pieces of book board.  This will also strengthen the banner so it isn't so floppy and light weight.  Add flowers and stickers from the "Details" sheet to finish each piece.

Here is a close up of each of the letters – hope this gives you some inspiration to create you own Spring themed banner from the Flourish paper collection!

Supplies:
Authentique Paper "Flourish" paper collection
Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko  Memento Luxe: Pear Tart, Lilac Posies, Rose Bud, Teal Blue; InkBlushers
Spellbinders Spiral Blossom Four die, Grand Calibur machine
May Arts ribbon

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