Thursday, September 10, 2015

Girlie Grunge Fall Banner by Tracey Sabella

Hi everyone!! It's Tracey back to share another project created with Donna's fabulous products!

This month Donna's Creative Team is featuring paper collections from the brand new company, PhotoPlay. Today I've used paper and stickers from the Autumn Day Collection

As you may have noticed, I tend to cut up Donna's Pennant Set by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® to create other embellishments like handcrafted flowers. I've finally used the canvas pennants from the set to create a fall banner. I'll let you in on a little secret, this is my first attempt at a banner.

Our son and daughter-in-law recently moved into their dream home. Our son loves to fish and has docked his bass boat at my parent's place on the lake for years. One moonlit night several years ago, Joseph took Rachel for a ride in his boat. He asked for her hand in marriage under the bridge between the two lakes. How romantic is it that their new place overlooks that bridge? Rachel adores decorating for the fall season, so as a house warming gift, I've created this home decor banner for them. Rachel had a special place in mind for it the moment she saw it. 

Tips and Techniques
Staying true to my style, I've added a little grunge to the fall stickers by rubbing them with Donna's Clearsnap Sparrow Mix'd Media Inx CHOX transforming the bright white to a soft tan color. I also edged them with Midnight CHOX Ink. I added a little shimmer by painting the striped inner portion of the letters with Donna's Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® Pigment Powders mixed with water. 

I've created these sweet flowers by pairing Donna's Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms dies with the Autumn Day Plaid paper surrounded by Donna's Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® Lace Ribbons. I cut the ribbon down the center and distressed it before coloring with Pigment Powder left over from the letters. I mixed pink, gold, and brown Pigment Powder to achieve this color. 

My step by step Bitty Blossom tutorial can be seen HERE. **Note** One of Donna's Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® Dodz™ XL works perfectly to hold the flower together in place of the glue.

The twine flower base is also handcrafted and a step by step tutorial for them can be found here. I've adhered the flower layers together and then to the canvas using Donna's Dodz™ XL.

On the canvas pennants, I stamped a script image with Jasmine Mix'd Media Inx, then sprinkled with and heat set Jasmine Mix'd Media Inx Embossing powder. I spritzed the canvas with water, then with Donna's Clearsnap Pralines & Cream Smooch Spritz. To add more splotchy color, I spritzed some of the Smooch onto a craft mat, added more water, then pulled the pennants through the color. The embossing acts as a resist so that the script shows up nicely on the background.

I've tucked in a couple dried flower pods on each banner.

I topped each of the pennants with the looped lace from Donna's Lace Ribbons set, adhered with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® Premium Double-Sided Tape. Between pennants I've placed another handcrafted Bitty Blossom flower, this time using the Autumn Day Multi Stripe paper.

To string the banner together, I placed an eyelet in the top corners of each pennant and ran hemp twine through to lace them together. The looped lace and Bitty Blossoms "hide" the eyelets.

I hope you've been inspired to grab your girlie grunge Donna Salazar products
and create a fall banner for your home. 

~ Blessings ~

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  1. Wow wow wowwwwwwww! This is gorgeous! LOVING the colors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Tracey,
    Wow - so gorgeous and elegant. I love each element and will be checking out the loop base flower tutorial too.

  3. It beautiful ... those flowers are awesome ! Made with love :)