Monday, 5 May 2014

My Personal Rainbow

Hi everyone,

I've been missing all kinds of fun which has been going on over the weekend to celebrate (Inter) National Scrapbooking Day - I wasn't able to play along yesterday, but I've thoroughly enjoyed playing a bit of catch-up this afternoon :o)

Over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog they've been hosting a huge event called Wonderful World of Color, with loads of inspirational posts, challenges and fabulous prizes to be won. Check it out - you have until the 16th to link up your entries and be in with a chance of winning.

The very first post inspired me to make a rainbow banner for my workroom ...


The challenge was to make a banner using at least five colours and a mixture of words/letters and graphics such as diecuts. I decided to use a rainbow of colours (although I merged blue and indigo together - call it artistic license!). Each pennant is decorated with a diecut flower, a stamped butterfly and one diecut letter - together they spell the word "C-R-E-A-T-E".

Here are some close-ups ...





This was a great project for using up lots of scraps of patterned paper and offcuts of ribbons and trims. I started with six blank chipboard pennants and one of my three scrap drawers ...


First of all I picked out some likely pieces of paper and trimmings ...


... then I pulled out my trusty little Cuttlebug (that really has been one of the best-value scrapping tools I ever bought) and die-cut my letters and a batch of rainbow-coloured flowers ...


The flower die is the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Sizzix Bigz die - these dies are brilliant because they will cut all kinds of materials as well as paper (chipboard, fabric, vellum, foam and so on). The alphabet dies are also Sizzix Bigz and come in a set of 4, which includes the whole alphabet and numbers 0 - 9. I got them from Stampin'Up - they were quite a big investment, but worth it I think, because again you can cut all kinds of materials with them. I like to cut the letters twice - once in chipboard and again in patterned paper, and then glue them together, to make alphas to match my project.

Then I stamped lots of butterflies onto scrap packaging card, using Archival Ink ...


... so that I could colour them with Distress Inks without smudging the image ...


I cut out a butterfly for each pennant and assembled all the flowers, curling the petals, inking the edges and adding a button to the centre of each one. I put the alphas together and doodled around all their edges, then dug out some matching bling and my rainbow was ready to roll ...


... all I had to do now was to cover both sides of each pennant with patterned paper, then add the matching letter and embellishments - I followed pretty much the same design for each one to make it quick and easy - and then I threaded them all together and hung them on my workroom door for inspiration ...


... of course I had to keep reciting the old rhyme to make sure I had the colours in the right order -
Richard Of York Goes Battling In Vain!

Thanks for popping in today - see you again soon :o)

3 comments:

Jimjams said...

A stunning banner Annie - simply beautiful!

Maria Ontiveros said...

I love that banner. It reminds me that I have something similar that I might put up in my studio.
Rinda

Lisa-Jane said...

This is absolutely beautiful! I love rainbow effects on things and what a great way to use up scraps and offcuts!