Saturday, December 15, 2012

Joy Banner

I originally came up with the idea of making this banner for last week's Compendium of Curiosities Challenge, which was Paper Rosettes. Before I even had a chance to start, the week was over and it was time for a new challenge. Oops! Luckily, this week's Tissue Tape challenge worked perfectly with what I'd already planned - as a matter of fact, it made it even better!

Isn't this just the most dreamy thing ever?! I think the Tissue Tape adds the perfect touch behind the rosette and contrasts so well with the dark, vintage look of the canvas. I really wanted to make the stars out of burlap, but I didn't have the right kind on hand and I didn't have time to go running around trying to find some. I remembered the lone piece of white Sticky Back Canvas I had and thought,  hmmm...could I make it look something like burlap? Here's what I came up with!

1. Remove the backing from a sheet of white Sticky Back Canvas and adhere sheet to Non-Stick Craft Sheet (this will keep the canvas from curling while you're inking it). Drag a Frayed Burlap Distress ink pad over the surface.
2. Ink the canvas with Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy (I was shocked that I didn't have Frayed Burlap stain. What is wrong with me?! Time to improvise.). Let dry.
3. Peel canvas from craft sheet and adhere to chipboard. The adhesive remains sticky, even after all the stain I applied - awesome!

4. Cut a large star from scrap paper using the Sizzix Star Bright die by Tim Holtz. Trace onto the back of the canvas sheet to gauge placement of stars. Roughly trim around traced image. Place canvas section on die, carefully aligning it with the cut lines, and cut.
5. Trim off tabs. Since this will be a one-sided star, you won't need them.
6. Fold and shape stars. Fray edges with Paper Distresser and lightly sand the raised area with a Sanding Grip.

7. Cut a rosette from idea-ology Holidays Past striped paper using the medium sized Paper Rosette die. Form rosette and cover edges with Ranger's Platinum Stickles Dry Glitter.
8. Using Tissue Tape, create a ruffle behind rosette and glue into place (see Tim's book, Compendium of Curiosities 2, for details).
9. Cut the letters to spell 'Joy' out of idea-ology Mirrored using Tim Holtz' Word Play die. Adhere to rosettes. I also dabbed the Tissue Tape with a bit of Brushed Corduroy Distress ink and gave it a spritz of Pearl Perfect Pearls mist.

Attach rosettes to stars using hot glue. Finally, punch holes in the tips of the stars and connect using jute twine.

I am so in love with how all these dies work together! I didn't exactly get the burlap look I was going for, but I think I like the brown even more. Sometimes that's the beauty of working with what you have on hand - you never know what you'll come up with!

All the supplies I used can be found at Inspiration Emporium via the links below. Remember to use my coupon code - stamptramp - to save 10% off your order.

In addition to the CC2C challenge, this also fits perfectly with our monthly challenge over at the Inspiration Journal blog. The theme is Joyful Creations and we'd love for you to play along. One lucky winner will receive a $50 gift certificate! You can find all the details here.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you're inspired to try one of these banners. I think we could all use a little extra joy right now. :)


  1. I love this! Thanks for the tutorial!

  2. I love your Joy Banner, perfect for Christmas. Annette x

  3. Before I read the description, I was how did she make the star out of burlap? Shelly - I love it!!

  4. This is so nice. thanks for a splendid idea. I will try to colour my canvas now. Have creative and nice weekend.

  5. This is gorgeous! What a creative process to make your burlap. I agree that the tissue tape adds so much. This is another awesome project.

  6. I love the down home feel of your banner, Shelly.

  7. This is lovely. I wondered whether I should get that star die, now I know I should have!

  8. Fabulous Shelly, of course I expect nothing less! Love it.

  9. Gorgeous!!!! Love every ruffled bit! Great design!!!

  10. Shelly it's been a long time since we were on LIWP team and you have just gotten better and better! your star banner is terrific!
    stamping sue

  11. I love your JOY banner and thanks for your clear directions!!!

  12. FABULOUS Banner Shelly - thank-you for all the deets. Love how you mixed the dies. Merry Christmas, Nicola x

  13. Shelly I'm in LOVE! Just so you know I'm CASING this project to hang on my own door, it's AMAZING :) Thanks for the awesome inspiration and the great tutorial too! Merry Christmas!

  14. It's gorgeous Shelly! I want to make one! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Alison x

  15. Beautiful stars Shelly .
    Thanks for showing us how t make them.
    Greetings Janny

  16. I've really gotta get the Word Play die...

    WOW- this is beautiful. Love the stars. They look great. I was looking at the Star die at a store yesterday and not really 'seeing' the shape in my head- didn't have a clue what could be done with it... but you sure did!

    Thanks for sharing this- I love it!!!

  17. Great banner Shelly. I love the use of the rosettes (my current favourite!) and the tissue tape looks great. Love those stars.

  18. Great looking banner, Shelly! I'll bet your house looks terrific with all your clever creations:)

  19. Very pretty!! I do love how you used the canvas for the stars. It gives it a nice look.

  20. You are so creative! The banner is wonderful--love how you improvised with the stars--pure genius!

  21. This is so precious Shelly! People are referring to these older dies as old school now. I am rediscovering some pinterest pins I saved for the holidays and most of my favs were all from your blog!!! Thank you so much for this most awesome idea!


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