Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Build a banner Blog HOP

Welcome to the Go Stamp It blog hop!
You are sure to love the creativity that this group of ladies bring to the crafting table (if you haven't already)! 
I am stop #5 in the blog hop and sure hope you enjoy what I have to show you.

For some reason, I had crafter's block this week and just couldn't get this banner situation worked out the way I wanted it so I had to resort to a simpler project.

I started off with dip-dye technique that was demonstrated by Stampin' UP's concept artist, Jen C. I was sure my banner was going to come out as beautiful as Jen's (below) but I was wrong.

Created by Stampin' UP! concept Artist, Jen C.

Dip-dye technique using water (tried to fix in the pic on the left, without fixing on the right)

On the first attempt I just couldn't figure out why my banners turned into an ugly brown and crinkled once it dried. After quite a while, I figured out that I used water instead of alcohol as my medium. DUH!!!
After figuring out that I needed to use alcohol, I created another set of banners using the dip-dye technique. Needless to say, I MUST be using the wrong ink because the same thing dried to a light brown color. I tried covering it up by sponging some of the ink but it ended up looking worse. UGH!

 I kind of gave up and just said "heck with it!", but the thought of the ugly brown lingered in my head. Plus, I didn't think it was Blog Hop - worthy.

So once again, I'm at my crafting table coming up with a different option.

I wanted to create a fun and colorful banner for my son, Nathan's room. His room is Goofy (Disney) themed. So, I decided to resort to simply using the ink pads and markers.

Notice how  the outside edges of the banner are colored? I used the striped template from the build-a-banner kit as my guide.I then used the fine tip of  my marker to outline the circles and letters.

Finished project. Canvas frame painted by my dear friend Emily; Banner created by me.

I'm pretty happy with the turn-out of these banners but somewhat disappointed with the dip-dye fail =o(

Supplies used:
  • buil-a-banner kit (pg 31 of Holiday catalog)
  • markers: pear pizzaz, tangerine tango, chocolate chip, pacific point.
  • inks: pear pizzaz, tangerine tango, chocolate chip, pacific point.
  • sponge daubers

As I close, I do ask for your help and comment below on what I should try to make this dip-dye technique a success. Any suggestions???

Thanks for reading my post!! Up next, stop #6 with the lovely, talented, and wonderful DENISE SULLIVAN.
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  5. Jessica Lewis -     <--- YOU ARE HERE
  6. Denise Sulllivan -


  1. I love your banner! Nathan is such a lucky boy! How cute it looks on his wall.
    The dots were the hardest and longest for my to do-Hope to make one more...someday

    1. Thank you lady. He now looks at it and smiles. So cute!