Friday, November 23, 2012

Christmas 'BELIEVE' Banner Tutorial @ Inspired Stamps

Good Mornings beautiful peoples :)
Don't worry :) I know it is Friday and not Tuesday!
So what am I doing here sharing a creation with
Inspired Stamps

I am sure you all know about the special posts happening over at
Inspired Stamps
The 12 weeks of Christmas ones!
Every Friday one of the girls are sharing with you a Christmas tutorial!

Well this week it is my turn to share :)
And I would love to share my Christmas "Believe" Banner with you.

(it's a rather long banner so please click on the photo to get a larger, clearer better view of it)

I am sure you are itching to make one of these :)
So let's get on with the show!

You will need -
Elegant Dotty Alphabet Stamp Set available from Inspired Stamps
Vintage Christmas Stamp Set available from Inspired Stamps (Tree sentiment used for background on lettering sentiments)
Sing for Joy Stamp Set  available from Inspired Stamps (music staff used)
Heart Shaped Dies – Nellie’s Multi Fame’s used MFD022
1 inch Circle punch / die – Nellie’s Muliti Frame’s used MFD 020
Black Embossing powder – Ranger Super Fine Detail Powder used
Heat gun
Rangers Archival Ink – Sepia
Distressing Inks – Tim Holtz Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain used
Versamark ink pad
Kraft card-stock
White card-stock
Rhinestones in red and clear - Stash
Lace - Stash
Twin / Ribbon - Stash
Bell x 2 – small – Stash

Techniques used -
Second Generation Stamping
Emboss Resist
Heat Embossing

The Good Part - The How To!

Step 1 – Making the Circular Letter Sentiment ‘BELIEVE’

1. Using the Elegant Dotty Alphabet stamp from Inspired Stamp, Versamark ink, black embossing powder and white card-stock – Stamp out the individual letters of your sentiment and heat set the embossing powder. For this tutorial I am using the word “Believe”. Allow room around each of the letters to cut / punch them out. I stamp first and then cut – allowing me to centre the image more accurately.
2. With you ‘alphabet letter’ now stamped and cut out, ink distress the edges. Next take the tree shaped sentiment from the Vintage Christmas set from Inspired Stamps – I have used this as a second generate stamp for the background. Using the seina ink, ink up the Vintage Christmas sentiment tree, on a scrap piece of paper, stamp once and then stamp over your ‘alphabet letter’ circle sentiment. This gives a softer look and the appearance your letter is floating above the background.
3. Turn your ‘alphabet letter’ over and place lace behind. I run a strip of double sided tape around the edges and then tape down my lace.
4. Turn your ‘alphabet letter’ back over to the front, embellish the dots with rhinestones and place aside.

Step 2 – White ‘Music Staff’ Heart

1. From white card-stock ,cut the smaller of the die-cut heart(s) (9 used for this tutorial) and ink distress the edges. Using the ‘Music Staff’ from the Inspired Stamps Sing for Joy set, Versamark and black embossing powder, stamp the ‘music staff’ repeatedly down and across the heart. Sprinkle with the black embossing powder and heat set.
2. Turn the heart over and adhere the lace to the back – Again, I run a strip of double sided tape around the edges and then tape down my lace.
3. Place hearts aside.

Step 3 – Background Heart

1. From Kraft card-stock, cut the larger of the die-cut heart(s) (9 used for this tutorial) and ink distress the edges.
2. Attach the twine/ ribbon used to hang your banner – I run a stripe of tape up the middle of the heart and place my twine on the tape and then cover again with another strip of tape.
3. Place hearts aside.

Step 4- Assembly of the individual hearts

1. Take one of the background hearts and layer ontop one of the ‘Music Staff’ hearts – I just use double sided tape to stick them together, liquid glue or a glue gun would also work.
2. Next, centre and layer one of your 'letters' on top of the ‘Music Staff’ heart.
3. Repeat the above until all hearts have been assembled.
3.a- For the end hearts, take one of the bells and some twine and tie in a bow. Center and stick down in place of an ‘alphabet letter’.

Lastly - Full Assembly

1. Attach your individual hearts onto a long piece of ribbon/ twine ... and hang :)
I have used little wooden pegs to hold mine in place as I am forever changing things around each year & I hate untie-ing knots and bows. This also doesn't take up as much room in the Christmas closet :)

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial 
& that I possibly have inspired you to try this too!

I would love to see your creations if you do give this a try 
so please come back & leave me some love so I can come & have a peak!

Don't forget to check out the other amazing tutorials
the girls have shared over the weeks,

and keep your eye on the
Inspired Stamps Blog {here}
As each Friday until the 21st of December
we will be sharing a tutorial with you!

And lucky duckies you! 
You get 2 tutorials from me!
My next is scheduled for the 21st of December
I look forward to you calling past then!

Thank you for dropping in to see me & happy crafting :)

Recipe -
Stamp(s) - Inspired Stamps - Elegant Dotty Alphabet Stamp Set, Vintage Christmas Set & Sing for Joy Set
Paper(s) - Kraft Cardstock, white cardstock
Tools - Heart Shaped Dies – Nellie’s Multi Fame’s used MFD022  & 1 inch Circle punch / die – Nellie’s Muliti Frame’s used MFD 020
Embellishment(s) -TH distress inks, Ranger's Archivael Sepia ink. black embossing powder, Versamrak ink, Stash - twine, lace, rhinestones, bells
Challenges this creation is entering with the help of the Feline Playful Girls:
Wordart Wednesday - Encouraging or Uplifting Sentiment Wed E1/5
Paperminutes - Pennants Tues
Tuesday Alchemy - Anything But A card Tues
Paper Pretties Monday Challenge - PPPMC66 Anything But A Card Mon
Totally Stampalicious - Christmas Non Traditional Colors Mon 
Stamptacular Sunday - Recipe - Ribbon / Twine, Pearls or Gems & Dies or Punches Sat
Crafty-Emblies - Vintage / Shabby Chic Monthly ( I think this fits as it's not a card - let me know if not thanks) Monthly Entry 2
Craft My Life - Anything But A Card Monthly
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20 Treasured comments:

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Thanks for tutorial, sweet heart. Love it.

Paper Profusion said...

This looks beautiful. Thanks for deets. Nicola x

lady jasmine crafts said...

Lush what a great idea thanks for joining us at crafty-emblies xx

Caroline said...

This is fabulous thanks for tutorial. Caroline xxx

Christina - Pieces of Dreams said...

This is wonderful! You have made a Christmas ornament that will last for many years to come., Beautiful.
Thank's for entering it for Stamptacular Challenge.
Chris x

Karen Letchworth said...

I have always enjoyed your sweet art, Leesa. But this tutorial is just wonderful, and I know it will be a blessing to so many people to learn how you did it, so thanks for sharing it. You always have such a sweet spirit about you and I appreciate that more than you can know. Thank you for sharing, not only this wonderful tutorial and art, but just for being a steady support in our challenges. I really want you to know how much I appreciate your faithful participation and kind words. You are a blessing and encouragement, and I pray that God will bless you for it.
Blessings and hugs to you,
Karen L
Word Art Wednesday

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Beautiful banner. You make such clever projects.

Anonymous said...

this is so lovely and pretty. Thank you for joining our altered challenge at Crafty-Emblies, hope we see you again.

rachel said...

stunning work Leesa - really beautiful xx

Sandra H said...

Fabulous idea and they are just brilliant thanks for the tutorial too! x

Unknown said...

What a wonderful project and how beautiful it looks over that piano. It reminded me so much of home. Thank you for sharing the information on how to make it with us, as well as for posting at Word Art Wednesday. Come back again please. We are looking forward to seeing more of your lovely work.
Psalm 103 Blessings,
Carole Robb Bisson,
Word Art Wednesday


Sue B said...

Wow! this is really beautiful Leesa… what a fab design… each heart is exquisite… I love it! :-)
hope you have a lovely weekend!
Big Hugs
Sue xx

Unknown said...

This is stunning, love your project and the vintage style xxx

Hazel (Didos) said...

WOW!!! Thats all I gotta say, Stunning creation yet again, Love Hazel xox

scrappymo! said...

This is so stunning! You have given me a great idea for a girlfriend gift!

PinkyLisasInkyCrafts said...

Thank you so much for entering our 5th challenge 'vintage/shabby chic' over on the Crafty-Emblies challenge blog page.

OH MY GOD!!!! This is absolutely amazingly gorgeous!!!! I adore what you have made! All the work an detail that has gone I to this amazing project! Wou wouldn't want this in their home??!! I am so so in love with it (can you tell?).....

I hope you continue to visit us over on the Crafty-Emblies challenge blog and entering our monthly altered art challenges :-)

Hugs Lisa xxxxx DT

Michelle said...

gorgeous banner!

Kati said...

what an awesome banner!! I love it!
mamapia - for paperminutes

HeARTworks said...

Hi Leesa, what a beautiful banner! You have a wonderful blog too! Passing through from WAW- Patsy from

Beccalite said...

WOW I absolutely love this project, it is stunning, fits our theme very well.

Thank you so much for coming over and joining in with our 5th Challenge 'Vintage/Shabby Chic' over at Crafty-Emblies.

Great Big Huge Hugs

Becca xxx

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