Friday, February 7, 2014

"CREATE" a banner with our chippies.

Maggi here today to share a really fun banner project with you.  I used Graphic 45 papers to make my banner and a number of our Leaky Shed Chippies.  Below I have shared the process for preparing the letters.
  Here's the whole banner.

The banners are Leaky Shed chipboard pieces and are nicely sized at 6.4" x 8" as are the letters which are 4" tall.

I love altering my letters and this is one of my favorite methods for giving them a vintage and worn appearance.  The steps for making the letters are as follows:
1.  Paint the letters with acrylic paint in vintage white and allow to dry.
2.  Ink around the edges of the letters with Frayed Burlap Distress ink.
3.  Stamp the letters with a patterned or script stamp using Archival ink in coffee.      Be sure to use Archival ink so that it doesn't smear in the next step.
4.  Apply a thick coat of Ranger Crackle Accents and allow to dry naturally, i.e. do not use a heat gun to speed the process.
5.  Rub Frayed Burlap Distress ink into the cracks.
6. Take a lightly moistened paper towel and lightly wipe the ink off the letters leaving ink in the cracks but not on the surface of the letter.

The word inspire is one of our chippies that I have covered with Stampendous Aged Embossing Enamel in aged spice.

Up in the corner is our butterfly that I've simply painted with Splash of Color Silks in Emperor's Gold.

I added a Julie Nuttig doll to this banner.  I painted her body with iridescent water colors and cut her dress from a French Country paper scrap.  I really love these chipboard dolls, they are so fun and work with so many different projects:  cards, tags, layouts and even banners!

On this banner I've used one of our oval frames behind the letter T.  The frame has been heat embossed, again with  Stampendous Aged Embossing Enamel in aged spice.

Leaky Shed Studios chipboard pieces used:

This is the first banner I've made and I must say, it was so fun!!  I hope you're inspired to give it a try!


  1. Wow wow wow!! This is just gorgeous! Pinning!!!

  2. Wow, Maggi!! This banner is just stunning. So much love and hours here. Love the crackle finish and all the LSS chippies you incorporated!! ~ Blessings