Stampin' Royalty Challenge #281: Anything But a Card
My "Anything But a Card" project is this banner for my oldest daughter's birthday. Every year I make my girls banners for their birthday party's. This year we do not really have a theme, like last year we did Frozen. But we do have a color scheme; Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, Elegant Eggplant and Blackberry Bliss. And we are incorporating peacocks into the decorations as well.
This banner is from a kit that Stampin' Up! sold last year. I earned it when participating in a webinar class with SU and thought it would be great to use for a birthday banner. NOTE: the little flowers I used are not a part of this kit, my friend hand made them for me.
The best part about using a banner kit is that there is a lot less work. The banner shapes are cut for you! That saves a lot of time. We do have a new banner kit available this year which also comes with letter stencils just as the one I used did too.
Here is a sample of the new banner kit, Build a Banner Kit, which they used to make a cute baby banner! We also have a fun banner kit, Heartfelt Banner Kit, on our clearance rack!
A blender pen is a really cool tool to have for coloring in stamped images. It is marker with no ink in it, just a blending liquid. I like to use ink directly from my stamp pad when coloring with my blender pen. To do this just squeeze the stamp pad when it is closed so that the pad touches the base of the pad. When you open it there will be a small ink puddle on the base. Use your blender pen to pick up this ink and color away. The feel of the coloring with a blender pen is a mix between coloring with a marker and watercoloring. You have more control than watercoloring but you will need to pick up more color on the marker as you use it up. When you are ready to switch to a new color simply color the marker on a scratch piece of paper till it runs clear and repeat this process with another color.
Isn't this a beautiful stamp, Perfect Peacock.
I'm planning on using it for a few more items for this party as well. I share those with you soon.