Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Fairy and Elf Christmas Banner

Well hello bloggers, Samantha here! Right this weeks project is a Merry Christmas banner that I made for Sheena Douglass's latest release dies and stamp range. Primarily using the fairies and elves sets and the Poinsettia too! This takes a little time as it is a big project, but one that will be treasured year after year!

Products used :- Sheena Douglass fairy and elf dies and stamp sets, Sheena's poinsettia die and stamps, Sheena's stamping card, Kraft card, Gold satin card, Collall tacky glue and Pinflair glue gel, Stick n stay, Crafters Companion decorative uppercase alphabet dies, Distress inks and markers in crushed olive and festive berries colours, Vintage photo, antique linen, scattered straw, tattered, rose and black soot distress markers, Coffee Archival ink, Iridescent green and red silk paints, Iridescent glitter, 3 metres of hessian strip.


Step 1 Using Sheena's Stamping card, (great for most paper craft needs!) cut out 28 fairies and 28 elves, 28 scrolls, 14 fairy wings, 14 large Poinsettias, 14 small Poinsettias and 14 poinsettia centres. Only emboss 7 of each of the fairies and elves, 14 scrolls, 14 fairy wings and ALL the poinsettias! 

Step 2 Next you need to lay the stamp onto a glass mat, (it can help to stick it down with a stencil glue or stick n spray if it's a small stamp). Then ink up with coffee Arichival ink and lay the die cut image face down carefully from the head first for fairies and elves, and lining up one part at a time, pressing the card carefully onto the stamp rather than the stamp onto the die cut. It's much easier to line up each part perfectly this way. Repeat this process with all the pieces that have been embossed. Also you need to stamp onto another piece of Sheena card the back of the fairy and elf 7 times each and cut the top part from the dress and jacket up, out by hand to avoid cut lines appearing in the backs of the elves and fairies.

Step 3 Colouring all the STAMPED images is the next part! You can use any colours that suit you but I've chosen a simple scheme of crushed olive and festive berries distress inks and markers, with a few more colour markers for the skin tones and hair. Do these first as it's always best to do the lighter colours first then I like to use the markers just highlighting the edges of the images and then picking up more of the ink watered down slightly from a mat or tile with a brush!, and using it to colour the rest of the fairies and elves fronts and backs, including the hand cut layer. Also using some cut n dry foaming the ink pads of the same colours, colour the edges of each side of ALL the die cuts. Using the cut n dry again ink around the scrolls front and back using the contrasting colour for the holly in the corner. Alternating the two colours so you have 7 of each colour. Next use the cut n dry again, using the red ink and starting from the centres of each poinsettia drag the colour into the centres of the petals then with the green, colour the edges of the petals. For the fairy wings use the iridescent red and green silk sand just lightly edge the wings with the red and the centres with the green! Then use stick n stay on each wings and cover with glitter.

Step 4 Using the iridescent red and green silks highlight areas of the fairies and elves and paint the poinsettias completely.

Step 5 With the Collall tacky glue stick two middle layers together for each fairy and Elf and line them up perfectly then glue the back and front coloured layers on and the extra back half piece. Then shape the poinsettias petals with a ball tool and foam mat or just use your fingers, and glue a small flower onto a large flower offsetting them and the centre last with Pinflair glue gel. Put 2 fairy wings back to back with glue and attach to each fairy.

Step 6 The next part is to cut out all the letters for MERRY CHRISTMAS form both Kraft card and satin gold card, using Crafters Companion decorative uppercase alphabet dies. Shadow each letter with the Kraft card letters behind the gold, just offsetting them with tacky glue. Then glue the scrolls together also and line them up alternating colours and glue the letters on them in order. Attach a poinsettia to each scroll at the bottom with glue. Attach each scroll to the arms only of the opposite colour fairy or elf!

Step 7 I only had a light green hessian strip so I coloured it using my distress inks of the same colours.. The final part is to hook each fairy and elf over the strip and position them evenly apart and glue with Pinflair glue gel under the scroll. Just finish with tying a bow at either end of the strip!

Any questions as always we are happy to answer!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!
Samantha and Antony