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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Thankful Banner


I'm trying to hold off on Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving because everyone is coming here for Thanksgiving dinner.  Yikes!  I decided to try a few fall decorations to make the house still feel a little festive.  I had bought the Build A Banner Simply Created Kit, so I thought I would give it a try.  There are so many beautiful banners made with this kit out there on the Internet, but I wanted to keep mine very simple.  I decided not to add any additional embellishments, and I kind of like how it turned out.

Here are a few tips if you decide to give one a try:

1)  Whatever ink you use is going to read darker on the pennants than on paper.  I used Tangerine Tango, and it looks more like Pumpkin Pie...which is the look I wanted.  The letters are Soft Suede.

2)  I used a repositionable spray adhesive on the back of my stencils.  (I went out back and sprayed them....not a good idea to do it inside because it goes everywhere.)

3)  Make sure you get a "system" down as to where you want your letter circles to be on each pennant and position your stencils accordingly.

4)  I used sponge daubers to add the ink to the pennants.  I didn't think I was being that forceful, but it really chewed up my daubers rubbing them against the pennants.  Use some old ones if you have them. 

5)  Be careful adding the ink around the rivets.  The stencils won't adhere well around those because they are slightly raised.  Also, don't try to be perfect around them.  I did and wound up with splotchy areas that I really couldn't fix.

6)  I used little clear Command Hooks to hang it on my mantle.

I hope you'll give one a try!

Thanks for stopping by,
Beth

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