Nine talented women and I participated in Elizabeth's, Bluebird Papercrafts, Halloween banner swap. We were to each choose a letter in the word Halloween and make 10 banner panels highlighting that letter.
All of our panels have been sent to Elizabeth and she is assembling the banners and sending
them out to us this week.
I chose the letter "W" as in witch. The first thing to do was decide on an image to use. Elizabeth had requested that we go with a cute look rather than a scary look which suited me fine. I was leafing through my 2010 Mary Engelbreit calendar and when I came to October and saw the little red-haired witch, I knew she'd be perfect to use. Look at her face...she has kind of an attitude I think....but I guess most witches do! I scanned her into my computer, sized her to use on a 4X6-inch panel and printed out ten witches.
I wanted her to have some dimension so I cropped and cut 10 images of her dress to layer using small pieces of dimensional tape.
Using Elizabeth's "sandwich" method, I cut 2 4X6-inch pieces of cardstock in black and kraft color for the front and back of each panel. I then cut 4X6-inch pieces of cereal and cracker boxes to use for my sandwich piece in between the cardstock. Using the cut up boxes is actually better than using chipboard. It makes the panel sturdy without being too stiff. I decided to
shamelessly copy borrow Elizabeth's design for cutting a half circle out of the bottom of all layers of the panel.
I'm sorry that I did not photograph all of my steps in this process. Life got crazy and then I was squeezed for time so the other pictures I took were of the finished panels.
I used a Martha Stewart glittery spider on her hat and black Stickles glitter glue along the hem and the waistband of her dress.
Some of the paper strips I used had some glittering on them which added some interest.
The letter "W" was cut of silver cardstock using the Cricut die-cut machine.
Elizabeth has featured the completed banner on her blog.
This is Elizabeth's photo that I am showing. Please stop by her blog to see all of the tags from the other artists. These women are all extremely talented and I am always happy to be involved with these swapping projects. You may recall the tag swap last December...
The Vintage Kitchen Tag Swap in March...
The Vintage Postcard Swap in June
I'm not sure what our next "assignment" will be but I'll be here with my pop-dots and glue ready to proceed!
Thanks Elizabeth, for hosting this very clever swap. I can't wait until my assembled banner comes...I have the perfect spot picked out for it to be displayed.