This week our Fabulous Friday challenge at Frosted Designs is to use brads in your project. I have been making banners lately.....a lot of banners. They are just so fun to display. Mardi Gras is coming up so I thought that would be a great banner!
When I think of Mardi Gras, I think of jazz music, masks, hats and the colors purple, yellow and green. I grabbed my Gypsy and got to work.
I started with these banner flags from Birthday Bash. I sized them to 4 inches. Birthday Bash is a great cartridge for banners, it has several different banner flag shapes.
I got the Jester's hat from Don Juan and sized it to 1.59 inches and Mardi Gras sized to 1.94 inches. I got the filagre from Don Juan and sized it to 2.76 inches.
I wanted a multi-colored jester hat and filagre, so I cut them out in three colors (also one in black for the jester hat) and trimmed them apart.
I pieced them together and added some gold stickles.
In order to create a layer for the phrase Mardi Gras, I copied another on on my mat and used Hide Contour to hide the inside cuts.
I needed more, so I found the mask on Designer's Calendar and sized it to 3.12 inches. I cut it out in purple and white, and trimmed the white mask for a layer.
I cut out the saxophone and trumpet from Quarter note and sized them to 3.12 inches and 1 inch.
My measurements seem odd if you just look at the measurements. I start with the background piece (in this case the banner flag) and size the pieces to best fit the space. If I intend on placing an image on an angle, I will rotate the image on my Gypsy screen before I size it.
I added some purple, green and gold stickles to my mask.
I needed a little something between the image and the banner flag, so I grabbed a diamond shape from George and sized it to 3.24 inches. I cut them out in yellow.
I ended up using only 4 of the diamond shapes because the jester hat and filagre had too much yellow and blended in.
I poked the brads through the green ribbon to attach the banner flags. I tied on some purple and green ribbons for added pizzaz.
And here is my completed banner. I hope I inspired you to create a project with brads or eyelets and join our challenge!!