Friday 6 April 2018

2018 #6 Banners & Bunting: Nautical Bunting with ESC {by Raquel Burillo}

2018 Topic 6: Banners & Bunting

I'm beginning to see that bunting/ banners/ pennants can come in all shapes and sizes. This is such a fun topic! Check out Raquel's Nautical bunting with her lovely products! Video at the foot of the post too! Enjoy! ~Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Raquel here from scrapcosy and today I'm bringing you my version of bunting for this challenge. 

All the buntings I've done in the past were made of fabric. This time I wanted to create something different, and I decided to try with paper instead. I've mixed many techniques and products today: gelli printing, distress oxides, metallic elements, some lace, embossing powders to create my own brads and, of course, infusions. I've used my latest stamps and stencils in a nautical vintage style and this is the result. I'll be sharing a video with all the steps too.

I started with a piece of heavy smoothy paper and gave it a wash with my favourite Infusions colour, golden sands. Then I stamped my images from the sets ESC10 and ESC12 using archival ink  in Potting Soil


I fussy cut them all, took me ages, but it was worth it. I started to group my images to see how many pieces each bunting would have. I went for 5 items (odd numbers look better generally)

I then moved on to Distress Oxides Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo, which I applied on a piece of heavy smoothy paper previously stamped with Archival Ink: Potting Soil using the script stamp from ESC11. 

I would use this to create the top and bottom of each piece of bunting.

Next I moved on to gelli printing. I was craving to try this. There were plenty of crafters out there in March enjoying Birgit Koopsen's 31 day challenge of gel-printing. Here is the link to all her videos for gel press. I wanted to play so badly! So I had now an excuse to use my 3x5" gel plate. I would create the background of my bunting with them. I used Fresco Acrylic paints Pea Coat and Buff.

I tore each piece by hand and inked the edges, then I stamped some seaweed (ESC10). 

Now it was time to play with all the elements and see how it would look all together

I sewed by hand my metallic elements. I don't like to use glue, I have the feeling that they will fall so I prefer to use thread and needle. And I use a thread that has a metallic look, can you see it? The three stitches are pretty well disguised... The lace was white but I aged it with some infusions: golden sands.

The final touch was to create my own enamel dots using gold wow embossing powder and clear embossing powder. This technique was shared by Marion Emberson (from Wow Embossing) at Stitches show and it is such a great idea that I wanted to try it myself.

I achieved to create a marble effect, can you appreciate it? Here is a close up:

And with this technique you end up with many, many dots.

I selected 10 (two for each piece of the bunting), the rest can either be melted or used in a different project

This is how they look in place. I used glossy accents to glue them.

I perforated 2 holes and I passed a brass chain through them. This bunting is ready!

Here are some pictures so you can see all the details

I hope you liked this project. It took me a while to complete it but I was pretty satisfied at the end. 

I had lots of fun creating this bunting and it gave me the chance to try different techniques that I don't normally use. It has been a project that I made after some weeks (that seemed months) of crafty inactivity so it was really hard to start crafting again. But I made it! And now I have other ideas that I would like to explore, like: what about putting some gesso in a piece of fabric and stamping all these sea life on them? 

Well, that was all from me for today, You can watch the video below to see the project being made. Please share and subscribe if you would like.

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Helen said...

This looks amazing raquel

Raquel Burillo said...

Oops, it seems the video is not there. Pasting it here in the meantime:
Or you can go to my YouTube channel or my blog. I'll tell Leandra to have a look and edit the post when she has a chance.

Raquel Burillo said...

Thanks Helen!! :)

Corrie Herriman said...

This is stunning !

Craftyfield said...

Gorgeous! I want to know how to make the EP dots! I'll check Raquel's video first...

Words and Pictures said...

Absolutely stunning work, Raquel - love your bunting to bits!
Alison x

Miriam said...
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Miriam said...

Absolutely stunning Raquel - I will be trying this for sure!

Kirsten said...

That is gorgeous!!

Hazel Agnew said...

Fabulous bunting Raquel. Inspired. X

Artmadnana said...

Brilliant idea for bunting. Beautifully crafted. The little pebbles you made are a fabulous addition. Very clever. Love it.

Lauren Hatwell said...

Fantastic. They look amazing! Lx

Dortesjs said...

Absolutely gorgeous

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Keren Baker said...

Really love this Raquel, the textures are amazing!

Shoshi said...

One of the best projects I've ever seen on here, Raquel. I just love this... So many great techniques and such a beautiful vintage effect. The sea is one of my favourite themes.


Etsuko said...

Absolutely stunning bunting and how attractive and useful project. I love the Gelli and UTEE techniques. Thank you for sharing. xx

Julia said...

Oh how I love those sea creatures! They look so good on the vintage bunting. I watched the video on Sunday morning curled up on the sofa with a cup of tea. The enamel dots look really good, must give that a try sometime. Great work Raquel.

SewPaperPaint said...

Raquel, I'm crazy over this incredible bunting and your awesome layers of stamping. What an amazing project and inspiring post! Hugs, Autumn