Wednesday 4 April 2018

2018 #6 Banners & Bunting: 'Tweet Tweet' with ELB {by Helen Chilton}

2018 Topic 6: Banners & Bunting

Helen has gone all miniature on us in this post, but as per usual, its a genius idea for those who might want some quick and easy, super fun baby-banners as an embellishment ! ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Helen with you today, and I'd like to share with you a really easy way to make mini no stitch bunting out of address labels. As they're already sticky it's easy to fold them over the thread and stick the other side. I did start by using micropore tape for this but the colours didn't come out as brightly as I wanted. The labels provided a white background from the get go, much easier to work on. As you're putting the bunting together yourself you can add the beads in between for an extra decorative element.


Lin's stamps are brilliant for this project as they're open designs so lots of room for colour, and also have a great sense of fun.

I stuck the labels different ways - if you've got bigger labels, even better, and started by stamping all over them with ELB30.

Then I got out some Dylusion sprays - really vivid colours which I love. I like to see how all the colours run together to create new ones.

Then cut into strips. Get the beads ready - this is a bit fiddly but worth it.

Stick the strip over the thread, beads to the left...

fold over...

...and trim as you like. Word of advice - cut away from the thread as otherwise it's all too easy to snip it and the beads fall off and you have to start again!

And there you have it, lots of different sizes and shapes of bunting.

Then to finish off the frame with Lins other stamps... ELB18 and ELB16

So, a bit fiddly, but worth it - I always love anything that's in miniature as I'm keen on adding tiny details to my projects. Instead of beads, you could thread buttons or bows, whatever you like. 

Colouring all the labels at once is very quick and easy, and the fact that they're sticky means you don't have to stitch. Spray inks are a quick way to colour anything - I also used them on the gessoed house frame here. Don't forget, you can also make up sprays from your Fresco paints for a different, softer effect. 

So, I hope this project inspires you and brightens up your day!


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Helen said...

Wow, thus it seems stunning. Fiddly but stunning!

Helen said...

Sorry about the predictive text! It is stunning.

Miriam said...

Stunning project Helen.... I wish I was as brave with colour as you! Love this project

Craftyfield said...

Gorgeous vibrant colours and a good idea to use labels for a no fuss bunting! Fab ideas, Helen!

Kirsten said...

I love it! The colours are gorgeous.

Unknown said...

This is a great project with super colours and useful ideas - thanks so much.

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Such a fun post. Loving the bright colors and really enjoyed the step by step. It's been cold, and dreary here so this made my day,

rachel said...

absolutely adore this - so colourful and so much work! Fabulous xx

Cocofolies said...

A fun and brilliant project, very clever and inspiring!
As usual with Helen Chilton!!! :) x

Keren Baker said...

Love the mini bunting and such a clever idea with the stickers!

kksb said...

Upbeat and adorable. You really put some time in this and it shows! Way to go.

Etsuko said...

What a brilliant hanger art Helen. Lovely work with Linda's images. xx

Corrie Herriman said...

Love this ! So fantastic !
Corrie x

JoFY said...

Gorgeous! x