Fall Banner, Operation Smile Silent Auction

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The third banner in my donation for Operation Smile's Silent Auction. Fall is about family, with all the activity of back-to-school, thanksgiving, sporting events and spending more time indoors, gathering with those you love.

I wanted to create something with the warm fall colors, but still keep it vibrant and energetic, just like a family should be!
To see any of the photos enlarged, just click on them. The owl above is felt with tiny chipboard wings and eyelet eyes. I stitched his beak with embroidery floss.

The photo spots are designed to allow the owner of the banner to easily slide their own pictures in, and change them whenever they like. I used magazine photos for my sample, nice looking people, don't you think?
The mushroom above is stamped, with brads for spots. The metal bookplate was originally copper colored, but I wanted an aged silver look so I dipped it in embossing powder several times, heating just enough to begin melting the powder but pulling the heat off before the powder melted smoothly. This leaves a bumpy texture to the powder.
The chipboard letters are covered in black embossing powder for a shiny look. The leaves are created by rolling the stamp into multiple colors. If you would like to learn this technique, watch my video. I found the acorns at Wal-Mart, in the craft section. They're so cute!
More felt pieces. All of the felt in this banner is in the Heartfelt Die Cuts, Wonder pack. This squirrel apparently likes to gather flowers, rather than nuts.
The leaves are stamped, cut out, edge inked and then coated with several layers of clear embossing powder. Very shiny and quite lovely!
One more banner to show off! Check back on Friday!


SOS said...

So beautiful!! I Love it!!

Ruth said...

gorgeous! I could work for a year on something like this and not even come close!!

Melissa said...

Tresa, you've totally inspired me! I can't wait to make some of these!! "gather" is such a perfect word for a fall banner!

Pam said...

You are one talented gal!

Haley D. said...

All I can say is that you continue to take my breath away. If only I had one tiny tidbit of your creativity!!! I so wanted these at Convention but the bid was beyond my budget. What a great thing you did for a great cause!

Alyssa P said...

I love this! The felt animals are ADORABLE and I love your leaf treatment... I can never quite get mine (same stamps) to do that...

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