Joy Banner for Operation Smile Silent Auction

Saturday, July 17, 2010


Time to show off the final seasonal banner that I created for the Operation Smile Silent Auction held in Washington DC at Close to My Heart's national convention. You may see the previous three by scrolling down or checking the previous posts in the sidebar.

I kept the color scheme very pale in this banner. I like the icy blue with the creamy white, I imagine that it would look lovely against a dark wood colored fireplace mantle, or near a swag of evergreen branches. A lighter shade of distressing ink keeps the shabby chic look, but still stays true to the white-washed style.
The accordian pleated fans are made from textured paper. I stamped them with a mixture of elegant damask patterns and tiny country prints. Between the fans I attached small chipboard stars, also stamped with background stamps.

The letters are inked in Heavenly Blue ink and then distressed with Desert Sand ink around the edges. I painted the letters with decopauge glue and then coated them in Prisma Glitter, which allows the ink colors to show through, as well as giving a greenish-blue cast to the letters.

Chipboard snowflakes are left white and distressed with more Desert Sand ink, then glittered. Rhinestones add extra sparkle.

You'll notice this banner is a little less accessorized than the previous banners. Once I began creating it, I really loved the simplicity of the pale color scheme with the distressing, plus the touch of sparkle. Every time I added more embellishements they just seemed overdone. I imagine that at Christmas time there is plenty of overly-decorative items already on display, perhaps this simply adorned banner will stand out.

4 comments:

Chris said...

You are right, it's perfect! Any more embellishments would've taken away from this beautiful look. Love it!

Kim Harper said...

Tresa, You are truly amazing! Each and every one of your banners are absolutely beautiful! What a great gift you have when it comes to creating. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas and creativity with everyone! To know that you paid for an operation that will make a child's life much much better must be an amazing feeling :)

Romaine said...

Tresa- *sigh* lovely! I think that I may have to give this one a try! Thanks for the colour details! Yummy glitter! I was using MS white tinsel glitter, which I loved the look of for my icy sparkle.
LOVE your work! :0)

scrappernic said...

Your banners are absolutely STUNNING!! THe person that won these at the auction is very lucky! I'd have been in big trouble if I'd have been there--lol! Thank you, as always, for the inspiration. I'm going to have to play with this idea and design some for my own home. Maybe even for the school auction. I think I'll wait for the new fall and Christmas papers on Aug. 1 and see what I can do :) What a great concept!

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