Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Embossed and Glittered Oak Leaf Banner

Today I'm sharing a project I did for a guest post over at A Glimpse Inside last week. It was actually this project that started me off on my glittery Thanksgiving frenzy!

In case I haven't mentioned that it's exactly ONE WEEK til my son comes home from college, I want to make this year extra special since it will be a first Thanksgiving of sorts. It finally hit me that it's been almost four months since we've seen him. I know. I'm a WIMP.  He won’t care about the decorations but I think he will care that I wanted to make it extra special. Today I’m sharing a banner I made for our dining room.
Oak Leaf Banner

Oak Leaf Banner (2)
I love all things paper ( OK really, what craft supply don't I love?!) and got the idea to do an oak leaf banner.  I cut the leaves on my Cricut Expression but decided they needed some texture. I grabbed a textured stamp from my stamp supply, inked it up with clear embossing ink and  covered them with detailed silver embossing powder:
Embossed Oak Leaves
I also knew I wanted this to have some sparkle and needed an excuse, er um a compelling reason to play with tinsel glitter. The beginning of the end! I'm hooked.
Tinsel Glitter Oak Leaves
I cut out more leaf shapes, and covered them with champagne tinsel glitter. I used Recollections brand from Michaels.

But what are oak leaves without acorns? Using the same Cricut cartridge ( Doodlecharms) , I cut acorns from metallic gold paper and then went over the caps with copper glitter glue:
Glittered Acorns
The final piece of my banner was this organza tulle I found at JoAnn’s in their 2 for $5 section. Oh my they have got several gorgeous colors, many of  which I may or may not have bought. Just sayin'
Copper Organza Tulle
To put it all together, I took a couple of the embossed leaves, a plain leaf, and a tinsel glittered leaf and formed a “clump” of leaves. I covered clothes pins ( my favorite way to hang banners) with some glittered paper scraps and then put my acorns on top using a foam dot.
Oak Leaf Banner Closeup
I twisted two colors of the organza tulle together and draped over two framed prints in our dining room and then clipped my oak clusters on. Photos aren't great. One of my 2012 goals is to get better at photographing things where glare is involved. 
Oak Leaf Clusters
I think this will really twinkle in the candlelight of our Thanksgiving meal, along with some of the other glittery Thanksgiving decor.

One week. From TODAY! Not that I'm counting.
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Megan Gunyan said...

Oooh, I love it! So shiny and perfect for the holidays. Great idea!

Jacqueline said...

I LOVE the colors!!! I have been going crazy with glitter lately :)

Jennifer said...

I finally found someone who loves glitter as much as I do!! LOL...does your husband complain like mine though? he hates going to work glittery. : )

Shannon Fox said...

Oh that is so pretty! I like it very, very much. I love me some sparkle! I am deeply entrenched in the glitter movement ;) Except in regards to my makeup. LOL

Amy at Ameroonie Designs said...

I love it Carol! The colors are gorgeous and I'm sure they are going to look stunning for your feast. Happy homecoming to your whole family!

Michelle L. said...

Love the layering of mixed metallics!

Netty said...

Looks smashing, x

Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said...

Love this garland, Carol! The texture of the leaves is fantastic. :)

Jenn Erickson said...

Carol, I love the acorn motif, the glitter (oooooh....glitter.....) and the mixed metallics. Beautiful composition!

In this week of Thanksgiving I especially want you to know how grateful I am to have you be a part of the creative spirit and camaraderie at Rook No. 17. Thank you for linking up to “A Little Birdie Told Me…”!


Chrissy said...

Cute garland! Love the sparkly leaves and use of organza.

srpprcrftr said...

yeah I'm kinda late seeing this post,fairly new to your blog. Excuses, excuses. Had to comment on the gorgeous decorations you made, paper crafting is one of my biggest favorite things to do. So pretty for the holidays. Right now I don't have any color ink so black just wouldn't do this post justice. Have to wait til I get some color ink to print this out so saved it. Happy days

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