I also like to decorate for Halloween. I usually go through obsessions with a specific 'item.' For many years, I had to make a scarecrow for the front porch. One year, it was ghosts. One year, it was 'googly eyes.' You know those plastic googly eyes? I thought I HAD TO GLUE THEM TO EVERYTHING. Initially, I only bought them so I could glue them to a kleenex. After I'd wrapped the kleenex around the top of the Tootsie Pop, of course. But then, I couldn't stop. I glued those eyes to everything.
What am I obsessed with this year? The same thing everyone else in the craftosphere has been obsessed with for a year- BANNERS AND GARLANDS!!!
I would love to think of myself as being so unique and cool as to avoid a trend. But I'm not. I like a trend as much as the next hexagon-hugger. And banners are so freakin' cool.
So here it is, Kory's Halloween Banner:
I wasn't content to just hang the pennants on a string. I've been dying to use my new Tim Holtz stamps, from Stampers Anonymous: CLASSICS #6. They look like borders- filled with distressed text and all kinds of beautifulness. I stamped the 'crown' strip looking one a few times onto some manila cardstock and cut them apart. Then, with about five different colors of Distress Inks, I colored them into some nice fall shades and flicked some water on them for some splotchy creepy beauty.
Here's some close ups of each flag:
I used a slightly smaller sized pennant for the 'end-caps.' After cutting each pennant, thank you Spellbinders, I embossed the edge. You know, as you do and as is the beauty of Spellbinders. However, I don't emboss with my Spellbinders the way everyone else (and the way Spellbinders say to do it). It just seems like so much trouble to run the things through a second time with the rubber mat to get the embossed edge- especially for such a simple shape. After I run the die through to cut the paper, I just lay it on the table and run my stylus along the edge of the die- and zip, zip, zip- each one is embossed. Takes seconds!
Then, I stamped the pennant with a wood background stamp and inked the edges.
For the cat's base, I used a plain 'scalloped circle.' I painted it with some plain white acrylic paint, distressed and inked the edges and stamped with a Tim Holtz text stamp from one of the new Halloween sets.
I cut the cat with some black KraftCore the small Movers and Shapers die and roughed it up with some sandpaper Then, I spent about an hour obsessing over and admiring the beautiful wonder that is KraftCore. How amazing is this stuff?!
I cut the letters out of more KraftCore, using my Cricut and the Happy Hauntings cartridge. I sanded them, inked randomly and smeared some Rock Candy stickles on each letter.
I took some plain twine (from Dollar Tree- I love their 'kitchen twine!) and colored it with some Brushed Pewter Metallic and Bard Door Distress Stains. I threaded the twine through the tops of each pennant and then put the entire thing together with the border strips with some brads. Now that I'm looking at it again, I wish I'd pulled out my Texture Hammer and banged those brads a bit! Oh well, there's always tonight. No, there's not TONIGHT. Tonight, I've gotta run home, finish sewing my Halloween costume (I'm gonna be a werewolf) and go to a Halloween party. Yeah- I made my own costume with some fake fur (what a mess) and my sewing machine. It was like Project Runway up in that house last night!