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Friday 13 September 2013

Fabulous Friday Tutorial - Bombshell Garland Banner

Happy Friday Bombshells!

Kim here with a Fabulous Friday Tutorial - creating a Happy Haunting Garland Banner using 3 Bombshell Stamps Sets. Muertos Doll, Bone Font, and those little bats from Holiday Accessory. Let's get to it!

Supplies Needed:
-Bombshell Stamps - Muertos Doll, Bone Font, Holiday Accessory
-Tsukineko Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black
-Spectrum Noir Markers- IG4, IG2, IG1 (or your favorite coloring utensil!)
-Tsukineko Memento Archival Ink Pad Brilliance in Moonlight White
-Sewing Machine and needle (I used a standard sewing machine needle)
-Black Thread
-Adhesive - small Glue Dots and Scotch Tape
-Electronic Cutting Machine (or 1 inch circle punch or 1 inch die and diecut machine)
-Black Cardstock
-Patterned Cardstock - Halloween themed (I used Authentique's Enchanted line from last year)
-White Cardstock (for stamping and coloring the skeletons)

First I cut out 1 inch circles in black and patterned cardstock. I used my Silhouette but any electronic cutting machine, 1 inch punch or die will work. There is 3 rows of garland in this project and the stamped row is all black circles - so you will need 38 black circles. For the other 2 rows you will need a total of 78 circles - I used a combination of black and patterned cardstock on those.
Next using white ink I stamped the letters from Bone Font onto the middle of the circles to spell out Happy Haunting and also inked 2 each of both sized bats from Holiday Accessory. Once dry, I flipped the circles over from the bottom to the top and stamped the letter/bat on the back of the circle so this way if the garland flips it will read Happy Haunting both ways and none of the letters will be upside down.
After everything was dry, I laid out the pattern (and correct spelling) of how I wanted the garland.
Time to sew! I broke out my sewing machine, changed the bobbin to black thread, loaded the black thread on the top and began sewing the pattern.
 For the Happy Haunting strand first sew - 7 plain black circles spaced about half inch apart (this is for the left side). The middle pattern to sew is 1 black circle, 1 large bat, 1 black circle, 1 small bat, 1 black, the happy bone font circles, 1 black, the haunting circles, 1 black, 1 small bat, 1 black, 1 large bat, 1 black and these are spaced closer together then the sides. Then sew the 7 black circles for the right side spaced the same as the left. (This is all one strand).
 For the next two strands sew the following pattern with your patterned and black cardstock - 7 circles spaced about a half inch apart (for the left side), 25 circles for the middle (sewn closer together then the sides), then 7 circles for the right (spaced same as the left). I basically just did 1 black circle, 1 patterned cardstock circle and repeated for the last 2 strands.
Once all 3 strands are sewn, I took the first and last black circles of the middle section of each strand and adhered them together with glue dots. At this point I trimmed the leftover thread at the bottoms of the strands too.
Carefully, place this garland to the side. Mine got twisted a few times and it wasn't really fun to untangle. On to the skeletons! I stamped the Muertos Doll skeleton pieces twice on a piece of white cardstock, colored them with Spectrum Noir Markers and then fussy cut them out with my scissors.
Then I assembled the skeletons the way I wanted them posed and adhered them together using a glue dot on each tab and on the heart.
On the back of the skeleton's skulls attached a piece of looped knotted thread with a glue dot and a small piece of scotch tape. It's holding pretty well. 
The last step is to adhere the garland to the skeletons, I took the cluster of 3 black circles that I had glued previously and attached them to the front of the Muertos Doll Skeletons using glue dots.
And that's it! A Halloween garland banner ready for a good party.
Happy Friday, Happy Craftin' and Happy Haunting!

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