Here is another look at the JOY Banner that I created for the Royal Blog Tour.  I decided to make this after I finished my BOO banner for Halloween.  I was happy with the way that one turned out and I remembered that I had purchased these wooden letters one year and never used them.  It was a good thing I had two sets of them because my first try on a couple of them did not produce the results I wanted.  I started with one of the letters being red and it didn’t look as good as these do with just the brown, green and vanilla.

These are store bought wood letters but you could make a similar project using Chipboard letters or cut them with the Big Shot – they would be smaller.  Basically I used Craft Ink to “paint” the wood.  And what I learned with the BOO banner was that the craft ink took a long time to dry on the wood.  So my solution was to cover the whole letter after I finished stamping on it with Clear Embossing Powder and heat set it with my Heat Tool.  Then I decorated them.

Here are some more details on each letter.

The letter ‘J’ was covered with Chocolate Chit Craft ink and then Clear Embossed.  Then I used the Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz to spray the whole thing with a fine mist so it looked like a starry night sky.  I stamped eight of the Reindeer from the Winter Post stamp set on Very Vanilla card stock with Chocolate Chip ink and cut each one out.  Then I used Linen Thread to tie them together like they would be on the front of Santa’s Sleigh.  So these are the Reindeer flying through the night sky.  I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach them to the wood letter so they would have air behind them like they were flying.    To finish the ‘J’ I used some Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon tied around the neck of the letter, a punched Snowflake and a little button tied with Linen Thread finish it off.  The hanger is a piece of Very Vanilla Seam Binding tied at the base with a Very Vanilla button and Linen Thread.

The ‘O’ is covered with Old Olive Craft Ink and then stamped with the images from the Winter Post stamp set in Chocolate Chip Craft Ink.  Then I covered the whole thing with Clear Embossing Powder and heat set it.

I stamped the snowflake image in Old Olive and punched it out with the Ornament Punch – it fits just perfectly.  I sponged the edges and then tied Linen Thread around the top and added a pearl in the center.  The Wide Striped Old Olive ribbon was cut in half which causes the edges to fray and adds a distressed look.  I tied a piece around the ‘O’ and into a bow and then added the stamped ornament to it.

For the hanger – by the way the letters already had holes in them for hanging – I pulled some Vanilla ribbon through and then tied an Old Olive button around it.  There is a punched snowflake behind the button.

The ‘Y’ is covered with Chocolate Chip Craft ink.  Then I stamped the snowflake in Whisper White Craft ink.  Then the whole thing was covered with Clear Embossing Powder and heat set.  I added the basic pearls to the center of each snowflake.

I stamped the Ice Skaters on Very Vanilla card stock and water-colored the skaters.  Then I punched them out with the 2-1/2″ Circle punch.  I sponged the edges of the circle and then punched a hole in each side with the Crop-a-Dile.  I used Old Olive Satin Ribbon and pulled it through each of the holes and tied it around the ‘Y’ and in a bow on the side.

The hanger at the top is the same as the ‘O’ – except the ribbon was pulled through the two holes that were in the ‘Y’.

Here are a few more pictures.

That’s it.  I hope it all made sense to you.  It looks really pretty in person.  I think I may add some shimmer to the ‘O’ – it looks a little plain still.

I know we have some people that are close to a Bingo.  Is it you?  Will there be a winner today?

It’s BINGO TIME!  We are playing Round 6 of Monika’s Blog Bingo.  I have now filled group 7 and won’t be taking any more names right now – I”ll be taking a Bingo break after group 7 plays – I may play again in the future so I hope you will continue to visit my blog.   See this POST for more details on how to play and the previous winners.

And now for today’s piece – Here is piece #11 –the dog bone  from Friends Fur-ever stamp set (stamped in Chocolate Chip). 

If you have Bingo – 5 in a row – make sure to email me.