Monday, October 27, 2008

Vintage Halloween Banner - Terrorific Tuesday

My last piece for Terrorific Tuesdays is something I've been working on for weeks, just never finding the time. I did it in pieces. A Halloween banner. Do you get the emails from the Dover company? They send weekly emails about their products, and give you samples to save to your computer and use in art. One week there were vintage Halloween postcards. Yum! I saved a lot of those! But you could use images you find on the internet, copied from books or draw your own! This is a very simple project, one my little dd helped with as well.

This is a great design to use for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentines, even July 4th! Have fun creating and remember to let me know if you make something. I wanna see.

3 pieces Orange 8 1/2 x 11" cardstock
9 Vintage Halloween postcards or something similar, cut to 3 1/2 x 5" size
Background stamp (mine is like architecture iron work)
Black stazon ink pad
Embroidery floss (I used orange and dark brown)
Decorative Scissors (I used a 'victorian' style)
5 ft Ribbon (mine has pumpkins on it)
Chipboard letters, stickers or rubons spelling HALLOWEEN
Glitter glue (I used clear)
Poker tool or use a bigger needle
Needle & Scissors
Glue & Exacto Knife

1. Take orange cardstock, fold and rip into 4 even pieces. Cut the 2 long sides with the decorative scissors. I cut off just enough to make the decorative edge but not enough to cut off width.
2. Using the background stamp, stamp with the black ink, onto the orange cardstock pieces. Ink the edges of the stamped pieces as well.
3. Cut out your postcards to a 3 1/2 x 5" size and glue vertically on the stamped cardstock. I put my glue about 1" in on each side of the postcard. Don't glue all the way to the edges. It makes the next step harder.
4. Take your poking tool or bigger needle and evenly spoke holes around the edge of the postcard (mine are almost 1/2" apart.)
5. Thread a larger needle with embroidery thread (I did not split mine, I used all 6 strands.) Stitch around the entire postcard. This is so simple, my 9 yr old dd was able to help me.
6. Using the exacto knife, cut about 1/2" down on the postcard section of your pieces, a 1/2" vertical slit on the left and right side. This will be so you can thread your ribbon through for your hanger.
7. Thread your ribbon through so the middle of the ribbon is behind the postcard. Make sure you have about 5+ inches extra on each end of your banner.
8. Adhere the chipboard (or sticker/rubons) to the bottom left corner of the postcards, spelling out Halloween.
9. Using the glitter glue, choose parts of your postcards to highlight with glitter.
10. Hang up wherever you desire!


Mel said...

That is adorable! I love it!

Melissa J. Lee said...

I am not on Dover's email list, although I have a number of their Thrift Editions. Thanks for the tip! said...

This is such a great idea! I've been saving a book of halloween postcard reproductions for a project just like this. Thanks, I'll be linking to this.

Brenda Jean Hyde said...

This is so cool! I've gotten the Dover Sampler emails for year and never thought to use it like this. You are so talented:)

Margot Potter said...

Love the Dover Sampler, it's a treasure trove of goodness. This is gorgeous! Great idea!


Kat, The Fearless Crafter said...

Love it! I love vintage images for Halloween.

trisha too said...

very cute!

carylsrealm said...

What a great banner!

Michelle McGee said...

That's wicked cute!

Anonymous said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.

Jamie K. said...

I just finished making this last night and it came out BEAUTIFULLY! Your step-by-step was such a perfect tutorial, and it's even prettier in person. Thank you!