Monday, October 20, 2014

Fall 'Welcome' Sign with Graphic 45

I’ve created two different 'Welcome' signs using two different Graphic 45 collections, Couture and 12 Day’s of Christmas.
 I really wanted to demonstrate the vercitility of Graphic 45’s designs and colour pallet and encourage you to think outside the box. 
Do not be bound by the ‘theme’ of a paper line!
Don’t be afraid to pull out that Christmas paper in August.


Graphic 45 Staples door knob

Here’s the process that I used to create my sign. Give it a try and add your own flair and style!
Step 1: Grab a suitable sign base and a background paper. I’ve used an inexpensive blank wooden frame and chosen 12 Days of Christmas Pear Tree as my background.
Step 2: Using THIS simple crackle paint technique, I prepare my base and affix the paper to the frame. HINT: Coordinate the background paint to the main colour in the paper you are using.
Step 3: Create this funny folded loop shape with a length of ribbon, holding it in place with small dabs of hot glue (or score tape). Make a second that is a mirrored image of this.
Step 4: Apply the folded ribbon, along with two lengths for ‘tails’ to the front centre of your sign. This gives the illusion of a bow without the bulk of knots.
Step 5: The ribbon ends will now be concealed by a large tag from 12 Days of Christmas Chipboard Die-cuts 2. You can add a focal piece atop on the diecut. Here I’ve added an ornate door handle.
Step 6: Begin the embellishing! I’ve used 12 Days of Christmas Flowers to create some dimention and texture with some pretty blooms. HERE is a snapguide explaining how I assemble my flowers.
Step 7: When my main flowers and embellishments are in place, I situate the “Welcome” scroll just where I want it.
Step 8: With that in place I add my final embellishments, adding leaves, baubles and flowers from Petaloo.
Step 9: I complete the piece with a length of jute twine affixed to the back for hanging.
And here are the results using the same tutorial, but this time with the Couture collection: