Monday, September 9, 2013

Go Stamp It Sisters September Blog Hop

Welcome to the Go Stamp It Sisters September Blog Hop! Hopefully you have arrived here after viewing Caren's banner at Creating With Caren. I know Caren loves Halloween and I love her "BEWARE". If you some how missed Caren's page, click Creating With Caren

My banner was going to be HAPPY something, but after HAPPY, I ran out of room. So, I will do a second banner to put under it for the next occasion; like HAPPY BIRTHDAY, or HAPPY EASTER, or HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY or HAPPY RETIREMENT. So, here is what I ended up with:

I have other pictures, but I just got a new laptop with Windows 8 and I am having a horrible time trying to upload pictures. I will publish this now and work on uploading the rest of the pictures as soon as I can.
  If you are interested in all of the Stamping Up products I used or have any questions, don't hesitate to send me an e-mail. If you are interested in information about the various Banner Kits and the refill kit, I have provided some information below along with a synopsis of what is included in the Kit I used, which was the Build a Banner Simply Created Kit

Now to continue Hopping, please click on the link to visit Jessica's creation by clicking Scrap, Sprinkle, Crop  . I think I will Hop over with you as I am excited to see Jessica's Banner myself.  

Before you go, you are welcome to read the information below. Also, check out my previous posts on what I learned as a first time spritzer.  Otherwise, thanks for hopping by and hope to see you next month!

For $19.95 you get stencils for every letter of the alphabet, stripes, polka dots, chevrons and a large circle, along with a packet of twine, a short instruction booklet, 2 Spritzers and 18 canvas pennant pieces.
The pennant pieces are , 6 rounded ends, 6 / \  shapes and 6 \/ shapes.  The pennants have good quality brass grommets, are 5 x 7 inches and a nice heavy weight. One side is coated and the other is not. You want to spritz on the uncoated side, which is the side showing the front of the grommets. The ink will not soak in on the coated side.
You can buy the Halloween or Christmas Accessory Kits, which provide all of the embellishments and bling to decorate your pennants and you can also buy a pennant refill kit (#132699), which includes 18 pennants and 9 feet of jute twine.



Spritzing Tips

First, I must confess, that until last week I was a virgin Spritzer. I had purchases Stampin Up spritzers a couple of times with great intentions of using them, but somehow never took that step to open them up and use them. However, after purchasing the Build a Banner Simply Created Kit (133507) and looking at the Banner Kits on pages 4 and 12 of the Stampin Up Holiday Catalog, I realized that Spritzing with templates was a technique I was going to have to master. (More about the Build a Banner Kit later). I am sure there are Spritzing/Stencil tutorials all over the internet, but instead,  I chose the trial and error method. If any of you are like-minded, let me share a few tips with you:

TIP 1 - Make sure your stencil is secured in some manner before you start Spritzing. Depending on what you are attaching the stencil to and how large the stencil is, you can use mini glue dots, removable snail, post-it notes or anything to temporarily adhere the stencil to your paper, canvas, cardboard or other material you might be stenciling.

TIP 2 - If you are going to be using more than one color, go ahead and purchase sufficient Stampin Spritzers. They come in a 2 pack for a very affordable $2.95 (126185) and can be filled with any color of the classic inks.

TIP 3 - Remember the ratio! If you are going to use more than one Spriterful (new word) of the same color, write down the number of drops of ink you used in the water or alcohol.

TIP 4 - Check the color! Spritz on a piece of scrap paper before you Spritz your project. The color you get using 4 drops can be very different than the color you get using 3 drops. Keep checking until you get the color you want. Of course lighter colors will usually require more drops than darker colors, especially if you want bright, vibrant colors.

TIP 5 - Don't worry about perfection! Your lines or dots or whatever you are stenciling may not have crisp edges or lines. Once you had a few strategically placed embellishments you will see that it is the overall effect that counts, not the fact that you had a couple of blurry polka dots.

TIP 6 - Don't forget the Mask! The Mask stencils will cover up the parts of your project that you want to stencil in a different color or that you want to leave "Unspritzed" (another new word).

TIP 7 - Have fun! This is the most important tip of all! Don't worry about mistakes, don't worry if it's "good enough".  As long as you are having fun, it's beautiful!

My next post will include the Banner I made from the Banner Kit. Please check back or sign up to subscribe to my Blog so you don't miss it!