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A Banner Blast from the Past

Banner Blast brings back “progressive pages.” The concept of progressive pages has been around for a long time but it’s been awhile since I’ve made a point of creating a progressional series of projects using the same sketch.

Using a sketch is a great way to overcome any crafting challenges you may have. One of the challenges or requests that I hear most often is for masculine-themed inspiration. A simple sketch to follow— paired with the coordinating Banner Blast Stamp Set and Banner Punch—is the perfect solution! Ink them up with the colors of your guys’ favorite sports team (or even his favorite colors), stamp on some matching cardstock, and you can create masculine banners in a cinch! 

Don’t miss your chance: Banner Blast is only available until March 31. You can get it for free during Sale-A-Bration with a $50 US or $60 Canadian order.  

I didn’t follow a sketch for this series but came up with a simple sketch for the card and used that as my spring board to create a set of scrapbook pages. Choosing the colors was easy: my son is turning 10 very soon and is a big fan of our local NHL team, the Jets! Their team colors were the go-to colors for this ensemble!

I started my series with this Happy Birthday card. I stamped images from Banner Blast in a variety of colors of ink on a combination of Whisper White Cardstock and the matching colors of cardstock to create some fun banner sets.

I used my Stampin’ Write Markers (US/CA) to finish off the words “happy” and “birthday” to go with the “H” and “B” that were cut using the Typeset Alphabet Bigz Dies. Inking your stamps with Stampin’ Write Markers lets you select which parts of your stamps you use when you don’t want the whole image or greeting. I’ll show you more of that on the next card.  

Here’s an alternate version of the card that I created to celebrate this milestone birthday that we are about to share with our son. Notice here that I used the whole word “happy”—which is still only part of the “happy birthday” stamp from the Big Wish Stamp Set. I selected only the ‘th’ from birthday to finish off “10th.” Inking your images with markers makes this pretty easy to accomplish.  

I wanted to anchor the die cut letters and numbers to my cards but didn’t want to take away the focus from those die cut elements. So—I chose to sponge a light-colored (Smoky Slate) starburst using the negative space from a die cut, then used that feature throughout the rest of my projects.  

Scaling up to an 8" x 8" page, I added an extra layer of banners and upsized the buttons from the Basic Metal Buttons, layering two sizes together. Tip: cardstock “threads” are a great way to create coordinating thread for your projects. I don’t know about you, but naked buttons just scream to me that they need to be dressed! The Remember and Make Note This and That Rotary Stamps are a quick and fun way to create little journaling tags for your pages. Use them! You might even feel like a kid again!

To complete the series, I layered the 8" x 8" page onto a 12" x 12" background and added some extra banners and a couple more details to finish it off. Again, I incorporated the sponged starbursts to anchor the added elements to the page. Going to a Jets game was a Christmas gift to our boys. From painting their faces before the game right down to the shoot-out that won the game for our team, it was a night to remember—and now they’ll each get one of these pages framed in a shadow box to keep in their rooms as a keepsake of this fun family gift!  

Now, just swap out the colors for your favorite team (pro—or your very own little league sports star) and you’ve got a series of masculine-themed projects at your finger tips! 

Alanna Wharf
 2013–2014 Artisan Design Team


  • Cathy Caines

    Nov 25

    Really cute Alanna!!! Love it!!!

  • Carol Carriveau

    Nov 25

    Very cool the cards and very fun pages!