so i'm afraid you're just going to have to trust me when i tell you that this banner, made for nephew matthew's third birthday party next week, is *MUCH* cuter in real life. unfortunately it's like 6 ft. long and my house is not overflowing with bare, well-lit walls on which to get a great photo, so i've snapped it on my totally non-glamorous dining room carpet. and the shots of the individual letters are not as cool as when you see them all together. hopefully, once it's hung up in his room, my sister can snap a nicer photo! but in the meantime, here it is:
using this set of hero arts digi-stamps as templates, i paper-pieced each vehicle using a variety of boy-ish patterned papers. (mostly older basic grey and newer sass...with some ki thrown in here and there!)
the letters are old school basic grey chipboard, painted with glossy black acrylic and mounted on foam tape.
i raided my stash of bigger brads for hub caps, and discovered--to my suprise- that pale blue paper made better windows than either white paper or vellum!
i sandwiched the ribbon between the cardstock-backed paper cars and plackets of index-weight paper, for increased stability...
...but when it's hung on the wall, the cars still need a little lump of blue-tack to keep them from dangling at odd angles. (what can i say? i am better at crafting than engineering!!!)
the traffic symbols between each letter are a dingbat font called "road sign + warning" that i downloaded free at dafont.com.
and there you have it, the perfect gift for a three-year-old on the go...or at least i hope it is!