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Star Light, Star Bright

Published November 30, 2011 by isisimaginings

Evening peeps, happy Wednesday to you. I hope your week is excellent so far. I think I have recovered from the art workshop at the weekend. It was very intensive, very enjoyable & I was so exhausted when I got home on Sunday night that I slept for about thirteen hours. Not much was accomplished on Monday, that’s for sure. Yesterday & today I managed to make two tags & start another project.

I’m taking a break from Christmas tags & cards today to show you a tag I made for Hels Sheridan’s Sunday Stamper weekly challenge. The theme this week is ‘Lucky Star’. Strangely for me, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.


The first thing I did was prepare the background:

  • Blend Stormy Sky & Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks
  • Spritz with water, leave for a few minutes, dry with heat tool
  • Randomly stamp star trails, from Inkadinkado’s Beautiful Fairies set, with black Archival ink
  • Swipe entire tag with Picket Fence distress stain, to tone down the black & complete the blended effect
  • Randomly stamp large star stamp, freebie from Craft Stamper magazine, with Versamark
  • Brush entire surface with Perfect Pearl’s perfect pearl powder. Spritz with water to set, leave for a few moments, dry with heat tool


I must say here, I have joined the Picket Fence fanclub. Distress Stains are at the top of my crafting wishlist, (closely followed by PaperArtsy’s Fresco Finish paints), but because I’m trying to save the pennies, I decided to start with Picket Fence & I love it. I forgot to take a photo of the tag before I added the stain so you could see the difference, but so many of us are using it it should be very easy to find examples. Try Hels’ blog, she uses it a LOT.

My next step was to use my Dymo label maker to print out the quotation. I played around with the pieces & the silver stars from my stash until I was happy with the placement. I stuck the stars down with matte medium & edged them with a Signo white pen.


The large stars were stamped on to the reverse of blue mirri card & cut out. I used some Broken China stickles for a little bit of bling & attached them with foam pads. The final additions were the TH ‘wish’ ticket, which I inked with Stormy Sky DI & added to the tag with a TH memo pin, some blue ribbon & the star brad. And that, as they say, was that.

I am ending this post with a Very Important Announcement. Tomorrow is December 1 & that means it is time once again for the Duke of Distress, Lord Tim of Holtz, to commence his 12 TAGS OF CHRISTMAS. This is the time of year those of us who admire, nay, ADORE Sir Tim & all his creative genius wait for. We never know what he is going to spring on us & we are always delighted, excited & in awe. This year I am determined to take part & I have a large bundle of tags waiting to be inked, torn, stamped, embossed & embellished. If you would like to join in the fun, go here, to Tim’s blog, for all the info – you MUST watch the video he & Mario made, (Mario is Tim’s righthand man & responsible for all the behind-the-scenes pics & info), it’s BRILLIANT!! I know some of us are planning on staying up all night tonight, so they can see the first tag as soon as Tim posts it. I haven’t quite decided if I shall do the same thing…….. 🙂

So, until next time – tomorrow that is – stay safe & warm & keep crafting.

Love & light.Link

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