You’re a star

I’ve been wanting to work with some of my new stencils and the CAS Mix Up challenge is currently a embossed stencil challenge so I got to work. I taped the Alexandra Renke ornament star stencil to a piece of hot pressed watercolour paper and started sponging some versamark ink through the stencil. I soon switched to just squishing the versamark ink pad directly on the stencil as that was faster. I embossed the star in clear powder then put the panel in a box so I could spray some stain over it without decorating myself or my desk.

I sprayed seedless preserves, faded jeans and speckled eggs distress stains over the panel from 20-30cm away and ended up with a pretty speckled panel. I wanted to make the spotted sprayed area transition from speckled to solid so I painted water over one edge then spritzed water next to the painted area which achieved my goal leaving some of the panel barely touched by water. It took quite a while to dry and impatient me did smudge some of the speckles but they are underneath the die cut letters now so no harm done.

I applied tape to the back of a piece of co-ordiating cardstock then cut the letters s,t,a,r out using the ‘Heather lowercase alphabet’ die set from Pink Fresh studio. I searched through my stamps and dies to find a sentiment I could alter to say ‘you’re a’ and ended up using part of a stamp from the MFT ‘Yay for You’ set stamped in versafine monarch ink.

When I was doing the spray over embossing step I realised this stencil is probably going to pair up with spray stains again in an art journal page, the speckled effect over the lacy star is just so pretty.

I’m excited to participate in a challenge again, it has been a while! There is still time to get involved if, like me you have stencils that are waiting patiently to be the star or even the background of a card.

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7 Comments on “You’re a star”

  1. Bonnie says:

    What a pretty stencil, Heather! I love the colors you’ve used for your spraying and how you’ve blended the inks on one side! A lovely effect! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

  2. Lovely to see you in the CAS Mix Up gallery this month, with this beauty. The clear heat embossing has created a wonderful resist so your star is shining bright amongst the speckles. I love how you have graded the ink background, very effective xx

  3. Nancy Littrell says:

    Beautiful heat embossed and ink sprayed Star Stencil, Heather. Love your more solid watercolor blending with the lighter sprayed effect. Love your choice of colors too. Fun die cut Star and stamped sentiment for a friend. So pleased you joined us at CAS Mix Up. Love and Hugs…Nancy

  4. Pat says:

    A gorgeous result Heather and love the graduated colour which worked well and love the super sentiment stamped/die cut using a great coordinating colour of ink and card. x

  5. Loll says:

    This is a beautiful card Heather! I LOVE the idea of clear embossing the stencil design and adding colour to the background. Not many of us thought to do that at the challenge! 🙂 Gorgeous mix of colours. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up! xx

  6. paprpass says:

    Ditto on all of the other comments. Inspiring use of a star and the colors used with the color of the cardstock used for the letters tying it all together!! Thanks Heather


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