Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Look to the stars !

It's been ages since I just sat down and crafted for enjoyment without having a deadline to meet. So, the journal page I'm sharing are a few hours of painty enjoyment !

I was inpsired by my very good crafty friend Ruth's journal page, that you can see here, and it got me thinking about the Stacking Stars die (that I've never used!). I started by gessoing the pages then used the Donna Downey alphabet stencil with Little Black Dress Fresco Finish paint. I used the stencil again with Grunge Paste.

I wanted the black letters to remain visible on the whole so I used Wendy Vecchi's Translucent embossing paste with Donna Downey's Flourish stencil. Once the paste was dry I used Yellow Submarine and Tango Fresco Finish paints mixed with satin glaze and rubbed them over the page, leaving it just for a minute then using a baby wipe to wipe it back. I then mixed a little South Pacific with Yellow Submarine and added some around the edges, blending it with a baby wipe/

To define the flourish I used a Stabilo pencil and a water brush, drawing around the edge and then blending with the brush and smudging with my finger.

I covered some card with dictionary paper and die cut the stars. I've used Fresco Finish paints to colour them, then stacked them and used the Stabilo pencil around the edge.

 I lightly sanded the Grunge Paste letters to make them a little shabby in appearance.

I went looking for a quote and found this one, 'When life knocks you down roll over and look at the stars'. It's funny how some quotes just seem to hit the right note with you and this one did just that! I stamped all the words using those little alphabet sets, glued them in to place then used the Stabilo pencil around the edge of them too. The smaller stars are made from Fiber Paste that I've mixed with a little Yellow Submarine then spread through a PaperArtsy stencil. I left them to dry on a paper palette sheet, then when they were ready they were glued in to place then I added the shadow with the Stabilo pencil. To finish I used my white Posca pen and flooded it and then flicked the excess over the page.

I'm also entering this journal page into the That's Crafty challenge which is Wish upon a Star and the Simon Says Monday Challenge which is Anything Goes.


  1. Oh, love the quote Sue, made me smile and the flourish stencil is looking rather gorgeous with your treatment. Great journal pages, full of texture......just gorgeous! Ruth xx

  2. Brilliant page Sue! Love the effect of that translucent embossing paste and the stacked stars. The quote is a really good one too!

    Lesley Xx

  3. Gorgeous Sue, love all those amazing layers and textures and the quote is perfect! I never would have thought to stencil fibre paste onto a separate sheet to dry and then add them to your journal page, wonderful idea and thanks for the inspiration.

  4. Glad you finally got a chance to play just for fun and the result is fabulous. Love the quote, all the wonderful stenciling and great texture.

  5. Amazing Sue, I love the magical feel behind this page - you certainly work colour like no other! I love your creations xx

  6. Fantastic journal spread Sue, looks like you had a wonderful crafty play day.
    Yvonne xx

  7. amazing page, and fabulous quote!!

  8. love this to bits Sue - that star die looks awesome - love the colours - much fun was had making this I'm sure! Hugs rachel x

  9. Gorgeous pages - love the textures and layers of colour x

  10. Absolutely stunning pages Sue and I love all the layers of colour and texture ~ just wonderful work, as always! Thank you so much for sharing your project and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... :) x

  11. Fantastic pages, Sue - so full of life and drama. So glad you had some time to just play (oh, how I hear you on the deadline front... I may have to do something about that), and what amazing results.
    Alison xx