Seeing Stars

and so many lines!

8/9/20233 min read

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Let’s Get Started:

Card Base: 5.5 x 8.5, scored and folded at 4.25

Brown cardstock layer: 5.5 x 5.25

Card Face: 5.25 x 4

Small Scrap of Cardstock for Sentiment

Card Face:

  • I used Pixie Spray on the back of the stencil to keep everything nicely lined up, and still. I waited for 20 - 30 seconds and then put it onto the card face, rolling a small brayer over it to ensure good contact.

  • I grabbed my ink and my blending brush and set to work. I applied ink with a fairly heavy hand towards the right, but allowed it to fade out completely towards the left hand side.

  • I put the card face into my stamp positioner, and placed the Tiny Stars stamp as shown - centered horizontally, but not vertically.

  • I stamped this image with a dark(ish) blue ink: I stamped the image twice to be certain that the colour was intense enough to stand out against the red stripes.

  • Next came part A of the You're A Star stamp set: I centered this carefully on the small stars that were already there, and stamped using a medium blue ink.

  • Finally Part B of You're Star, which completed the larger star image. This was stamped with Versamark: I added silver embossing powder and set it with my heat tool.

  • I put a small silver bead in the center of the large star, and scattered three silver beads along the wired twine towards the bottom.


  • I cut a couple of pieces of wired twine, and used scotch tape to secure them on the back, towards the left hand side of the card. I twisted the ends of the twine together, and wrapped it around a narrow paint brush handle to give it a corkscrew look.

  • I added adhesive foam to the back of the card face, which ensured that the twine wouldn't fall off.

  • I also stamped two tiny tags, and cut them out with the matching punch. I ran metallic gold thread through the top of each of the tags.


  • I glued the brown cardstock to the card base, and then I glued the card face on top of that.

  • I tied the metallic thread around the knot that I had created in the wired twine . I put a tiny dot of glue on the metallic thread where I had knotted it, and when it was dry I cut the ends off very close to the knots.

  • I used a bit of glue on the back of each tag and positioned them where I wanted them on the card. I carefully put a weight on top of them to hold them in place until the glue dried.

Final thoughts:

I was in a hurry (or lazy!) when I made this card, and skipped the anti-static powder. When I added the silver embossing powder for the star, I was startled to see lines appear across most of the card face, created by embossing powder that was somehow "stuck". After thinking about it for a couple of minutes, I realized that the Pixie Spray had transferred when I used the brayer, and there was just enough adhesive to cause this to happen. I decided that I liked the look , but only here and there. I removed some with a dry paint brush, and heat set the rest.

In the end, I like the card, unplanned lines and all!

Supplies: (and links where possible)

I have listed which products I have used, and where they were purchased. It's a huge marketplace and in most instances there are multiple sources and many alternatives to choose from.

Stencil:Graduated Lines, A Colorful Life Designs

Stamps: You're a Star, Altenew, Tiny Stars, Altenew, Tiny Tags, Stampin' Up! (retired)

Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Versa Mark, Simon Says Stamp

Silver Embossing Powder: Stampin' Up!

Pixie Spray,Scrap Shotz

Blending Brushes: Stampin’ Up!

Stamping Platform::Misti, Spellbinders

The platform I use has retired, but the Misti is very similar.

Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

Brown Card Stock: Stampin' Up! (retired)

Card Base: Accent 100 lb., Amazon

Card Face: Accent 80 lb., Amazon

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