Sunday, December 14, 2008

Star Bright Star Bright

Or in our case, really elegant aqua and cream stars....
I got the idea for this months altered art project from the cover of Somerset Studio magazine. The Christmas Star that graced the November December issue was done by Rachel Killpack of Murray Utah. it caught my eye because it was done in soft creams and aqua with a touch of sepia - exactly the scheme i am doing for the holidays.
I thought - oh - i'd like to try that. Then when walking through Big Lots a few weeks ago i saw these jumbo metal stars for $5. They were gold or silver and covered with glitter (in case you go looking for them!) I bought 6 of them to share with the girls.
I had some suitable papers at home, but purchased another pack from Micheals - the urban prairie collection by Basic Grey. Typically, my 40% coupon was not accepted - because it was already on sale.

We started by sanding the excess glitter off the stars. Then selected 5 coordinating papers. I created a template to use to cut the diamond shapes. We applied the paper to the metal stars with gel medium and applied a coat on top. It makes them a bit shiny. Rubbing a brown inkpad along the edges makes the paper look a bit rusty - and creates the illusion that they are painted tin.

For the focal point in the center we created ruffled collars using vintage sheet music and a large binder ring. The angels are from a Dover sticker book - attached to cardboard to make them stiff. I finished mine with a bit of vintage ribbon. Shelley's (shown here) and Dorothy's (above) are not quite finished but you can see how lovely they are.

This is a great project to use your favorite coordinating papers. It doesn't have to be for the holidays, you could hang it on the wall and enjoy it all year round!

1 comment:

Kitten said...

beautiful! love those victorian images