Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Reach for the stars

Hello there bloggers! Welcome to July & also a big welcome to my newest follower, thank you for following my crafty little ideas here in blogland.

My card today was inspired by all those out there that have been sitting exams recently & striving to reach their goals.

Fairies have been the recent theme for our workshops using the beautiful Lavinia stamps designed by Tracey Dutton which we are currently stocking in the shop. 
I particularly wanted to use one the Sweet Poppy stencils also currently in stock & also designed by Tracey.

I wanted to try to do something a little different to the scene scapes that I've been playing around with lately.

I chose the 'Make A Wish' stencil which features a fairy sat on a crescent moon reaching for a star.

First of all I tried using black texture paste through the stencil but after a couple of tries I just couldn't get a good enough image that I was satisfied with.
So, I decided to just draw inside the stencil with a black fine liner pen.
I then coloured in the image with promarker pens for her body, hair & grey shadowing on the moon & then painted her wings & the white of the moon with cosmic Shimmer shimmering iridescent watercolour paints from the Garden Tones set.
I then inked around the edges of the piece of card with peacock feathers & faded jeans distress inks.

Next I drew through the stencil again onto some copy paper, cut the image out & placed it over my coloured fairy design to create a mask. 
I then placed the 'Criss Cross' That Special Touch mask over the top & spread 'Aurora Sparkle' Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle Texture Paste through it to create a starry sky.

The outer background was inked with the same distress inks & then stamped all around the edges with the 'Miniature Stars' Lavinia stamp.
Both were mounted onto black card & the cut circle sentiment was computer generated, inked & added to the bottom left of the fairy with 3d foam.

I tied a double bow with black & blue organza ribbons & added a silver vintage button to the centre & stuck it bottom right of the fairy. I also added some Hobby House chocolate aurora sparklers in the top left corner.

To finish I applied glossy accents over the moon, stars & sentiment wording & then dots of star dust stickles to the miniature stars.

That's it for tonight, hope you like it & hope you pop back again soon.

Amy x 


  1. Oooh gorgeous card Amy, love the colours and super colouring, a really lovely and different use of the stencil.Love it, see you soon, hugs Carole X

  2. Your card is an absolute delight Amy, I love how you improvised with the stencil, it is so interesting to read how you put your card together. The fairy is gorgeous and the vintage button and sparklers are just the perfect finishing touches. Hugs, Anne xx

  3. Just beautiful. Thank you for sharing with Crafty Bloggers Network.x

  4. Gorgeous card Amy, love the beautiful colours and fabulous bow and charm. I am now following.
    Linda xxx

  5. Fabulous card Amy - great design - love it!!

  6. Wonderful card great image xx Jan

  7. Anonymous3/7/14

    Hi Amy, What a gorgeous card and loving the image she is so beautiful. So enchanting.

    Hugs Erin x

  8. A fabulous card, great way to use the stencil

  9. Gorgeous card. Love your fairy x

  10. Gorgeous card Amy, texture paste can be a pain see if you can get a tutorial on YouTube by Lucy from sweet poppy stencils, she showed me and I'm much better at it now x ..
    I love the colouring you've used it looks fab without using the texture paste, Px

  11. Really beautiful! I love the sparkly starry layers and the colour is gorgeous!

  12. Gorgeous creation with equally as gorgeous colours.xx ♥aNNie
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