Monday, November 28, 2011

Starry, Starry Night...

Well, actually it is! I'm writing this post at midnight hoping it will appear bright and early Monday morning (which is theoretically now if it works and you're reading this!) Bright and early she says. Very unlike myself (sorry, cue sigh if you're at work) as I'll be in bed indulging in the art of 'The Big Sleep In". The body, mind and soul need a little off-duty time. Whilst I am away with the fairies, I'll leave you with the new theme over at Simon Says Stamp & Show! We want to see Stars! If you can just send Michael Bublé over, that'll do very nicely indeedily.
I'm not quite sure if my idea came from a Christmas or cookie fantasy but I do know I love working with metal and alcohol inks. I decided to alter some cookie cutters as I thought they could make some great Festive decorations. I started by colouring the cutter with Alcohol inks using an old paintbrush to spread the ink well and get into all the corners.
Then I stuck a piece of Ranger Metal Foil Sheet to card and embossed it with the Textile folder from Cuttlebug which could well be may favourite one. I used the same Alcohol inks to colour the foil, dripping them on and just letting them run and mix feely. Then I marked and cut out the star, soon discovering that getting a good fit was a bit of a game. Each cutter and corner is slightly different, they bend easily when handled and seem to constantly change size by a few millimetres. So it's a bit by bit, trim, wangle and fiddle game!
I pushed the star two thirds of the way in and then added various decorations. The first is simply an inky Philosophy tag, and on the second I cut 'noel' using Tim's Typeset die. On the third I stamped 'joy' onto metal using Stazon ink, trimmed them to fit behind some Charm Clips and then filled them with Glossy Accents. Glossy stuff indeed, they're like three little swimming pools!
I was going to drill holes to turn them into hanging tree decorations, but I actually prefer them standing at the moment. I didn't fancy a last minute disaster either! I also have some angel shaped ones which I might get done by Christmas Eve. I'm a rusty-look fan but I think you could have some real colourful fun with all the other Alcohol inks or even paint. So there we go, that's my take on stars!

Do check out the Design Team blog to see lots more fabulous star struck ideas! Every week we're looking for our top three artists and Simon Says are also giving away a great $50 shopping spree. On top of that it's also great fun to see all your creations and takes on the theme. Now I know December is tapping at the window, but make a little time to play too! Rightio, I'm up, up and away and will be seeing you very soon (I promise to get up before lunch...) Sarah.

23 comments:

Suze Bain said...

These are fab-u-lous! xx

Brenda Brown said...

Love your interpretation Sarah, so inspiring.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Candy C said...

Sarah, I love your altered cookie cutters! They look so vintage and then with your wonderful artistic twist with the embossing and alcohol inks. They are fantastic! <3 Candy

Nancy Wethington said...

What a way cool idea. Whoever would have thought of this . . . except clever you of course. Your metal work is fabulous!

Ravenous Rae said...

Love your stars!!!

Sam said...

Wow!!!

flutterbycrafter said...

Wowser, these are fantastic, absolutely wonderful

Franka Benjaminsen said...

Love these cookie-stars. It's a great idea and I think they are perfect when they are standing on the hearth.
xFranka

Nancy said...

Very cool!!!

Lisa :) said...

These are cute!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Sarah, these would look great on my fireplace. I absolutely love the idea of using cutters as decorations and the alcohol ink works perfectly, a very clever idea, yet again. I may get some tiny ones for cards? The colours you chose are just what I love . Enjoy your week. Tracy x

whyducks said...

Looking very cool!

CraftyLoops said...

Wow, Wow, Wow. These are so beautiful Sarah. Absolutely stunning. Lee x

Anita Houston said...

These are awesome...some imagination and creativity you have! What a great gift too!!!

Anonymous said...

Very, very nice! I really love these. TFS
Gail in Oklahoma

Tammy said...

Uber great job!!! I was a ballerina!!! But I enjoy most forms of dance:) What genre of dance do you prefer? Thanks for allowming me to glean from you on your project---very creative and right up my alley:)
be blessed
Beyond Measure
Tammy
www.bbbm.weebly.com

Karen said...

Another gorgeous AI project! I love these and I have several old tart cases and bits that could be upcycled....thinking cap on....

Morti said...

WOW! I need say no more.....

Wanda H said...

Love them, Sarah!!! Makes me want to immediately go to the store and buy some... but it will have to wait.

di from di-did-it said...

unique and gorgeous! what a great idea!

Cindy-Up In Northern Michigan said...

These are beautiful! Such a great idea using the cookie cutters.

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Brilliant idea, Sarah! And to think it all started with a copper star cookie cutter and turned in to a beautiful and festive piece of art!!

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

Scrapcollectr said...

Hi Sarah! Sorry it's taken me so long to come by and take a peek and thank you for linking in to my What's on Tap Tuesday last week ('cept you were probably doing it as a What's on Your Workspace Wednesday... lol.) I've reviewed your last 5 or so posts and they're all so creative and beautiful! Just a pleasure to stroll through..... *smile*