Monday, December 12, 2011

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Good morning from a frosty England! A bit of chilly weather, boxes of decorations out the loft and a shopping expedition...Yes, I'm inching my way into the Christmas mood. I was all set to buy my tree yesterday except it rained so badly we abandoned ship! Today, come hell or high water as they say, I am going to festify my house... It's Monday and that means it's also time to share my new piece for Simon Says Stamp & Show! A star is born...
This week it's 'Through the Looking Glass. It's all about creating dimension, so I couldn't be happier. I decided to play with all my favourite products and techniques and also take a little inspiration from Mr. Holtz. I just haven't had time to play with the 12 tags party so this was my chance to dip a toe in the water.

I created my star using Ranger Metal Foil which I stuck to six strips of card. I embossed the whole strip with the Textile folder moving the folder along the strip to emboss the whole strip. Don't be ultra fussy matching the pattern, because once it's all inked, folded and glued, you won't notice the slight differences. Then it was a good session of splodging and pounding with Alcohol Inks.
The six strips were then folded, shaped and glued onto a cardboard circle with Glossy Accents. Then I started on the centre decoration. I stamped the sentiment from Joyful Song onto thick cardstock, painted over top with Rock Candy Crackle paint and then when dry, added Vintage Photo Distress Ink to enhance the cracks. Following Tim's idea, I pounced a mix of Green and Copper Alcohol inks onto Kraft Glassine Paper, scrumpled it up and swiped Distress Ink over the wrinkles.
I cut my own holly leaves by hand, added an off-cut of vintage lace and then created two hat pins.
I coloured a few of my pearls with Red Pepper Alcohol ink for a berry nice effect! I finished everything off with an old necklace chain and jump ring to be able to hang it. Here's a side shot to show you a bit more of the shape and metal detail... I really, really like how it came out. Simple but full of texture, colour and detail. You just can't beat a bit of vintage charm, especially at Christmas...

This weeks 'Through The Looking Glass' challenge theme is a really great chance for you to show off your Festive makes!  Think depth, dimension, things you can see through. It could be a special card, a full-on tag, a Configuration Box, Art Parts, a keepsake, an altered matchbox...
I'm sure you will wow us! Do take a look at the truly amazing creations from the Design Team - they are Fantabulous! The Top Three Tiara and $50 prize are out there for the taking...so time to be getting crafty, creative and a little Christmassy!
Thanks very much for calling by! I know these are busy times for us all...have a really great week in all you do. Sarah

120 comments:

Juls said...

stunning ornament!! Love the gorgeous rich colours you have used! Hugs Juls

Nancy Wethington said...

So beautiful and so very clever. Love how you embossed those strips! Love this Sarah!

Candy C said...

Sarah, your Christmas star is absolutely beautiful! I love it's simplicity...yet it wasn't simple to make! Lots of technique! I think it's really cool how you used the metal foil and embossed, alcohol inked and shaped it into such a lovely star. It looks so vintage! Then to create such a beautiful center using Tim's techniques and die cuts, stamps, etc. ... well, it all just WORKS perfectly together! <3 Candy

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Stunning star, I just love all the texture from the embossed metal and the colour is just sumptuous . The centre piece is the perfect finishing touch and I
Iove the Glassine. Enjoy decorating your home, don't forget the Christmas music whilst you decorate to get you in the festive spirit. Tracy x

Wanda H said...

Wow!!! Gorgeous ornament!! Love all the texture, color, and fab center!!!

Anita Houston said...

This is so gorgeous! Great idea as well!

Anonymous said...

Amazing, gorgeous, lovely! I'm going to have make some of these.
-Martha

Marianne in MD said...

That is gorgeous! The whole 12 days done as star ornaments would make a beautiful collection!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Gorgeous and stunning. I LOVE the color.

Barbara said...

Simply beautiful!

CraftyLoops said...

Wow how beautiful Sarah. Lee xx

Marilyn Harris Mills aka Maer said...

What a winner you have here....utterly creative! Love it

KatBug said...

Gorgeous!!!

Stampin D Amour said...

Absolutely FaBuLouS!!! :)

-pamela
FreeVintageDigiStamps.com

Marjie Kemper said...

This is the most imaginative use of the foil tape I've ever seen! What a beautiful creation. Love it!

Rein said...

This is so beautiful!

Elizabeth said...

Hi Sarah, this is just absolutely fabulous - love what you've done with the metal and the centre decoration is beautiful ... colouring the pearls is such a good idea. Elizabeth x

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

What a beautiful piece, Sarah! If you aren't giving it as a gift it would look beautiful on the tree that you were hopefully able to get on Monday :) I love the classic copper color which really adds warmth to the piece :)

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

sandra de said...

Everything on your post looks divine. To hell with cleaning just keep creating.

hermaf said...

WOW, that is fantastic!

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

I really love your ornament, Sarah! Beautiful metal work and your sentiment looks awesome with the crackle paint. And using the alcohol ink on the glassine paper is such a cool technique. I tried it last week and had a blast with it! Totally terrific take on the dimension challenge!

Hugs,
Linda

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