witticisms by Jess Witty

March 14, 2012

Super Stars

Hey, there, everyone!

Have you recovered from yesterday's sugar fest?
I'm currently trying to recover with a sugar fast ;)
(Thanks for all of your lovely comments... you guys really know how to make a crafter/baker feel good :)

So, in lieu of sweets, I thought I'd bring you something a little more artsy for today's Papertrey Ink countdown post.  And today's inspiration is right here...

Today the design team is focusing on another brand new set and border dies that are being released on March 15... Super Stars.  And can you guess what the focus of this set is?  ;)

The new Super Stars Border Die Collection is a set of 2 dies... one with open connected stars and one with
closed connected dies.  The open die leaves you with lots and lots of these super tiny stars.

When I saw the Anthropologie shower curtain at the top (Shower curtain? Seriously? That thing is too beautiful to be covering a shower.) I knew I wanted to try to recreate the feel of it. I love the design... full and layer-y at the top, tapering off toward the bottom.

This design isn't exactly clean cut... it's a little bit more freeform, so set your perfectionism aside and let your inner artist come out to play for a while :) In order to achieve that layered, fluffy feeling the shower curtain has, I started by using a standard hole punch to punch out lots and lots of tissue paper circles. That actually went lots faster than you might think. Just use lots of layers of tissue at once and you'll be done in no time. I rubbed the circles in between my fingers to break up the layers so it was like they multiplied before my eyes.

To start building up the layers on my card, I sprayed the upper portion of my cardstock panel with spray adhesive.  Do yourself a favor and cover the bottom portion of the panel with a piece of scrap cardstock.  I sprinkled my tissue circles all along the top and shook off the excess.

Next up... the sparkle.  I die cut two strips each of silver and gold glitter cardstocks with the open star border die.  I left them upside down on my work table and just used my 2-way glue pen to add the glue to the backs and pick them up at the same time.  And then I stuck them down... wait for it... randomly.

Not gonna lie.
It was hard for me.

Random is really not my strongest creative quality.

It was necessary.

I folled the stars up with another layer of spray adhesive and some more tissue circles.  This step is key in getting the layered effect going.

All that was left to do was add the sentiment.  Love, love, love the sentiments in this set!  Such sweet, sweet sayings. 
Ready for more sweetness?  Head on over to check out the rest of the design team...
Nichole Heady
Danielle Flanders

All righty, folks... that's all for now!  You know I'll be back tomorrow with yet more March Papertrey Ink projects...

{Shining Stars} card
Supplies not available now but available 3/15: 
Stamps - Super Stars
Dies - Super Star Die Collection
Other Supplies: Gold Glitter Cardstock (Best Creation), tissue paper, hole punch
Supplies available now:


Unknown said...

Well you did bring that photo to life with your card and no one would know "random" is not your thing! Gorgeous, delicate sweet card:)

Kelly Griglione said...

Love this - way to take your inspiration and make a stunning card!!

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Your card is beautiful! Thank you for the S&T of how you made this.

Eveline said...

I love the randomness of the card. It's wonderful.

Denise E said...

Ummm...wait for it...LOVE! This card is gorgeous! Agreed that the curtain is too pretty for a shower, but this card is simply stunning...and so simple, yet elegant. OK, thanks for the inspiration...now I have to buy the stars and make one for myself! =o)

Unknown said...

LOVE IT! I chuckled about the "randomly". I too, would have a hard time with that -- but you rocked it. This is awesome - I'm so excited about the stars... LOVE them :) Thanks for sharing!

Suzanne Russell said...

Beautiful, shiny stars-what could be better all layered up with the tissue circles? So very elegant! (and random! :)

Linda Beeson said...

Now I think it takes a dedicated paper crafter to go to all of that work but it sure turned out cute so I would say it was worth the FUN!!!

Juanita B said...

Your inspiration is awesome and how you interpreted it is magical! I LOVE the gold and silver with the tissue paper and your randomism, lol.

Larissa Heskett said...

WOW!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing the AWESOME pic and card!! I LOVE the fun colors and the idea!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

Jen said...

oh my word. i can't find the words to say...i LOVE it!! been a fan forever, but finally getting around to telling you!! love, love, love your work!! you inspire me every time i see it!!:) thanks!!

maria f. said...

Love, love, love your idea as well as the result. And Anthropologie.

Linda E said...

Oh my stars! This is absolutely one of the MOST gorgeous cards I've ever seen. Going on my Inspiration Pinterest board.

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Your card is amaaaaaazing! I love your work and always look forward to a new blog entry.

jintyoo7 said...

Stunning shower curtain, I can see why it is so inspiring - LOVE your interpretation - EXQUISITE :)

Meredith MacRitchie said...


This is STUNNING... I don't even have words. Beautiful!!!!!