Happy Monday crafters! It's the beginning of a new challenge at Simon Says Stamp & Show, but before I tell you what it is, I would just like to say THANK YOU for making my first challenge week with SSS&S so special! All of the comments and emails have just touched my heart in the biggest way! You guys are the best, and make me feel so good. Thank you to all the new followers as well! WOW!
Back to the challenge for this week....we want to see "Stars"! You’re welcome to take this inspiration literally or you can instead focus on a ‘star’ supply that you couldn’t imagine crafting without! Some glitter that sparkles like a star could work, or how about a punch, a sticker, or some paper. You choose to interpret this challenge any way you'd like. Whether you’re inspired by the night sky, the sports all-star in your life, or the cute star stencil you just found, we can’t wait to see what shines in your project this week!
When I first read the challenge of having to use "Stars", I wanted to incorporate this with the New Year somehow. I am also involved in an Asian themed postcard swap, so that got me thinking in terms of astrology by means of the zodiac...the Chinese Zodiac. 2013 is the Year of the Snake...yikes! I learned that from the paper place mats at my local Chinese restaurant, that are all detailed in gorgeous tones of red and gold. While I'm not into horoscopes or anything, I do find the place mats fascinating to read. They are almost always about what year you were born in, what animal you are represented by, and how other animals affect you. I'm a big pig, well technically a boar, and my husband is a snake. We are supposed to be mortal enemies. Even though we can put on a good fuss every now and again, I still like him after close to 21 years, so I don't place much creed in mortal enemies, but it's fun to discuss!
|Using postcard shaped tags I got somewhere I can't remember, I made a Marbled Stained background ala Tim using Brushed Pewter, White Picket Fence, and Broken China Distress Stains, along with a water mister.|
|Unbelievable as it might sound, I have a miniscule amount of Asian ephemera...to be exact, I have two 7 Gypsies Paper Pads with tiny amounts of Chinese writing on them, and a paper torn out of an Asian magazine that I received wrapped up in a package I ordered from Ebay, not paying attention that is was coming from China. It took weeks to come to me, but the paper was so cool I of course saved it. I have no idea what any of it says, but I think it is about different types of kitchen cabinets for sale based on the photos...cool! What was I thinking participating in a swap that was going to be very difficult to accomplish? Anyways, I used one of the 7 Gypsies papers in the Rays Texture Fade. It reminds me of the sun on the Japanese Flag. I inked over the raised areas using Vermillion Archival Ink and then coated it with Glue N Seal to stiffen it up. Hello McFly...now I can't see the writing! Ugh!|
|I stamped the Fiery Looking Vines from the Rockstar set in Olive Archival onto the bottom of the postcard. They look very Asian to me. I kept thinking a dragon would be cool here. I adhered my embossed strip and torn pieces to the card.|
|I heat embossed the Row of Stars using Queen's Gold, and cut them apart thinking I'd only use one for the tag whole, but that was not enough for me, so I ultimately just did the whole row...much better. This reminds me of the Chinese Flag now. I looked online to see what the Chinese sign was for Year of the Snake, and did my best free hand of it with a Black Glaze Pen.|
|Using an image I found online of a creepy snake on a Chinese coin as my guide, I free hand cut a snake out of Kraft Paper and used it to make a pattern for the rest. I added that gross bumpy rattle...yuck!|
Show us the "Stars" in your life! After you create your work of Art, enter it into our challenge, and you might be the lucky winner of a $50 voucher to Simon Says Stamp. You can also be named as one of the "Top Three Picks" for this challenge. Good luck, and don't forget to visit all of the other fabulous DT work this week...awesome!
I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!