Monday, September 11

Simon Says: It's in the Stars!

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Hello Monday! Thanks so much for stopping by, we have a new challenge for you this week - 
"It's in the Stars". All you need to do is add some stars to your project!

I decided to work with some materials I haven't pulled out for awhile - my alcohol inks! I was thinking they would be perfect for creating a night sky. 

It's a Marvelous Night for a Moondance!
After all, the Moon is up there with all of those stars! 

I started out with my blue alcohol inks and the blender on the yupo paper. I discovered a way to keep the tiny bubbles (they just keep growing if you don't stop them) by using the heat gun to set them at the point I wanted. I suggest have the heat gun in one hand and the blender in the other!

Next, I added the purple inks using the same methods.

Then, I took my High Dive ink and the Paper Artsy written background and stamped it onto the paper. It is very subtle.

Next step, I held the Moon Face stencil in place and dabbed the glue in with a sponge, then added the gilding flakes. Apparently the ink had enough wet from stamping that the flakes stuck there too. 

I took a bit of eyelet and colored it with the distress oxide to add to the bottom.

I typed out my saying on the We R Memory Keepers typewriter and went over it with the distress oxide also. 

Moon Face (Dina Wakley stencil) detail, I also went in with a graphite pencil to bring out the features.

I used the graphite around the words too.

Of course, I had to have a star, so hung one one with a pin.

I love making these little "canvasses" for my flip frame! I really need to do more.

So, what is in the stars for you this week? I hope some relaxing creative time, so you can join us in our challenge. Remember, our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp always have a $50 voucher for one lucky person! 



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Be sure to head on over to the challenge blog to see what the design team stars have created this week!


  1. Gorgeous panel Maura :-) the alcohol inked background is fabulous and I love the gold stencilled face, the whole design of this is awesome! :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. Maura, your alcohol ink background is amazing! I love the blue and purple colors and the gold face against it is so pretty.

    Cathie ♥

  3. Wow! The background is absolutely AMAZING! The alcohol inks mixed so fantastic together. Great effect. Love the golden face on this beautiful background too. Hugs, Marzena

  4. So pretty... love the color combo! Composition is just so beautiful :)

  5. Whoa! I spy with my little eye some alcohol ink geniusness here! I adore that background. And then to add all those metallics on top of it just takes this piece to soaring levels of gorgeousness! I really adore it and am always impressed with your mastery of colors and techniques.

  6. This is just so pretty, Maura and you've created so much depth to this's absolutely wonderful and I adore that amazing background! Hugs... xx

  7. That is a great tip for keeping the tiny bubbles Maura! I will definitely try that next time, I never liked when the bubbles would always just grow and grow. The gold details look wonderful on top of that cool background.

  8. Fab project! colors are stunning and the touch of gold is perfect! BArbara

  9. beautiful project Maura...those gilding flakes looks amazing against your yupo background...hugs kath xxx

  10. This is such a fabulous creation, Maura. The background colors you made are stunning. Love the gorgeous moon face. :)

  11. This is awesome Maura!!! Love the gold!!

  12. What a wonderful piece, Maura! The alcohol ink background is so cool. Hugs, Sandra


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