Star Light, Star Bright

I was delighted to win the “Not a card” challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge recently and I was even more delighted when the goodies that I bought with my prize voucher arrived. I couldn’t wait to use them all so I created this page to celebrate my new stash of 4 stamp sets, 2 single stamps and a book of label letters.

As part of my celebratory page, I also decided to incorporate the current Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge of “Star Light, Star Bright” and also their Wednesday Challenge “Anything Goes” showcasing Tim Holtz products, as well as their logo colours of gold, brown, turquoise and pink.

I started by creating a star template to use as a mask, having stuck the star mask onto the page I chose one of the texture stamps from BoBunny and also a sponge stamp from Finnabair, stamping them both using black Ranger Archival Ink. I then outlined each of the stars using the mask and a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker. I removed the mask and applied some Pébéo white gesso over the page to vary the tone of the background in readiness for the next layer of stamps and colour. Using the same black Archival Ink, I stamped three postage marks from the Rossi Belle stamp set onto the page and I also stamped two car “Component” stamp images by Tim Holtz onto a piece of white paper. I added them to each side of the page using a UHU Stic and cut off any excess paper so they fit the page. Next I applied Cracked Pistachio, Picked Raspberry and Ground Espresso Tim Holtz Distress Inks to the page using a blending tool, and also by diluting the ink on an acrylic block and pressing the block onto the page.

Star Light, Star Bright - close up

In the main I avoided getting these colours on the stars, however I wasn’t too worried as I thought any splashes of colour added to the grungy look of my page. I then coloured the stars using Fossilised Amber Distress Ink using it like you would watercolour; I did this by applying the ink to an acrylic block and using a paintbrush, varying the tone as I painted. I stamped a leaf silhouette by Simon Says Stamp and a berry branch by Inkadinkado using the same black Archival Ink. The wording is created using Label Letters from the Tim Holtz idea-ology collection and they are covered with Ranger Glossy Accents to give them a shine as the page is star themed. To finish, I also added some shine around the edge of the star and to the leaf silhouette and berries on the branches using the Glossy Accents again.

I’m so pleased to join my very dear friend Sheila from Orange Esmeralda who is hosting the “Let’s Celebrate” challenge over at Art Journal Journey, it’s a pleasure to  celebrate with you all (grin!).

I’m also joining in the fun over at Try it on Tuesday and their “Colourful” challenge with my bright starry page.

SSS win Oct 2017

Here’s the goodies that I ordered from Simon Says Stamp, I’m so pleased with all the products and I’m sure that I will be using them often – thank you so much!

When I saw the “Star Light, Star Bright” challenge title it immediately reminded me of the nursery rhyme:

Star light, star bright,
First star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight.

So I based the wording I used on my page around this rhyme. If you are interested here’s some facts about this nursery rhyme:

  • The words allude to the superstition that you can wish upon a star.
  • It is believed to be of late 19th century American origin and reached Great Britain by the early twentieth century and is now known worldwide.
  • The rhyme is often read to children at bedtime.
  • “Star Light, Star Bright” is also part of the lyrics of Madonna’s 1983 single Lucky Star.

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Cracked Pistachio, Picked Raspberry, Ground Espresso, Fossilised Amber)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Homemade star mask
  • BoBunny Stamps (Rough It Up #12105155)
  • Prima Marketing Inc. Finnabair Clear Stamp (Sponge #961909)
  • Prima Marketing Inc. Clear Stamps (Rossi Belle #587499)
  • Tim Holtz Components Collections (COMO13CAR)
  • Simon Says Stamp Clear Stamp Set (Leaves And Scribbles SSS101445)
  • Inkadinkado Cling Stamps (Branches 65-32007)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology (Label Letters #TH93072)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents

36 thoughts on “Star Light, Star Bright

  1. What a wonderful journal page, so bright and shining. Congratulations on winning the draw at
    Simon’s Monday Challenge, and have fun with the gorgeous new stamps you bought with your prize. Have a great weekend! Hugs, Valerie

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  2. This is a tour-de-force, Jo. THe background is so complex I had to read your description several times. Fossilised Amber! and the three Distress Ink colours you could eat!
    The way you have made the stars works brilliantly. I don”t know the size of this piece but the stars look huge and bright and I like the part stars going off the page (into the Universe) Isn’t it great that we don’t have to worry about errant inks on the “wrong” place as it adds to the general artiness of our work.
    Thanks for the celebration!

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    • Thanks so much! I love the names of the Distress Inks too, not sure I’d want to eat them though …lol 😉. It’s A4 so the stars are quite large so they shine brightly on the page 😁. It’s such a wonderful theme you have chosen for AJJ and I was so pleased to see that you are hosting the challenge this month, I’ll be sure to join in the fun! Thanks for celebrating with me and wishing you a lovely weekend! J 😊


    • Thanks so much dear Susi! I was thrilled to see that Sheila is hosting AJJ this month with her fabulous new challenge, so I just had to join in then fun straight away …lol 😁. Wishing you a Happy December and nice weekend too! J 😊


  3. Your win is definitely cause for celebration, Jo. I adore the art journal page, and those distress inks you used to create the stars and background. I was especially impressed with the items you chose and LOVE that old car collage stamp by TH. You have certainly made this a definite cause for celebration at Art Journal Journey. So glad you could join us with this incredible entry. Of course, I also liked the follow up facts about the nursery rhyme.

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    • Thanks a lot! The items are fabulous and I’m sure I’ll be using them again and again …lol 😉. Congratulations on joining the AJJ family and I’m so looking forward to seeing more of your art journal pages 😁. Wishing you a Happy December and weekend! J 😊


  4. What a cool cache of goodies and a great way to make them into a page. Love the stars and the facts about the rhyme. Had no idea it started on this side of the Pond. And I thought the rhyme was in use much earlier. Learn something new every day.

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    • Many thanks! I was surprised by the dates as I thought it dated back further than that too 😁. I hope you’ve had a lovely week, mine has been wonderful; not only with my new crafting goodies but I was so happy to be featured in the Designer Spotlight at Simon Says Stamp this week as well which really made my day, week and month …lol! 😉. Wishing you a Happy December and Weekend! J 😊


  5. A fantastic happy celebration page Jo. Congratulations on your win and I’m sure you will enjoy using the goodies you chose.
    Thank you as well, for coming over to TioT’s and joining us all over there with this awesome starry page.
    Yvonne xx

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  6. Very striking! Love how you placed the sentiment inside the star template! So creative! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Anything Goes” Challenge! Beautiful colors and design. Well done! Thanks also for stopping by my blog! Happy weekend to you!

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  7. This is totally stunning. I love the crazy and vibrant yellow stars against the moderate background colors. I love that you marked the stars with black so they pop-up much more. Lovely page. Thank you for joining Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

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