A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Monday, 3 December 2018

Blue Star

The last CAS Christmas challenge of the year!

I combined three of my favourite things - stars, brushos / spray starch backgrounds, and the colour blue:

The background was created by spraying a piece of mixed media paper with spray starch. Then sprinkling with a couple of shades of blue Brushos, scrunching a piece of cling wrap over the top, and leaving it to dry for a few hours.

I then trimmed it down to fit nicely on a white shimmer card base.

The star was cut from a piece of cs on which I'd stamped a Christmas text background, sponged lightly with blue ink, and went over with a tiny snowflake stencil and sparkly embossing paste (unfortunately the openings on the stencil are so tiny that I lost a lot of definition of the snowflake shapes - note to self that this stencil is better for sponging than for using with embossing paste - but I do have a nice bit of sparkly texture.).  The die cut star is popped up on fun foam for dimension.

The December CAS Christmas challenge is shorter than the rest of the months to give us a nice break for the holidays.  So please get your card linked up by December 15th.  For inspiration, head on over to CAS Christmas to see the cards by the rest of the Design Team and the very beautiful one made by our Guest Designer, Cindy of Escape to Stamping.  Please remember to keep your card clean and simple, and to use the theme of stars.

Stamps -
Ink - blue Distress inks
Paper - white shimmer, plain white, mixed media cs
Size - 4.75" square
Accessories - various blue Brushos, spray starch, cling wrap, Spellbinders star die, tiny snowflake stencil, sparkly embossing paste, foam tape


  1. What a stunning background using that wonderful technique and such glorious colours. Your star looks wonderful with the text stamped onto it and love the little bit of bling. Thank you for the tip about using a small star stencil x. Eye catching and fabulous card x.

  2. Wow what an awesome background, perfect for the scripted star!

  3. Your background is just so beautiful, Susan! I love that technique and it's the perfect backdrop for your stat. Your composition is excellent!

  4. LOVE that background Susan. So icy and cold with the most gorgeous shades of blue. Really sets of your pretty word stamped star. Love the added sparkle from the embossing. Beautifully designed card, my sweet friend! xx

  5. What a beautiful background, Susan! It's perfect for your pretty star. I love the script stamped on it and the soft sponged color and the sparkly snowflakes make it extra special!

  6. Gorgeous background Susan, that reminds me I need to stock up on my cling wrap backgrounds. I love the text on your pretty star.

  7. Aaahhh...so pretty with your blues, glitter, stamping and shaving cream cling wrap background, Susan. TFS this Christmas card and all the rest of your 2018 Christmas card beautied, my friend. Hugs..Nancy

  8. Beautiful card featuring your favourites! Your cling wrap background is gorgeous. Love the text stamped in your star. Amazing texture all around. xx

  9. Great star card Susan, that background is glorious and love how you created your star...note to me... don't forget to buy spray starch, write a big post-it now!!

  10. Fantastic background Susan and I love the sparkle on your star!

  11. love how you did this Susan, great card!!
    x Karen

  12. Love your blue Brusho background, Susan. Makes a great backdrop for you sparkly star. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  13. Your cling wrap brusho background is simply beautiful, Susan! I love it. The effects (wrinkle marks) look so interesting and the color is perfect for the icy sky. Your star is pretty with the sparky snowflake-y dots! :-)
    Hideko xx

  14. Gorgeous background, Susan, and I love the text on the star! So pretty with all the shimmer!!


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