My shining star

My shining star

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Sparkle and shine - metals at Stamps and Stencils

Hello there! How are you? Good I hope! Its time for a new challenge over at stamps and stencils and this month its my theme - I chose metallics - and this is my brief ....

This month I would like you to make a piece involving metallics in some way - it could be metallic paints, rusted metal techniques, actual bits of metal, metal foil ....the possibilities are endless - also please use stamps and/or stencils. Have fun!

With this in mind this is what I made ...

My canvas involved the use of a few metallic elements and also I used a stencil.

I started by covering polystyrene stars with strips of alumnium tape that I bought on a roll in B and Q, it was around £3.99 for the roll. Its sticky backed which makes it easy to use.

Here's one finished star - the overlaping is fine - its part of the design.

Once the stars were covered I used a ball point pen to punch holes into the edges of the aluminium strips all over the stars. I think it gives them lots of texture and interest.

Next I took an A4 canvas board and used distress oxides to create a background...on top of that I also splattered lots more distress oxide and also some gesso.

To complete the piece I added some stencilled stars, some metal stars, the three large stars and some words.

Lucy is now the proud ownder of my canvas - she liked it so much I said she could have it.

Please join us in our challenge which you can join here. Pleasecheck out my teamies makes - they are awesome!!!!


Rachel xxx


  1. That's a fabulous canvas those stars...they are wonder Lucy wanted it...xxxxx

  2. A great challenge theme Rachel and I love the details on your stars...fabulous.
    A stunning canvas and I love the background details

    Sending my best wishes
    Annie xx

  3. Fantastic texture on the stars, love how you've created them, simply beautiful shimmery canvas! Thanks for a great challenge theme too! Hugs Ruth xx

  4. A fantastic canvas Rachel, I love the stars and how you made them and the gorgeous background you've given them too.

    Hugs Sue xx

  5. Fabulous canvas Rachel love the textured starfish and if you need any more aluminium tape you can get a big roll in the £1 shop
    Carol x

  6. This is fabulous Rachel, a great theme - I love the stars.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

  7. I can see why Lucy wanted your fab canvas rachel !! Your stars look like starfish as well in an under water scene !!

    hugs Diane xx

  8. Lucy has great taste! I love how you did the large stars, the detailing on the foil really brings them to life! Hugs, Anne xx

  9. Brilliant effect with the tape covered stars Rachel ! The background is the perfect backdrop to show off their shine ! Sue C x

  10. Such a cool, cool idea to cover those amazing stars! This is beautiful and the colors contrast with the metals beautifully. A lovely and inspirational post. Hugs, Autumn

  11. Love the texture on those sparkling stars - what great metallic inspiration from something as simple as tin foil.
    Alison x


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