Shine on me

I have a day off today, yippee! I shall be zipping off to Manchester to meet a friend and all manner of pumpkin flavoured edibles are on my hit list! However, back here on the blog I’m taking a pause from my Halloween crafting to share this little plaque with you:


Actually, once I’d photographed it, it occurred to me that I could have given her a little witch’s hat (I may have to succumb to that thought on a different project!). I’m sharing this over at Sunday Stampers where Hels is asking that we use some sort of a faux technique, and also over at City Crafter Challenge Blog where the theme for this week is “a piece of sky.” Isn’t that just a fabulous idea from the lovely Ros?


The base is a piece of chipboard, to which I am totally addicted, that I’ve covered with cardstock and then inked using distress inks – Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire. I spritzed with water to give that lovely mottled effect and to lighten areas. Next, I added some black stamping using random background stamps – the one you can see above is Neil Walker’s Alphabet Soup.

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The stars were cut using a Tim Holtz Alterations Die and then I covered them withΒ pieces of adhesive metal tape. I’ve had this in my stash forever and it’s a huge roll that I picked up from Wickes DIY store so was as cheap as chips. I think it’s meant for electrical or plumbing type activities but is much better used for crafting in my opinion. Once the tape was applied, I punched the holes with a pokey tool before giving it a coat of black acrylic paint. Once the paint was dried I used sandpaper to remove most of it and leave what I hope looks like metal plates.


The little lady is a stamp from AHA Arts. I stamped her on to card, coloured her with inks and then paper pieced her dress with some of Kate Crane’s paper before cutting her out.


I have another, Halloween inspired, idea for using this faux metal technique and hope I get the chance to try it out.

Do you know the great thing about having a day off on a Friday? You’ve still got the whole weekend stretching ahead to look forward to!

Thanks for buzzing by.


Shine on me — 17 Comments

  1. Wow that stars, love the metallic stars, they look amazing, a day off… of course you will have time to show us another great Beezzzzz faux metal Halloween piece, won’t you? Curious Ruth πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks Ruth – I so want to do it but my mind has also started straying towards faux rusty metal too. So many projects, so little time!! πŸ™‚

  2. Oh your stars are so fabulous!! And I don’t think she needs a hat at all! Wonderful piece of art work Lisette … Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!! Enjoy your day out!

  3. So cute!! I love the background and those stars are awesome!!! Love the metal tape! Have fun today!!Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us at CCCB πŸ™‚

  4. I adore your metal stars, they look amazing on your blue background, and I am sure there is more to making them then just poke a holes in them and paint the tape black then rub it off again.

    You little swinging sixties chick is so cute with her beehive and mini dress.

    Enjoy your long weekend.

    Dionne xx

    • Seriously, your description of how I made those stars is spot on! As I was making them in the twighlight and also because of the reflection it was difficult (not to mention my old lady eyes!) I was literally taking a stab in the dark πŸ™‚ xx

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