Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

"And I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free. And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me." Lee Greenwood

Happy Fourth of July to all Americans, and happy day to the rest of you.  I decided to make a star themed piece in celebration of the holiday. 

I broke out my Dyan Reaveley journal and Dylusion sprays again for the occasion. Using my Sizzix die cutting machine and set of star shaped dies, I cut a number of different size stars out of watercolor paper to play with. I moved them around on the journal page until I was happy with the arrangement and then used removable double sided Scotch tape to hold them temporarily in place. The tape really isn't good for soon as I thought I had a couple in place, they started coming off. It was quite a juggling act to get them all to stay in place at the same time so I could spray the background. Eventually I did, but it seemed to take forever. If anyone can tell me a better temporary adhesive to use, please do! 

After that frustration, I finally got the background sprayed and my letters outlined in black pen. I set out tangling all the stars and then went back to make the words pop some more, as they were fading into the background a little bit. I used Sharpie paint markers to fill in the letters, dotted them with a white gel pen, and then thickened up the outline of the letters with a black Sharpie paint pen. 

I think the end result is pretty festive looking. If you are celebrating the holiday, enjoy your barbecues and fireworks. Me...I will be spending the day in the car on an 8 hour drive. But at the end of that drive will be a long weekend with my family from all over the country, so I'm pretty excited. Happy 4th!


  1. I love how this came out. What a fitting tribute to out country and the men who fought for our rights here.

    1. Thanks Dianne. Have a great holiday!

  2. Once again, in sharing your "struggle" to get the result you want, you have inspired me. Because I've spent 30+ years in technical drawings, often I stumble with the other, more creative, more Libra half of my brain. Thanks for this beautiful design AND the sharing of the process. :J