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Make a wish: Among the stars

among the stars

I’m always on the lookout for interesting new digi stamps. I think I’d come across The East Wind some time ago, but that was before I started colouring people as well as critters and flowers, and I passed by thinking “pretty, but not my style”. Since then I have not only expanded the type of images I use, but also started taking part in more challenges, so when I saw a Facebook post saying that their new freebie was out with the August newsletter I signed up straight away. Then I discovered that they also run regular challenges and I just had to join in.


I started by printing the image on some Neenah solar white, then, using my baby lightbox, I traced it onto masking film and fussy cut it out. With the mask in place, I set about creating a Distress ink galaxy background by putting down a layer of blue, yellow and red and covering it with black, leaving some of the colour peeping through.

I had originally thought to try lifting some of the colour through a stencil to create white stars, but while that would work on watercolour paper, it just destroys Neenah… So I quickly changed tack and grabbed some shiny platinum Inka Gold instead.

That finished off the background, so I could now concentrate on the Copic colouring. I tried some new combinations for the hair and skin and I’m really pleased with how they turned out. I stuck to the tried and tested warm greys for the dress and added some Wink of Stella over the top, though, rather than laying down a solid layer, I flicked it in from the edges, adding a bit of extra texture.

Because the mask hadn’t been perfectly cut/aligned in a couple of places, I went over the outline with a Tombow marker.

The final touch was to add a heat-embossed sentiment, which I outlined with an ultra-fine Sharpie to make it stand out from the stars. I mounted the finished panel on some sand pearl card, which matches her hair colouring.

I hadn’t planned on adding any embellishments, but when I came to photograph the card I found I just couldn’t ignore the damaged spot where I’d attempted the colour lifting, even though it was well covered with Inka Gold. Sequins to the rescue!

among the stars - detail


The East Wind – Challenge #60 Outta This World


  • stamps:
    Mama Elephant – make a wish
  • digital stamps:
    The East Wind – Aurora ‘Marilyn’
  • stencils:
    Dutch Doobadoo – A5 stars
  • embossing powder:
    Ranger – liquid platinum
  • pens:
    Sharpie ultra fine point
    Tombow – dual marker – tuxedo black
  • Distress ink pads:
    abandoned coral, mermaid lagoon, wild honey, black soot
  • Copic markers:
    skin – E0000, E000, E00, E11, BV00
    lips – E95
    eyes – B02, B04, B06
    hair – W3, E42, E81, YR30, E40
    jewellery – B02, B04
    dress – W00, W1, W3, W5
  • shininess:
    Inka Gold – platinum
    Wink of Stella – clear
    Pretty Pink Posh sequins – sparkling clear mix
  • paper and card:
    Neenah solar white 216gsm
    Craftwork Cards – pearl – sand
  • miscellaneous:
    Thermoweb – masking magic

3 thoughts on “Make a wish: Among the stars”

  1. wow so beautiful. Love how you have colored her up. Great that you decided to come back over to the challenge! sure hope this is one of many times!

    Thanks for joining our fortnightly challenge here at The East Wind. Hope you will join us next time DT Crafting Vicky.


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