One of the best new products in the Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book is the My Creations Star (pg. 132). This 12" star is sturdy and can stand up to inking, distressing and liquid glue. It makes a great Christmas decoration and is easy to customize and adorn. Each of the stars I created took less than 45 minutes to make from start to finish! CTMH makes it easy to trim papers for the star by providing a cutting template; just click on Ideas and Inspiration on my website.
I inked the edges of the papers and the star with Cashmere ink.
To create this star, I printed off the star template, cut out the template for the star sides, traced it onto the patterned paper, then cut out each piece and adhered with Bonding Memories Glue (pg. 135). I strongly suggest a good liquid glue, such as Bonding Memories, to keep the paper flat on the star and the points down.
I used two different papers on each point of the star, creating a nice contrast. I inked the edges of the papers as well as the star with Cashmere ink prior to adhering the papers. When the papers were dry, I inked again, filling in any white spots where the background star showed through.
Next, I die cut a flower and adhered it to the top portion of the star with a Pearl Badge Button for the centre.
To create the bow, I tied the bow from Burlap Ribbon, then lightly painted it with Create-a-Shade paint. This left a pale, shimmery glaze on the ribbon. (It looks quite white in the photo, but in real life, it's more sparkle than white.). When it was dry, I adhered it to the bottom side of the star and added two pearl stick pins to the centre. The bling button was added after threading with some red embroidery floss.
The sentiment, which reads "Christmas is love with all the trimmings", was stamped onto some scrap Cashmere cardstock with Cranberry ink. I trimmed it, inked the edges with Cashmere ink and adhered it to a piece of Olive cardstock. I trimmed and inked that piece as well and adhered it under the bow.
To finish off the star, I randomly added Sparkles on each star point.
The end result is a lovely decoration I will cherish for years to come.