ID: DT April 2010 Had a Star Step Card
Closed: 7"w x 5"h
Note: the card is smaller than above size,
but with the stars protruding becomes 5" h

Created: March 28, 2010

SUPPLIES: (Note: most of the supplies can be found online at (items in Pink)

White cardstock (heavy weight for main card & stars; Light weight for quote)
Pan Pastels (Magenta, Violet, Phthalo Blue, Ultramarine Blue)
Costco Baby Wipe (or Sofft large flat sponge)
Inkadinkado Scary Night set #99132
Distress Stamp pad (Faded Jeans, Dusty Concord)
Tim Holtz Sponging Tool
Versafine Black Onyx
Stampendous Pearl Lustre Sapphire Embossing Powder
Spellbinders Labels Two
Die cutting/embossing machine
Rubber Stamps: "If I had a Star"
Sizzix Die Stars #2 (or other star dies, punches etc)
Ritz micro fine Glitter (Stardust & Dk Gold)
Quickie Glue Pen (for touch ups on stars)
Glossy Accents (as glue)
Pop Dots (for quote)
C-Tru ruler (Tenths)
Heat Gun

This is the front of the card


On a full sheet of heavy weight white cardstock (8.5 x 11"), start coloring with the Pan Pastels, applying first the Magenta in several areas, then going beside these colors with the Violet, then filling the rest of the white spaces with the Phthalo Blue & Ultramarine Blue using the dried Costco wipe (or Sofft large round sponge). Then with a clean area of the baby wipe and in a circular motion blend the colors, but still keeping the essence of the underlying colors. This will give a nice rich sky color.

Note: You can spray your card at this point if you like, but I just leave mine alone. I've blended enough that the color, unless rubbed vigorously will stay put. Also some of the pastel will probably wander to the inside, just blend that - you probably won't be using the inside anyway.

Randomly rubber stamp the stars all over using the Distress Dusty Concord. Do some with more ink and some with less ink or just stamp twice without re-inking.

Score your card at the 4.25" h mark And bone fold. Make sure you have a protective piece of paper on top of the Pastel card when you bone fold. Trim off excess cardstock, then trim to a 7"w card.

See Diagram below for visual reference. Solid lines are CUT lines and dash lines are for folding. M stands for Mountain fold and V for Valley fold.

Cut your 2 vertical lines 1.3" from each side, and starting at the 3/4" point, cutting up to the 6.3" point.

Now with the Score-it board, score on either side of the cut lines at 3/4", at the 1.5", at the 2.9" and the 6.3" (the score at the 4.25" was already made above and you'll notice part of it will be a valley fold and part will be a mountain fold).

Note there are many options to the size of your steps and after doing this one - experiment. For this card it's important that the section between your 1st valley fold at the bottom and your center fold of the card is folded in half. The same goes for the 3rd step should be folded in half between the center fold of your card and the top edge.

Punch out, die cut or hand cut a bunch of stars. (I used 3 of the 1st 3 sizes and one large). I then put them through my Zyron and sprinkled my silver glitter in the center portion and the gold on the tips, then burnished - VERY GENTLY, so as not to lift up the Zyron adhesive. You can always touch it up with a bit of Quickie glue pen.

Rubber stamp the quote with Black Onyx and emboss with the Sapphire on light weight white cardstock. Place your Spellbinder's largest Labels Two die over the stamping, positioning it pleasingly. I usually put a piece of tape, attaching the die to my cardstock, on the outside edge, so it doesn't move when I flip it over onto my magnetic mat. I die cut, put it through again to emboss, then used it as a stencil, sponging some Faded Jeans around the edges. While the stencil was still on, I rubber stamped a couple times with the star stamp - just lightly near the edges. I adhered it to the card with pop dots.

I started adhering the stars in a pleasing arrangement. For the one on the the quote, I just adhered the larger one, then added the smaller ones on top. I also made sure the stars on the side didn't protrude further than my 7"width of my card and the top ones stayed within the 5"height of the card.


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