Tuesday 14 September 2021

2021 Topic 11: Twinkle Twinkle with ZA {by Tracey Springer}

  2021 Topic 11: Twinkle Twinkle

From a hidden gift card holder to a clever concertinaed tunnel card, Tracey is showing some great kinetic cards washed down with a hearty sprinkle of stars in many forms. Using some of her favourite fun Zini characters, she's twinkled her way to the stars!

Hi everyone, it's Tracey Springer with you today, and I'm here to share a concertina card with a tunnel front for the 'Twinkle twinkle' theme. While I had lots of stamps and an idea it took a while to find my MOJO and know where to start. I ended up with something I really love and explored lots of techniques along the way!

To start I picked out some of my favorite Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic colours and started painting a very watery wash of circles on my foundation page.

By this stage, I knew I wanted to try a tunnel card (or my version of one) using lots and lots of stars. I cut my page into 5x4in cards and die-cut 3 various-sized circles out of them. I inked the edges with distress ink to really build up more colour (my night sky is certainly not your regular sky lol!).

Then came the fun with Grunge Paste, Fresco Finish paint 'Elephant' and silver stickles. I mixed it all together to give me some grayish silver stars when used with Stencil PS018.

I absolutely love this big star from JOFY 08 set, I colored it in various shades of yellow Copics and decided to add bling and sew it into a shaker star! Really love how it came out.

I then stamped, Copic colored, and cut out lots of stars from these sets: 

I started playing with how and where everything was going to go. To add 'Twinkle' I gold heat embossed some of the stars. I played with the placement of the circle tunnel and well, I ended up liking it better when it was offset.

The circles still needed something more to make them 'pop' so I painted a thin rim of Fresco finish 'Byzantium' (one of my go-to colors!)

Then it was onto gluing on stars and assembling layers with foam tape.

Once I had all of that I knew the perfect Zini character to add (yet another of my favorites!).

By this stage, I decided why not make it a tunnel card with a concertina back?? So I painted a strip on the back of my foundation page with Fresco Finish Lilac FF11.

And wanted to add a surround of stars with Fresco finish 'Byzantium' and Stencil PS018 - It didn't quite look like I imagined (as I watered it down too much and it bled under the Stencil and I smeared it) BUT...I could have started again but instead I played around with it and added inks and gold embossed stars and my 'oops' became an 'actually I like this'.

To finish it all off I added white pen around some of the stars, added lots more cutout stars, these gorgeous word stamps from Eclectica EEG20.
I really couldn't resist adding another fab Zini character, and a pocket slot to hold a gift card.

I really hope you have enjoyed this as much as I did creating it! Run with your ideas, no matter how crazy they seem, make your 'oops' become a 'wow'.

Excuse the two different colours of my project...that's what happens when you take pics in two different lights, oops!

Have fun, take care,
Tracey xx

Instagram: @tracey_Springer



A Pink said...
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A Pink said...

Loving your sparkly, twinkley concertised tunnel card, Tracy . Enjoyed seeing and reading about your process . Tfs x

Tracey Springer said...
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Tracey Springer said...

Thank you so much x

JoFY said...

This project is adorable!! Jo

SewPaperPaint said...

Such a clever and adorable design Tracey! I have always loved this particular Zinski image and he is a perfect pair for the stars you've added so brilliantly. xx, Autumn

PaperArtsy said...

Oh I love how you did this Tracey!! LOTS of fun with those party people from the House of Zinski!