Sunday, April 14, 2013

Introducing Star Gazer

We've got a preview for a Papertrey Ink set today that is out of this world. Star Gazer and Star Gazer Additions feature constellations, zodiac descriptions, star maps, and celestial themed sentiments. When teamed up with the expanded shimmer line of cardstock, you've no doubt have a deep well of ideas to draw from when you want to create some starry themed projects of your own.

Now, I want to first say that I am not into horoscopes. Not one iota.  I'm logical and scientifically mined right down to my very marrow. And if you are alike, you might think these sets are not for you. Not true! Think of both sets as astronomy themed as opposed to astrology themed. Viola! Very scientific! There's still lots to love. And all the zodiac names? They are constellation names too:). Can't argue with that.

I went all in with the celestial themes, right down to the colors. Dark blue, black, gold, silver. I so rarely work with these tones that it was a treat to have the excuse. I'm guessing the other ladies might have more creative color combos to inspire. But hey, it's classic for a reason, right? Why fight it?

First up is a card that I cannot wait to give my husband. This is right up his alley. I stamped several constellations in gold embossing powder onto Sky Shimmer paper, leaving room for what I believe is Sagittarius in white embossing powder in the middle. I wanted one constellation (didn't matter which one really) to pop out from the others, thus why I choose white. I cut stars from the Star Gazer dies out of Gold Shimmer and adhered those onto my white constellation.

I die cut a circle out of a True Black cardstock and lay the negative piece over my night sky. My original plan was to evenly mat it in Gold Shimmer. I inadvertently stacked the black and gold panels so more of a crescent moon showed instead of an evenly spaced circle. Total happy accident! I don't think I would have thought of that on my own.

Here's a close up of the sentiment, also embossed in gold on Sky Shimmer paper. Perfect match to the focal point.

For my second card, I wanted to focus on the large circular star map found on Star Gazer Additions. Now, remember Hands of Time that was released in January? The die cut clock fits just about perfectly over the star map. I've seen many clocks that have a celestial background. An idea was born!

The map is embossed in gold onto Night Sky Shimmer and the clock, die cut in Gold Shimmer is placed on top. Instead of numbers, I placed eight sided stars die cut from Star Gazer Dies in Cream Shimmer. Seeing Star dies cut the gold and silver glitter stars (I believe American Crafts manufacturers the glitter paper) and I topped them with a constellation name on a Bountiful Banner die. A sickle moon is also cut out of gold glitter paper. Everything is mounted on an Enchanted Evening card base. The Night Sky Shimmer paper plays off so nicely against the cardstock.

I'm already planning more cards with this set. Sentiments from Star Prints and Super Stars would work awesome with it. And there are several sentiments spread out over various sets that have the words "moon" and "stars" in them that you will work well.  Lots of things to think about.

I hope you can see the possibilities beyond astrology in these wonderful sets. Great for masculine projects too.

Be sure to check out more heavenly inspiration at the following sites:

Maile Belles
Nichole Heady
Jessica Witty
Dawn McVey
Melissa Phillips
Heather Nichols
Betsy Veldman
Cristina Kowalcyzk
Ashley Cannon Newell


Sickle Moon Card
Stamps: Star Gazer
Cardstock: True Black
Speciality Cardstock: Gold Shimmer and Sky Shimmer
Dies: Star Gazer
Gold and White Embossing Powder

Star Map Card
Stamps: Star Gazer and Star Gazer Additions
Cardstock: Enchanted Evening
Specialty Cardstock: Night Sky, Gold, Pearl
Dies: Clock Face, Bountiful Banners, Star Gazer, Seeing Stars
Enchanted Evening Ink
Tim Holtz for Ranger Spinner. 
Glitter paper by American Crafts


  1. Your cards are gorgeous, Erin. Love your use of Hands of Time with the new set.

  2. Love how you used the Hands of Time over the celestial background!!!

  3. I'm with the first two commenters regarding Hands of Time-so stunning! As is the other project creating the moon effect within the circle. Jeez, both are PERFECT examples for inspiration to buy these sets. I love shimmer paper and this is a great excuse to use it!

  4. Okay - Erin - you caught me. I was one of those thinking astrology - not so much. But you are correct - I can handle astronomy themed. The use of the clock face with the Star Gazer Additions set - just beautiful.

  5. You pulled it off, Erin. Your projects look amazing!! Hope you can catch up on sleep now that your gorgeous creations are done. :)

  6. Beautiful projects, and with the clock die - wow! Love how you used the colors and all of your shimmery glittery touches.

  7. Beautiful, how clever to incorporate the clock die - gorgeous :)

  8. OMG! How do you do it? They are incredibly beautiful.

  9. Using the star chart under the clock die = GENIUS!!

  10. Beautiful cards! The sentiment looks so good embossed like that. And using the clock with the star chart - incredible.

  11. Amazing!! Give yourself credit!! ;) I think you do a pretty good job when it comes to coming up with clever things accidental or not it came from you and was amazing!! Thanks for sharing I love them all!! Have a fabulous week!! ;)

  12. Thanks for pointing out the astronomy over astrology as I am not into that either. Your cards are stunning. The sentiments would be great to use with Out of This World for more adult male cards. Hmmmm.