• Caroline

Seeing Stars with Dovecraft 'Winter Sparkle'

If you saw my recent CraftLabel Maker haul post, I'm sure the beautiful Winter Sparkle collection from Dovecraft caught your eye. This gorgeous rose gold glittered and foiled collection seems to be a firm favourite in the craft community this Christmas, and definitely a great hit with the rest of the CraftLabel Maker team!

For my first project, I wanted to create a scrapbook layout using several of the different papers from the pad to showcase a photo from Christmas Day last year, and I really love the paper with the geometric stars so this became my starting point. I fussy-cut a bunch of these stars from both the 12x12 and 6x6 pads for different sizes, and, deciding I wanted to go 'all out' with the star theme for this layout, I also decided to make the layout more 3D with some folded origami stars using various papers from the pad.

To make the origami stars, I used a tutorial video from Homemade Gifts Made Easy - https://youtu.be/HvTQDV2O0es - though mine are nowhere near as neat and even!

I used a variety of sizes of pentagons as the starting point, from about 4inch diameter up to roughly 6.5inch diameter. Be aware that the smaller the pentagon, the fiddlier some of the later folds become! I was really struggling with my smaller stars I confess, but I think they turned out okay in the end. To finish off the stars, I embellished each with a rose gold shiny button.

Next, it was time to decide on a background. I tried a few different papers from the Winter Sparkle pad, but I felt with having the same pink and grey colours the stars were getting a little lost, so in the end I settled on a gorgeous textured effect paper from the First Edition North Star pad; it was still in keeping with the pastel colour theme, but provided a more subtle pattern for the stars to sit on. I started arranging my stars in a corner-to-corner fashion on the page, raising some on foam pads for more dimension, with my photo in the centre in one of the gorgeous photo frames from the collection.

At this point all my stars were quite muted and delicate in colour, and I wanted to be sure there were some bolder elements to my layout too. So I took some rose gold mirror card and cut out several more stars with a metal die and added these to the arrangement, along with some Simply Creative adhesive star pearls. Lastly, I added a sentiment to my photo, using the 'Cozy Little Christmas' hexagon from the decoupage pad, which I backed with some more mirror card, and my layout was finished!

I love the dimension the origami adds to the layout (although it's definitely going to be hard to get this one into the scrapbook album!). I had a lot of fun making them and think they look really effective, so I decided to do a couple of larger stars that can be used as Christmas decor. For these I started with a hexagon almost the full size of the 12x12 sheet. Once folded, I pushed a loop of embroidery thread through the top of the star with a needle, so the ornaments can be hung. I finished with some a couple of sentiments cut from the 12x12 pad, plus a few other embellishments from the Winter Sparkle collection which I adhered to the star with foam pads. I think they look super cute and I hope you do too!

Thanks for looking x

Products used:

North Star 12x12 paper pad: https://www.craftlabel.com/first-edition-fsc-christmas-paper-pad-north-star.html

Winter Sparkle 12x12 paper pad: https://www.craftlabel.com/dovecraft-premium-winter-sparkle-fsc-paper-pad.html

Winter Sparkle 6x6 paper pad: https://www.craftlabel.com/dovecraft-premium-winter-sparkle-fsc-paper-pad.html#145=5446

Winter Sparkle decoupage pad: https://www.craftlabel.com/brands/dovecraft/paper/dovecraft-premium-winter-sparkle-fsc-8x8-decoupage-pad.html

Winter Sparkle buttons: https://www.craftlabel.com/dovecraft-premium-winter-sparkle-rose-gold-buttons.html

Winter Sparkle frames: https://www.craftlabel.com/dovecraft-premium-winter-sparkle-photo-frames.html

Winter Sparkle mini bows: https://www.craftlabel.com/dovecraft-premium-winter-sparkle-mini-bows.html

Winter Sparkle glitter tags: https://www.craftlabel.com/dovecraft-premium-winter-sparkle-rose-gold-glitter-tags.html

Winter Sparkle glitter stag shapes: https://www.craftlabel.com/dovecraft-premium-winter-sparkle-glittered-wooden-shapes-stags.html

Dovecraft Rose Gold Mirror Card: https://www.craftlabel.com/dovecraft-speciality-card-packs.html#93=5438&168=5843

Simply Creative adhesive star pearls: https://www.craftlabel.com/simply-creative-christmas-adhesive-star-pearls.html

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