Sticker Resist Starry Night Cards

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Sticker Resist Starry Night Art and Cards -- Easy for kids to make and BEAUTIFUL!

Maia, Daphne, and I have all been creating many, many of these gorgeous starry night cards. Each card is unique and a surprise, which adds an extra element of fun (and lots of oohing and ahing). But the actual process is super quick and easy, which making this a great technique for making multiple cards.

We’ve been using them for Christmas cards, but you could also use them for post-holiday thank you cards, Happy New Year cards, or to make a set of blank greeting cards as a gift.

Or just one-of-a-kind art worthy of framing for the wall.

How to Make Sticker Resist Starry Night Art Cards

MATERIALS

INSTRUCTIONS

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Step 1: Press star stickers to watercolor paper.

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Step 2: Paint over watercolor paper and stickers with liquid watercolors.

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Step 3: Sprinkle salt over wet watercolor paint. We used table salt, but you can use kosher salt or other larger salt crystals for varying effects.

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See how the salt crystals begin drawing water (the wet watercolors) to them, creating a dappled effect? The magic is beginning!

Step 4: Let dry completely.

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Step 5: Rub salt off with your fingers, then peel away the star stickers.

Note: The Avery star labels we used worked great (picture at left). The foil star stickers Daphne received in a birthday party goody bag (pictured at right) did not create the same sticker resist effect. They were silver on the bottom of the sticker, rather than white, and didn’t adhere strongly to the paper; the watercolor paint seeped under them. The stickers were still beautiful on the cards, though, so we just left though on.

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Step 5: Glue the starry night art to the front of blank cards and press under a heavy book until dry.

Step 6: Add any embellishments desired with pen or marker. I made a border around the artwork and, for Daphne’s cards, added the artist’s name and date. Maia wrote Merry Christmas, etc, on the front of hers. And, of course, add your message on the inside.

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We mailed some to friends and family…

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And coupled some with treat plates for teachers, etc.

See the candy cane heart? We’ve been playing around more with bending and shaping candy canes. And started experimenting similarly with mints—melting them into wreaths, flowers, and lollipops. Fun, fun!

The other items pictured on this treat tray are all found via Pinterest, btw:

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  1. katie says

    haven’t seen any posts this year but last year I saw people makng plates out of the starlite mints…red & white and multi colored ones? melting jolly ranchers in cookie cutters make yummy edible treats

  2. says

    Ooh, fun!
    Question: Have you melted jolly ranchers in cookie cutters? We tried that idea with candy cane pieces last week but they didn’t come out smoothly (ie they broke when we tried getting them out). Any tips?

  3. says

    Love the cards, but really love the link for the fudge. I just happened to have all the ingredients, so I made it. Haven’t tasted it yet, but the bowl licking tasted promising. Merry Christmas and thanks for all the great ideas!

  4. rachel says

    how simple and beautiful! great for all my varied aged kids. will be doing for post xmas art around the house (i’m thinking we’ll start a snowy/starry night theme :) ) and thank you notes. thx!

  5. Lucille says

    Thanks for the inspiration!! I’m going to use snowmen stickers and do this with my kindergarten class in January. It will go along with the story, Snowmen At Night. Can’t wait. Liquid water paint is difficult to find. Where do you purchase it?
    Thanks, Lucille lubee32065@yahoo.com

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