Starry night sticker resist

Gorgeous Sticker Resist Starry Night Cards

Starry Night Art Cards - 3 finished

Maia, Daphne, and I have all been creating many, many of these gorgeous sticker resist starry night cards.

Each card is unique and a surprise, which adds an extra element of fun (and lots of oohing and ahhing). But the actual process is super quick and easy, which makes this a great technique for creating multiple cards.

Starry Night Art Cards - 5 in process

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 as one-of-a-kind art, worthy of framing for a sweet spot on your wall.

How to Make Sticker Resist Starry Night Art Cards

Sticker Resist Art in Progress
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Step #1: Add stickers.

I cut the 9×12″ watercolor paper sheets into smaller squares and rectangles, about 3×4″ each. Then the girls pressed the star stickers onto the watercolor paper.

Starry Night Art Cards - Stickers

Step #2: Add paint.

The girls painted over the watercolor paper and stickers with liquid watercolors. We started with blue and turquoise paint, but you can experiment with creating your own “night” shades.

Starry Night Art Cards - Painting

Step #3: Add salt.

Next, we sprinkled salt over the wet watercolor paint. We used table salt, which worked fine, but you can also experiment with kosher salt or other larger salt crystals for varying effects.

Starry Night Art Cards - Salt

Watch how the salt crystals begin drawing the wet watercolors to them, creating a dappled effect.

Starry Night Art Cards - close up

The magic is beginning!

Sticker Resist Starry Night Cards - gold star

Step #4: Let dry completely.

Starry Night Art Cards - 3

Step #5: Remove salt and stickers.

Once the art cards are fully dry, gently rub the salt off with your fingers, and then peel away the star stickers.

*Note: The Avery star labels we used worked great (photo on left). But the foil star stickers Daphne received in a birthday party goody bag (pictured center and 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. As a result, the watercolor paint seeped under them. However, the stickers were still beautiful on the cards, so we just left them on.

Step #6: Make the cards.

We glued the starry night art to the front of blank cards, which were made from 8×10 paper folded in half. We then pressed the cards by placing them under a heavy book until the glue was dry.

Starry Night Art Cards - With writing

Step #7: Add embellishments.

I used a fine black Sharpie to make a border around the artwork and, for Daphne’s cards, added the artist’s name and date. Maia wrote messages and drew on the front of hers. And, of course, add your message on the inside.

What To Do With The Sticker Resist Starry Night Cards

We mailed some to friends and family…

Starry Night Art Cards - package

And paired some with treat plates for teachers and neighbors…

Sticker Resist Starry Night Art - Christmas treats

See the candy cane heart? We’ve been playing around more with bending and shaping candy canes. Then we 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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Starry Night Art Cards - card collection

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Gorgeous Sticker Resist Starry Night Cards


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    December 21, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    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

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    December 21, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    These are SO, SO, SO beautiful!!! (I know, with the caps and exclamation points…)
    Thank you for sharing and Happy Holidays!

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    shannon { A Slice of Home...}
    December 21, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Love these they are so pretty! Pinning it and plan on making some this week over Christmas break! :)

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    Jean Van't Hul
    December 21, 2013 at 12:51 pm


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    Jean Van't Hul
    December 21, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    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?

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    December 21, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    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!

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    December 22, 2013 at 8:58 am

    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!

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    December 22, 2013 at 10:43 am

    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 [email protected]

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    December 26, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Wow! Those cards are beautiful! I will have to give this a try.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    December 30, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Sorry, Lucille! Just seeing this now. I buy my liquid watercolor paint from Discount School Supply:
    I’ll e-mail you, too…

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    Jean Van't Hul
    December 30, 2013 at 6:05 pm


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    Jean Van't Hul
    December 30, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    I HAVE tasted it. A bit too much. And it’s definitely good!

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    January 21, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    What a beautiful and fun project. May I ask where you bought your tray from?

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    November 21, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Do you think this would work large on canvas?

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    December 10, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    I recently found this blog and I love it. Thanks for the fabulous ideas. I recently did some salt and watercolor arts with the kids I babysit, I was wondering, what happens if you use colored salt? Will it leave a trace of color after its brushed off? I don’t know but I’m trying it. I also did some salt dought ornaments, too fun!

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    Diana Bolstad
    December 10, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Can anyone comment on whether the salt reacts the same with temperatures paint or homemade water color paint?

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      Diana Bolstad
      December 10, 2014 at 6:29 pm


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    Alexandra Wood
    November 29, 2019 at 11:08 am

    does it work on regular paper?

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      Jean Van't Hul
      November 30, 2019 at 6:29 am

      It does, but it will buckle more with the liquid watercolor paint. The sturdier the paper, the better. If you don’t have watercolor paper, just try the sturdiest paper you have – card stock and poster board both work great.

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