I’ve always been intimidated by galaxy cards. They look so beautiful, but always seemed to difficult to make. After watching an amazing tutorial video posted on StampNation by Taheerah, I decided to give it a try. I still need some practice on the technique, but I was pretty pleased with how my first attempt turned out.
I started by cutting a piece of watercolor paper to 4.25 x 5.5″. Using a Mink Ink Blender, I created the center portion of my galaxy using Seedless Preserves and Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks. Once I had that looking like I wanted, I added Black Soot Distress Ink all around the perimeter. Finally, I went back and added a bit more of the Seedless Preserves and Chipped Sapphire to punch up those colors a bit more. I then used my heat tool to dry the ink before proceeding to the next step.
I decided to use a sentiment from the retired Pictogram Punches stamp set from Stampin’ Up!® I thought it went so well with a galaxy card. I stamped it using VersaMark ink using my Mini Misti. I used the Misti so I could repeat stamp it using the VersaMark. This helped ensure I got good coverage of the ink since I was stamping on watercolor paper. After stamping it three times, I heat embossed it using white embossing powder.
Since not all stars are the same color, I decided to use a few different ink options to splatter on my stars. The first layer of stars were done with Tsukineko’s All Purpose Ink in Frost White. For the second layer, I used Picket Fence Distress Spray. Finally, for the final layer, I randomly dotted on stars using a Stardust Gelly Pen. Once all the stars were dry, I adhered the panel to a top-folding A2 card base made from Basic Black cardstock from Stampin’ Up.
Since I used a black card base, I cut a piece of white cardstock to 3.75 x 5″ to create a signature panel for the inside of the card. To tie it together with my front of the card, I stamped two small stars from the same stamp set using the Seedless Preserves and Chipped Sapphire inks. Since I wanted to keep the look subtle, I stamped off twice before stamping on the panel.
I’m entering this card in the following challenges:
- StampNation – World Card Making Day Challenge #9 (membership required)
- Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – the current theme is anything goes.
- CAS on Sunday – the current theme is heat embossing.
Until next time …