I’ll let you in on a little secret…I am a major space nerd. I also happen to live in a town in South Carolina where the upcoming solar eclipse can be seen in totality for one of the longest times across America! I’ve been drawn to everything space related as a result and I’ve been reaching for my Lawn Fawn “Out of this World” Stamp Set and Coordinating Dies. I had so much fun making the galaxy background and while there are endless techniques to creating one, I used a little ink and a little watercolor combined.
The background here is really what helps the card pop. I tried a few techniques to get a galaxy-inspired background, but my absolute favorite was using Distress Oxide Inks and Finetec Pearls Watercolor. I felt like this technique was simultaneously the easiest and also the most vivid.
Galaxy Background Technique:
- I cut a piece of white Strathmore Bristol 100lb Cardstock (you can also use watercolor paper) to 5.5×4.25 inches to match my card-front.
- Using my ink blenders, I rubbed on 2 Distress Oxide ink colors: Wilted Violet and Cracked Pistachio. You want this to be messy and random, so when these colors peek through it looks more natural. Overlap the colors however you want and keep in mind that these Distress Oxide’s blend like a dream, so don’t worry if you’re not blending everything well with your ink blender.
- Grabbing two new ink blenders, I rubbed Faded Jeans Distress Oxide all over the entire piece of cardstock to darken up the “sky” and deepen those bright purple and green tones. To give it even more dimension, I used Black Soot in the corners of the paper to give it a vignette look.
- I grabbed my Finetec Pearl Watercolors (use any metallic or white watercolor you have!) and flicked the metallic silver shade off my paintbrush onto the paper. Again, the messier the better so that all the stars look very random.
- I stamped some of the stars from the stamp set onto the background as well using Lawn Fawn’s Yeti ink. Any white, silver, or gold shade would look marvelous.
- For the puffed out white pieces, I used my Snow Marker from Christmastime and dabbed it on very carefully. When you put your heat gun to it, it puffs up to look three dimensional.
This galaxy background is really versatile because you can use it as a background for a lot of stamp sets! It would also look fantastic as a deep underwater ocean scene if you added some blue ink shades in there.
I stamped a few of the planets from the stamp set, the great big sun, a rocket, and of course our super cute little astronaut. I colored them all in using Copic markers and then die cut them. I used some foam tape to prop them up against the background for a floating 3-D effect. I also added some clear Wink of Stella to the sun so it sparkled and I couldn’t resist stamping a little smiley face on it.
There are some seriously cute sentiments in this stamp set. I decided to go with a birthday theme and used white embossing powder and my VersaMark on some black cardstock. I love the way white embossing powder looks against black cardstock! The black cardstock was cut out using a rectangular die set.
I had so much fun making this card, particularly the galaxy background. I’m pretty sure I could just sit at my craft desk and make these galaxies all day long! It’s very relaxing and each galaxy comes out to be unique.
My Wine Pairing: Wynn’s Coonawarra Estate Shiraz
Shiraz is produced from a dark grape variety and it often has very deep tones taste wise. This specific shiraz is affordable and gives you notes of blackberry, black cherry, and black pepper. Deep space and deep grapes go together, so why not? Cheers!