Thursday, April 23, 2015

To the Moon and Back

The April challenge at a2z Scrapbooking is "Stencil." I chose this Hero Arts stamp set, and decided to pair it with Simon Says Stamp's "Falling Stars" stencil, to create a galaxy-themed love card.

To begin, I die cut a piece of 140 lb. watercolor paper with the largest of Lawn Fawn's "Large Stitched Rectangles" dies. I stamped the moon & planet, using Memento Dandelion dye ink & Hero Arts Fresh Peach mid-tone shadow ink, respectively. After taping off the edges of the panel outside the faux stitching lines, I taped the stencil over it and spread Liquitex Gloss Super Heavy Gel Medium over that. Once I had an even coating of the gel, I removed the stencil and set my background aside to dry.

For the greeting, I stamped one from the same Hero Arts set in Versafine Onyx Black ink onto another scrap of watercolor paper. I then heat embossed that with Recollections Clear Detail embossing powder. Once that cooled, I used one of the Pretty Pink Posh "Stitched Tags" dies to cut the panel. Again, as with the background I taped off around the edges, and then inked the tag with Mustard Seed & Wild Honey Distress inks. Before I removed the masking, I used a paintbrush and some clean water to create water droplets on the inked tag. The water "bleached" the ink, creating a nice, subtle texture. Once that had dried, I removed the masking tape.

By this time my stars had dried, so I used Scattered Straw Distress ink on a sponge dauber to add a glow around the moon. I masked off the moon & planet, and blended more Distress inks in Seedless Preserves, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire, and a bit of Black Soot, to create my night sky. For the spaces just around the planet, I smooshed Seedless Preserves and Chipped Sapphire onto an acrylic block, then picked up the color with a damp brush and painted between the rings and directly around the planet. After removing the masks, I sprayed the panel with water, which both helped to blend the colors further and added a bit of visual texture. Finally, I removed the painter's tape from around the edges of the background panel.

I adhered the background panel to an A2 card base, and glued the tag in place. And that finished this card. I will be sending this on to Operation Write Home.


  1. Another wonderful card Andrea! Thanks for sharing with a2z Scrapbooking and coming back each week.

  2. Lovely outer space scene! Thanks for joining us at a2z Scrapbooking.

  3. This is awesome! Love what you've done here! Thanks for joining us at a2z Scrapbooking!


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