I know. I know. I should be posting fall or Halloween cards, but I recently picked up the Lawn Fawn Out of This World stamp set and really wanted to play with it. This is my first ever galaxy background and also my first slider card. I have been wanting to try both of these techniques for sometime and I love how they came together in this fun interactive card.
To start off I stamped all of my images onto Strathmore Watercolor Paper with black Archival Ink. I know a lot of people prefer Memento or other inks to the Archival line, but I find it always gives me good solid images and it is a permanent ink so it is easy to work with. I colored the images with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a water brush. This has been my go to coloring method lately. I really love that you can get very light or very intense colors with these markers.
To create the galaxy background I used a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth White Cardstock. I buy the 9" x 12" pads and cut the sheets in quarters to give me 4.5" x 6" pieces. I like to start out with a piece a little larger than my card for backgrounds and then cut it down when finished. I inked up the piece with Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Seedless, Preserves, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron and Salty Ocean. Then I went in with Black Soot until the colors were to my liking. I used a paint brush to flick water on to the background and blotted with a paper towel to lift some of the ink. I dispensed some Picket Fence Distress Stain on to an acrylic block and used a paint brush to flick it across the card until I was happy with the results then set it aside to dry.
I die cut all of my images from the Out of this World set using the coordinating dies (they got a little off) and added shimmer with Sakura Clear Stardust pen. I also die cut the clouds from white cardstock using the Avery Elle Pierced Cloud Dies.
Once my background had dried I cut it down to 4.25" x 5.5" and used the Lawn Fawn Slide On Over Circle dies to cut the track for my little astronaut. I used Post-It tape to hold all 3 pieces together while I applied doubled up foam tape to the back. This allows me to keep everything lined up and make sure that I am not putting foam tape anywhere that will obstruct my slider piece. I adhered this to the front of an A2 size card, removed the Post-It tape and then glued the center piece in so that the background was seamless. I used a dime and 2 foam circles to attach to my astronaut slider and reinforced the adhesive on them with Glossy Accents. Because this track is not a full circle it was easy to slide the coin in from the bottom before adhering the cloud pieces.
I stamped the sentiment onto the bottom cloud pieces and adhered them all to the front of the card. After adding the clouds I added in the rest of my planets and my little rocket. I decided to add a few more spots to the background with a white gel pen and also a few with the Stardust pen.
Have you tried the galaxy background technique yet? Let me know what you think in the comments and be sure to subscribe o you don't miss a post. Thanks for stopping by. XO ~ Amy