Blast Off! Guest Designer, Megin!
Hi everyone! Meg B. here again and I have a shaker card for you today! I really have to say that I had so much fun making this. I was playing with a few different techniques and I really love how it turned out.
For the galaxy background, I started by cutting a 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inch watercolor panel. Using a spray box, I added resist spray and let dry. You can use a heat tool to make the drying time a bit quicker, but it honestly dries pretty fast. I added Distress Ink with a waterbrush to various areas of the background. The colors I used were: Peacock Feathers, Spiced Marmalade, Shaded Lilac, Picked Raspberry, Cracked Pistachio and Mustard Seed. I again added the resist spray and let the panel dry. I added watered down Distress Ink in Black Soot over the whole panel. By doing these steps, you have various areas that have white and colored spots or "stars". For a bit more of a space effect, I added watered Perfect Pearls to the whole panel.
I die cut the dried background panel with stitched rectangle dies to make a small frame. I adhered the center cut portion of the panel to an 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inch card base with liquid glue. I stamped the astronaut, space ship and swirl image from the Outer Space stamp set with Raven Ink onto Bristol Smooth paper. I colored the images using Zig Markers in the colors: Pale Gray, Light Gray, Gray, Red and Yellow. I fussy cut the images out right along the black line.
Before adhering too much to the front, I wanted to be able to stamp the adorable bar code that is included in this set. It is so much fun to add this to the back of your card! I simply added it with the Raven Ink.
I think the moon is one of my favorite parts of this card! To make the moon have a glowing cratered look, I simply took a circle of white card stock and ink "smooshed" Mustard Seed Distress Ink and watered down Perfect pearls in Perfect Pearl and Perfect Gold. Using a paintbrush, I added a little more dimension with a more concentrated amount of the pearls. I die cut the moon using the stitched rectangles so it would have a continuous look. I adhered the moon with liquid glue and added acrylic blocks on top while it dried so it would stay flat.
I adhered the swirl with liquid glue to the panel. To add dimension to the spaceship, I stamped a small scrap of white fun foam and cut inside the black line. Cutting inside the line hides the foam a bit more. I applied very thin amounts of doubled up foam tape to the sides of the card base. You want to keep them thin so you will not see the adhesive when you add the frame later. I attached some clear thread to the astronaut and pressed it firmly into the foam tape. I didn't not pull it tight because it allows him/her to move more freely when you shake the card. I added blue and iridescent start glitter/shaker bits from my stash into the middle of the card. I used clear packaging cut to 4 1/4 and 5 1/2 to the foam tape sealing in the shaker bits and applied taper runner adhesive to the thin frame and adhered it carefully on top.
I really wanted the sentiment to blend with the background so I added the same Distress Inks to a small piece of vellum that was die cut with the stitched rectangles. Ink will pool on top so make sure to wipe off the extra ink with a paper towel or soft cloth. I used my anti-static powder to cover the vellum piece, stamped the sentiment with clear ink and heat set the white embossing powder. I ran this through my sticker maker and adhered on the front of the panel.
I hope you enjoyed my card for today and thank you for joining me!