September Stamps of the Month - Galaxy Stars

September Stamps of the Month - Galaxy Stars

Hi crafty friends! Lauren here with a fun card using the star stamps from the Stamp of the Month set from September! The stamp club subscription is 5.00 per month, and you get a really fun, exclusive stamp design in your mailbox each month!

I started off with a piece of aqua pigment paper, and masked off a strip across the middle with purple tape. I taped it all down really well because I didn't want the paper to curl or buckle when wet! I wet the exposed strip in the middle generously with clean water, and started dropping aqua pigments directly from the bottle in the colors Blue, Yellow and Pink. I dropped quite a bit of each color and gently swirled them with a brush so that the edges blended, but not to the point of all the colors muddying together. It was kind of a soupy mess at this point, so I confess my confidence was not high! But it was worth it in the end. I used a heat tool to dry it completely.

Then I used surface ink in the color "locomotive" with a blending tool to blend dark areas all around the edge and through the middle as well, then removed the purple tape. There were a couple of tiny areas on the edges where some color had slightly bled, since I used SO much water and liquid pigment, so I just used a black marker and a ruler to make the edges of the galaxy strip nice and clean.  I squished a little bit of Alabaster ink onto an acrylic block and used a wet paintbrush to flick white spots all over.

When everything was dry, I wiped an embossing buddy over the whole card surface. With the embossing ink, I stamped the solid star around the edges of the galaxy strip, and then embossed the stars using the Sterling embossing powder. I stamped the star outline with Raven ink to fill in the rest of the card. For the sentiment, I cut 3 layers of Raven cardstock with the "Congratulations" die, and one layer in the Sterling glitterstock. I adhered the black layers together and then the silver layer on top, and glued the thickened sentiment onto the card front. I stuck the whole piece onto a mat of Raven cardstock to finish it off. 

Have you ever had a project that you weren't so confident about during the process, but that you ended up loving at the end?

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