Friday, June 30, 2017


Morning All
I hope you are having a fabulous Friday.  What a weird old couple of weather weeks we've had.  Last week the heat and humidity was leaving us gasping for air, this week, well, lets just say the central heating came on in our house a couple of times!  Our weather is never boring.
It's Daring Cardmakers Day today, and while last week it was down to the sea with Lythan, this week Miri wants us to travel much further!


"A galaxy is a system of stars, stellar remnants, interstellar gas, dust, and dark matter." (wikipedia) And astronauts and spaceships and aliens ...
Create a galaxy card with a galaxy background or galaxy elements.

First I had to resist the urge to buy some lovely Galaxy chocolate and stick the wrapper on a card

Now, the whole Galaxy Background thing has largely passed me by, but when I saw the challenge I did register seeing quite a few mentions of them over the last few weeks.  So it was time to investigate and maybe try something new.
I found THIS tutorial for a watercolour galaxy background which was simple and straightforward enough for even me to try!

I had most of what I needed; watercolour card, brushes, white acrylic paint.... but, shock, horror!  I don't seem to have any watercolour paints  {weird!}.  Time to improvise then.  I have Gelatos, I have Distress Inks and both can be used to watercolour with.

I was fairly happy with the background I made, but going back to it the next day to actually make something, I decided it looked a bit too pale, so I added a blob of a dark purply blue ink to a palette (well. an old glue pot lid) and added some water, then brushed that onto part of the background I'd already made until I was happier with the result.
I added more flicked-on white dots and also some silver Starlight paint ones.
As some of the Gelatos I used are the metallic ones, there is a nice sheen to the background piece.

Other Info:
I inked the card blank with Memento 'Paris then stencilled the stars and dots with a Memory Box stencil
I printed the sentiment on white card, cut down to size then die cut the heart shapes (Die'Namics nested hearts)
There's a layer of scrap chipboard between base card and upper panel to add dimension
A few small stars and a tiny heart were punched from various silvery papers and added to the card to finish

It was fun to make the background.  It did take a while to get clean afterwards though 😉 🤣

There are lots of great ideas from our clever designers to see over on on the blog this week and I hope you'll take a LOOK

That's all for this time so thank for visiting



KarinsArtScrap said...

it's very beautiful Kathy
Gr Karin

Shabneez said...

Fab galaxy background. They're fun to create although I end up in a mess......Fab creation Kathy! Xxx

Tracy Welham said...

Fantastic background and great card Kathy! It's worth leaving somethings to go back to, it's like seeing it with fresh eyes I think. Have a lovely weekend. Creative Blessings, Tracy x

Katie Lamb said...

Love this effect

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Kathy this is a stunning card I love it. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Laine said...

Stunning design and detail. I love it.

Karen Whittaker said...

Beautiful x

Brawny said...

A gorgeous design x

Andree said...

A super card Kathy and a fabulous galaxy background xx

Sylvia Ames said...

Gorgeous galaxy effect on the hearts and love the sentiment.

Sylv xx

Dawn said...

Loving the background, so effective and the sentiment is really lovely. x

Jennifer Kray said...

Love this Kathy - it's a work of beauty! Your background is superb. x

Janet Packer said...

Love your galaxy background - your card turned out great x

Lorre-Anne Archibald said...

Love this Kathy x

Cathy Clowes said...

Fabulous galaxy background Kathy. Your card is stunning. Cathy x

Kate M said...

Great design Kathy, love that background you have created, super card!!

Miri said...

I completely forgot that there's British galaxy chocolate. I'm glad that you didn't go the easy way :-). Your Card is beautiful!

Angelnorth said...

"I can see the Milky Way!" (of course Northumberland skies are dark enough that I really can sometimes) - it turned out beautifully Kathy!