Tuesday, September 27, 2016

{Spotlight Project} Maria Makes a Galaxy Background

Have you seen the Christmas Reindeer set designed by Shirley? Well when I was designing this card for the recent hop, it dawned on me that those wonderful flying reindeer could make great cows jumping over the moon. As in, "hey diddle diddle..."

Meet today's card.

So I gathered my supplies - cardbase, Christmas Reindeer, Wilted Violet, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot Distress Inks, texture paste and Hello and Company stencil.

I roughly laid out where the cow and the "hey" would be to decide how tall to make my inked panel. Marked with a pencil then cut it down to size.

I inked my panel - first with purple, then blue, then black. When it starts to turn into one big inky mess, I rest my left hand on a piece of scrap paper on top of the wet ink while inking with my right.

 I splattered the panel with some water. Then I chose the best circle size for my moon in relation to the cow and die cut it from white CS.

Next up was the moon. Saw this great technique at Kara's blog. Dabbed some Black Soot onto my craft mat and spritzed it and the white circle. Then I crumpled it up and dabbed it in the ink. Uncrumpled it and dabbed up a bit more ink before spraying it with Perfect Pearls mixture for some great shimmer. Isn't that an amazing moon?

Next? The cow. Inked up the reindeer and wiped off the ink from most of the antlers with a piece of toilet paper before stamping.

Then I taped down the stencil, being sure to mask off the neighboring words with scrap paper, and applied my texture paste.

The next step was to give the cow some spots. Used my tiniest paintbrush and black watercolor.

My last step was to splatter some watered down white acrylic paint from my acrylic block onto the inked panel, creating some planets and stars.

And here's my galaxy up close.

Have you made a galaxy yourself? If you haven't I highly recommend it. It's such fun. Remember if you try out any of the techniques from our Spotlight posts and hook your project up at our Spotlight Project Showcase  you have a chance to win a $15 gift certificate (random drawing) OR your choice of 5x7 stamp set + a Spotlight Project guest designer spot (randomly drawn from the Top 3 picks)!



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  1. I love this! It's sooooo cool. Fab galaxy and moon and super cute cow, you are so clever! xxx

  2. This is awesome! I love your galaxy and how you turned that reindeer into a cow. Very awesome! :)

  3. You are so clever. The reindeer make
    great cows. Makes the set even
    more versatile.
    thanks for sharing.

  4. Very clever and cute card! Love the texture of the moon and your adaptation of the adorable deer stamp!

  5. GORGEOUS moon and background, COOL "cow" too!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing ... I have been wanting to try this technique for ever-so-long and think I will be getting inky now :)

  6. What an amazing moon and galaxy for your very stylish cow!!

  7. Not just the galaxy bg but the entire card is Awesome ! Thanks for sharing how you made it ..I got many tips about cardmaking in it !

  8. The moon is clever! Love the night sky too, great techniques.

  9. Wow!! What a great effect - and it looks like something even I might be able to do! Awesome card! Love the cow!

  10. oh mein Gott ... Maria, was dir wieder einfällt *hihi
    jetzt werden aus Rentieren schon fliegende Kühe am Nachthimmel *rofl
    aber mir gefällt es
    LG hellerlittle


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