Star Trek Cats in a Galaxy Far, Far Away — Sci-Fi Mash-Up Card

Hello, again, dear cat loving peeps! The Cat Lovers Hop continues…

Wasn’t that just the coolest post by Mary from Wire and Wings?!! (HERE if you missed it.) We’ve been friends for decades. In fact, my dad was the minister who performed her wedding. It was quite a co-incidence that I had this card in the making at the same time she had that fabulous Cats in Space necklace in the making. You’re about to see why.

This is another geeky post for us sci-fi loving cat lovers. I didn’t know how large a group that encompasses until I happened to Google “Star Trek Cats” and also its sci-fi counterpart. I lost a few hours of my life watching hilarious videos (and some very well done ones, too). I’m not going to link to any here, lest you go there and get caught up and never return to finish this post! Brace yourselves for a feline fun sci-fi mash-up:

Aren’t those Star Trek Cat pins just the cutest?! I knew I had to get them for my friend, along with the R2D2 mints. (Enabler alert… you can find the pins on Amazon.)

Background picture credit: I got the Cat’s Paw Nebula picture from NASA’s site. You can read about it HERE.

To continue the sci-fi mash-up silliness, here’s what I wrote on the inside:

It wasn’t until I’d done the galaxy background and added the pins that I noticed the perfect placement with the center of the fabulous Time Warp stamp gave the hysterical look of a true GASEOUS ANOMALY … Is Mewster Spock giving the LL&P sign, or is he about to cover his nose?! LOL! I love the glimmery shine that the Distress Mica Spray gives to the background!!

To make the card thick enough to hide the pin backs, I layered 3 layers of Crafty Foam Tape around the galaxy piece. Since I only had white foam tape, I just ran over the edges with a black sharpie. I left the backs in the box so they wouldn’t get trapped inside the card. (I mention that because I almost left them on and would have been terribly irritated.) The tips of the pins are sitting on Crafty Foam tape so they don’t poke through.

For the front of this card, I used the Neat & Tangled Little Tangles Challenge 85 Sketch:

 

After doing the galaxy background, I had to find a white bright enough to stand out against the whites in the background. After trying all my white embossing powders, Brutus Monroe won. The A Long Time Ago sentiments didn’t have all the letters I wanted for the end line, so I had to try to hand letter it with an embossing pen… not too easy with my tremor, but it came close enough, I think. A black Pigma Micron Pen helped sharpen the letters a little.

Materials used:

  • Neat & Tangled: Time Warp and A Long Time Ago stamp sets
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink
  • Ranger Embossing Antiquities – Frosted Crystal
  • Ranger Inkssentials Embossing Pen – Black
  • Brutus Monroe Embossing Powder – Alabaster
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Black Soot, Fossilized Amber, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Seedless Grapes & Twisted Citron
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Mica Spray – Brushed Pewter
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Metallic Acrylic paint – Titanium
  • My Studio Acrylic paint – White
  • Kemper Splatter Brush Tool
  • Zig Wink of Luna pen – Gold
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen – clear
  • Core’dinations cardstock: golden yellow, black, blue, white
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Crafty Foam Tape and EZ Runner

I am playing along in the following hops and challenges – click on any one of them for more information on how you can join in on the fun!

By the way: I’m a cardmaker, not a doctor! LOL!

~D.Ann

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MFT Camp Create Day 1: Wonderful Watercolor – Rainbow Galaxy Background

Hello and welcome! It’s that time of year again… Another summer at My Favorite Things’ Camp Create!

Day one of camp showed a marvelous watercolor rainbow galaxy background that I just HAD to try! While I was at it, I decided to do two in case one didn’t turn out. I was really quite worried I’d get mud by adding the black, but they both turned out ok! In spite of the sparkle, it’s not a girly card and would do for a guy, too.

You can find the easy to follow instructions on how to do the watercolor background HERE. I used Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors since I don’t have the Prima watercolors she used. I love the vibrant colors!

You may be wondering how I got the longer die-cut rectangles for the inside writing space:

You take your cutting plate and put the edge before the final edge of the die. After cutting, line up the two sides and again place the edge before the final edge of the die as shown in the right-hand part of the picture. Depending on how the pattern goes, you can get it half-again longer (like the left hand side of the picture above) or more.

I really wanted this galaxy to tinkle and added lots of sparkly accents that you can see in the materials list below. It’s got oodles of 3d texture. The sparkle is kind of hard to capture on camera – even this quick video doesn’t do it justice:

For completing this, I’ve earned my first Camp Create Badge:

           Note: if you collect all 5 badges, you can be entered for a nice prize… just sayin’! : )

Materials Used:

  • My Favorite Things: Friends Like Us stamp set
  • My Favorite Things: Doubly Amazing and Pop-Up Bday (cut off) Die-namics
  • Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles and Romantic Rectangles 2
  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors 20, 31, 32, 40, 52, 64, 139
  • Canson Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Core’dinations cardstock: black & white
  • My Studio White Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Titanium Metallic Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Ranger Stickles: Black Diamond, Glisten, Icicle
  • Imagine Crafts IrRESISTible Pico embellishers: copper
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Glitter Accents: Fresh Snowfall
  • Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive runner

I’m entering these cards in the following hops and contests. Click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun:

I hope to be back soon with another project from this fun skills camp!

Thanks for stopping by!

~D.Ann

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The Cat’s Pajamas Spring Blog Hop

Good friends are like stars… You don’t always see them, but you know they’re always there!

 

This fab sentiment from The Cat’s Pajamas Space Cadet stamp set just needed a starry universe as a background for it and ‘the cat from outer space’:

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How was it done? I referred to this video’s galaxy background technique and used the following Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paints on black cardstock:

Antique Linen
Chipped Sapphire
Peacock Feathers
Picked Raspberry
Spun Sugar
Weathered Wood

Dylusions ink spray white linen

After I had it done to my liking, I saw this blog post and thought it looked SO much better with the gold which gave more of a nebula look, so I added some Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Metallic Acrylic Craft Paint in Yellow Gold & Titanium. I made 4 of these backgrounds in total, so we’ll see how the others turn out in future posts.
I tried embossing the sentiment in gold, silver, and a shiny purple on black cardstock and thought the silver would show up the best. It fades into the background more than I’d like, but if you look at it at the right angle, you can read what it says. I just didn’t want to cover the pretty universe with a solid label for the sentiment. I re-stamped the sentiment on the inside of the card with black ink where it stands out just fine. (I guess good sentiments are also like stars… you may not always see them, but you know they’re there somewhere! lol!)
I stamped Sprinkle, the cat, in his space ship onto tissue paper with Versamark ink and used Recollections Ebony Detail Embossing Powder and heat set it. The spaceship was colored with Dri-Mark Metallic pens in Gold and Silver and the cat’s eyes were colored with Zebra Zazzle fluorescent highlighters (liquid pigment ink) in green and pink for his nose. I then used Liquitex clear Gloss Gel Medium to adhere the tissue paper to the universe background. I expected the tissue paper to blend more with the background than it did, but I think it still looks nifty. It was a learning experience! The finished piece was then mounted on a teal card.
Of course, if anyone wants to question how a cat’s going to survive in outer space with his spaceship open, I would have to ask why they didn’t question the cat being alone in a spaceship in the first place!! : )
I’m glad you could stop by today!
-D.Ann

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You can join by using the link on the right side of the home page.

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I’m also entering this into SSS’s Wednesday Challenge