Stamp-a-Faire 2016 – Starry Night Card

Welcome back for the second session of Papertrey Ink’s Stamp-a-Faire 2016.20160723_SAF

In this session, we were shown a cool way to do a Starry Night scene by blending dye inks, then using water and acrylics:


I like the blotchy nature of the shadows… they don’t require real drawing skills, so I threw in a couple and their puppy dog, too. I dropped my brush resulting in a blob that serendipitously turned into the moon. Which called for a few moon beams dancing through the shadows. : )

This is quite a different method than the one I used previously HERE and HERE. I have some others bookmarked to try. Some day I’ll have to take time to compare them all and see which I like best.

There are some great videos on the instruction post, which you can see HERE, and this interesting and true quote:

It’s hard to catch the shimmery look the Mica Spray gave the sky, but here’s my best shot:


Materials Used:

  • Papertrey Ink Big Hugs die
  • Papertrey Ink dye inks: Aqua Mist, Lovely Lady, Ocean Tides
  • Memento dye inks: Elderberry, Nautical Blue, Summer Sky
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Mica Spray – brushed pewter
  • Plaid Apple Barrel acrylic paint – Jet Black
  • Plaid My Studio acrylic paint – White
    • I used my Kemper spatter brush for the first time and I found the splatters were much more controlled than using a toothbrush or paintbrush. (I think I got it elsewhere cheaper, but can’t think right now)
  • Recollections white cardstock, silver glitter cardstock & shimmer card
  • Artistic Wire
  • Misc adhesives

I’m playing along with the following challenge – click on it if you want more information:

There are 8 more sessions to the Stamp-a-Fair fun, but since I have a raging fever, I doubt if I get any more done today. Perhaps I’ll see you tomorrow… Stay tuned…



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Shining Friends Card

It’s taken a few days to finish, but I’m finally back with another of those amazing starry universe backgrounds I made. This time with some Kraftin’ Kimmie stamps…

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To recap how the starry universe background was made…

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.
Next I stamped Kraftin’ Kimmie’s Gaia in Versamark ink on white tissue paper, covered with Recollections Ebony Detail Embossing Powder and heat set. I then colored just Gaia, using the following Tombow Dual Brush Pens: 673 Orchid, 676 Royal Purple, 685 Deep Magenta, 850 Flesh, 942 Tan, N65 Cool Gray 5, N89 Warm Gray 1
Since I didn’t get the expected result of the tissue paper blending into the background last time, I fussy cut around her right at the edge of the embossing. This time, however, I used Royal Coat Clear Decoupage Finish to attach her, and I learned something…. I should have used this last week! This time the tissue paper DID disappear into the background. So much so, that her eyes and face looked rather weird with the stars shining through them! Argh! Murphy’s Law!! (Now, if I’d’ve made her blonde… they always say we blondes are spacy! lol!) To try to salvage her, I tried coloring over her with Prisamcolor colored pencils as best I could. She’s still a little blotchy, but passable, I think.
The sentiment, from Kraftin’ Kimmie’s Hello, Friend! set, was stamped with Versamark Ink, covered with Recollections Gold Detail Embossing Powder and heat set. The Gold showed up MUCH better than the silver I used last time. I recently snagged some Recollections Signature Mica and Ice Flakes on clearance at Michael’s, so I decided she needed to be catching a special star and used glossy accents to attach a couple of flakes just above her hands. I love how it shines extra bright! (If you enlarge the photo, you can see it.)
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The panel was attached to a deep magenta card using Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive.
This week’s Kraftin’ Kimmie Challenge #274 is: Decorate the Inside, so I opened the card up and added the full Gaia stamp and a sentiment from Kraftin’ Kimmie’s Rain or Shine! set. I decided to leave Gaia uncolored and just color the sentiment with Pebbles Inc. Chalks, Basic Brights…
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I always like cards that are decorated inside, but rarely think to do it.
I’m glad you stopped by today… My world IS brighter because of you! : )
Again, If you want to join the fun, Kraftin’ Kimmie’s Challenge # 274 is here:
And, because of the Amazing starry universe, I’m entering this in Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge: A is for… which you can enter here:
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