I've been on a little bit of a galaxy background obsession. Most of the time, I apply this technique to paper. I love taking a plain white piece of cardstock and applying all the colors to watch the background come to life. Below is an example of a card I recently did for Brutus Monroe featuring the galaxy background.
This card was created using a combination of Distress Inks, Brutus Monroe inks, and some Liquid Elements from Brutus Monroe, as well. If you want more details on it, hop over the the Brutus Monroe Blog where I have a description of the process as well as a video.
Since I was having so much fun with these backgrounds, I decided to take it a step farther and discover what other surfaces I could apply these galaxies to. I have a black mug in my craft room that I store my heat tool in. I thought it was the perfect blank canvas to do a little galaxy-ing to (yes, I did just turn the word "galaxy" into a verb).
I started by applying some Crystal Tattered Angels paint to the black mug. Then, since I am impatient, I sped up the drying process with my heat tool. The next step was to add some color which I did with Brutus Monroe's Chalk Ink. I decided to use this ink because it does become permanent when dry. Distress Inks would wipe off much too easily.
After I had some color down, the last step was to add paint splatters to give the impression of stars. I did this using more of the Tattered Angels paint and flicking it on with a paintbrush. Then, I dried the whole surface again with my heat tool.
I plan on using this mug in my craft room to house my heat tool, paintbrushes, and any other little craft tools that might need a home. If you plan on using your mug for drinking or eating out of, you might want to go ahead and find a food-safe and dishwasher-safe sealant to apply over the galaxy background. Without the sealant the paint and ink may rub off and would definitely not be something you would want to ingest.
Thanks for stopping by today and happy crafting!
Brutus Monroe offers a great deal with the monthly Stamp Club. Each month, there is a special stamp designed by Christopher Allen and it is totally unique to the stamp club, so it wont be available in the store. December's stamp this year is this fun bottle and glass image.
I stamped out the image, fussy cut it out, and set it aside. Then I started building the base of my card. I stenciled some light pink circles on the card base usingBrutus Monroe's Polka Mixed Media Stencil. I thought the circles kind of looked like bubbles.
I then cut out a large circle from a chevron piece of vellum paper and layered it off to the side with a paper doily behind it. Then I added some fun washi tape. The gold tape I ran through my Sizzix with my Scalloped Border Die from Lawn Fawn.
I then adhered the bottle down over the washi tape. I stamped the word "congrats" on a thin piece of black cardstock, and embossed it in white. I stuck it down over the bottle using a few pieces of foam adhesive to give it some dimension. Then, I added the glass off to the side and over the sentiment strip, again using some foam adhesive.
The very last thing I did was add some tiny pieces of iridescent glitter to the background, and I also added some Stickles to the liquid inside the bottle and the glass.
I thought this was a really fun stamp set, and not only is it perfect for New Year's, but it can also be used all year long for weddings or other events that you might want to celebrate. This card ended up having a somewhat girly feel with the light pink and the glitter, so I think it would be perfect for a bridal shower or bachelorette party!
Thanks for stopping by today! Dont forget to check out the Brutus Monroe store and Stamp Club. If you are interested in any of the other items I used on this card, I have included a few links below.
I'm also linking up with:
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge!
I have a pack ofCanvas Corp postcards and lately they have just been begging me to be decorated. I decided to go ahead and decorate them to send to my nieces and nephews.
I have a Stampin Up! ice cream cone stamp set that I thought would be fun to create a super tall ice cream cone with. I first stamped the ice cream scoops onto some post it note paper, then cut out the image to use for a mask. Each time I stamped a scoop, I covered it with the mask and then stamped another scoop over the top in order to stack the scoops on top of each other.
Then, I used a bit of Distress Ink to ink around the edges. A little Versafine Black Onyx ink was perfect for stamping my sentiments with. To finish, I glued on a little bow and added some glittery Stickles to the pink postcard.
Canvas Corp postcards are 4x6 in size, and they are able to be sent through the mail like a regular postcard. I decided to put my postcards into an envelope to send them together. I also added in some cute die cuts that I thought the kids might like to play with.
Super easy and cute! If you do ever decide to send a decorated postcard of your own, it might help to just ask your postal worker for some tips, and if it meets postal regulations.
Im also linking this up with:
Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge!
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge!
For this card I channeled my inner Lisa Frank. I remember being a girl and saving all my earnings so I could go buy that set of Lisa Frank stationary or stickers. I loved all the bright colors and fun animals!
I started by blending several colors of Distress Ink on the background. I used Broken China, Spun Sugar, and Squeezed Lemonade.
Then, I took some Java Glaze from Tattered Angels and painted on the cheetah print with a paintbrush. I have a cheetah print pajama top that I actually copied the print from (glamourous, I know!).
When the glaze was dry, I cut a piece of CCB burlap and then embossed the sentiment in white on a piece of vellum. The word "birthday" I cut with my Sizzix and then used my Tombow Stamp Runner to adhere it down.
The last step was just to embellish it using a few Doodlebug sequins!
I'm linking this card up with:
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge!
Thanks for stopping by today and if you are interested, check out some of the products I used!
For today's card I used the Attwell collection by Fancy Pants Designs. I absolutely love this collection. It's so colorful and fun!
I used their woodgrain paper as the background, and then layered their yellow stripes on top along with a paper doily.
Then, I took one of their black tags and embossed the birthday sentiment with a stamp set from Simon Says Stamp.
I used a few of the Attwell puffy stickers and some blue sequins by Doodlebug Designs to finish embellishing this card.
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Check out a few of the products I used!
This is a quick easy card I created a while ago. I just used Avery Elle's Cupcake stamp set and stamped three cupcakes using Versafine Black Onyx Ink.
I colored them in with Distress Inks. I picked the colors to coordinate with the strip of patterned paper along the bottom. I used Gathered Twigs, Peeled Paint, and Antique Linen.
I used a different stamp set to stamp out the "happy birthday" along the bottom.
The cardstock layer that the cupcakes are stamped on is popped up on some craft foam. Lastly, I added some Wink of Stella to the cupcakes for some extra shimmer.
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!
Im linking this project up with:
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge
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I recently got some vellum, and I just love the look it brings to my cards. For this card, I started by blending some Distress Inks together for the background. I used Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, and Mermaid Lagoon. Then, I spritzed some Pearl Glimmer Mist over the inks to get them moving together and also for some shine.
The next step was to run my background through my Sizzix with an embossing folder. I first sprayed in some Chalkboard Glimmer Mist, which is similar to the regular Glimmer Mist but a little more opaque. Then, I embossed the background and dried it.
I then moved on to the vellum portion of the card. I die cut a piece of vellum with Lawn Fawn's Stitched Journaling Card die. I used some VersaMark ink to stamp the hippo and bird with, and then embossed them in white.
Then, I ran some Tombow correction tape down and stamped my sentiment over that. I then took a scissors and scratched a little of the correction tape off to give it a distressed look.
I then stamped the cute glasses and bowtie on the hippo with VersaFine Black Onyx ink. I used my Tombow Monotwin permanent marker to fill in areas that did not stamp very crisp.
After all that I adhered the vellum to the background using my Tombow Stamp Runner adhesive.
Thanks so much for checking out the card for today! If you are interested in some of the items I used I have included links below.
I'm sure I've said it before, but I'll say it again... I love my Distress Inks!! I used them for the background of this card. Started with the darker colors at the ends and then blended them together with a lighter color in the middle. Then, to add some texture and interest, I splattered some water on it.
I stamped the cupcake in black, and kept the colors very bland. I figured since the background was so bright and colorful, the contrast with a more muted cupcake would be nice.
The rest of the card is very simple, as well. Just some polka dot washi tape and a little purple baker's twine. I stamped and embossed the sentiment and added a little bit of stickled to finish it off.
Im linking this card up with:
Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge!
We are having some very unusual weather here this week (I think, from what I've been told, anyway. I guess I haven't been here long enough to compare it to anything). It's late morning and it has not even hit 70 yet today. I'm loving it. I have the windows open, even though we have some on-and-off showers.
So, I'm sort of stuck indoors due to the rain and the fact that our only car is in the shop today. I figured what a better time to dust off the craft supplies! I sat down at my laundry/craft room with my mug of hot chocolate.
I usually have a stash of cards on hand so I can just pick one and send them out when the occasion arises. However, my birthday stash is getting disturbingly low (Yes, not having enough birthday cards disturbs me).
Since I'm still getting organized, I kept this card simple by using pre-cut and glittered chipboard letters. The "eat" part of the sentiment I wrote with a white gel pen. Usually, writing on a card free-hand is a big no-no for me, since it never turns out well. This time it was tolerable...
The background is just some fun patterned paper that I have had forever. The cupcake I stamped and added some stickles to on the icing. Oh, and of course every cupcake needs a bow, right? This one I added with some red raffia.
You can kinda see that this card is not folded equally in half. The inside part is longer than the front. I was going to trim the bottom off, but instead I used a black lace rub-on for the bottom portion. Now, when you open the card to write your message you will still see the border along the bottom.
And, I just love the combo of black on craft.
Im always in need of more birthday cards to add to my stash. Seems like those are the cards I send out most often. So, for the challenges and card sites I am visiting this week, I am going to try to make my cards birthday cards.
This first one I used the sketch from Operation Write Home for the layout. The "happy birthday" was cut using my Cricut and the Craft Room Basics Font. I used the cut-out for this card, but the next card I used the actual cut out letters. Great way to get more use out of your cuts- two cards with one Cricut cut!
Anyway, I backed the letters with some patterned paper. Then I stamped and cut out the stars. I covered the stars in Versa Mark and then heat embossed them with some silver embossing powder. I actually coated the stars several times, trying to achieve a smoother finish. Obviously, I need more practice with that technique.
Here is the second card I made using the cut-outs from my Cricut. This time, I used hearts in the place of the "a". I watercolored the hearts and added some Diamond Stickles.
I used five different patterns for this card. Simon Says Stamp's Monday challenge is to be inspired by the number 5 somehow. I just received a pack of patterned papers and some washi tape, so I threw them all together and I'm surprised how well they actually coordinate! I always seem to have problems pairing more than a few patterns.
So those are a few of the cards for the week. Hope you enjoy!
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