Cow In The Moon – CIC 450

Happy Monday, everyone! It’s time for a new Cupcake Inspiration Challenge, and this time around it is a colour challenge. The colours we’re playing with for the next fortnight are black, yellow and white. We are also sponsored by Kitty Bee Designs for this challenge, and one randomly chosen winner will get their choice of digi as a prize.

I started by creating my galaxy background. My intention was to do the watercolour splash technique. It was my first time trying and I’m not sure I did it quite right, but that may be because I used my Gansai Tambi paints. The example video I watched had used Distress Inks, which are not quite so opaque.

In any case, I started with the darkest blue of my 36 set Gansai Tambi watercolours. Blue is not one of the colours, but I thought it would help add some depth and interest to the galaxy. I added some of the paint to my craft mat, spritzed it with water, then pounced my watercolour panel into it. This was quite a messy technique! I ended up moving my craft mat into a box, but still got in quite a mess.

I dried the first layer and repeated the process to add a bit more colour. I then cleaned up my craft mat and switched to black paint to deepen my galaxy sky, and of course because black is one of the colours. The black ended up being a bit more intense than I’d expected and covered more blue than I’d thought it would, which seemed to be loosing the look of the splash technique. I continued to work, drying between layers. I went back in with some of the blue, though it doesn’t show up much on top of the black.

I dried the panel again then started to add my stars. For these I pulled out both the Gansai Tambi Pearl Colours and Gansai Tambi Starry Colours. I used the Pearl Yellow and White Gold from the Pearl Colours, and Yellow Gold and Light Gold from the Starry Colours. (And actually the white gold is available in both, so if you skipped the Pearl Yellow you could just use the Starry Colours.) I dried one more time with my heat gun, then set the painted panel aside.

My focal image for my card is Cow Barely Over The Moon from our sponsor Kitty Bee Designs. I printed it onto some alcohol marker friendly paper and coloured with my Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers. I actually took it to work with me and coloured it on my break, so it was already coloured when I was working on my background. Then, whilst my background was completely drying, I carefully fussy cut out the coloured image.

I used a Sizzix Circle Die to cut out a piece of my watercolour background. Before cutting I played around with positioning the die until I found the best area of the painting to use.

After I had die cut it I played around a bit more to work out where I wanted the cow to be in relation to the lighter area of my galaxy. Once I’d worked that out I could add my sentiment. I first checked to make sure that the background really was completely dry so that my embossing powder wouldn’t stick to the paint. I then treated the circle with my anti-static powder tool and white embossed my sentiment from the Creative Expressions John Lockwood Lily of the Valley Elements stamp set. I thought the sentiment worked very well for the scene I was creating!

The last thing to do was add everything to my card base. As the galaxy circle had had so much water and heat on it, it was slightly warped. I made sure to thoroughly the back with my foam tape then adhered it to the card base. I added more foam tape to the cow and added that on to of the galaxy panel, which completed my card.

I really like this card. The galaxy background turned out really pretty, even if I didn’t perfectly pull of the technique I was trying. The cow is really cute too and goes well with the background. I really like the layout as well. I think having the galaxy combined to a circle really helps make it pop more than if I’d used a full panel, for example.


Lady Joyful

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Challenges included:

Addicted to Stamps and More – CAS

CAS On Friday – Splash Watercolour

CAS Watercolour – Splash Watercolouring

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge – Black, Yellow, White

HLS CAS Challenge – Animals

HLS Watercolour Challenge – Anything Goes

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes

STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge – Anything CAS

STAMPlorations Theme & Sketch Challenge – Anything Goes with Stamping


Check out what the rest of the DT made:

Charlotte (that’s me!)








22 thoughts on “Cow In The Moon – CIC 450

  1. Your galaxy sky is so pretty, Charlotte!! And how cute is that cow jumping over the moon. So sweet! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!

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  2. I love that galaxy background, Charlotte! The blue showing around the black is fantastic! The image is adorable and your sentiment is a perfect match! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Watercolour!

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  3. Wow…Gorgeous Galaxy background for your cute cow jumping over the moon and sentiment. Your splash technique may have not turned out exactly like you had wished, but your card is still Beautiful. I have found that Distress Inks and Distress Oxide inks are my favorite medium for this technique…drying between layers with a heat tool. Again, your card is gorgeous and so cute. TFS and joining us at CAS Watercolour. Hugs…

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    1. Thank you so much 😁 Yes I did think Distress Inks and Oxides could work better but unfortunately I do not have the right colours, so I used the paints instead. I definitely need to expand my collection!


  4. I just love that backdrop, it’s the perfect setting for your cute cow jumping over the moon!
    Thanks so much for joining Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge!

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  5. Apologies for the really late visit on this one! Wow, I’m loving that galaxy background, so effective and your yellow shadow shading on the moon looks fabulous. Thanks so much for playing along at Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge, Anita x

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