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.
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