My husband is into astronomy, so when I saw the Stargazing stamp set in Stampin' Up's new catalog I knew it was the perfect set for a Father's Day card for him from me. To paraphrase Robert Burns, the best laid plans of mice and men...
I ordered the set the morning of June 4th as soon as the catalog went live. It shipped on June 6th. On June 8th UPS turned it over to the Postal Service in Sandston, Virginia, the hub for Central Virginia, for an estimated delivery date of June 11th. Plenty of time to make a card, right? It was not delivered on the 11th, or the 12th, or the 13th. That evening the UPS tracker revealed it to be in Myrtle Beach which, if you are not familiar with beaches on the east coast, is two states away in South Carolina! Maybe it wanted a vacation after the long trip from Utah. My order finally arrived the day after Father's Day and this weekend I had a chance to play with it.
I was working with this Freshly Made Sketch and thought the darker bleeding purple parts would make a good stripe.
I wanted to cover the whole center panel with the galaxy stamp which meant I would have to make multiple images and blend them. Plus, I did not really want to have that center section of the stamp be so light. After practicing on cardstock I decided the best bet would be to pounce ink on using a small thin Life Changing brush. I used the same technique to color narrow strips of the watercolored paper. Next I tested the star cluster stamp with Gina K fine detail white embossing powder on my galaxy test piece. I am glad I did because no matter how fine a powder you use, Stampin' Up's DistINKtive stamps do not translate well with embossing. Next I sprayed on some Perfect Pearls mixed with water to make the galaxy shimmer. Note to self: watercolor paper is not cardstock! Although the spray worked well on my test piece, it did cause some running of the Night of Navy ink on the watercolor paper, softening the stars. Then again, if you have ever looked though a high powered telescope on a hot, humid night there is some softening of the image, even when there is no condensation on the lens.
I heat embossed the sentiment on paper from DCWV's Weathered paper stack, cut it out with a thin die, pressed the edges into the Night of Navy ink pad, and attached it with foam tape. A few sparkles finished the card off. Whew! I am also entering this card in the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge to make a masculine card and the Happy Little Stampers watercolor challenge.
Thank you for stopping by! Until next time, Hansi