Greetings friends. Memory Box has new celestial dies, and they were perfect for me to make a card for my mom. I am sure I am not the only one who has a mom that says "I love you to the moon and back to them."
I first started by making some galaxy backgrounds. After all, why not make several for future cards?
To make the backgrounds, I used a Ranger felt applicator and sponged various colors of alcohol inks onto Yupo paper. Yupo is synthetic paper that works really well with alcohol inks since the ink sits on top of the paper rather than absorbing into the paper. I used various alcohol inks including inks from Ranger and my Copic refills. It didn't matter that I mixed both brands on my Yupo. Here is what they looked like:
Next, I sponged each of the papers with black Copic refills. I tried my refill 100 (black) as well as the 110 (special black) and C9 (Cool Grey 9). They all looked the same, so use whatever dark alcohol ink you have on hand. Here are some of the backgrounds once they were sponged with black alcohol ink:
You get similar galaxy looks for all of the backgrounds, but you can see a hint of the first layer of color peeking through each of the black second layers.
Whenever I have seen people making alcohol ink galaxy backgrounds, they often splatter the black ink with watered down white acrylic paint to create stars. Instead of doing that, I put some Copic blending solution into a spritz bottle and lightly spritzed each of the black cards to create the splatters. I thought it worked really well. You could also use blending solution from Ranger. Another option is to try regular rubbing alcohol from the drug store. I have had mixed results with rubbing alcohol and my alcohol inks. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. I tend to use blending solution for consistent results. In any case, rubbing alcohol works great for cleaning up any messes you might make with this project.
Here is a close up of the finished galaxy background on the card:
To finish the card, I cut out the rocket and moon using white cardstock and colored the pieces with Copic markers... C3, Y13, R27, YR68 and stamped a sentiment from the new Outta this World clear stamp set.
I hope everyone has a great weekend!