colourQ 264

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hello there!  Today is the reveal of a new color palette at colourQ and it just so happens that the colors, inspired by this table runner, are perfect if you are in the mood for a Halloween card or, as in my case, you would like to try something new.

The challenge this week at Friday Mashup is to try something that I'd never heard of called the Galaxy Technique.  You basically create a card where the background looks like some of the views you've probably seen from the Hubble space telescope.  They've got a couple of links to video tutorials on the challenge post - one using watercolors and one using Distress Paints.  And both are very cool.

This is actually the second version I attempted using this technique.  The first one I made was using watercolor paints and since me and watercoloring are barely on speaking terms you can only imagine the hot mess that followed.  For my second attempt I wanted to try something more like the Distress Paint version even though I didn't have any paint, Distress or otherwise.

I started out by tapping some Distress Ink on my craft sheet in the orange, green and purple colors.  I misted them with water then smooshed my cardstock in the mess I created.  Then I took some black dye ink and tried the same thing.  The black didn't look so good.  (Note to self, put black Distress Ink on my wish list).  Not to be deterred I dried the cardstock with my heat tool then set about sponging black ink all over it.  The darker areas you see are actually the smudgy effect of using the black dye ink misted with water so even though I thought it looked terrible when I first did it, I ended up liking how it gave my little corner of the universe some depth.

I added some little splatter stars by dipping a brush in some shimmer paint and tapping it against my finger so that it would leave splatters all over the place.  I heat embossed, in white, some bigger stars and something I like to think of as a comet tail to finish off the look.

I'm quite pleased with how it came out except for the part where I messed up and used Wisteria Wonder ink and Vintage Violet cardstock.  You've already stuck with me this long so I won't bore you with THAT story, I'll just thank you for stopping by.

ETA:  I'm also submitting this card over at City Crafter Challenge Blog where the challenge is to add a piece of sky.  Thank's LeAnne for letting me know about that!

The colourQ gang have again made some outstanding cards using these colors so please pop on over there to check them out.  We always love to see you in the gallery!

Stamps:  So 80s (WPlus 9); Mini Stamp Brilliant, Mini Stamp Right Now (Heidi Swapp)
Paper:  Vintage Violet, Whisper White (SU); White (Spectrum Noir)
Ink:  Crushed Olive, Spiced Marmalade, Dusty Concord (Distress Ink); Wisteria Wonder, Basic Black (SU); Versamark
Accessories:  white embossing powder

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14 Responses to “colourQ 264”

Jessi Fogan said...

EEEK! THis is utter fabulousness! I love that you persevered past the hot mess stage, because the end result is brilliant. I had to come click through & see how you did it :)

Tracey McNeely said...

Jen this is so gorgeous! The distress inking is amazing.

Jen Timko said...

Great….now I need more stuff and another technique on my list. This is SOOOO cool!

Linda Callahan said... are brilliant girl! This is out of this world! Love the technique and love the result! My attempt at an outer space look I am sure would just end up being a black hole.........

Lee Ann Barrett said...

Brilliant! That is definitely what this card is, Jen! I absolutely love it!

Ros Crawford said...

What a fabulous card this is!! I love the sky! Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Very lovely, thanks for sharing with us at CCCB!

Deepti said...

This totally rocks :)

Charlene said...

Beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us at CCCB :-)

Karren said...

Your galaxy experiments sounded very much like mine, but it is fun and I think this looks fantastic!

Marybeth said...

Wow , thats amazing Jen! Lot of work but well worth it!

Stella said...

Your take on our challenge is priceless. This is breathtaking! Thank you so much for sharing this gem at CCCB!

Avery Murphy said...

You did an amazing job at the Galaxy technique! Your card is stunning!

Thank you for joining us at The Friday Mashup!

Becca Cruger said...

This is totally cool! It really looks like a galaxy. I'm going to have to try this technique!