A couple of nights ago I was browsing Pinterest and came across a lovely card using this bundle on a sponged background (I'd love to tell you who made it, but unfortunately it didn't lead to any blog or web page to identify it). It sparked an idea in me to use the Galaxy background technique with the Star of Light Bundle from the 2016 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue.
I've used copper embossing and copper foil paper as highlights which I think look great with the rich colours of the background.
For the background technique, there are a few good videos floating around from Kristina Werner, Wendy Cranford and Alisa Tilsner. Here's the basic steps though:
Step 1: Add splotches of watercolour wash to watercolour paper using an Aquapainter. You want all the paper covered, but try not to go over two many areas with more than one colour. I used Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Emerald Envy, Rich Razzleberry and Tangelo Twist for this step. Dry thoroughly front and back after this.
Step 2: Make up a watercolour wash using Elegant Eggplant and Night of Navy reinkers (I used twice as much Night of Navy to Elegant Eggplant) and apply (with an aquapainter) over the top of the coloured areas in a random way. You want to leave a few areas with less wash over it compared to others. Once you are happy (remembering it will dry lighter), dry thoroughly by leaving to air dry or using a heat gun on both sides.
Step 3: Water down some acrylic paint or craft ink and apply with a flicking motion onto the paper using an old paintbrush. I ended up with some streaky bits but I quite liked these as it gave the effect of shooting stars! This stage tool a long time to dry so I ended up blotting the dots of paint which probably muted the effect on my sample.
If you watch one of the videos you will definitely get the idea and it's a cool technique.
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