Tuesday, April 30, 2019

You Light Up My Life: Stampin Up, Karen Burniston and Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

Welcome to this week's inspiration for the latest Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  I used a galaxy background to begin my illuminating card.  I topped it off with a embossed sentiment, a detailed die cut and glitter washi tape.

I created the background from scratch starting with specially coated paper for using with heavy inks.  The product I used was Judikins Matte Kote paper, however, it is almost identical to Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Specialty paper.  I did a comparison one day and while the Distress paper worked a tad better with Distress inks, the difference was barely negligible.  The process takes many layers of ink, I usually create several at a time and save some for a later project. 

Here is this week's sketch:

Here are the steps in creating a galaxy background, I used Distress Oxides but regular Distress inks or any similar inks would work, but I am sure you know Distress was made for blending!
  1. Cover your card base with your "spacey" colors.  I choose Broken China and Squeezed Lemonade for this one, bright pinks and purples work great as well as greens.
  2. Layer Black Soot, Hickory Smoke or both with a blending brush or your applicator of choice
  3. Introduce water if you want to active the oxide properties at any point in on any layer
  4. Layer and spritz while leaving some of the "spacey" colors exposed
  5. After hours of layers, spritzing and drying which can be urged along with a heat gun...finally splatter shimmer ink

Karen Burniston Camping Charms
Stampin Up Pun Intended sentiment and punch circa 2017
Versamark ink
Judikins Lemon Twinkle embossing powder and Matte Kote paper
Tutti Stitched Nesting Ovals
Distress Oxide inks:  Black Soot, Squeezed Lemonade, Broken China, Hickory Smoke
white shimmer spray ink
 glitter washi tape
misc card stock

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Don't forget to play along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week!Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge
Thanks for stopping by today



  1. Awesome background! So glad you linked up to PINspirational Challenge. Sandy/DT

  2. Fabulous way to interpret the sketch and your Space background looks awesome.
    Thank you for playing with us at RETRO RUBBER, hope you play again soon.

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  4. What a awesome space background and great take on the sketch.
    Thanks for joining us at DCD this week!
    Have a great day.

  5. Beautiful!! Thanks so much for participating in our {PIN}SPIRATIONAL challenge. Hope you participate in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper