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.
- 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.
- Layer Black Soot, Hickory Smoke or both with a blending brush or your applicator of choice
- Introduce water if you want to active the oxide properties at any point in on any layer
- Layer and spritz while leaving some of the "spacey" colors exposed
- After hours of layers, spritzing and drying which can be urged along with a heat gun...finally splatter shimmer ink