Thursday, June 28, 2018

Growing In Unity - Day Four

Hey there Unies! Sadly, we're on the downhill slope of my GIU week, but the good news is we have today and tomorrow together. That is, unless you tire of me. If so, just go ahead and leave a comment for your chance at a prize pack of deeply etched red rubber stamps, otherwise, buckle in for a tutorial on making a galaxy background.



I love the night sky. I got to photograph the Milky Way last summer and have plans to do so again in August and have other plans to do so next August in....AFRICA! So, that said, I really love the galaxy backgrounds for cards and other projects. Today, I decided to make a background with a foreground scene.


I stamped, colored, and cut out my scene; laying it out on my base to see where I wanted to add points of light. The sky isn't just inky black, unless you live in Oregon like I do and have clouds for months out of the year. The stars, moon, and galaxies brighten sections of the night sky, so think of adding light point where you'll have these objects. Love At Home Seemed like an excellent scene to use for this purpose.


I added these light points using distress oxides. I like the heavier color application I get with the oxides. I made sure that I had a nice yellow light where the moon and stars will go.


I added blue next, because the sky doesn't go from points of light to inky black, there's a bit of navy first. Again, I like the rich colors of the oxides for this, but distress ink would work too, or even watercolor paint.


Next I added the black, applying it heaviest on the outer edges. I then went back and added some more of the blue.


Yep, that's gonna line up really well.


I then added some water into the palm of my hand and clapped it over the sky. It gives lovely distress oxide splatters.


For me, it really comes to life when you add the white paint splatter stars. I use this heavy bodied white paint and add a bit of water to it and flick it with a fan brush.


Add images, sentiment, mount on black cardstock and boom. I just used the top line of the sentiment in Twinkles And Wings.

If you made it all the way through, congratulations! You may now leave a comment to be in the running for some deeply etched red rubber of your very own.



59 comments:

  1. Thanks for the sky tutorial, such a lovely result!

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  2. Great tutorial, you made it look very achievable. Thanks for showing us and I loved the card too.

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  3. I love using Distress Oxides, so many things you can do and patterns that are created just with a lil water and splatter. Cute card!!

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  4. Great card! Love that cute scene you colored and fussy cut. And thanks for the galaxy background tutorial!

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  5. Love this scene. Thanks for explaining how you made the background.

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  6. Love the Star background and camping is one of my favorite things to do.

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  7. Yet another great card. Love your galaxy background. Thank you for a tutorial that even I can understand. 😄 And has inspired me to try this technique. 💜

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  8. More awesomeness! Love this. You're helping me come out of my comfort zone this week!

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  10. Beautifully done - a gorgeous night sky, and I love the tiny little home!

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  11. I love your starry galaxy sky! And that camper is so cute as your foreground image! That is exciting that you are planning to go Africa! Thanks for sharing.😊

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  12. I love this..... is it just me or does this fit you so well.... the galaxy, and Mooney.... LOL!!! Fabulously done!! I will have to practice the points of light, thanks for sharing!!

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  13. Just beautiful! I'm anxious to try the galaxy technique with my distress oxides!

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  14. Thank you SOOOOO much for this Galaxy tutorial!!! I did not know about the points of light. This will be very helpful when I do one of these again. Have sooooo enjoyed your week!!! Can't wait to see what Friday brings :)

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  15. This is a great card! Thanks for the tutorial on how to do the sky!

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  16. Love your campy scene, Laura. Great galaxy background!

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  17. Great card!!! I love it! Did you heat dry between colors?

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    1. No, I used the sponge applicator and there is no need to dry first.

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  18. Galaxy background Mastah!!!!! You da best.

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  19. Do people really get to film the Milky Way - in Africa? Wow! I've said it before, but I love, love, love a tutorial in print. I am no where savvy enough to follow YouTube. Thank you so much!

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    1. Yes! My mom got some great shots in Morocco last month. I got some at Crater Lake last year. You need to go to an out of the way place to remove light pollution.

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  20. Awesome background for your scene!

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  21. *swooooooo* love me some galaxy backgrounds!

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  22. I so love your cards. Thanks for sharing your techniques, too.

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  23. Thank you for the cute card. Love the night slky .

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  24. This card is absolutely adorable. I love it and will try to create the background for my outdoor stamps etc. The camper stamp is so cute and fun as well.

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  25. I love your card and this technique so much. Every time I see it, I think I will do it, but then I don't. I am heading to the UP of Michigan tomorrow and the stars are so great there because it is far away from light pollution, so I will be sure to take pictures to inspire future cards like this. I also admire your fussy cutting ability with the moon and stars.

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  26. Your card is amazing! Everything about it is wonderful! Thanks for sharing. ����

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  27. Fantastic...I was just going to look up how to create a galaxy sky in response to another post. Great job on explanation and cool card!

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  28. That is SO cute. It makes me want to go camping even more! I love your little scene...

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  29. Absolutely beautiful sky background, it's so marvelous! Love your technique, I must try it someday. Thanks for sharing your talent!

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  30. Stunning card! Love the background

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  31. BEAUTIFUL card! It makes me want to go camping right now! The background sky is absolutely GORGEOUS!

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  32. Such a pretty card! I appreciate you sharing your tips for the galaxy background. Thanks!!

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  33. Doesn't look downhill to me. Very cool and gorgeous night scene. Love that fun camper. Hugz

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  34. I live your night sky. Thank you for sharing with us, great tutorial.

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  35. That's a gorgeous galaxy! ✨⭐🌟🌌

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  36. I was excited to see a galaxy background. I needed one the other day but didn’t know where to begin. We were going along beautifully with your tutorial. Right until we got to the paint splatters. They defeat me. I cannot master them. 😂😂😂 so I will be sending you all my galaxy backgrounds for that final touch because it added so much. 😊😇😂

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  37. Have tried a galaxy look with limited success, but this tutorial makes me really want to try again, it's beautiful! Absolutely gorgeous card.

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  38. Have tried a galaxy look with limited success, but this tutorial makes me really want to try again, it's beautiful! Absolutely gorgeous card.

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  39. Love your galaxy background! I forget about this technique! I should use it more! Another great thing to try again. Thanks for the helpful tips!

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  40. This card is amazing, and I love your background...I have been 'leery' of trying the galaxy background, but you made it look so easy! It's going on my weekend to do list...

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  41. Stunning....I so want to master the galaxy technique...thanks for sharing your tips and fabulous card!

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  42. love this! another technique I need to try!!

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  43. Stunning backgrounds. I have not attempted a galaxy background yet, but your step by step tutorial is very helpful. And that little camper is adorable. I'm going to have to get that. Great designs.

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  44. Loooove the galaxy background! I should do another one this weekend. :)

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  45. So cool! thanks for the tutorial on creating a galaxy background. I'm going to try this...love the effect.

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  46. Never tired of you! This is a fantastic tutorial. I am going to try this soon. Thanks so much!

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  47. Really great tutorial! I get intimidated by the blank card so seeing how it starts out is so helpful! The night time galaxy sky with the little camping scene is the start of a great daydream!

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  48. Thank you for the walk-thru of your night sky effect! Love your cards!
    --Phaline Mays

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  49. Galaxy backgrounds are my favorite. The house is perfect with the background. Thanks for sharing!

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