Welcome! I am SO excited to share these three cards I made for you! I know I’m always “so excited” but I promise you that I truly am always really excited to share my creations!
I am a HUGE space nerd. I love EVERYTHING about space, I have since I was 5 and dreamt of being an astronaut. My kid as a wool felted replica of the solar system hanging all over her ceiling with her bedroom light as the sun, each planet (and the moon and Pluto) are works of art. My husband and I frequently love to argue about Pluto’s demotion, and he’s OK if I cheat on him with Neil DeGrass Tyson. 😉 Seriously, I LOVE space.
So, when this set came around I PUSHED for it1 I wanted this set to come to fruition so badly! I LOVE all these planets, the moon, asteroids, stars, and sentiments! I especially love that we got a sentiment from Carl Sagan in here!
This set is called “Outer Space” and it is one of the new sets that is releasing from Kindred Stamps on 1-12-18!
I started by stamping the stars, the shooting star, and the sentiment with Versamark Black Ink. Some of the stars, including the shooting star came from the Magical Unicorns set from Kindred Stamps. I wanted to use the shooting star, and I enjoyed the variety in line weight between that set and this one.
For this card I used a variety of watercolors that had some shimmer, the entire card slightly shimmers when it moves. The stars were painted in with Zig Clean Color Brush Markers, and then I had some yellow shimmer spray that I painted on top to continue the shimmer. Only the tail of the shooting star is without shimmer, but I think the “rainbow” makes up for it.
I painted this on Arches Cold Press Watercolor Paper and finished it off with a stitched die from Lil’ Inker Designs.
This card is an example of why you don’t give up when you mess up, AND it goes to show that even decent card makers make HUGE mistakes sometimes. The background you see is actually the second background I made for this card. I made one previous to this, which I loved. I embossed my sentiment using an embossing powder that didn’t have enough contrast with the background, it was really too hard to see. However, I had removed the sentiment from my MISTI BEFORE I realized this! So I tried to darken that panel and I only made things worse. I COULD have cut that section out and re-did something, but I really liked how the color flowed and I didn’t want to lose it.
So I remade a background using Arches Cold Press Watercolor Paper and Distress Oxides. I sprayed everything with some Tattered Angels Shimmer Spray, and then I ran it through a die from Papertrey Ink. The die is the Comic Strip Cover Plate, and I made sure that I didn’t cut all the way through my paper by not going over multiple times and not using a shim. I wanted everything together. I finished the background off by embossing my sentiment with Hero Arts Silver Embossing Powder and running a very dark gray Copic Marker along the outside strips.
The planets were popped up off of the panel by some 3-dimensional adhesive after they were colored with Copic Markers. This might be my favorite card of the whole set.
This card was heavily inspired by the Lawn Fawn card with the color changing chameleon. The Earth rotates around the sun, and the moon rotates around the earth. IT is SO cool! Again, I used the Arches Watercolor paper and Distress Oxides for that main panel. I die cut it from a new die by Kat Scrappiness, the Distressed Edge Rectangle Dies, I love the look it gives!
I used the Kat Scrappiness Distressed Edge Circle Dies to cut out the circles in acetate and in the darkest gray cardstock I had from MFT, which then I covered with black Distress Oxide. I wanted some semblance of stars on that dark gray/black circle but I couldn’t find my white paint. So I watered down some Nuvo Drops, splattered that on with a toothbrush, and then covered it with microfine glitter! It is FABULOUS in person!
I used a hole punch to punch holes in my watercolored panel, the gray circle, and the acetate. The gray circle needed holes where the sun would sit and where the Earth would go as it needed the acetate to spin around it. I used brads to connect everything and glued the Earth and the Sun over their respective brads. I did cut a bit of fun foam down under the watercolor paper, the result is that the gray circle spins WONDERFULLY with nothing hitting the underside of the brad. The acetate does spin, but not as easily.
Thank you for joining us in celebrating this month’s release! We know a lot of you have been hoping for sets inspired from times when dragons wandered the earth freely and dire wolves once again moved amongst this land. We brought that to you, and then some. We brought spooky things from the deepest depths of the oceans, and we captured the night sky for you. All you need to do now is to let your inspiration reign! Where will these stories take your crafting?
Before your craft table takes you to the many planets of our solar system, let us take you to the blogs for our Creative Team Members and that of our Guest Designer. Everyone is excited to provide you with a sample of their work and to talk about some of the products they used as well as their thought process.
On your journey, if you comment on each person’s blog post, you will be eligible to win store credit for a future purchase! You must comment on each person’s blog, as well as the blog post for Kindred Stamps. The winner will be chosen Friday night, 1-12-18, around 9 pm EST.
We thank you so much for your enthusiasm! We can’t wait to see what you’re inspired by, but remember, if you are inspired by something pop culture related, please refer to our stamp set names on social media and avoid using the actual show or character names. It is very important that we do not step on copyright toes! Thank you ever so much!
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