Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Inkspiration 41 - Starry wishes

Hello all,

welcome back to a new week. Trying to squeeze in some crafting time this weekend was a challenge, thankfully not because Mr 2 was sick again - he's back to full strength - hooray! No this weekend we had friends visiting - which was lovely but really busy. But I'm up for a challenge :) so I did manage to find the time. Just as well too as I had to make a birthday card for my hubby! Luckily Makeesha Byl set a great sketch for her challenge this week (the challenge is actually hosted on Kirsty Brown's blog this week). Here's the sketch.

For my hubby I often reach for star related themes as he is an astronomer by trade. I knew I had a cute little rocket ship but there was one catch. I needed to watercolour it (Kirsty's extra challenge this week). Why the catch - well the whole body of the rocket ship was actually a solid stamp. But I had at hand my handy Versamarker ! So with some hope and a lot of trepidation I went around the edges of the solid stamp areas as well as inking up the rest of the stamp then stamped it on watercolour paper. Then I black embossed it.And guess what it worked!! Here is how it turned out.

To go with the starry/rocket ship theme I started with a Night of Navy base, layered that with silver then topped that with Night of Navy again. As per the sketch (which I rotated onto its side) I added some layers/stripes over the top Navy layer. For these I started with some silver cardstock dry embossed with stars, layered with red and navy felt ric rac. I stitched the ric rac down onto the silver layer using the opposite coloured thread. The central element is of course the rocketship - so having embossed it, I got out my watercolour crayons and aquapainter and watercoloured it. I also added silver to the nose cone from my Silver Encore pad using an old blender pan. To finish off this image panel - I added some Night of Navy stars, pierced all the way around the edge and added a button and a sentiment. The final finishing elements were to pierce around the edges of the top base layer and also add some silver embossed stars.

As a special touch for my hubby I added a bit of an interactive inside, cutting a spiral from a circle and adding lots of stars to the spiral. You can find a tutorial for this type of pop up card on Splitcoasters here.

Thanks for visiting :)


Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise mentioned
Stamps: Space Ships and Robots (My Cute Stamps), A Little Birthday Cheer (R)
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Silver, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Night of Navy, Real Red, Silver Encore, Versamarker
Accessories: Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinder), Large and Small Star punches, Silver and Black embossing powder, Real Red button, Mat pack and piercing tool, Watercolour crayons (Real Red, Night of Navy), Aquapainter, Navy and Red Felt, Large and Small Ric Rac dies (PaperTrey Inc), Stars embossing folder (Cuttlebug), sewing machine, Dimensionals, Tombow, Double sided tape, SNAIL adhesive


  1. Awesome card Kim. I am sure hubby will like it.


  2. Cool card Kim. Great thinking to emboss the edge of a solid stamp, clever you!

  3. This is awesome! What a cool little boy card... or big boy! heehee.

  4. GORJUS!!! I love this card Kim!

  5. Just want to let you know there is a cute little Award over on my blog for you. Enjoy!

  6. You are TOO clever Kim! Awesome job!

  7. Way cool use of the sketch! Love the inside of the card as well!


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