I am fascinated with the universe. I have always wanted to make a really big mixed media canvas that looks just like the milky way. I feel it’s going to take a lot of practice, so I decided to start small and see how it goes. I think it went well, and I’d like to share how I made this cute little 4″ x 4″ starry universe card.
- 4″ x 4″ piece of cardstock
- Uniball Signo white pen
- plastic pallet knife (or old credit card)
- Iridescent Glitter Dust by therm-o-web (or any glitter mist that has lots of colours)
- Mod Podge
- Dina Wakley black gesso (Ranger Industries)
- Faber-Castell Gelatos (cotton candy, silver ice, coconut)
- LuminArte Twinkling H2Os (teal zircon)
- water mister
- Glue Dots
- Studio Calico wooden stars
- heat gun
- half a paperback book page
- (not shown) medium-sized paintbrush and roll of paper towel
1. Using your plastic pallet knife, spread a small amount of black gesso all over your cardstock. A little goes a long way.
2. Spray an even covering of Glitter Dust across your entire cardstock. Use your best judgement how many stars you want in your sky. Heat set. (Please note: use in a well-ventilated area as this product is smelly. However, it doesn’t take very long to dissipate.)
3. Using your water mist bottle, spritz a generous amount of water into your Twinkling H2Os. No need to let it soak in: we will be using it immediately.
4. Use a medium-sized paintbrush, load up a good amount of the wet Twinkling H2Os and drop it onto your cardstock. Don’t overdo it in this step, we will need some black space left behind.
5. Using your water mist bottle, spray a reasonable amount of water all over your cardstock, creating puddles of Twinkling H2Os that start to sort of flow around the page. Don’t overdo it here, either, you don’t want to lose your black space. TIP: feel free to move your page around a bit to manipulate where your Twinkling H2Os flow.
6. Use your heat gun to set some of the Twinkling H2Os, but don’t heat for more than 30 seconds or so. You just want to make some of the colour stick. Once you’ve heat set it a bit, use a roll of paper towel to absorb the excess water. You will be left with a starry night sky that looks a bit like a nebula. (Click here to learn about nebulae – they’re fascinating!)
If you are here to simply learn about how to make this background, you’re done! If you want to learn about how to finish off the moon and embellishments, read on:
7. To make your moon, start by crinkling up your half page of an old paperback book.
8. Cut your paper into a rough circle. No need to be perfect.
9. Spread some Mod Podge all over the back of your moon, squish back up into crinkly peaks and press down onto your background. Feel free to add more Mod Podge on top of the moon if your paper isn’t adhering well enough.
10. We are going to give our moon some colour. Start by wetting your paintbrush and rubbing it into your Cotton Candy Gelatos. Tap it down in random places on your paper moon. The idea is just to give it a bit of a tint in random areas. Heat set this step until your moon is completely dry and the peaks have hardened a bit.
11. Using your Silver Ice Gelatos, colour parts of your moon just to give it a bit of a silvery sheen. Leave some of the paper untouched. Use your finger to blend around the edge of your moon, dragging some of the Gelatos outside into your sky.
12. Using your Coconut Gelatos, lightly add white highlights to the peaks of your moon and a bit around the outside edge.
13. Finish off your card with embellishments, borders, and a cute little quote. TIP: write your quote on first so you don’t have to work around your embellishments.