This card was inspired by both a DTGD 2017 challenge and the Fab Friday Sketch #117. Since the challenge called for chipboard, I reached for those chipboard kits I have left from when Stampin' Up! carried them. The stars caught my eye and I thought they could be the focus of a card. I saw an opportunity to make a fancy background using Distress Oxide inks and to test making a night sky using the Black Soot mixed with colours. The whole thing turned out darker that I would have hoped, but I do like how the ink I sponged through the Radiating Rays stencil turned out, with a milky quality that works well for a universe background. I had splashed some Distress Oxide inks on the background, which initially looked cool but then turned really pale when they dried so in the end, I ended up stamping the splatter from Gorgeous Grunge and embossing it in Silver powder for something that stood out a little bit more (and added shimmer).
The chipboard stars were also covered with Oxide inks (which cover the chipbaord beautifully since they are part pigment ink) and overstamped with the Gorgeous Grunge set. After I was done preparing those pieces and started playing with placement, I decided to pull out the Out of This World stamp set to add the little astronaut. Then I decided to add the rocket, too. And to connect them both with some silver cord. And to add sequins, including some tiny stars one, on the card.
When came time to add the sentiment, I had planned on stamping something small, punch it with the Classic Label punch or something similar and add it on top of the pink star. Looking for a relevant French sentiment, I found "I love you as much as the sky is big" in the Lift Me Up stamp set (which I've used a bunch since buying it, mostly for its versatile sentiments). First of all, it was perfect, but too large to fit in the punch, so I had to slide both ends in the punch separately to create my piece. Then it was too large to fit on the right side of the card and I kept moving it at an angle and it didn't look right. It then it me that I could turn it into a sign that the astronaut would be holding. Forget paying to have a banner added on the back on a plane - this is taking things to the next level to confess your love!
Crystal Effects was added to the glass on the helmet, the teal star and the rocket window.
Stamps: Out of This World (Lawn Fawn), Gorgeous Grunge, Gentil remontant (Lift Me Up - Stampin' Up!)
Cardstock: Taken with Teal, Whisper White
Inks: Distress Oxide from Ranger (Black Soot, Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron)
Accessories: Silver Cord Trim, Radiating Rays Stencil, Blending Tool, Classic Label Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals,
White Medium Envelope, On Board Essentials Chipboard Pieces, Crystal Effects, Sequins, Markers