Galaxy Background Birthday Card by Sarah

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Have you tried inking up a galaxy background? I hadn’t given it a go yet – til now!



  1. Cover a panel of card in patches of ink in a range of colours – yellow, purple, pink and aqua. Any kind goes, I used mostly Distress Oxides, one Catherine Pooler dye ink and a generic pink pigment ink. Smoosh and blend til you’ve got no white space left. Let them mix as much or as little as you like. Only parts of the colour layer are going to peak through, like a distant nebula.
  2. Trim your panel as needed to fit the front of a card blank with a narrow, even border.
  3. I don’t have the Black Soot Distress Oxide inkpad, so to take down the harshness of a black pigment ink I mixed it on my craft sheet with Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide and plenty of water, using an acrylic block to move the inks around.
  4. Use the block to dab ink onto your card, or sweep the card through the ink on the mat (or both) til you’ve built up a bit of texture.
  5. Flick a white paint pen over the top to give different size dots like stars. Water down embellishment mousse and do the same – twinkly, pearly stars.
  6. Stamp your sentiment. I used a stamping press so I could go a few times as I was stamping in white and needed to build it up.
  7. Adhere the panel to the front of your card blank using foam tape for a little added dimension and/or because you need to order more double-sided tape like I did 😉



Distress Oxides Mustard Seed, Tumbled Glass, Wilted Violet(plus perhaps Picked Raspberry and Black Soot)

Catherine Pooler Designs Life of the Party Ink– Aquatini (plus perhaps Party Dress)

Lawn Fawn Yeti White Pigment Ink

Dylusions white paint pen

Nuvo Embellishment Mousse – Mother of Pearl

Concord and 9th Many Mandala Stamp

Neenah Solar White Card

Tonic Mini Blending 3 Brush Set

Nuvo Dual Blending Brushes

Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blender Brushes

RangerNon Stick Craft Sheet

3M Scotch Foam tape

Scor double-sided tape

Lawn Fawn Acrylic Blocks

Tim Holtz Stamping Platform

Fiskars A4 Paper Trimmer

Tonic Mini Guillotine


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