I used my 4" x 8" Inky Art Journal from Yvonne Blair Designs and utilized several Distress techniques I've been exploring the past week. I tried some products I've never used before, and "attempted" some effects, and well..., here's a closer look at how it all came together...
I began with a starry stencil and some Crackle Texture Paste. (first time using both) The stencil is from Studio R12.
I can't believe I've never used Crackle Texture Paste before now. This stuff is cool!
After the crackle had dried, I sprayed my pages with a few mists of water, then several colors of Distress Stains. Then a few more spritzes of water to get the colors flowing.
I rubbed some Distress Inks with a mini blending tool to brighten up areas, then dribbled some water blobs onto the pages and immediately pressed them with a paper towel to lift away the color.
This effects leaves ghosted splotches, which appear even more bright once dried with the heat tool.
After the pages were dry, I spritzed a few times with Ranger's new Mica Spray (silver).
I wanted to add some fireflies to my background, but all I had was a bee stamp. It would have to do. So I stamped several of them randomly on my pages with Archival Black ink. I attempted to achieve a glowing light by first coloring in with Picket Fence Distress Crayon and smudging it. It sort of did the trick, but too matte and not glowy enough. So I touched my finger into some White Pearl Paint and swirled it on. Better, but still not feeling that "glow" effect I was after. Finally, I took my Picket Fence Distress Marker and outlined the area, knowing that this marker gives a soft ghosted look as it dries. Close enough for me.
I stamped my sentiment with Archival Black ink and heat set it, then drew in my drop shadows with a Gelly Roll white pen.
I added a touch of the same White Pearl Paint over the stars. This really made them pop.
Here you can see the Mica Spray in the background. It gives a nice effect.
I felt that this was a good place to stop. (For now.) I like the message and decided to let the background be the main focus. It may stay this way forever, or I may add things at a later time. Who knows?
Thanks for stopping in today. I hope this inspires you to try new products or techniques, or both. Come join us at Creative Carte Blanche with your creation. Have a great day!