Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Reach for the Stars!

It's Tuesday which means it's my day to share a project created for Topflight StampsLately it seems that I've been sharing cute and/or whimsical projects, so I decided to create a card with a positive message using the Voyager Clear Stamps Set #198 and the Celestial Navigation Clear Stamp #398 by Olga Heldwein for AALL and Create.
Here's the card:

Topflight Stamps Products Used:

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Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Copic Markers:
   Flowers: R52, RV6, RV91, RV93
   Leaves: G40, YG45
   Clouds: C0, C1, B60, RV000
   Orbs and Triangles and such: BG53, BG57, BV11, BV13, V17, FB2, B21, B28, B39
Blue Cardstock
Gold Detail Embossing Powder by Stampendous!®
Stamping Platform

I wanted to stamp this image in gold but color as usual with my beloved Copic markers, but was afraid to contaminate my precious babies.. So I decided to try a technique that I'd seen others do but was new to me. 
  1. Using a stamp platform, I first stamped one of the two focal images from the Voyager Clear Stamps Set #198 with Black Memento ink onto white cardstock, then colored the images with Copic markers. 
  2. As stated, I really wanted the stamped image to be gold, but was afraid that gold ink would hurt my beloved markers. I also didn't want to contaminate my darlings with embossing powder, so I decided to just try this new-to-me technique.
  3. I had left the stamp on the lid of my stamp platform rather than taking it off and cleaning it immediately as is my usual control freak habit. I positioned the image panel back on the platform in exactly the same position, inked the stamp with Onyx Black VersaFine Ink*, and stamped the image. 
  4. The image was sprinkled on Detail Gold Embossing powder, the excess was dumped off, and the image was heat set. I was delighted that it worked and I had a golden embossed colored image. Then I gave into my Inner Virgo, cleaned the stamp, and put it back where it belonged.
  5. The image panel was trimmed, the edges were distressed, edged with VersaMark Embossing ink, then the same gold embossing powder was used. Usually I'm nutsoid (see above notes about my inner control freak Virgo tendencies) about getting stray embossing powder where it doesn't belong, but I actually like the effect on this.
  6. The image panel was set aside while I worked on the background.
  7. Blue cardstock was trimmed to 4.75" x 6.75" to form the background panel.
  8.  The Celestial Navigation Clear Stamp #398 was stamped at the top left and bottom rightish with VersaMark ink, then heat set with the same gold embossing powder. 
  9. Using VersaMark ink, the star cluster stamp from the Voyager Clear Stamps Set #198 was used to fill in some of the empty areas of the background.
  10.  The star clusters were then heat set with gold embossing powder. 
  11. The VersaMark pad was pressed against the edges of the background panel which were then dragged through gold embossing powder, and heat set. 
  12. The background panel was adhered to a blue 5" x 7" card.
  13. One of the three sentiments from the Voyager Clear Stamps Set #198 was stamped with Onyx Black VersaFine Ink, then heat embossed with gold embossing powder.
  14. The sentiment was cut into a strip, then into smaller pieces, each of which was edged with gold embossing, then adhered to the image panel as shown.
  15. The image panel was adhered to the background panel 
  16. Pink Diamond Sparkles by Hunkydory Crafts were added to the corners to finish the card.
*If you're wondering why I used Onyx Black VersaFine Ink instead of VersaMark, VersaFine ink produces a clean detailed image, yet can be heat embossed, especially with Detail embossing powder.

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