Thursday, December 1, 2016

December CAS Mix Up Challenge - Sponging

Wow - is it really December already??!!  I guess so - as the December CAS Mix Up challenge has been posted!  
Loll and Bonnie have several links to videos showing different sponging techniques.  I was inspired by this one
Color Layering for Galaxy background by Ilina Crouse (7:40)
I  made a galaxy background with acrylic paints in the past that I learned from an on-line class (see it here), but I have never tried it using Distress Inks and was excited to give it a try!
The main idea is to use lighter inks first - then add the dark ones - and to leave a lighter area in the center.  I used Arches Watercolor paper to sponge First -  Ranger Distress Mustard Seed
Picked Raspberry Ink
Seedless Preserves Ink
Blueprint Sketch
and finally Black Soot
I decided I wanted a little more of the light colors in the center so I went over it again with some Mustard Seed and Picked Raspberry
Next you splatter some white acrylic paint over the panel using a toothbrush
then add some bigger 'stars' using the end of a small dowel or chopstick!
The final step is to put some water in your palm - and flick some onto the panel using your fingers.  Distress Ink is water based and so it reacts with water - making some areas lighter in your galaxy sky!  LOVE how this comes out!
To keep the card CAS - I just used a small panel of the galaxy, framed it in a piece of shiny gold card stock and layered it to a white card base.  I stamped the sentiment from PTI Oh Holy Night set onto a white card die cut rectangle and layered it over the galaxy with foam dots - I used glue on the foam dots that touched the galaxy so they would stick well.  I punched a star out of the gold and added it with a foam dot to the corner of the sentiment.
So please join us this month and show us your sponging techniques!  You'll find lots of inspiration from the Design Team over at the CAS Mix Up Challenge blog!

Also linking my card to:
Merry Monday - Masculine Card

Stamps:  Oh Holy Night  - Papertrey Ink
Paper:  Arches Water Color, White - PTI, Gold - Marks Finest Papers
Ink:  True Black - PTI, Ranger Distress Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Blueprint Sketch, Black Soot.
Accessories:  White Acrylic Paint, chop stick, Stitched Mat Squares Die - Lil'Inker Designs, foam dots, star punch - McGill


Loll said...

Great job with this technique Julia. Your galaxy looks so amazing. The splattering really brings it to live and creates movement. xx

Susan said...

What an amazing galaxy! Love all the layers of colour you used to end up with it! The splatters of white acrylic and water add so much to it. Just beautiful!

Jo said...

Wow, incredible ink blending! You have definitely learned this technique very well, good job!
Those white splatters truly finish that galaxy feeling. Love it, Hugs

nancy littrell said...

TFS all your galaxy steps Julia. Your galaxy turned out beautifully. Love your added sentiment panel and star too. TFS my friend. Hugs, nancy

Bonnie said...

What an awesome sky, Julia! I love all the stars you made with different techniques! An awesome mixed media card, my friend!

Lisa Lara said...

What an amazing background Julia!

Sue said...

Stunning sky and technique, thank you for sharing it!

Redanne said...

Wow Julia, that sky is superb!! I am definitely going to try that one! Your card is beautiful and I love that wonderful hymn, one of my all time favourites. Hugs, Anne xx

Kim Heggins said...

So beautiful and so happy you showed us how you made it too, just stunning.

Notes by Nina said...

Stunning card Julia, Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.

Pawsitively Creative said...

So fun that you tried it with the DI and what an amazing finished product! You've given me the lush to try the galaxy background. Beautiful and Wowzers! Your card turned out to be a treasure. Awesome sauce and fantabulous! ~Niki

Linda said...

What a beautiful galaxy background you have created. And the sentiment is a perfect fit. Thanks for joining us this week at Merry Monday.

butterfly said...

Wow - stunning sponging to create your magical night sky. Watching the layers build up was just amazing.
Alison x