Starry Love with Erica

Hello everyone! Erica here for my first blog post as part of the design team for Krumspring Stamps, can I get a wah-heeeeey?? I can’t tell you how excited I am to be part of this team and in case the previous sentence didn’t give it away, that would be VERY. I have known Maria via Instagram for a while now and we have gotten together a couple of times for ‘crafty play dates’ that have spanned over entire weekends, so much fun!

Seeing this little company come to life and being such a success is so great, and I can’t wait to see what else she comes up with but for now I’m going to keep my jibber-jabbering to the two cards I made especially for this blog post. Let’s get to it.

My main focus was the big moon from the Shoot for the Moon stamp set and I wanted to show how different a card can look just by changing one little thing: I used white embossing powder for one and black ink with clear embossing powder on top for the second. The rest of the layout is exactly the same although I did colour the moons slightly different as I felt the black outlined one needed slightly more dramatic shades.

One of my favourite ways to colour is water colouring a heat embossed image and I adore Ranger Ink water colouring paper, which is what I used here. Before stamping anything on the paper I sprinkled it generously with my anti-static tool to avoid the embossing powered sticking to places I didn’t want it to. Using my MISTI tool, I placed the card in there and used the moon as a guide to where all the stars and the sentiment from Shoot for the Moon set were going to go. I had a little help from Star Power and Happiness overload too so I only had to stamp once on each panel without moving any of the stars around, so handy!

For the white embossed card, I stamped VersaMark ink right on the card and sprinkled the embossing powder over it. Make sure you tap off the excess as it easily shoots off and melt somewhere else when you use the heat gun on it. For the black outlines card, I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink a few times to make sure the lines were nice and solid. Another big plus with the MISTI is that this part is super easy to do. Once I was happy with the coverage, I wiped the stamps clean and dabbed on the VersaMark before stamping that too. Pouring clear embossing powder over the images, I again tapped off the excess before setting it with the heat gun.

Once the embossing powder was set all I had to do was choose colours. All the colouring is done with Zig Clean Color markers and I like using a Prima Marketing water colour brush to do the blending. I tried slightly different techniques for both of the backgrounds but the general aim was a galaxy look. The moons I stamped on a separate piece of water colour paper as my plan was to fussy cut them out and add to the card with foam tape to avoid it looking too flat.

To add a bit of shimmer (and by ‘a bit’ I mean a lot) I used White Gold from the Gansai Tambi Starry Colors on the white embossed card and all over the moon, I also splattered some (or quite a lot) on the background too. On the black embossed card I used Wink of Stella in gold but it had apparently dried out a little and it was super thick so I had to try and save it by adding more water! Luckily I realised this as I coloured the first triangle and it made me re-think adding it all over the moon. Instead I added it to selected triangles, the stars on the background and I also tried splattering a bit all over. That didn’t look so good while it was still wet however once it was dry, it looks really nice! Phew!

I am a big fan of foam tape, it’s no secret really. I used a 3mm thick one to adhere the moons to create another layer and then it was a simple matter of adhere them both to card bases. Done! It may not sound very quick but these cards were quite quick if you discount the drying time but if you are in a hurry you can cheat and use a heat gun to set the colours.

I hope you have enjoyed this post and feel inspired by these cards, it goes without saying that I think you should #treatyoself to a couple if you don’t have any yet. Sorry, not sorry for being an enabler. I have no regrets.

These stamps are so much fun to play with and as I have shown here, it’s easy to create different looks with the same stamp set. The possibilities are endless when it comes to colour variations too and it’s rather addictive to colour these triangles.

Until next time, happy crafting and good luck unleashing your inner triangle wizard!

Erica

[ Supplies I used ]

Shoot for the Moon

Star Power

Happiness Overload

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