Hello! Another Kitty Bee Designs Aloha Friday Challenge is underway and this month the theme is “in the sky”. My inspiration goes one step further, right into outer space, using Oddball Art Co’s Lizzy Love.

I started with a little digital manipulation by removing the white background and overlaying the image onto a blue ombre digital background. I wanted the blue to be as bold as possible because I was going to use the bright colors of Zig Clean Color Brush Pens directly to the card. I love that I can take these little shortcuts when using watercolors by printing with a laser printer. There’s just no risk of the printer ink smudging.

Once my coloring was finished and dry, I die cut the image out with the second largest die from My Favorite Things Elegant Rectangle Die Set. Because the main colors in my image were blue and yellow, I decided to continue that scheme across to the rest of the card. I printed two matching yellow star patterned papers from Hollie Blake’s Bright Stars digital patterned paper pack and Hollie Blake’s Stars digital patterned paper pack to complete the card. Using the Bright Stars digital patterned paper and the largest Sue Wilson’s Mosaic Bauble die set, I die cut a 5.25″×6.5″ card front, adding a second die cut piece of plain white cardstock to the back to create my card base. I scored that second piece of card one quarter of an inch from the top and used strong liquid PVA to secure it to my printed front panel.

I then used the Stars digital patterned paper to die cut a frame for the feature, using the two largest dies from the My Favorite Things Elegant Rectangle set. I centered the die cut feature directly to the card front and added the yellow, die cut frame around the edge, making sure the thin frame sat flush against the edges of the main image piece. I also die cut two stars to add as embellishments, using Cut In Cut Out Star Die Set by Gina Marie Designs, backing the yellow star with a second, blue die cut star. To add a little more interest to these stars, I filled each die cut hole with my Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Sparkle Pen, to add some shimmer to the blue star beneath.

To finish off, I stamped a sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s On A Star stamp set onto a scrap piece of the yellow Stars patterned paper with Versamark ink and sprinkled blue Ranger embossing powder onto the ink and heat set it. I die cut the strip down to size, using the Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Labels die set and trimmed a tiny fishtail into one end, before adding it, and the small star to the top corner of my card. I also added the second star to the opposing bottom corner to balance out the design.

When looking back at my design, I thought it was lacking the shine normally associated with stars. I found some tiny star sequins in my stash and added them all over the blue in my feature image, using Ranger Multi Medium Matte Adhesive. These stars are actually made for nail art but they work well on a card too and, being only 3mm in size and semi transparent, it allowed me to add lots of stars without overwhelming my design. I just wish I could have photographed the shine accurately to show just how great these little stars really look when you move the card!

I hope you like my “out of this world” design and you get the chance to create something great to enter into the current Kitty Bee Designs Aloha Friday Challenge. Thanks so much for spending time with me today. I look forward to next time…😊


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