13 Galaxy Card Ideas

It’s the Ellen Hutson shop’s 13th anniversary and we are celebrating some of Ellen’s favorite cardmaking ideas!

Today we have 13 great galaxy card ideas! Just click on the pictures below to see more and make sure to scroll all the way to the end so you don’t miss a super cool ink blending galaxy tutorial from Jessica Frost-Ballas!

And we are delighted to have Jessica Frost-Ballas back today with a fantastic galaxy tutorial!

Hello!  Jessica Frost-Ballas here from All the Sparkle and I’m so excited to be guesting for Ellen Hutson today!  I’m sharing how to create a galaxy background using ink blending and lots of fun splatters and I’m combining it with the Essentials by Ellen Spaced Out set to create an interactive card!

To start I blend mustard seed, picked raspberry, peacock feathers, seedless preserves, blueprint sketch, chipped sapphire, and black soot distress oxide ink onto a panel of Strathmore Bristol cardstock.  I apply my brightest colors first randomly across the panel and then gradually cover some of them with the chipped sapphire and black soot.  Once I’m finished blending I dry the panel with my heat gun and then start splattering!

First I add splatters of water with my Ranger distress spray bottle and my Hero Arts spray bottle.  The Ranger bottle adds big droplets while the Hero Arts bottle applies a fine even spray across the panel.  I let it dry briefly and then blot off the excess with a paper towel.  Next I spray the panel with Avery Elle shimmer spray and splatter it with Hero Arts Metallic Gold Giimmer Paint, Ranger Black Soot Distress Oxide reinker, and Copic Opaque White.  I let it dry thoroughly between each layer.  And as you add layers the dimension really grows and gives it your panel that feeling of millions and billions of stars and galaxies light years apart!

While that’s all drying I stamp the images from Spaced Out onto white cardstock with versafine and heat-emboss them with clear embossing powder before coloring them with copic markers.  I use copic colors similar in shade to the distress oxide inks I used. 

  • Alien – YG11, YG13
  • UFO – C00, C0, C1, C2, C3, C5, C6, Y35, Y38, B26
  • Moon – W1, W3, W5, W6, W7, W8
  • Planet – BG11, BG13, BG49
  • Planet – RV13, RV14, RV25, Y35, Y38, V12, V15, V17

Then I die-cut them with the coordinating dies.  To help the images blend into the background better I go over the white edges of the die cuts with a black marker.  I also add my alien to the UFO!

Next I lay my scene out on the galaxy panel and then use the Lawn Fawn Slide on Over dies to die-cut a slider channel.  I adhere the slider piece to a panel of black cardstock so it will be visible through the slider. Then I use two foam dots to add the UFO to the slider channel and sandwich it with a UFO cut from black cardstock.  I use two foam dots instead of one so that the UFO will slide instead of spin in a circle.  Then I add a double layer of foam mounting panel to my galaxy background and adhere it to the black cardstock.

I end up changing my design slightly so I die-cut a circle from a scrap of white cardstock and blend mustard seed distress oxide ink over the circle to create a sun.  I add that to the top corner of my galaxy panel and then adhere planets.  I stamped the sentiment from Spaced Out onto white cardstock, trimmed it down to a thin label and adhered it with foam mounting tape. 

Finally I add nuvo crystal glaze to the UFO and planets and a thick layer of spectrum noir clear sparkle to the alien, sun, and planets to finish my card! 

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and I really hope you’ll give it a try!  Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fantastic day!!


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1 Comment

  • Reply Maureen Reiss November 22, 2019 at 7:45 am

    Amazing backgrounds and cards!!!

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