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Happy Tuesday! Welcome back for another Technique Tuesday with Pam. Today I am going to create a simple “night sky” background with Distress Inks, which pairs perfectly with the sentiment “I Love you to the Moon and Back” from the Honey Bee set Not Too Shabby.

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Creating a night sky is super simple and you can can get such fabulous results, different every time.

Let’s get started:

Start by applying a dark shade of purple Distress ink (Dusty Concord) to the center areas of white card stock (4.25" x5.5").

Start by applying a dark shade of purple Distress ink (Dusty Concord) to the center areas of white card stock (4.25″ x5.5″).

One of the best things about Distress Ink is it’s blendability!

Add various shades of blue Distress with a mini blending tool around the edges and blend with the purple.

Continue by adding various shades of blue Distress ink to edge areas with mini ink blending tool and blend with purple.

The final result using 3 colors of Distress.

The final result using 3 colors of Distress.

Try using different colors of Distress to creating varying “night skies” or even add some yellow, orange or pink hues for a great sunset.

To add the twilight stars effect spritz a splatter brush with Hero Arts Unicorn white spray ink.

To add the twilight stars effect spritz a splatter brush with Hero Arts Unicorn white spray ink.

Tap the brush gently to add tiny dots of white color to your night sky.

Tap the brush gently to add tiny dots of white color to your night sky.

Dry thoroughly with heat tool.

Dry thoroughly with heat tool.

I just love the tiny dots you can achieve with a splatter brush.

To add more dimension, spritz water into your and flick onto the background.

To add more dimension, spritz water into your and flick onto the background.

Because Distress Ink reacts with water you will see these drop; gets lighten and remove some of the ink creating the dimension. Dry with heat tool.

Because Distress Ink reacts with water you will see these droplets lighten and remove some of the ink creating the dimension. Dry with heat tool.

Distress ink is so reactive with water- amazing droplet shapes are created with this technique (from Tim Holtz “spritz and flick”.

Now you have created this simple night sky. I encourage you to experiment with different colors of distress, perhaps adding a bit of a sunset as well. You will be amazed at the results when you just “play”.

To finish off the card I added a die cut moon and the sentiment (stamped in Versamark black and embossed with clear embossing powder). I also matted the background with a silver lining to match the background paper.  This is so easy to create even if you don’t have metallic paper. Check this out:

Apply Versamark watermark ink to the edges of your white card stock.

Apply Versamark watermark ink to the edges of your white card stock.

Sprinkle Metallic Silver embossing powder over the areas covered with Versamark.

Sprinkle Metallic Silver embossing powder over the areas covered with Versamark.

Melt the embossing powder with a heat tool.

Melt the embossing powder with a heat tool.

This is such a great way to created a matted background when you do not have metallic card stock! Great technique that I learned from Jennifer McGuire.

To finish off the card I adhered the layers together, popped the sentiment and moon with dimensional tape.

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Thanks again for joining me this week for another Technique Tuesday!  Be sure to leave a comment below and let me know what other “techniques” you are interested in seeing here on the blog! Yes, I am taking requests!

Embrace Imperfection!

Pam

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