Galaxy Card: How to Set Pigment Ink with an Iron

by | August 27th, 2016 | 2

Clearsnap Galaxy Card

Hi friends! Dana Tatar here today sharing how to create a shimmery galaxy card. I used the new ColorBox® Metallic Pigment Ink and an iron to make this colorful galaxy background. I’ll explain how and why an iron can be a handy craft tool, as well as share several variations of this galaxy card, ranging from simple to super sparkly.

Pigment Ink Galaxy Background

Step One: To begin, use an Art Dauber or Stylus to apply ColorBox® Metallic Pigment Ink to a piece of black cardstock. The generous drying time of pigment ink makes it great for blending, so spend time on this step. Continue to apply ink and blend until the cardstock is covered. Note: I used Red Pearl, Blush, Silver, and Mystical Metallic Pigment Ink, (shown above left) and Aqua Pigment Ink from the new ColorBox® Escape 3-Color Pigment Ink Pad (shown above right).

Iron Heat Set Technique

Step Two: Next, cover the inked paper with a piece of cardstock. Run a hot, dry iron over the cardstock several times to permanently set and dry the ink. Using an iron to heat set pigment ink is much faster than a traditional heat tool.

The even heat source and large surface area of an iron quickly sets ink without warping the paper resulting in a smooth finish.

Embossed Galaxy Background

Step Three: Add “stars” to the galaxy design by sprinkling ColorBox® White Embossing Powder over the cardstock. Because no ink is used to hold the powder in this step, carefully lift the cardstock up from the work surface and apply heat to the bottom of the cardstock to set the embossing powder.

Gold Embossed Vellum

Step Four: Apply ColorBox® Gold Metallic Pigment Ink onto a sentiment stamp and press onto a strip of vellum. Pour ColorBox® Gold Embossing Powder over the stamped sentiment, shake off the excess powder, and apply heat to set.

Designer Tip: Stamp and emboss with the same color for a bolder finish.

Simple Galaxy Card

Step Five: Wrap the vellum sentiment around the piece of galaxy cardstock and glue onto a cardstock card base.

Simple Galaxy Card

This simple card design is elevated by the sheen of the metallic ink and the embossing that is present on both the background and the sentiment. This is a good place to stop…or take this card to the next level by adding stars, sequins, and glitter!

Die-Cut Stickers

Step Six (Optional): Die-cut a set of stars from a piece of gold glitter cardstock. Create stickers from the die-cuts by running them through the Xyron Sticker Maker, which applies an edge-to-edge adhesive to the back of the die-cuts. Apply the star stickers to the card.

Glue Gloss

Step Seven (Optional): Use Glue Gloss to attach star sequins to the front of the card.

Glitter Galaxy Card

Step Eight (Optional): Brush Glue Gloss onto the edge of the card and sprinkle with ColorBox® Sapphire Glitter.

Clearsnap Galaxy Card

Watch this video to see this project come to life – following along to make your own galaxy card!

I love the sparkle and shine of this card and the recipient is sure to feel the same way! If you have a project that features metallic ink we’d love to see it. Stop by the I Heart Clearsnap Facebook page and share your work!

Clearsnap Supplies:

Xyron Products: Xyron 1.5″ Sticker Maker, Xyron Wedge Shaped Glue Stick

Other Supplies: Spellbinders/Donna Salazar Cascading Stars Shapeabilities Die, My Favorite Things/Laina Lamb Count The Stars Clear Acrylic Stamp Set, Vellum, Gold Cardstock, Black Cardstock, Purple Cardstock, White Cardstock, Gold Sequin Stars, Iron, Heat Tool

Dana Tatar shows how to create a galaxy card that is out-of-this-world using ColorBox Metallic Pigment Ink, Embossing Powder, and an iron.

About Dana Tatar

6Dana Tatar I am a stay-at-home mom currently living in Ohio with my husband and two daughters. I started paper crafting about 12 years ago and have expanded from scrapbooking and now create a little of everything, including cards, tags, ATCs, arches and small gift and home decor items. I frequently find inspiration in music, poetry and pop culture. I’m an active blogger and I like to share my tips and ideas. When I’m not creating art, I enjoy cooking and baking, reading, listening to music, and spending time outdoors with my family and basset hound.

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