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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Step Five: Wrap the vellum sentiment around the piece of galaxy cardstock and glue onto a cardstock card base.
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!
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.
Step Seven (Optional): Use Glue Gloss to attach star sequins to the front of the card.
Step Eight (Optional): Brush Glue Gloss onto the edge of the card and sprinkle with ColorBox® Sapphire Glitter.
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!
- ColorBox® Classic Pigment Metallic Ink: Blush, Gold, Mystical, Red Pearl, Silver
- ColorBox® 3-Color Pigment Ink: Escape
- ColorBox® Embossing Powder: Gold, White
- ColorBox® Glitter: Sapphire
- Glue Gloss
- ColorBox® Art Dauber
- ColorBox® Stylus and Tips
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