Aim for the moon!

Hope everyone’s 4th of July was a wonderful one!

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Today’s color recipe was requested by a couple of our KSS Forum Members,

Multi Step Owl & Harvest Moon, which can be now be found HERE.

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With the faint images of fireworks still dancing in my head … I pulled out Multi Step Owl & Harvest Moon and Friends of the Moon and attempted to recreate a moonlit night of fireworks.

In my post, Quick Masking with Embossing Powder/Resist Technique  (dye inks yield the best results – pigment inks can still leave a stain of color), I showed how you can use clear embossing power as mask. So it seemed fitting to use the same technique for my moon (with ripped paper to define the mountain silhouette) and fireworks (using an assortment of colored metallic embossing powders along with ink with clear embossing powder on top). After all my fireworks were in place, applying the ink pad directly to the paper (Memento – Pair Dusk and Danube Blue), the sky was filled in cleaning the excess ink on the moon and fireworks with a Q-Tip. Using the other half of torn paper (for the mountains), again – applying the ink pad directly to the paper (Memento – Olive Grove & Gray Flannel), to create the mountain silhouette.

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This card was stamped on white card stock. It did not have the dramatic punch I was looking for … if only I could stamp my moon onto black card stock?… which I have not had success with … so far.

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This is an example of Step #1 using Moonlight White  from Brilliance (and I have tried others which I will not name)

Over stamped 3x’s – yuck!

What I wanted was  … this! This bright white was created using white embossing powder for Step #1.

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But, if clear embossing powder can act as a mask, how was I going to get the following layers of ink to stick to white embossing powder?    

[Off Topic Side Note: A few days ago I was reading about using Sharpie Markers for adding decoration/art to a manicure. To keep the Sharpie from smearing when adding the clear top coat fo polish, hair spray was used to create a clear barrier. It dried fast, clear and did not effect the Sharpie or the top coat polish… the hair spray acted as a fixative. A fixative not just for hair.]

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This got me thinking! It seems that hair spray is not just a fixative for hair … why not for ink too!  So, I rolled up my sleeves and started to experiment. Here is the end results.

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Step #1 – Stamp with VersaMark and use Detail White Opaque Embossing Powder.

• Allow embossed moon to cool.

• Spray with hair spray. (Don’t worry about wet spots – they will dry relatively quickly. A heat gun will speed up the process.)

OPTIONAL NOTE:  Using an anit-static embossing bag (Embossing Buddy) after the hair spray dried – yield even better results with the ink hold detail.

Step #2 – Niagara Mist by VersaMagic (pigment inks worked much better than dye inks).

Step #3 – Smokey Gray by VersaFine (I thought the ink looked a bit strong in some areas, so I Kimwipe [a lint free tissue] to blot those areas.)

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There you have it… a white moon on black paper. 🙂

firworks---black

For this card (Black Cards Stock), I created the moon as stated above and used a piece of ripped paper for the mountains. The mountains remain the black paper.

Before adding the embossed fireworks as in the first card… using Step #1 again (on top of finished moon) – VersaMark and transparent Kaleidoscope embossing power.

After stamping the fireworks in an assortment of embossing powders and with the torn paper mask still in place – directly used a dew drop ink pad – Night Sky from VersaMagic, to create the slanted streaks in the sky and define the mountains left of the moon.

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Stamps: Multi Step Owl & Autumn Moon and Friends of the Moon from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: For card stamped on white: Classic Crest – Classic Cream from Neenah. For card stamped on black: Basic Black from SU!
Both cards finished with Metallic Copper from SU! and Metallic Blue Steel from The Paper Co.
Inks: see above in post for inks used. 
Embellishments: Assortment of embossing powders used with VersaMark. From Stampendous: Detail White-Opaque, Detail Clear-Transparent, Star Dust-Transparent, Kaleidoscope-Transparent, Red Dragon-Opaque and Aqua Tinsel-Opaque. From Ranger: Super Fine Detail Silver-Opaque. From Sparkle N Sprinkle: Copper Dreams-Detail Opaque and Irish Spring-Detail Opaque.
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