This card is so super cute but insanely hard to photograph since the silver foil is so reflective :)
This was my first time making a galaxy background and I think it turned out so pretty! I'll try to shoot a quick how to video of how to make the background sometime soon :)
To start, I cut some watercolor paper (I really like the Arches cold press paper for this, it didn't warp up on me and I think the texture just made everything better) down to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". I lined up all of my Distress Inks on my desk and started adding color with my ink blending tools, it doesn't need to be pretty at this stage, you're just transferring color so you don't have to worry about blending it out or any harsh lines. I started with my lightest colors so my ink blending tools wouldn't transfer all of the dark blues and blacks to my light pinks and greens. So I started with Spun Sugar and Cracked Pistachio and Tumbled Glass and just did about 3 little sections of each color spread out all over the card, next I went in and filled in most of the other areas with the blues, building lightest to darkest, then added some purples in any other areas that weren't covered and then went over parts of the blues and purples with gray and black. Next I smooshed each ink color onto an acrylic block to use as water colors. I sprayed my paper with a mini mister with water until it was pretty saturated and then picked up the ink from the blocks to start dabbing on more paint, I added more and more color and water until I was happy with it and then set it aside to dry for a few hours. When it was completely dry I added the stars by squeezing some white gouache paint onto an acrylic block, mixing it with a little water, and flicking it off the edge of my block with a paint brush.
After the stars were completely dry I stamped the sentiment in versamark ink and embossed it with Hero Arts white embossing powder. (I definitely recommend using a MISTI to stamp sentiments on this particular paper as I like to give it a good two or three stamps to make sure it makes it into the texture of the paper!) I stamped the little girl on Neenah cardstock and colored her with Copics and fussy cut her out. I die cut the stars out of silver foil cardstock and adhered them and the little girl onto the background. I cut about about a quarter inch off of the right side of the background and then adhered it to a card base. I cut a strip of the silver foil cardstock to fill that quarter inch and added that to the card base to finish everything off!
My midwife appointment was boring as usually, which i suppose is a good healthy thing. Except for having gallstones during my first pregnancy, everything about both of my pregnancies has basically been text book, I measure exactly where I should and everything is super normal. My midwives always seem almost apologetic that they aren't doing more at my appointments :)
25 days to go until my due date! (Bree came exactly on her due date and so far this baby seems to be following the same schedule.)
Have a fantastic day!