Creative Carte Blanche: Sun, Moon, and Stars!


Hi friends! Today, I’m posting an easy tutorial for our Sun, Moon, and/or Stars Creative Adventure over at the Creative Carte Blanche blog. Our lovely Yvonne Blair came up with this month’s theme, and isn’t it just perfect for these lovely days of late summer?

Anytime I get to use the Kitchen Sink Stamps multi-step images, I’m a happy girl. Their sets are so cleverly designed and create images with great shading and dimension. If you’ve never checked them out, you really should– they have tons of cool stuff for every occasion.

Here’s how this piece came together:


This card features images from the awesome Kitchen Sink Stamps Multi-Step Owl and Autumn Moon set. As shown here, it takes three stamps to build the moon, and I used three progressively darker shades of Ranger Archival Ink to create the image.



Kitchen Sink Stamps are numbered so you’ll know how to build your image. Moon Stamp #1 is a solid circle, and I used the lightest of the three inks–Shadow Grey. You’ll want to use see-through stamping blocks so you can align the images correctly.



Stamp #2 adds shadows to the moon. I used Watering Can for this step. Align the image right on top of the first one.



Stamp #3 adds more detail to the moon image. I used Jet Black Archival Ink for this final step. You’ll see I was a little off on the alignment, but that’s no big deal. I used a dark gray marker later to smooth out the edges.



Next up: The sky. I used Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass, Weathered Wood, Stormy Sky and Black Soot, smudging the lightest colors closest to the moon, then adding progressively darker tones toward the farther edges of the card. Use an Ink Blending Tool to layer, layer, layer here. Do leave a completely un-inked perimeter around the moon so it appears to glow!



Use a waterbrush to lightly blend the ink toward the moon so there’s no solid line between the inked and uninked areas of the sky. Be careful to not drag ink all the way into the moon– you still want that white halo.



Let’s add a tree! The same stamp set comes with a multi-step tree. Stamp tree #1 with, appropriately enough, Tree Branch Archival Ink.



This time, I was going for an offset print look, so I stamped tree image #2 very slightly off alignment of the first image, using Jet Black ink. I like the blurry, nighttime look this gives.



There are several leaf images in this set. I used Jet Black ink again, stamping shadowy leaves onto the tree and also being tossed in the breeze.



Use a white paint pen to dot some stars into the sky.



Rough up the edges of the card with a Tim Holtz Tonic Paper Distresser.



Okay, time to get the background card done. Use black cardstock, cut so there’s a 1/2″ border on the left, top and right side, and about a 1-1/2″ border on the bottom. Arrange letters from the Lawn Fawn Harold’s Alphabet stamp set exactly as you’d like them.



Carefully press a gridblock firmly onto the stamps so they maintain their layout.



Dab white paint onto the letters with a sponge and quickly stamp the letters onto the black card. (Be sure to immediately spritz the stamps with water and wipe them off so the paint doesn’t dry on them.)



Use a white Signo pen to touch up the lettering, if needed.



Attach the moon panel to the backing using your favorite paper adhesive, and voila! A dreamy card for you.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll join our Sun, Moon, and/or Stars Adventure at Creative Carte Blanche. The challenge is open through the end of August, and we’d love to see your masterpiece!