How-to: Night Sky / Galaxy Card Tutorial with Hero Arts Cathedral of Trees Bold Prints Stamp. Video tutorial by Yana Smakula

Hero Arts | How-to: Night Sky / Galaxy Card. Video (Blog Hop + Giveaway)

Hello, crafters! In this video, I’ll show you how to create a stunning night sky background for a handmade card with the help of Hero Arts stamps and inks. This technique, while looks complicated, is easy to replicate and is sure to give you great results.

How-to: Night Sky / Galaxy Card Tutorial with Hero Arts Cathedral of Trees Bold Prints Stamp. Video tutorial by Yana Smakula

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VIDEO TUTORIAL

As always, I filmed a video tutorial showing how to create this project from start to finish. I’m hoping you’ll enjoy it. Watch it below or on my Youtube channel:

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CARDS DETAILS

I am using a new background stamp from Hero Arts called Cathedral of Trees, it is from Hero’s new Oh What Hun Holiday 2019 catalog that was just released. It’s a 6×6 cling background stamp that can be used for both portrait and landscape cards. I’ve been on a lookout for a stamp like this for a long time as this look is very on-trend these days and I don’t have anything similar in my stash.

How-to: Night Sky / Galaxy Card Tutorial with Hero Arts Cathedral of Trees Bold Prints Stamp. Video tutorial by Yana Smakula

The idea is to stamp this image in black ink, heat emboss it to protect that black color from any ink that will be applied over it and ink blend the background.

To begin, I used a MISTI stamping tool and first stamped the image in clear embossing ink. I did not use white cardstock but went with Hero Arts Arctic cardstock instead. You can, by all means, start with a white panel, but it is easier to start with a light blue one instead. This will require a lot less ink blending down the road.

How-to: Night Sky / Galaxy Card Tutorial with Hero Arts Cathedral of Trees Bold Prints Stamp. Video tutorial by Yana Smakula

Next, I stamped the same image in black ink, covered the image with Sparkle embossing powder and heat set it. Several colors of ink are needed to achieve this look. I like to use a few blue and purple pads for this, including Hero Arts Reactive inks as they will give us that beautiful sky look.

I used Navy, Grape JuiceBlue Hawaii, Grape Slush, Splash and Sea Salt. The latter was applied direct to paper and blended out on the panel. Next, I sprayed the background with Iridescent White Shimmer Spray and let it sit for about 30 minutes for the moisture to absorb into the paper and dry. To add more stars to the sky I used a white pen and added a bunch of white dots in various sizes.

How-to: Night Sky / Galaxy Card Tutorial with Hero Arts Cathedral of Trees Bold Prints Stamp. Video tutorial by Yana Smakula

I made a very simple card using my background – I trimmed the background down a bit and added to a white card base, I white heat embossed a sentiment that reads “May Peace, Love and Prosperity Follow you Always”, this sentiment comes from a new Holiday Messages and Icons set. I heat embossed it on Hero Hues Cranberry cardstock and embellished the card with red enamel dots from the Sunset set also from Hero Arts, it’s another new product from Hero this year.

How-to: Night Sky / Galaxy Card Tutorial with Hero Arts Cathedral of Trees Bold Prints Stamp. Video tutorial by Yana Smakula

Have fun stamping!

BLOG HOP

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GIVEAWAY

We will give away $50 gift cards to the Hero Arts shop to two lucky winners drawn from all comments left across the hop. Comment by August 31 at 11:59 PST. Winners will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week.

SUPPLIES

I’m listing the products I used below. Click on the link to go directly to the product. Where available I use compensated affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much for your support!

Hero Arts CG787 Cathedral of Trees Bold Prints
Hero Arts CG787 Cathedral of Trees Bold Prints
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Hero Arts CM375 Holiday Messages and Icons
Hero Arts CM375 Holiday Messages and Icons
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Hero Arts CH328 Sunset Hero Hues Enamel Dots
Hero Arts CH328 Sunset Hero Hues Enamel Dots
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Hero Arts Ink Pad Intense Black Ink
Hero Arts Ink Pad Intense Black Ink
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Hero Arts AF428 Splash Reactive Ink
Hero Arts AF428 Splash Reactive Ink
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Hero Arts AF429 Blue Hawaii Reactive Ink
Hero Arts AF429 Blue Hawaii Reactive Ink
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Hero Arts AF432 Grape Slush Reactive Ink
Hero Arts AF432 Grape Slush Reactive Ink
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Hero Arts AF434 Sea Salt Reactive Ink
Hero Arts AF434 Sea Salt Reactive Ink
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Hero Arts Navy Ink Pad
Hero Arts Navy Ink Pad
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Hero Arts Grape Juice Ink
Hero Arts Grape Juice Ink
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Hero Arts White Iridescent Shimmer Spray
Hero Arts White Iridescent Shimmer Spray
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Hero Hues Premium Cardstock Arctic
Hero Hues Premium Cardstock Arctic
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Hero Arts Hero Hues Cardstock Dove White
Hero Arts Hero Hues Cardstock Dove White
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Hero Hues Premium Cardstock Cranberry
Hero Hues Premium Cardstock Cranberry
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Misti Stamping Tool
Misti Stamping Tool
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Hero Arts White Detail Embossing Powder
Hero Arts White Detail Embossing Powder
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Hero Arts Clear Embossing & Watermark Ink
Hero Arts Clear Embossing & Watermark Ink
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Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun
Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun
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Hero Arts Silver Sparkle Embossing Powder
Hero Arts Silver Sparkle Embossing Powder
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Ranger Mini Round Ink Blending Tools
Ranger Mini Round Ink Blending Tools
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Spellbinders Circle Replacement Foam
Spellbinders Circle Replacement Foam
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SSS | SC | SB | AZ
FSJ Dauber Dowel Small (2 cm)
FSJ Dauber Dowel Small (2 cm)
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SB
Sakura Classic White Gelly Roll Pens Set of 3
Sakura Classic White Gelly Roll Pens Set of 3
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SSS | AZ

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188 Comments

    1. Absolutely gorgeous card! Love the trees and the colors…
      Thanks for sharing.

    1. That night sky is stunning. Will be trying this soon. Thanks for the video. 🙂

    1. Super pretty card. Love all the ink blending and the red sentiment and enamel dots give it just the right pop. My favorite card of the hop.

      1. Yana, I LOVE your night sky with the Cathedral of Trees silhouetted, and framing it! Stunning! I’ll bet the real life sparkle really makes it pop! The red sentiment strip and embellishments really sets off the whole scene. Great choice, and as always great work Yana!

    1. Oh Yana! You always design such classic and beautiful things! This is breathtaking!

    1. Wow, this card is so hauntingly beautiful! I love everything about it. You always seem to create such gorgeous and unique things. I am always amazed at how some are easier than I expect them to be. Thanks for sharing!

    1. What a fantastic way to end this blog hop. I love this card and think your night sky is one of the most beautiful I’ve seen and I’ve been looking because I want to create some galaxy looking cards as backgrounds for Christmas. I love this stamp set too and think it’s another must have from Hero Arts. My Hero Arts stash seems to be over running it’s space! 🙂

    1. I saw this card on Instagram and thought how beautiful the image and background were!

    1. I just recently started doing ink blending to achieve a night sky! It’s nowhere near as difficult to do as I thought and I can’t believe I was intimidated by it before! However …! You have some really interesting tips in your video! I didn’t know one could stamp in versa mark ink and then stamp black over top all before adding embossing powder!! That’s a great tip!! And I’ve seen you “cheat” before by using colored card stock as a base. I haven’t tried that yet, but I like the idea. Hope all is well with you. Thanks for taking the time to make a video.

    1. Wow, the background of your card is stunning! Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Fantastic combo of the trees and the galaxy sky! Really beautiful!

    1. Beautiful card! Perfect background for this die. Thank you for sharing your creative ideas & teaching how to duplicate the results!

    1. Absolutely beautiful results with the layers of ink and embossing on the trees and a perfect night sky. I can practically smell and feel the crisp night air just looking up through the trees- thanks for a wonderful vision and for sharing your talents!

    1. Your card is stunning! You are so creative! I always enjoy seeing your creations and think your card was a perfect way to use the Cathedral of Trees background stamp. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Gorgeous card. I love how you create your backgrounds. Thanks for sharing your time and talent with us.

    1. The night sky is stunning. Thanks for sharing your process I enjoyed it.

    1. Beautiful card! I need to give this a try – you make it look so easy!!

    1. Wow, you are right there are no stamps that look like this one and I like how you started with a light blue base.

    1. This is such a beautiful card! I can just imagine lying down looking up at your sky through those trees.

    1. What a stunning card! I can’t wait to try your technique myself. Thanks so much for the video tutorial.

    1. Beautiful card….love how you did the night sky background. I definitely will try this technique .

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