Creating a galaxy effect with Spectrum Noir Aquatints

Hey ! I hope you are all well ? 
No video today ! but I wanted to share with you a couple of cards that I made for a tutorial over on the Spectrum Noir Blog. 

All things sky and galaxy are bang on trend at the moment, and I LOVE it. I am a huge night time person and could speak hours watching the night time sky...I know I am strange. 
I have seen a few people saying how they love the galaxy effect but its hard to do....and it really isn't!! 
Back in the day ( I sound old!) I used to paint....not well, but it was my crafting back then and one of things I could paint over and over was night skies & Galaxies. So if I can do it, then anyone can and I encourage you all to try it.  
I created the below cards using Spectrum Noir Aquatints, but a lot of mediums work well, especially waterbased ones such as water colour paints.
 I did two different effects with these, the bottom one was using just one layer of colour and one layer of black, the top one was done using two layers of colour and one layer of black. 

Once this one was dry I used Simon Says Stamp Falling Stars die (all links and supplies are listed below) to die cut the main panel and then adhered that too some Silver Glitter card. I then heat embossed the sentiment in Silver onto some black cardstock and using foam tape I added this to the card. I then added some Silver Sequins Stars from Pretty Pink Posh. 

This one I tried something totally different and it was a NIGHTMARE to photograph. I used white embossing powder on the main panel to emboss the sentiment and then using silver embossing powder I heat embossed the same sentiment onto a strip of Vellum, I then adhered it so that it was slightly higher and gave a 3Dish look, I LOVE how it turned out in RL, it is just one of those effeects that gets lost a bit when you photo it ! I then just added some of the die cut stars from the other card, and a couple of the Stars from Pretty Pink Posh. 

I was going to go with black card bases, but decided on white to make it pop that little bit more. 
If you want to check out how I made these and the Aquatint Colours I used then head on over to the blog to check out the tutorial which can be found here

Thank you so much for stopping by today. 
I hope you have an amazing day. 
Happy Crafting 



  1. These are BEAUTIFUL!! I am sure the galaxies in these cards are more stunning in real life! This would be fun to watch how you created in YT videos....just saying. Have a great week, Tracey!

    1. Thank you so much Virginia xxx I am planning a video 😀 I did this tutorial when my camera was not playing ball, but my plan definitely is too do one, so watch this space ❤️

  2. Beautiful skies and beautiful cards! Love looking at the stars too.

  3. These look fabulous Tracy. I will be popping over to SN to have a peek at your tutorial.

  4. Wow! these are stunning Tracy, love them both.

  5. Ooooh, two gorgeous twinkly sky backgrounds...just beautiful, and finished beautifully with the sentiments. The shadow effect with the vellum does show on the photos and looks lovely; what a fab idea!
    Big hugs, Kat xx

  6. Gorgeous, fantastic backgrounds too. Creative Blessings, Tracy x


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