11807699_10154108340912222_5910044014783842413_oIt’s sketch week at the Global Design Project this week. Anyone who has followed me for any length of time will know that’s my favourite challenge of all!


This week I decided to dive back in to some messy card making. I usually like the things I make most when I’m all inky. Because I have limited time to create this year, amongst full time mummy-ing, full time study and almost full time work, I really wanted to let those creative juices flow!

You may have noticed over recent months that I’ve got a small obsession with hand lettering and calligraphy. While I’m not sharing any of my attempts in this post, I did want to have a go at something that I see often over in that realm… watercolour galaxies. So my fellow lettering pals use watercolour paints but I thought I would try it out with Stampin’ Up! inks.

I first taped down some watercolour paper to a piece of glass but you can use anything hard – it’s just to stop the paper from lifting and warping. I gave my whole piece a light wash with water and then splashed on some colour. I used (mostly) Rich Razzleberry, Elegant Eggplant, Dapper Denim and Night of Navy.

Once the first layer was done, I dried it with my heat tool (or you could be patient and let it dry naturally). Then I added more colour and repeated this process until my galaxy was as dark as I wanted it. Lastly, I flicked some white craft ink off a stiff paintbrush for stars and added in some bigger stars with some dots from Holly Jolly Greetings.

Watercolour galaxy using Stampin' Up! inks by Jessica Williams

(Before you ask, yes I did make a video but then there were dramas and well it didn’t make it. But I have huge plans of making more galaxies so stay tuned. To be honest, it’s more likely to hit my Instagram account first so make sure you follow me there or on Facebook).

I added my background piece to may card, added some stars and accessorised with silver ribbon, sequins and super-fun pom pom trim. The sentiments are from Holly Jolly Greetings and Sunshine Sayings.

Watercolour galaxy using Stampin' Up! inks by Jessica Williams

Watercolour galaxy using Stampin' Up! inks by Jessica Williams

Watercolour galaxy using Stampin' Up! inks by Jessica Williams

Be sure to pop by and check out the inspiration from the rest of the design team… and why not play along yourself?

Jess x

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