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Easy Distress Oxide Galaxy Backgrounds + GIVEAWAY

Welcome! I love the look of galaxy backgrounds but am not great with watercolor. So I thought I would try creating a few with Distress Oxide Inks. It worked incredibly well and was super easy!

Distress Oxide Galaxy Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

To create my galaxy backgrounds, I decided to use Distress Oxide Inks. These inks are great for “watercolor” layering and for a creamy, unique look. You can also do this technique with traditional Distress Inks, but I reallllly like the Oxide Inks even more! (To find out more about Oxide Inks and their unique properties, head HERE.)

I recommend watching the video above to learn how to create these backgrounds. It is easy to do, but hard to explain. Basically, I layered Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink and pearlized water (Perfect Pearls pigment and water mix) over bright colors of Distress Oxide Ink. I also sprinkled on white paint for stars.

Distress Oxide Galaxy Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For my moon, I die cut a circle from cloud vellum (available in the Vellum Variety Pad) and white heat embossed images from the August Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit‘s stamp set. The sentiment is from the Hero Arts Astronomical Stamps Set… isn’t it a good one? And Lucy’s Cards Clear Iridescent Jewels were the perfect starry touch…

Distress Oxide Galaxy Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For the background, I impressed the Hero Arts Star Confetti Die into Carta Bella White Shimmer 12×12 Cardstock with my die cut machine and Spellbinders Tan Embossing Mats. I wish you could see the shine and shimmer on this in real life!!!

Distress Oxide Galaxy Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is another example, but without the vellum. Check out colorful Distress Oxide Inks peeking out from the Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink I added on top…

Distress Oxide Galaxy Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Some people prefer more colorful galaxy looks. I like subtle ones, but you could easily make this one more colorful .

Distress Oxide Galaxy Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This next one is very simple! I just added images from the August Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit‘s stamp set. The white heat embossing stands out nicely on the colorful background.

Distress Oxide Galaxy Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I wish you could see this background in person. It has a chalky look (thanks to the Oxide Inks) and shimmer (thanks to the Perfect Pearls). Lots of texture too.

Distress Oxide Galaxy Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

BLOG HOP

This post is part of a blog hop celebrating the August Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit featuring fun and unique products. The kit value is $77… but only costs $34.99! (The folks at Hero Arts are generous!) You can see all the details HERE. The kit is available for a limited time only – once it’s gone, it’s gone. (Remember that Hero Arts does now have a subscription option with FREE US shipping and $9.99 international shipping in case you never want to miss out on a kit. Find out info HERE.)

There are also many great new products available that coordinate with the kit. You can find them all HERE.

HERE is the kit. All this for under $35!

The next stop on the hop is the creative blog of the wonderful Nichol Spohr. (You can always start at the beginning of the hop at the Hero Arts Blog.)

GIVEAWAY

Hero Arts is giving away a kit to a lucky blog reader – selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. For your chance, leave a comment below and on all the blogs in the hop by 11:59pmEST on 8/13/17. (To leave a comment, scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the green “leave a comment” button. The winner’s name will be shared on the Hero Arts Blog. Hero Arts will reimburse the winner if they already bought the kit.)

SUPPLIES

Want to find the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those from Hero Arts. As always, this post was NOT asked for, paid, or sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store, such as Hero Arts (HA) and Simon Says Stamp (SSS).