Sunday, July 26, 2015

Dancin' through the Milky Way

8/2/2015 Update:" Dancin' through the Milky Way" was a Design Team Pick in the Can You Case It? #79 Challenge!

My Milky Way card was going to be the original submission for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #117 but I decided to set it aside and submit THIS card. But this morning, while tidying my work space, I retrieved the card from the heap on my table and decided to finish it. So now I have two submissions to the AHSC challenge. This card also works for two other "Anything Goes" challenges. One is at Can You Case It #79 and the other at Aud Sentiments #136.

I love the way that it is possible to tessellate certain shapes, especially bicentric hexagons. I specifically placed them so that there is a stellated shape created by the six triangles surrounding one hexagon.

First a panel of white cardstock was sponged with five shades of blue for an ombre effect then heat embossed with clear powder. The shapes were die cut using a hexagon. The

hexagons were backed with Dimensionals and adhered to white glimmer paper cut with curvy edges freehand. On a white card base, a panel of glimmer paper was adhered then covered with a piece of blue glitter paper that had been punched with star shapes. The wavy panel was adhered to the blue paper.

Tiny stars left from punching blue glitter paper along with a few star punches of white glimmer paper were adhered on the hexagons. Three stars were punched and adhered to the upper right of the card. A sentiment was masked and stamped on white, adhered to blue glitter paper, then to white glimmer paper with a hexagon and a blue star. The inside was decorated with two die cut hexagons.

Visit Aud Sentiments and CYCI blogs for lots of card styles, and be sure to view the array of hexagon creations at AHSC #117!

Techniques: Stamping, masking, punching, heat embossing, die cutting, sponging, freehand cutting
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")
Materials are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
Stamp: Fabulous Four (masked sentiment)
Inks: Soft Sky, Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Midnight Muse, Night of Navy, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Whisper White, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper, blue glitter paper from stash
Dies: Spellbinders Hexagons
Punches: Star Confetti, Itty Bitty Shapes (star)
Misc.: Dimensionals, clear embossing powder


  1. Wow, great card Mel. It's strange my first hexagon I was going to do the star as well, but mine was an insert of a star which I couldn't match with the hexagons, but this is a great idea. Very nice card, luv the colors and everything.

  2. Woooow!!! Talk about glitter! I can't say enough about this card.... love, love, love!!

  3. So loving the colours, wow! Very pretty and shimmery for sure! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC)!

    Brandi R
    DT member AHSC

  4. Wow, wow, wow! Love all of those glittery hexagons and stars. Fantastic colors, beautiful card!

  5. So pretty and sparkly and blingy! I just love it! Beautiful job! Thanks for joining us at AHSC this week! :)

    Jess - DT Member,

  6. wow! What an intricate and bold background! thanks for joining us at!

  7. sparkly and blingy and fun! I love it! Lovely combo of blues and fun take on the sketch!
    Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC)!

    Linda Norman
    DT member AHSC

  8. Simply beautiful. All of that bling is fantastic! Thanks for joining us at AHSC.

  9. Love, Love, Love it!!! Great use of many techniques!! Thanks for joining us @ Can You Case It!

  10. Melanie, I totally love your use of color and design! Thanks for joining us at CYCI :) Eva

  11. Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at cyci!