The theme of the month is “Anniversary”, and I wanted to share something important and “joyful” or at least, not a sad anniversary.
I’m going to explain the story of this card quickly, so you know everything.
I began to think about the theme in the beginning of March, as I prefer to prepare everything early to not rush with my work, as I am getting anxious quite easily. Are you in the team “last minute” ( I was in that team when I was younger, I felt I was more inspired with pressure ) or in the team “in advance” or maybe in both team (depending of the event) ?
So, I found the perfect event for this card (all the others were very sad).
It’s very interesting and I knew I would find some products to use in my stash to represent it.
It’s the first recorded astronomical observation by Nicolaus Copernicus.
I was so happy, I made the card, and when I began to write this post, I wrote that the event took place on the 9th of March of 1497, as this was the date of this event, and realized we would be in April for this challenge.
As I prepared it really early, I made a mistake on the date.
So let’s say we are celebrating the 524th anniversary (and one month: haha) of it.
Another thing complicated my post, the computer I wrote all of this post died, so now I’m rewriting this post from my memories and a few notes of the products I wrote down on a paper.
Now that you know all the background story, let’s make this card !
I began to stamp the galaxy peek-a-boo stamp on a pitch black cardstock using clear embossing and watermark ink and gold glitter embossing powder.
Then I used a circle die from the nesting circle infinity dies to die cut my galaxy panel.
I die cut a white paper (it totally can be scrap paper for this) with the same circle die and then cut it again with a bigger circle from the infinity circle dies to make a ring that I heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.
Then, I die cut an acetate sheet with the bigger circle I used earlier, and glued the golden ring with it, using precision glue.
That represents the astronomical bezel. After that, I glued the galaxy behind it, to show what Nicolaus Copernicus saw on this night (more or less 😊)
To create the observatory, I first made some searches to find inspiration about ancient observatories.
I was so happy with one idea which came directly to my mind : use the ballroom window fancy die multiple times to mimic the inside with the big windows. I die cut it 6 times in a gold paper from my stash.
You can totally use the greenhouse fancy die or the Victorian greenhouse fancy die to create this effect with other designs.
For the background, I used Nautical blue cardstock and sprayed the white iridescent shimmer mist to create some small stars.
I glued 3 of the windows side by side with the precision glue, then I glued the top of the 3 others upside down to complete the space, as you can see in the picture bellow.
Someone is missing here, right ?
I can tell you that I laughed when I found how to represent Nicolaus, I needed a small stamp of a human, and I find the perfect match : the zombie from the Graveyard heroscape.
I used the small astronomical telescope from the galaxy peek-a-boo set which was perfect for Nicolaus size, and as his arms are in front of him, I needed a trick to make the illusion of him holding the tripod of his telescope.
So, I stamped and embossed Nicolaus with embossing ink and detail black embossing powder on a small piece of paper I had saved (just in case), and I stamped the telescope with black intens-ified ink in front of his face, to show that he was watching the sky, and then I drew the tripod feet longer, using a pen.
I fussy cut all of it in one piece.
I found a stair die in my stash (I have just this one) but you could totally use staircase fancy die.
I used my copics to color it.
I glued everything on my card and then used the sentiment from the galaxy peek-a-boo stamp set and stamped it ( I stamped it in 3 steps to make the sentence straight) with intens-ified black ink, and then used a gold shimmery pen to make it pop out.
To finish this card, I glued the panel on a gold paper and then I glued the piece on a white side folded card.
I wish you a good week-end and I hope you’ll join us on this festive challenge !
Take care of yourselves,