Monochrome Cards Part Two: Wishing on A Star

Hello again! I am so very happy you’ve stopped over for part two of my monochrome mini-series!

For this fun “I miss you” card, I wanted to create a night scene, with the emphasis on a glittering shooting star flying across the midnight sky. This was a very interesting and challenging design; using only black and gold, I had to get creative in making something that incorporated both enough light to have dimension, yet dark enough to create the illusion of the nighttime setting I had in mind.




I began by cutting a black cardstock panel at 4″ by 5 1/4″ and tracing a medium sized star from the Memory Box “Starry Nights” stencil with a gold gel pen. I filled the star in and drew some dashed lines to create a “trail” behind it as a shooting star.

Now, because I did not want to take away from my “star of the show”, I carefully stamped some stars across the rest of the sky using stamps from the Avery Elle “Storybook” set, and the Lawn Fawn “Blue Skies” set. I used some Delicata “Golden Glitz” ink, and only stamped about five of each star across the sky.




My “wishing” sentiment is handwritten with a gold Gelly Roll gel pen; I chose the Gelly Roll pen as the ink is super fluid, and stays wet for a good amount of time, allowing me to sprinkle on some gold embossing powder and heat set the sentiment. The word “wishing” helps tie in the idea of “wishing upon a star.”

I inked the bottom portion of my panel with the same Golden Glitz ink, to create the illusion of a nighttime glow in the distance, as well as to provide some light behind the silhouetted mouse that I created. I also used my gold gel pen to create some faux stitching around the edges of the panel.




The silhouetted mouse is stamped on some black cardstock using the Avery Elle “Storybook” stamp set and Jet Black StazOn ink. I took a black multiliner and added some shading to him as well, just to help create some depth and dimension. I did some fussy cutting to create the ground, and trimmed around the mouse as well. This entire piece was attached to my sky panel with dimensional foam tape.

I cut an A2 card base from some more black cardstock, and layered my sky panel to the card with some foam tape.

The “wishing” sentiment I created on the front of the card continues along on the inside to say “you were here”, as I felt it would be sweet for this mouse to be wishing upon a shooting star for someone he misses to be with him… For the sentiment I used the same star stamps used on the front of the cards, as wel as Lawn Fawn’s “Milo’s ABC’s” stamp set and some Golden Glitz ink.




And that completes my second creation using a monochromatic color scheme! Be sure to stop over to check out part one of my mini series: “Monochrome Cards Part One: Merci“.

Thank you so much for stopping by today… I hope you’ve enjoyed!

Happy Creating!


Inspiration & Challenges

The inspiration for my monochromatic card is from the CASology week 134 “Monochrome” challenge and the Muse challenge #105. This card is submitted into both challenges.

The layout of the card is inspired by the My Favorite Things sketch challenge #216, and is submitted into the challenge.


2015-02-20T21:47:12+00:00February 20th, 2015|Cardmaking, Missing You, Thinking of You|10 Comments


  1. Susan R. Opel February 27, 2015 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    That shooting star is just perfect, Nina-Marie!

  2. Brandi Hall February 23, 2015 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    Great card!!! So cute!

  3. Vera Wirianta Yates February 23, 2015 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    Lovely & unique card, Nina! The gold totally stands out against the black background. Glad to have yo play along with us at MFT Challenge. :)

  4. Sandi February 22, 2015 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    This is so pretty!

  5. maria f. February 22, 2015 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    I love how you challenged yourself, Nina, and what a success. There is so much interest in your unique design. Glad you joined CASology this week.

  6. Nora February 22, 2015 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    This is lovely!! I really like how you created the background and then used the mouse die cut over it. So clever!!!

  7. Ardyth February 21, 2015 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    Very dramatic – I love how this dark, dark card is still cheerful! So glad you joined us at Muse this week!

  8. djkardkreations February 21, 2015 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    Grrr, blogger is messing around this morning. I typed a lovely comment that could not be loaded, so I’m trying again. I think this card is outstanding, Nina-Marie! I was fascinated by the process and I must have those pens! I thought that was a stamp! Your handwriting is really perfection! You need to be thinking about designing your own stamps or some stamp company should be hiring you to design (sorry if you do already and I have forgotten)!! Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs, Darnell

  9. Karen King February 21, 2015 at 11:00 am - Reply

    What a wonderful, truly handmade card! Very creative and lovely.

  10. hazelhodgkins February 20, 2015 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    This is beautifully done Nina, and I love how your ‘white space’ isn’t white! Effective use of a monochrome palette to create such a lovely scene. Thanks so much for joining us at CASology this week. This really is precious.

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