Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Silent Night - Northern Lights

Well today I broke down and made a Christmas card!  Normally I like to wait until it's a bit closer to Thanksgiving to start breaking out the Christmas stuff but I couldn't resist.  I saw a beautiful inspiration photo (from Viva Las Vegas) for their November was a lovely turquoise/blue night sky scene which reminded me of the Northern Lights technique (which I haven't done in ages) so I figured now was a good time to pull out my inks and get a little ink stained!

When I finished the NL background it reminded me of a winter snow storm so I pulled out a fun Unity stamp and finished it off like this....

 Unity Stamps - All is Calm & Bright (deer)

So here's what I did...I started off by inking a piece of white (georgia pacific) cardstock randomly with several colors.  I started off with yellow, 

then added Rose Bud, Summer Sky, Teal Zeal, Bahama Blue, Paris Dusk and Elderberry in that order.  Of course once I got to inking I totally forgot to take photos!  (that happens sometimes).

Then I added Tuxedo Black around the edges and randomly in the center of the card to tone it down and make it look more like a dark night sky.  That is your northern lights background...I know it looks a bit funky but then you add stars and it really comes together.  Of course I didn't photograph that either but I did so by flicking on Wedding Dress (white) irRESISTible Texture Spray.  

For my main image I wanted to use the Unity deer so I stamped it with VersaMark and embossed with white ep.  I knew I wanted to make rolling hills but it's difficult to trim a nice even hill so I used a MFT snow drift die.  The problem is I didn't want to chop off my deers legs so I cut two small nicks on either side of the image, slid the die through and run it through my Big Shot to cut! 

All I had to do then was trim the excess cardstock around the deer and ta-da!  I have a fun scene to go over the Northern Lights background.  I did add some Wedding Dress (white) Memento Luxe ink over the ground to give it a snow-y night time feel and added a bit of glitter too cause well, you can never have too much glitter.  It was then mounted onto the card and the sentiment was added.

A really fun and easy technique once you get going and the best part - you really can get all ink stained - and you know, that's what I'm all about!


  1. Very pretty! Your NL background came out so lovely & the snow looks so real falling rom the sky.

  2. I've been wanting to try this technique Great job

  3. Great background and fussy die cutting. Love this. Hugz

  4. TFS how you made the card! I love all the colors!

  5. GMTA! I just did a half dozen christmas cards using the northern lights technique.
    stamping sue

  6. I love these backgrounds Roni! I had done some aurora borealis style cards a while back.. I may need to give this technique a go, great card!!

  7. Very cool background and scene.

  8. What a stunning card. Your background rocks. Thanks for the tutorial.


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