Welcome to the September 2021 Technique Squad Blog Hop! I’m excited to be a part of this fun collaboration with fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators. This month’s theme is Northern Lights. Keep reading to see my project below, then make sure to hop over to the other blogs to check out more great projects featuring the Northern Lights.
The Northern Lights technique is done by using multiple ink colors and blending them together to create a look of the northern lights on paper. If desired, splatter some white ink on top for the look of stars.
I used the Blending Brushes to blend the ink colors on a 3-3/4″ x 5″ piece of white cardstock. I started with Magenta Madness ink in the lower-middle area and added some Gorgeous Grape ink just above it. Then I added some Granny Apple Green ink on either side (in a V shape) and some Coastal Cabana ink on either side of that. Finally, I added Misty Moonlight and Night of Navy ink around the brighter colors to finish off the night sky look.
To get the look of stars, I put a drop of the White Craft Ink on a clear block. I added a few drops of water from a Water Painter and mixed it together. After picking up some of the white ink with the brush, I then tapped the brush over my cardstock to splatter the “stars” across the inked sky.
Once the white ink was dry, I added this layer to a Basic Black card base (I had already added the colorful piece to a 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ piece of white cardstock before I had decided to splatter on the white ink – typically, you would do all the ink stuff before assembling).
To add the trees along the bottom, I punched out a border using the Evergreen Border Punch and Basic Black cardstock. This piece is added along the bottom edge of the colorful piece using some Mini Dimensionals.
For the sentiment, I stamped a greeting (from the Art Gallery stamp set) on a strip of white cardstock using Magenta Madness ink. Then, I trimmed around it with the Paper Snips and added it to the top corner of the card with a few Mini Dimensionals.
The inside of the card has another row of trees just like the front, only they are added using the Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
Techniques that get us playing around with inks are always fun! Try it out with these same colors or switch it up for a whole new night sky look.
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