I have been wanting to try the “northern lights” technique for a while and a New Year’s card seemed the perfect opportunity.
Please click the video link for a detailed tutorial.
After masking off the ‘land’ with post it notes, I used Distress Inks on cold press watercolor paper in several colors to create the vertical effect of the colored lights in the sky and then darkened the areas around them with Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot to provide the night sky illusion. I added small stars with a Uni-ball White Gel Pen. All of the colors used are listed below in the Supply List and the video tutorial shows exactly how I created the sky, which is difficult to explain in writing. I did want to make a sky that would look realistic without having to add trees in front of it as I knew I wanted to just have snow and a couple of snowmen, as if visiting the Arctic.
I stamped the snowmen from the Lawn Fawn Ready, Set, Snow stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, being careful to only stamp the outlines as I wanted them to look as if they had their backs to the viewer. I then cut 2 masks for the snowmen from full adhesive post-it notes and placed them over the stamped images. I used Hickory Smoke and Weathered Wood Distress Inks
to darken down the snow surrounding the stamped figures and add shadows behind them. To color the snowmen I used Spectrum Noir markers (colors listed below in Supply List), deepening down the shadows behind them.
To finish the card I printed out a greeting on card stock, trimmed it into a small square, mounted it on white fun foam and adhered it to the panel. Then the entire panel was adhered to a black A2 sized card base.
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