Draw inspiration from nature and use the Northern Lights Technique to make a beautiful background for your next handmade card!
Nature is such a great place to draw inspiration from!
Have you ever seen the Northern Lights?
They can have so many different colors and can look different depending on when and where you see them.
In this video, I’m going to show you how to do the Northern Lights Technique to make beautiful backgrounds for your cards.
To come up with the colors I used on this card, I started by going to Google, searching “Northern Lights” and then clicking on “Image”. Then I scrolled through all of the gorgeous Northern Lights photos that people have taken and chose an image that I liked and thought I could duplicate with my inks.
For an A2 size card, start with a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of white card stock.
To add ink colors, you can use sponge daubers, sponges, blending brushes, or any other type of blending tool that you have.
I recommend you really experiment and don’t get discouraged if you don’t like your first few tries.
Enjoy the learning process!
Start with your lightest color of ink and work towards the darker colors. Rub in circles, go back and forth in a line, or “dab” – you’ll get a different look depending on how you apply your ink.
To finish off the Northern Lights look, use a dark ink pad color like Night of Navy and sponge around the edges of your card.
Stamp silhouette images on the bottom in black ink to highlight the Northern Lights sky.
You could stamp trees, mountains, animals, whatever you’d like. Or even tear some black card stock to create your own mountains along the bottom edge.
Finally, add some sparkling stars with Wink of Stella.
You can mount this on any color card base but I really like how the white frames it.
I decided to leave my cards as-is but you could also add a greeting or extra embellishments.
So what do you think? Are you ready to give the Northern Lights Technique a try?
Let me know in the comments if you’re going to try it or if you already have and can share some extra tips with us.
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