Sunday, November 13, 2016

Northern Lights Technique

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog. We have had such a beautiful weekend and today is no exception.
The leaves are finally beginning to fall from our trees. Our front yard is loaded with them. We have Pin Oak trees and on this type half the leaves come down in the fall and then the other half fall in the spring.
My hubby is working this weekend so no time for him to get them raked and removed. I may go out for a bit today and lend a hand. It's actually therapeutic to rake leaves. Well, at least for me anyway (lol)!
Now onto my card for today. This one I created for my DT post on the CottageCutz Blog. I thought I would try my hand at the Northern Lights Technique. I liked how my card turned out and here are some details on how I created it.
Rich Razzleberry Card Base: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Crushed Cucumber Green Layer: 5 1/4" x 4"
Image Panel: 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"

Step 1: Started by selecting the 5 colors I wanted to use for my background sponging. There is a lot of sponging with this technique and each time you try it the card will turn out just a bit different.
Step 2: I decided to start with the yellow ink first. I made a couple of paths of color using a stamping sponge. The yellow really added some brightness to this background.
 Step 3:  I laid down my 2nd ink color using the medium blue ink. Just kind of followed the path of the yellow ink.
Step 4:  Added my 3rd ink color with the rich razzleberry shade. This is really a vibrant ink color and the reason I chose it for my card. With each addition of ink I used a different sponge.
Step 5: On this step I added the medium green ink and again I used a clean stamping sponge. I layered it in all the remaining white areas of my card.
Step 6:  On this final inking step I added the navy blue ink. This is how it turns into a sky. Using my stamping sponge I went in between the 2 colors to break up the line and to kind of mute the colors. You can make your sky as dark as you want it.
If it gets too dark you can go back in and add some more of the other colors to brighten it up. I actually turned this base to make my card a landscape design. So I did go back in and add more of the navy after I took this photo. You can see in my finished photo that I did darken it up a bit.
Step 7: I cut my images in black to make them like a silhouette against the northern lights night time sky. The snow bank is a silver cardstock topped with chunky glitter for a glistening snow. My sentiment is stamped in Versamark ink and then I used a black embossing powder to make it bold and stand out. 
Step 8:  I am now ready to assemble my card. After it was put together, I decided to add some stars in the same colors I used for my ink. I cut the single stars from the Merry Christmas Ribbon die and scattered them across the sky.

If you want to look at a larger view of any of the pictures, just click on it and it will open up larger.
Well, that's my card for today. Hope your Sunday is a restful and relaxing one. So until next time.......God bless.
I am also entering:
1.  Fashionable Stamping has a 'Tis the Season challenge- either Thanksgiving or Christmas.
2.  Alphabet Challenge is a "S" for stars.  
3.  Brown Sugar has an anything goes challenge.


  1. Oh just love your Northern lights! Fabulous card!

  2. Beautiful background. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

  3. An awesome sky and super scene, many thanks for sharing your lovely creations with us at fashionable Stamping Challenges.

    B x

  4. This is a beautiful card! Great Technique. Thank you for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
    Greetings Carola

  5. Gorgeous card! This would be a great entry over at the Emerald Creek Dares Challenge! :)



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