Welcome to the Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop! We are a small group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators around the world who love to share our creativity with others. You’re currently visiting Sarah Fleming in the USA. This month’s theme is Happy Holidays!
Y’all, I had so much fun making this card! I’ve never made a Northern Lights card before, so it was a learning process, too. Our theme this month is The Great Outdoors, and I immediately knew I wanted to ink up the Merry Moose stamp set, and I wanted to make a night scene. I don’t know why; that was just stuck in my head. So I googled “moose night” and clicked on the image tab, and there was a moose in front of the Northern Lights. Perfect!
- I started by stamping the trees and the moose in StazOn Jet Black ink (when I use StazOn with photopolymer stamps, I use the Stamp Cleaning Pad to clean the stamp immediately after stamping, then wash the stamp). Then I masked off the horizon where the smaller trees are with masking paper.
- I didn’t follow a Northern Lights tutorial, so I just decided to use bright colors whether you would normally see them in the Aurora or not. Haha. Artistic license. I started on the left with Bermuda Bay. I used a Stamping Sponge to apply ink, starting at the horizon line and sponging upward repeatedly until I had the saturation I wanted. I did this with all of the colors. Left to right: Bermuda Bay, Gorgeous Grape, Melon Mambo, Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Granny Green, and Call Me Clover. Then I made a halo around the sky with Blueberry Bushel ink. This part, blending the blue with the other colors, took a while.
- I removed the mask, then masked off the sky and the foregeound so I could sponge the blue snow, which I sponged in Balmy Blue, darker in some areas for shadows and interest.
- I removed the masks and added Snowfall Accents Puff Paint for the snow, tracing the bottom edge of the blue snow with the paint for the upper border of the white snow. I heated the paint with the Heat Tool until it puffed up.
- I heat embossed the sentiment with Shimmer White embossing powder.
- I added a few stars with a white gel pen.
- I cut a piece of Feels Like Frost Specialty DSP, 5-3/8″x4-1/8″. I cut out the center of it to use later. I glued the DSP to a Blueberry Bushel card base, 5-1/2″x8-1/2″ scored and folded at 4-1/4″, then I glued the card front to the card.
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