I think you’re going to love today’s technique – Northern Lights! Can you believe the cardstock was white when I started? With just a few inkpads and sponges, you can create this stunning effect too! All productss used are from Fun Stamper’s Journey/Spellbinders (except for the sentiment, this is from a retired stamp set & the company is now defunct, but I love it so I used it anyway!) Let’s get started.
- Whip Cream CS 3 3/4×5″
- Lavender Fusion CS 4×5 14″
- Catalina Splash CS A2 card base
- FUSION INK PADS – Bubble Gum, Lemon Drop, Cool Pool, Turbo Teal, Lavener Fusion, Denim Days, Whip Cream, Black Licorice
- FSJ Fusion Ink Sponges
- Whip Cream Silk
- Sparkle Silk
- Stay Wild Stamp
- Sentiment of your choice
- Heat gun
- Basic stamping supplies: Adhesives, paper trimmer & other tools, etc., Fusion Stamp Cleaner is highly recommended for Fusion inks
The sponges are round. Cut into six pieces, like a pie. Commit one sponge to each color to avoid color contamination of sponges and ink pads!
If desired, you can label the sponges with CS scraps cut to 1×1 1/2″. Fold in half (3/4×1″) and write name of color on one side. Staple over the thin end of the sponge.
When applying ink with sponges, pick up just a little ink at a time. It is easier to add more and impossible to take off!
With Turbo Teal & Lemon Drop, use a very light touch when rubbing ink into cardstock, as they are much darker/brighter colors. Remember, less is better, it’s easier to add more.
Place Whip Cream horizontally on scrap paper. With Turbo Teal sponge, pick up just a little Turbo Teal ink from pad. Going from top of CS to bottom repeatedly, rub ink into CS near the center (see photo), just barely touching the CS with the sponge (you want to create and up & down appearance with ink, just like the Northern Lights look). Also, it looks better if your lines are a little jagged or angled (not straight up and down. Repeat this process a few times until the CS is a super light shade of teal.
With Cool Pool Sponge, pick up a little Cool Pool ink from pad. With the same too-to-bottom motion, apply Cool Pool ink over Turbo Teal – it’s okay if you get a little Cool Pool on each side of the Turbo Teal. Repeat until you achieve a soft, dreamy shade of teal.
With Bubble Gum Sponge, pick up a little Bubble Gum ink. Apply to CS on both sides of the teal using the same top-to-bottom angled motion Make the line a little larger on the right side (see photo). Repeat until you reach a soft shade of pink. Also add just a little of this to the left bottom of the card – it will help with shading the snow in a later step!
Using clean committed sponges, repeat with a just a little Lemon Drop randomly on each side of the pink, but only near the bottom and just a little at the top of the turbo teal – you just want the slightest hint of yellow to show.
Apply the Lavender Fusion (same way as you did with Cool Pool) on each side of the pink, adding a little more of this color to the left side of the CS this time, as well as randomly along the right bottom of the card.
You should have about 1/2″ or so of white remaining on each side of the CS now, but the top and bottom should be colored. As desired, add a hint of Lavender Fusion ink to achieve more dramatic contrast.
In the photo, do you see how the dark ink circles in around the Northern Lights? We’re going to do this step now! Pick up some Denim Days ink with sponge. Using a more curved top-to-bottom motion , start a the right side of your CS and work your way inward, so the ink is lighter close to the Northern Lights. Repeat always starting on the outer edge & working inward, until the edge of your CS is very dark but getting lighter towards the N), like the night sky. Now repeat this step on the left side of the card.
Next, we’re going to lighten/brighten the Northern Lights just a tad and make the snow! This step needs to be heat set – very important, as the Whip Cream ink is pure pigment ink and will not dry without heat setting! Pick up just a little Whip Cream ink with sponge (this ink is very thick, so be careful to only pick up a very light amount). Using to-to-bottom motion, apply very lightly over the Northern Lights you created (if you accidentally get to much Whip Cream ink on the CS, you can pick it up with a clean sponge using the same top-to-bottom motion). Blend in til you achieve the desired lightness, once, maybe twice should do the trick. Heat set.
Next, pick up Whip Cream ink on sponge again. This time light sponge into the bottom third of the CS to create the snow. Use both a side-to-side motion with a a few circular/jagged motions to make the snow look soft. NOTE: start a little lower on the left side, working up a little higher on the right side, so the ground looks like a small hill/incline (see photo). Once you’ve created the snow, heat set until the Whip Cream ink is completely dry (will not smudge this way).
Now stamp the Stay Wild image with Black Licorice ink slightly to the left of center. If you have a MISTI or stamp positioner, I recommend using it for this step – the darker your image, the more stunning the effect, so you may need to stamp the image 2 or 3 times to really get it super dark! Add your sentiment with Black Licorice also, wherever it will fit nicely on your card.
Now, to make this look like its actively snowing, apply Sparkle Silk by flicking it randomly over CS. Repeat with the Whip Cream Silk, but use a little less of this. Once this Silk dries (about 1-2 minutes), attach to Lavender Fusion CS and then to the Catalina Splash card base. Stamp your desired sentiment/phrase on the inside and your card is done!
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