Monday, December 9, 2013

Northern Lights

I recently saw the Northern Lights technique on Splitcoast Stampers and knew it would be perfect for the Geraniums rubber stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle

To start out, die cut a Sizzix Labels, Fancy #3 die (next to largest) out of white cardstock.  Using Distress Inks (Squeezed Lemonade, Pine Needles, Peacock Feathers, Dusty Concord, Chipped Sapphire, and Black Soot), I used the tutorial as my guide but didn't want to use as much black.  I then spritzed some Dylusions Ink Spray (White Linen) to replicate stars.

I then stamped the solid silhouette image with Archival ink in the center.  Next, I stamped VersaMark on top of (and slightly off-center) the black silhouette and heat embossed it with Lilac Spark embossing powder.

Next, die cut the largest Sizzix Labels, Fancy #3 and stamp the flourishes from the Flourishes One rubber stamp set with VersaMark.  Heat emboss with Black Magic embossing powder.  Using VersaMark and a dauber, distress the edges (like you would if you were using ink) and then heat emboss with Black Magic again.  Finally, bling your brads with Black Magic embossing powder.

Now I didn't stop with inks and decided to do the same technique using glitters for my background.  I started off with a piece of SNS Sticker Paper cut to the size I wanted, and went to town with lots of velvet glitters: Daisy, Lator Gator, Jasper Blue, Cobalt Glaze, Purple Potion, and Black Suede.  I randomly applied the glitter the same way as the inks, using my finger to swish my small piles around.  Then I distress embossed the edges with Black embossing powder.

I thought it still need a little something.  So.... I inked up a Spellbinders Impressabilities plate (Diamonds and Stars) with VersaMark and laid this on top of my glittered background.  I covered the VersaMark with Silver Lightning embossing powder and heat set.  (I randomly brushed off some of the powder so it wouldn't look too uniform.)  Now I was happy with the background.

I found a rub-on in my stash and thought the sentiment fit nicely with night skies and stars.  I applied this to a button, which I then stitched two of the buttons together with paper floss, as well as threading the remaining button holes.  Finally, I hand stitched the paper floss around the purple mat.

Although this project used quite a number of products, it was quite fun to make and will definitely do it again sometime.



Eret said...

I don't have words to say how much I like it. It's incredible, Anne. Love your Northen Light backgrounds, specially the one made with glitters. It looks stunning! Fantastic card! Your embellishments are perfect on it!

rachel said...

this is fabulous Anne - going to have to pop over and have a look at this - brilliant technique! Hugs and thanks for the inspiration! Rachel x

April said...

I love the northern lights look! beautiful!

jimlynn said...

I just wish I had 1/4 of your talent and creativity! This is awesome. Love the colors and the title of the post says it all - it really does look like what I think Northern Lights look like. Gorgeous!

McCrafty's Cards said...

This is gorgeous Anne, I like the image the colours and all the sparkle
Kevin xx

Annie said...

Love this colourful card Anne x What a fab technique......must give it a try. Some Day I will go and see these spectacular lights for myself.

Best Wishes and thank You for your regular visits...truly appreciated


Annie x

Gerlinde said...

WoW! What an amazing card! And you did it with glitters too! Absolutely fabulous!

Patricia St Martin said...

How stunning!! I have seen the northern lights and you have done a fantastic job capturing them. Love the dies.
Hugs, Pat

Donna Ellis said...

Remarkable! I remember Margaret mentioned how amazing your card is in person! Beautiful, Anne. More than anything, I am captivated by the sparkly backgrounds - many different techniques used to achieve amazing results! Truly captivating! hugs, de

Jill Jacobsen said...

An interesting technique...I'm going to have to try it! Love all the colors.

Mayra Duran-Hernandez said...

This is amazing !! The colors are stunning and capture your attention !!


Shelly Schmidt said...

WOW- fabulous technique- the colors are beautiful- love the geranium!

Tammy said...

Beautiful card and beautiful colors! Pretty technique!

Gita said...

Wow Anne. this is fantastic. I like yours better than the SCS tutorial. So pretty and love the colors.

nwilliams6 said...

This is sooooo cool! I love all the colors, glitter, sparkle, and detail. I can tell this took some work and it came out soooo pretty. Well done. Hugz!!!!