Northern Lights Greetings

Hi there.  I’m back to share another CAS Christmas card.  I’ve always wanted to try the Northern Lights technique, so I decided to finally give it a try.  My fingers got extremely inky, and I had to start over a couple times because I kept smearing ink all over the place!  I combined that technique with the masking technique to create today’s card.

Northern Lights Christmas

I started with a white A2 size panel to make it easier to die cut it later.  First I created a reverse mask by die cutting a circle from masking paper.  I placed it onto the panel, off setting it to the right.  I then masked off the snowy ground with labelling tape that I cut a slope from with scissors.  Using sponges, I added streaks of Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and Tempting Turquoise.  A couple of places, I overlapped colours to get purple and green.  These “additional” colours are harder to see amongst the streaks of Night of Navy ink.

To tried to capture the shimmery look of the real Northern Lights and brushed Pearl Perfect Pearls over top.  With the masks still in place, I stamped the trees with Intense Black ink.  I removed the masks, then stamped the deer from the same stamp set.  I added Perfect Pearls to the deer as well.

The sentiment was stamped with black Versafine ink and then heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder for even more sparkle.  The panel was then die cut with a Stitched Rectangle die.  For dimension, I adhered the panel to white fun foam and mounted it to a top folding white card base.  To finish I added a few Sparkling clear sequins.




I am participating in the following challenges:

Hero Arts – Holiday Cardmaking (Color Layering Snowy Trees, Peace & Joy)
CAS Mix Up – November Stamping + Masking + Your Choice (sponging/heat embossing+die cutting)
A Blog Named Hero – Holiday Themed
Penny Black – Anything Christmas
Joy Clair – November Inspiration Board

29 comments on “Northern Lights Greetings

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  2. Your card took my breath away! Can’t believe you did it with masking! Beautiful job! 🙂

    • Thank you so much Ciellie for a wonderful comment. This just made my day!

  3. Congrats on your well deserved win at the CAS Mix Up Challenge! You did an amazing job on your Northern Lights sky, and your masking is flawless! I only dream of creating a background like this…Great job!!!

    • Thank you Barbara for letting me know and for your kind comment.

  4. Thank you Marcia for coming by and leaving me a kind comment.

  5. The northern lights background is gorgeous!! It caught my eye!! very pretty card!

  6. Stunning Northern Lights! You used such wonderful vibrant colours, and what a good idea to add some Perfect Pearls. And a great job on the masking of the circle and snowbank! Thanks for joining us at CAS Mix Up.

    • Thank you Susan for your kind comment.

  7. A beautiful inked nightime backdrop to your card.
    Thank you for entering our challenge at Penny Black and More this month.


    • Thank you Shirley for taking the time to leave me a comment.

  8. WOW!!! Glorious Northern Lights image Trina. TFS and not giving up on your vision! All that ink and no stray marks on your white background…that is a huge achievement! Hugs, Nancy

    • Thank you Nancy. It was frustrating when I had to start over, but I’m happy I pushed through.

  9. Gorgeous look of northern lights – wonderful masking to create your hillside and sky – the Perfect pearls added just the right shimmer! thanks for joining us in the CAS Mix Up challenge Trina! Julia xx

    • Thank you Julia. Great technique challenge.

  10. WOWZA, Trina! You didn’t just give Northern Lights a “try!” You positively NAILED the brilliance of this phenomenonal sky! I’m in awe!! Hugs, Darnell

    • Thank you soooo much Darnell! Your comments are always awesome.

  11. This is amazing, Trina! I’ve never tried this technique but I want to now! Not only is the technique beautiful but the layout and masking of the card is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Mix Up!

    • Thank you Bonnie. You should give the technique a try.

  12. WOW … amazing job with the Northern Lights technique Trina! The colours are so beautiful. Great masking skills to keep the rest of your card pristine white! 🙂 I would have ended up with fingerprints everywhere! 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up! xx

    • Thank you Loll. Love the masking technique. Great challenge.

  13. Wow, those colors are so beautiful Great sponging and masking..Thanks for joining us at CAS Mix Up. Linda, GD.

    • Thank you Linda.

  14. A super card with great inking and stamping for our Christmas theme at Penny Black and More, many thanks for joining in.

    B x

    • Thank you Brenda. Great challenge.

  15. Oh Trina – this is just stunning! I Love the Northern Lights effect.


    Di xx

    • Thank you Di for stopping by to leave a comment. Hope you enjoy your break.

  16. wow, looks awesome. I love the shimmer from the perfect pearls, and great job with the masking especially as it was so inky.

    • Thanks Christine. I’m just happy it turned out.