The number one item on my bucket list is to see the northern lights or the aurora borealis. It’s just too bad that I have to be somewhere really cold to do so. Until then, I attempted to make a sky inspired by the northern lights using alcohol inks. I couldn’t get it quite soft enough but it does have a cold nighttime vibe. I’ll have to play some more but it’s definitely something worth exploring – those penguins are too cute to not keep going. I think they pair quite well with the sentiment. Please read on for the instructions to replicate the card you see below.
- Start with a 5″ x 7″ card base and the same size Yupo paper. The fun and difficult thing about alcohol inks is that they are unpredictable. I used the applicator felts to make the alcohol inks (shades of blue, purple, a bit of green) to try to make the sky streaky. It took a few tries and while it dried, I die cut the other pieces needed for the card.
- Die cut the penguins with black, white, and light orange pieces of cardstock. Note that the scarves are in two of the same colors that are in the sky.
- Die cut Warm Thoughts from white and light blue card stock. Adhere, offset with white on top for a shadow effect.
- From white cardstock, freehand-cut a slope of snow embankment for the penguins to stand on.
- Once it is completely dried, trim the Yupo paper a bit to leave a white mat when added to the card front. Tip: This is a great opportunity to clean up the edges and get rid of those places where the inks tend to pool.
- Glue all pieces together as shown in the project photo.
I hope you enjoyed reading how I put this card together. Let me know if you have any suggestions on how to make my background look more realistic or softer. Thanks!
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Cardstock in white, black, light orange, blue, teal, light blue