11.06.2017

Watercolor Northern Lights + VIDEO

Hello all! Today I'm participating in the Hero Arts November 2017 My Monthly Hero Arts blog hop!

The main kit stamp set is super fun, and I've already made a card and a tag using it - see them on the Hero Arts blog HERE.
For today though, I wanted to play with an add-on stamp set, Winter Animals. I got stuck on the idea of using the Northern Lights with the animals, and it was just too easy to make a trio of cards using different animals.


I started by creating the backgrounds, a watercolor mixture of Chipped Sapphire, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon and Peacock Feathers. Watch my video (at the end of the card pictures) to see how.


After I heat set the watercolored background, I added some "stars" by flicking Hero Arts Unicorn spray, and then heat embossing them with clear Sparkle embossing powder. This way, I didn't have to wait for them to dry or risk the white fading if I heat set it. 
Also, if I have any excuse to put that sparkle embossing powder on a project, you'd better believe I'll use it. ;)


I created the "middle ground" (not sure if that's the technical term, but it's what I'm going with!) by die cutting the pretty one of the Snowy Drifts out of some black cardstock, and then heat embossing black powder over it. This gives it some pretty shine and also helps it stand out from the foreground.


The foreground was Hero Arts black cardstock, prepped with anti-static powder. I particularly like using the Hero Arts black cardstock for this black-on-black look, as the cardstock isn't super black and the embossing can stand out from it.


I then stamped trees from Winter Silhouettes and critters from Winter Animals in Versamark, and then heat embossed with the Black Detail powder. Be careful with this stuff - its reach is as bad far as glitter!


The sentiment is from Wonderful Stamp and Cut, heat embossed in White. Once I had all my layers finished, I just trimmed them down and adhered them to watercolor card bases.

VIDEO


Watch how I made the card, including the watercolor background, here...


(If you are having problems viewing this video, please try watching it HERE in HD on You Tube)

THE KIT


This month's kit includes:
  • 6x8 Clear Set
  • 4 Tag Dies
  • 4 Shaped Dies
  • 60 Assorted Gift Tags (ornament, star, tree & snow flake: colored, kraft, white)
  • 10 yards of red & white baker's twine
  • 2 Delicata Ink Cubes (Golden Glitz + Celestial Copper)
The value of the kit is $72, but it is sold at $34.99.
The kit is available for a limited time only - once it's gone, it's gone. However, you can now subscribe to receive the kit monthly and never miss one!

BLOG HOP


For inspiration and a chance to win this month's kit, hop along with us!
  May Park 

GIVEAWAY


Hero Arts is giving away one kit as a prize to one blog reader - selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. (Hero Arts will reimburse them if they have already bought the kit) Giveaway closes Sunday, November 12th at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week.

SUPPLIES


Cardstock: Canson watercolor and Hero Arts black cardstock
Stamps: Winter AnimalsWinter Silhouettes and Wonderful Stamp and Cut
Ink: Versamark; Tim Holtz Chipped SapphireBroken ChinaCracked PistachioMermaid Lagoon and Peacock Feathers
Other: Hero Arts Whiteclear Sparkle and Black Detail embossing powder

Tools: Cuttlebug, Tim Holtz blending tool, water, paintbrush, Hero Arts Snowy Drifts die
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105 comments:

  1. wow this card is stunning. LOVE how you made the Northern Lights - the background just glows:)

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  2. Love the Northern Lights background!

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  3. Wowww!! What a gorgeous card!! Love the silhouette effect, amazing night sky and all the depth in the card!

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  4. Love, love, love your card! (tried to watch your video, but it said it was unavailable...:()

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  5. Gorgeous cards! LOVE the background you created - so beautiful!

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  6. OMG, your northern lights backgrounds are amazing. I have never seen the northern lights - they are on my bucket list - but I think the look you captured on the wolves card is as close to the real deal as I have ever seen. Good job!

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  7. WOW! Your Watercolor Northern Lights Background and silouettes Blew Me Away! Uber Stunning Creative Works of Art! Great job..Well done! <3

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  8. I love the Northern Lights background on your lovely cards!

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  9. Wow, I love the No Lights. I'm going to have to try this technique. Great job!!

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  10. Love the night sky, awesome job!

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  11. Wow! That's different and I love it!

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  12. Those Northern Lights are just gorgeous!!! How very creative!! You have inspired me with this wonderful kit!!! (P.S. I come from the land of the Northern Lights -- Finland).

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  13. Your northern lights card is just beautiful. It would be fun to make for my sister. She just got back from seeing the northern lights in Iceland. Love this card!

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  14. Beautiful backgrounds, Thank you so much for sharing your inspiration.

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  15. I really love the dark silhouettes. Thank you for explaining your techniques!

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  16. WOW! I just love that background! The card is just fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing! (Peg)

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  17. Great animal cards! Love your designs and backgrounds!

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  18. When your post hit my inbox, I couldn't wait to see how you made these cards. They are absolutely stunning and so unique. Thank you for sharing.

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  19. Gorgeous cards! Absolutely love the AURORA effects! Thank you!!

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  20. A gorgeous card - love the bear silhouettes!

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  21. Wow, wow, wow! I passed on that add on stamp set because I couldn't think of how to use it!! I should have come here before ordering! These are amazing!!! Love the shadow look!

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  22. Love the backgrounds of your cards!

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  23. I love your cards! The winter animals were my favorite of the add-ons, and I really enjoy seeing how you chose to use them.

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  24. Lovely lovely sky backdrop! I love it against the silhouette stamps.

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  25. LOVED, LOVED, LOVED your backgrounds!!! How interesting that you did all three backgrounds at once. What a wonderful kit!

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  26. I watched your video on making the Northern Lights. They are stunning. Overall i really like your cards. They are something I will surely try!

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  27. Your cards are stunning, love the Winter Animals add-on in this kit. Thanks for sharing your beautiful designs

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  28. This is so sweet! Love the scene you took time to create here! Just stunning! Those polar bears are just adorable!

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  29. These are gorgeous, my favorite so far on the hop. I love this look it is amazing

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  30. Thanks for sharing your process to create the northern lights background. I love my distress inks and will try this to create the starry night sky!

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  31. Thanks again for another spectacular background. You make it look so easy. Ordered the kit, now I'll have to more closely at the add-ons!

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  32. That background is spectacular. Thanks for sharing how to do it. I love the Winter Animals scenes, too.

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  33. I HAVE seen the Northern Lights, and beautiful as they are, yours are gorgeous too!

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  34. Cool backgrounds for these scenic cards.

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  35. This is a wonderful card! Background, middle ground and foreground fit perfectly together, love the look and feel of your card.

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  36. Gasp, Clare! This takes my breath away! I'm blown away by every single detail! Such a treat to watch your video too!

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  37. I'm in love with your cards...wow, love them.

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  38. Love that you featured the Northern lights with all the animals. Very cool effect.

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  39. Love all the cards and the night sky was gorgeous. Thanks for sharing...

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  40. Beautiful cards thank you for sharing

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  41. OMG. What wonderful cards!! From the sky to the animals, the cards are exceptional.

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  42. These are fabulous backgrounds....love them!

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  43. Beautiful. I love the northern lights and we see them in the Pacific northwest. Very pretty. Your cards are stunning. Thanks for the video.

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  44. Your card pops! Love the black embossing, the incredible realistic northern lights background, and the sentiment. One of my favorites. Thanks for sharing!

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  45. Wow what a beautiful sky and Northern lights.

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  46. That sky is absolutely gorgeous.

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  47. Beautiful card, love the silhouettes and the stunning northern lights sky! Thanks for an awesome video.

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  48. You're background technique is amazing and the black on black embossing was such an exciting idea (okay maybe I've been under a rock or something on this one). I can definitely see using that idea as well. Thank you for sharing the these gorgeous cards and how you made them!

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  49. Your card is beautiful. Thank you so much for doing the video.

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  50. Beautiful Northern Lights! I'm going to try it out because I love the lights. I also like the tree die.

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  51. I loved how you embossed in black for your scene. It stands out so well under your Northern Lights background. Thanks for sharing.

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  52. The background is so amazing ! And thank you for showing how to do it .

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  53. Beautiful cards. Love the animal silhouette set. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  54. These winter scenes are perfect for the men in my life.

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  55. Your cards are great. Love the background.

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  56. Gorgeous cards. Feels like I'm in Alaska

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  57. Wow! Stunning cards! I love how real they look. Makes me feel like a night sky in Alaska.

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  58. Wow! Your Northern Lights are awesome, I'm watching the video to try to learn. And love the black embossing.

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  59. Super awesome kit and such great examples on how to use it! šŸ’ž

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  60. Very pretty - I love the grey behind the black silhouettes of the animals and trees.

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  61. This is a stunning, creative card. Wow!

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  62. Beautiful cards with the best colors! This is a fantastic kit.

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  63. This card is fantastic. It is not often that I follow the links of every product used to study them more, but I did on your card. Simply smashing.

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  64. WOWZERS! I love all your northern lights cards! Thanks for the video!

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  65. That night sky is so cool! Thanks for the video, love finding new youtube videos to watch and learn.

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  66. The sky is amazing.
    Fantastic cards.
    Love the use of the animals
    as the focal point.
    thanks for sharing.

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  67. Thanks for the video ! Great backgrounds and love how you added the animals in the foreground. Thanks for sharing

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  68. The black looks great against your night sky and the white sentiment!

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  69. Clare, these cards are so beautiful! I love that sky!!!! Thanks for showing us how to duplicate (or try to - lol) such a beautiful background.

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  70. What fantastic cards! a delight for all nature lovers!

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  71. Great cards and great backgrounds, thanks for sharing how you made those!

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  72. Wow ! That's a stunning card !! The light in it is incredible !!

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  73. Wow, black on black - what a great technique! Beautiful cards. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  74. These are wonderful cards! Those backgrounds and the animals are amazing. Thanks for sharing on the hop!!

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  75. I never would have thought black would look so gorgeous on a Christmas card but with the Northern lights it's absolutely stunning!

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  76. Love the Northern Lights background & those Winter Animals are awesome!

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  77. love the way you made the silhouettes stand out. The black on black worked out so perfectly. I love that you have a tutorial/video as well!

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  78. Beautiful! Great effect on the cards.

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  79. Oh my gosh I love these! So stinkin ka-yute! -Karen Sue

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  80. How gorgeous and creative your cards are, you really get the feel that these are the northern lights. Love it! Thanks!
    Trish F

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  81. Wooooow these cards are stunning!!! The sky is amazing!

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  82. What a wonderful world is right, Claire! Your Northern Lights cards with the embossing and wildlife are very striking. Thanks for the chance to win this fabulous kit I missed out on!

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  83. Wow your Northern Lights look came out super nice! It looks great with the different silhouette animals and trees. Great cards!

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