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VC Rocks Blog Hop – Big Shot, Sizzix Dies, and Punches

Hello all…

It’s time to blog hop with our talented VC Rockers!  This time around, we are focusing on the Big Shot, Sizzix Dies, and Stampin’ Up! punches.  I’ve got one of the favorite cards from this week’s Technique Tuesday class to show off.

The card we made used the Northern Lights technique.  No, I cannot take credit for the technique.  I actually learned it from another demonstrator, Kay Kalthoff.

lat-northern lights


I used the Apothecary Accents framelits for the focal image.  I also used the Decorative Dots embossing folder – one of my favorites!

The instructions for the technique are really pretty easy.


  • Daffodil Delight/Tempting Turquoise/Rich Razzleberry/Night of Navy Inkpads
  • StazOn Inkpad
  • Whisper White Card Stock
  • Sponges
  • Lovely as a Tree Stamp Set or other Landscape Stamp Set
  • Decorative Dots Embossing Folder
  • Apothecary Accents Framelits
  • Scrap Paper
  • White Gel Pen
  • Black Taffeta Ribbon
  • Glue Dots

Lay Whisper White CS on scrap paper.

Using sponge and going in a back and forth motion, apply stripes of color to WW CS.  (1-DD; 2-TT  Add Rich Razzle on top).  Leave a little light coming through the other colors.

Stamp the tree landscape in StazOn on top of the stripes.

Sponge Night of Navy to the edge of the ground.  Completely fill in that section with Night of Navy.  (Northern Lights don’t shine through the ground.)

Lightly sponge more Night of Navy over the top of the stripes.  Leave some light shine through.

Once dry, add “stars” with white gel pen.

Dramatic effect – all will look a little different.  The colors will soften as they dry.


I hope you enjoy all the VC ROCKS blogs on this month’s blog hop!  Come back again!



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10 People have left comments on this post

Jun 27, 2014 - 09:06:05

Oooh, so pretty! I missed Northern Lights this year because I didn’t go to Minnesota. But this really does do them justice!

Jun 27, 2014 - 09:06:17
Karen Gibson said:

Oh Jane this card is just breath taking!

Jun 27, 2014 - 10:06:03
Loni said:

Such a pretty effect and great display of an Oldie but Goodie stamp set with Lovely as a Tree. Thanks for Sharing!

Jun 27, 2014 - 11:06:15
Deborah said:

First thing when I saw your card, it reminded me of the northern lights and then I read you used that technique. Gave me a chuckle. Well done.

Jun 28, 2014 - 08:06:26
Sassy Shirley said:

Jane, you astound me with this card – now you got me wanting to make one similar today .. maybe later. Love the colors and the total effect is just beautiful. Thanx for sharing …

Jun 28, 2014 - 09:06:09
Brenda Hugar said:

Great card and technique. I haven’t heard of this one before, but I am going to give it a try. TFS

Jun 28, 2014 - 12:06:53

Jane I just love the technique you used in making this card, and thanks for the easy directions. I will try this one, I like trying new ideas. Thanks for sharing

Jun 28, 2014 - 01:06:46
Gloria Moore said:

Very artistic card. This is a good template to use for almost anything but I could really see doing this for Christmas.

Jun 29, 2014 - 01:06:58
Tania said:

Thank you for the instructions re: Northern Lights technique. I have found this technique to be hit or miss. I really like the way you did it. Gorgeous project!

Jun 30, 2014 - 07:06:06
Patrice H said:

Wow! Thanks for the great tutorial on how to make this card! You did such a great job on your card. I could follow the instructions as if I saw you doing it. Beautiful just Beautiful!