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How to Create FUN ‘Northern Lights’ Backgrounds Using Alcohol Ink!

Did you know that you can create your own Northern Lights Backgrounds? Today, Therese shares 2 beautiful cards that will sparkle your creativity!


Hi it’s Therese and I’m excited to be sharing this fun technique! Typically, the Northern Lights photos that I have seen have a central bright area which looks like it is floating off into the sky, so that is what I tried to recreate today using Alcohol Inks. And, I am going to share some tips for creating Alcohol Ink backgrounds with you today!

Did you know that you can use Alcohol Marker refills to create these backgrounds? This literally gives us 100’s of colors to choose from and for these projects I used some beautiful Sketchmarker colors.

Yupo paper is perfect for this technique. This is a synthetic waterproof bright white paper that keeps colors bright and tolerates wet on wet techniques without warping.

To move the ink around easily this Blower Tool from Tim Holtz is great. An alternative is to blow through a straw, but be sure to work in a well ventilated area and not to inhale through the straw.

You can build up colors one at a time or mix them along the way. And best of all, if you don’t like the result you can always wipe the surface with blending solution or Blender Ink and start fresh.

PRO TIP: If you don’t have any blending solution you can use the clear Blender Ink Refill to dilute and spread your color.

Next, I used the Snow Cap Mixative with a Mini Ink Applicator to create a snowy scene. As well as a splattering of stars!

And to seal the panel I added a thin layer of Distress Glaze over top.

My finished card features a cute little martian from Space Out with a sentiment from the Good Fortune Stamp Set.

For my second card I created a very similar background. But this time I added a dark base with some Gold Mixative to make it look like a mountain scene.

I also added some gold splatters to the sky and a sentiment from the Pure Magic Stamp Set.

For many more fun inspirational ideas and colour combinations why not search the web for images of the Northern Lights. I can promise you, that you will be hooked and want to give this technique a try!

I hope that you have been inspired to create an alcohol ink background, or maybe even create your very own version of ‘Northern Lights’. And if you do, I’d love you to share them with me @lostinpaper, as well as @ellenhutsonllc. We can’t wait to see what you make!

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4 Comments

  • Reply Greta H June 29, 2022 at 8:00 am

    Well–my mouth is wide open! Absolutely stunning results, Therese!

  • Reply June from Minnesota, USA June 29, 2022 at 8:10 am

    the mountain and the snowy “ground” turned out great! LOVE the bright aurora borealis colors!

    • Reply lostinpaper June 29, 2022 at 1:46 pm

      Thanks so very much June!

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