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Wed 11

Northern Lights Christmas
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Inspired by this month’s challenge, I have another holiday card to share today.  One of my favorite Winter scenes to create is the Northern Lights/Aurora Borealis.  It’s simple to do, and yet it gives the most “wow” factor.   There are many different mediums that could be used, but my preference is ink blending.  But before I got inky, I did some partial die cutting with the Pine Tree Hill die to create the row of trees from black cardstock.


Laura did a post on partial die cutting and essentially, anything under the cutting plate will cut.  


Used scissors to connect those partial die cut trees and create the front row of trees.


Partial die cut the double trees twice to create the back row of trees.


Forgot to take a picture, but these lined up to create the row of trees as seen on the finished card.  Now onto the Northern Lights... but be forewarned, it’s going to look like a hot mess before things come together in the end. 😂


Started by adding streaks of Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon and Wilted Violet distress inks (di) to a piece of Bristol paper using the edge of a mini blending tool.


Next applied Chipped Sapphire di in between the colors and Black Soot di around the edges... and that pretty much completes the background.  I know it still doesn’t look that great, but persevere till the end and it will turn out. 😉  For sone sparkle, spritz it with a DIY shimmer spray (couldn’t capture it in the photo).


Adhered the trees to the bottom, then splattered with white gouache paint.  Die cut the Peace Airy Script sentiment three times from Bristol paper and stacked them for dimension to finish.


Hope you will give this a try.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a great day.






I'm speechless.... WOW WOW WOW!!! :D Thanks so much for the step by step, I want try surely your amazing technique!! It seems simple enough, too! LOVE your Aurora Borealis card SO VERY MUCH!!
You always stunning me!

Oh Trina, this is so beautiful. I love how you did the lights and the black trees really make them stand out. The Peace is perfect for this card as I imagine that's what you feel when you see those lights.

Fantastic sky with the distress inks, I was sure you'd used markers for the technique. It's lovely paired with the silhouette trees.

Your northern lights are fabulous! Such beautiful colours! And thanks for the tips about the partial die-cutting for the line of trees.

This is so stunning everytime I see it again. It's so beautifully explained. Definitely it's a must try look.. 😊 😊 Please share the DIY shimmer spray ☺️☺️☺️

Stunning card!

Wow great job on that background, gorgeous!

That is one gorgeous sky!

WOW! Gorgeous card Trina. LOVE the Northern lights with your tree silhouettes. Very dramatic and beautiful.

What a beautiful card, Trina! Love the Northern lights and I need to try that! It certainly makes a perfect background for the partial die cut trees!

Hey friend, you did it again, this is so stunning. And I had to try it immediately and I love it, maybe not quite the finesse of your gorgeous card, but I loved following your directions and giving it a try. I will post it and link back to the MB site! Thank you again for inspiring me and helping me to grow!

Always so inspirational and I love how you did the tree die cutting and the amazing background. Fabulous card Trina x.

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