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.


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)


This month’s kit includes:

  • 6×8 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!


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

The Hero Arts Blog 

Jennifer McGuire 

Laurie Willison 

Wanda Guess 

Jessica Frost-Ballas 

Lydia Fiedler 

May Park 

Ilina Crouse 

Heather Ruwe 

Janette Kausen 

Clare Prezzia 

Libby Hickson


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.


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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104 thoughts on “Watercolor Northern Lights + VIDEO

  1. 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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