Welcome to the first month of a new Stampin’ Up! earning year and the first hop for the demos that achieved the Alaska incentive trip coming in the summer of 2018.

I am so excited to be able to continue to be on these blog hops with these amazing demos from around the world!

This month I was playing around with glossy paper again and was tying to create my own version of the Northern Lights… appropriate for an Alaska blog hop right?

I was doing another acrylic block watercolor background technique, inking up the block with markers.

I used the Marina Mist ink pad all over the block and then added some ink with markers.

For this I used Elegant Eggplant, Night of Navy, and some more Marina Mist up top for streaks.

I wanted to add some Melon Mambo on there, too, but the marker got some of the blue on there and I didn’t want to mess my pretty marker up.

The perfect solution was the little ink spots uninked pads.  I used a Melon Mambo reinker and made my own pad, and I really didn’t care if it go mucked up a bit.

So here is the inked and water spritzed block all ready to go on the glossy paper.

One cool thing about using the glossy paper is you can slide the wet block for a couple of seconds and get good coverage or a streaky look.

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The stamp set  used is the Add A Little Glitz and I stamped the sentiments first in Night of Navy ink at the bottom of my cardstock just in case I messed it up.  lol

I wanted to use the star made of little stars stamp, too.

And off course, there needed to be some Sparkle since I just stamped that on the card!

Bring on the Dazzlin’ Diamonds Stampin Glitter!


Now to get it on the cardstock as a stamped image.

I used a paper plate and a big squirt of Multipurpose glue (the green top one) and then diluted with water and spread really thin on the plate with an aquapainter.

It was easy to put the thin glue on the stamp just like ink, stamp on the glossy cardstock, and then dust with the fine glitter.

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Instant Sparkle!

Here is a close-up of those stars, but so much better in person, of course.

The card is finished off with the shiny crinkled Night of Navy seam binding, a favorite of mine for sure.

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One more little finishing touch, a silver metallic enamel star on the end of the ‘tail’ of the Sparkle word.

The little star seemed to balance the words out and add a little something there.

One thing I really like about this technique is that no two are the same!

I did several of these for an event I was attending and cards for customers, and the different looks were all really cool.

All in the way you twist or slide the wet block on the glossy paper, so I admit I was experimenting with all this as I went.

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Does it look like the real Northern Lights?  I have no idea!

Not sure I will even get to see them ever, but I hope to next year on the incentive trip to Alaska, even though July is apparently a bit early to view them

The closest I will come to them for sure, since we live in the warm Southeastern US.

Until then, I will just imagine what they are like and continue to have fun playing with paper and ink.  One of my favorite things for sure!

Thanks for joining me and enjoy the rest of the hop… see you next month!

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