Northern Lights with Distress Oxides

Happy Monday, my friend! Okay, maybe that’s a bit too cheerful for a Monday…so grab a coffee (or whatever) and enjoy today’s post. Since our Scrap ‘N Stamp Distress Oxide blog hop on Friday, I’ve been having fun playing with my inks. By the way – if you missed the Hop, be sure to check it out HERE. So many great ideas for using these great inks! Leave a comment on each blog hop post, and you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to WIN a $50 Gift Certificate from Scrap ‘N Stamp! Anyway, back to today’s card. I decided to play some more, and created the Northern Lights with Distress Oxides. Have a look!


I have never seen the Aurora Borealis in real life, but it’s always been on my bucket list! Nature is truly amazing, to create these fabulous lights in the sky.  I know, it’s science (the result of disturbances in the magnetosphere caused by solar wind) but they really look like magic, don’t they? Making this card, I tried to add a bit of nature.

Northern Lights with Distress Oxides

I used a simple die cut for the silhouettes; the rest is magic! Actually – distress oxide ink pads.


Start with a panel of white cardstock. Use blending tools to apply the inks. First, cover the entire panel with Chipped Sapphire. Next, blend some Black Soot across the bottom third. Now, apply the next colours diagonally across the top two-thirds of the panel, one at a time. The colours are Dusty Concord, Wilted Violet, Fossilized Amber and Cracked Pistachio. This gives you the colours of the aurora borealis, and the appearance of movement. Spray on some water, to activate the oxides, and then blot dry with a paper towel. To add the stars, mix some white Gouache paint with water, and splatter onto the panel.

Die cut the silhouettes from black cardstock, and glue them across the bottom of the panel. Use a white gel pen to add some highlights.

Create a card base of dark blue cardstock, and layer a panel of purple cardstock on top. Add a smaller panel of the dark blue near the middle. Attach your inked panel to the front, using foam tape.

Northern Lights with Distress Oxides

I’m really happy with how this turned out, and how quickly it came together! This just may be my Christmas card for this year. All I need to do is add an appropriate sentiment.  This would also be a great ‘thinking of you’ or ‘missing you’ card, as well.


Try your hand at making your own northern lights with distress oxides! I’ve included links below, for online shopping. Thanks for spending some time with me today; I hope I’ve inspired you to bring some nature magic indoors, to your own craft table.

Northern Lights with Distress Oxides

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

6 thoughts on “Northern Lights with Distress Oxides

  1. Another masterpiece!! This is just beautiful, Deborah! I love how you recreated the Northern Lights – and the silhouettes really stand out against the sky.

    1. Oh, you’re too kind, Buffy! I am happy with how the northern lights turned out, though. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Susan! It was fun to create, and the distress oxides blend so easily! 🙂

    1. I’m so glad that you found the tutorial helpful, Daria! Thanks so much for visiting and leaving a comment 🙂

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