Sunday, 27 November 2022

Mica Magic Northern Lights

     Mica Magic is mica powder in an almost cream like form, a bit like eyeshadow but please do not use it as makeup. It can be applied with a sponge or on your finger, a brush would work but tends to hold onto the powder so you end up using more. The effects you can achieve with this product are many and varied, this one is a Northern Lights background inspired by a You Tube video from Kevin Nakagawa, he used ink pads for his background.
     All but the black came from the new Dawn Aurora pallet and were applied using the reverse of a piece of  Cut N Dry Foam. The back of the foam is quite firm and doesn't bend so it applies the mica perfectly over embossed surfaces as well as smoothly onto flat card, this is a tip I picked up from the talented Dot when using gilding wax.
     Starting with the lightest colour first I added streaks of yellow and lime green in one direction across my white card, building up with darker green and black.
     The white stars were made using a Posca pen held over the card and tapped with the edge of a ruler to make it splatter.
     Once complete the background was buffed gently with a soft cloth to get a subtle shine. The scenic layer was die cut using a die from JND Snow Scenes in black card, then stuck onto the background with redline tape to make sure it didn't fall of the shiny surface. The scenic background was then matted onto a black layer.
     To find a perfect match for the green mat was almost impossible so I made one using the same green Mica Magic used in the background to colour a piece of white card, only the edge needs to be coloured as the rest is covered.
     My green mat was then added to a black card blank, I tried it on white but it didn't look right, with the scenic layer being added with 2mm double sided foam tape to give a little lift.
      All that remained was to add the die cut Silent Night in black, which was actually cut from the centre of the black mat layer, and embellish with a couple of amber gems. I would love to see the Northern Lights but until I do then trying to make them on card will have to do.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
ABC Christmas - W~white/X~xtra special  
The 12 Months of Christmas - #94 Anything Christmas
CraftyHazelnut's Christmas - #622 Anything Christmas
Merry Little Christmas - #47 Anything Christmas
The Sisterhood Of Crafters - Anything Christmas


  1. WOW!! What a gorgeous sky! I haven't used Mica Magic before, but your card makes me want to go out and buy some right now. Thank you for sharing it and playing along with ABC Christmas Challenge ~ Wendy

  2. This is beautiful. It looks so realistic, and you've done an amazing job. I'd love to have you come play along with us at Word Art Wednesday whenever you're able. It would be a blessing to have you join us.
    Karen L – My Personal blog – Challenge blog

  3. WOW! just gorgeous! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Sisterhood of Crafters challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often. We appreciate your support!

    Sisterhood of Crafters

  4. superbe création Rocky, très inspirante, merci de jouer avec nous chez ABC Christmas Challenge, biz


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