Elaine’s Northern Lights coloring tutorial

Hi folks, Elaine from Quixotic Paperie here!

I’m excited to be joining in with Kristy’s blog party again this year, with so many talented people. I’m definitely a fan of Some Odd Girl stamps, so it’s always a pleasure to get to work with them.

Today I’ve got a little step by step for you, featuring one of the recently released clear stamp sets – Winter Friends. When I saw this set I knew I wanted to create a little scene with the adorable penguins and polar bear cub. Creating stamped scenes is one of my favourite things to do, and I love to experiment with different ways of building a scene and colouring the background.

I decided to try and create the impression of the northern lights in my winter scene with our Arctic friends, so my step by step focuses on showing how I built up the sky colouring.

Here goes! I hope you enjoy the step by step and perhaps find it useful.

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And here it is on a finished card!


I hope this inspires you to try this and try something new!


  • Annette Allen says:

    wow now that is just way too cool…love it…
    thanks for sharing.

  • Andrea says:

    WOW! Stunning!!

  • rachel mutchler says:

    This is beautiful, I can’t wait to try this technique thank you so much for sharing!

  • Leah Crowe says:

    wow, absolutely stunning! I love this technique!!

  • Lucianna says:

    That is really beautiful, such a great technique!

  • Sue D says:

    Very cool effect!

  • Barb O. says:

    This is AMAZING! The contrast between your polar bear/penguins and the sky is so incredible. Wow!
    {Hugs} Barb

  • eva says:

    such a beautiful sky! and an adorable scene!

  • Billie A says:

    Very nice tutorial and love the look. I will have to give it a try. The bear and penguins are perfect for the scene and love how you colored them in too. Great work always love your work.

  • Ruza says:

    Gorgeous card! TY so much for the tutorial! Going to save this one! ;o)

  • Amy O says:

    I learned the hard way to cut the image out before coloring – after completely coloring an image, I stuck it in my Silhouette to cut, but the print and cut was off somehow. I saw it was about to cut through my image, so I yanked the paper backward in complete panic! After I canceled things properly I found out I had broken the blade – glad I didn’t do any worse damage! I did save the image, though! It was a close call. Phew!

  • Loz ♥ says:

    this looks great! I’ve been thinking of purchasing Touch Twin makers so thanks so much for showing them 🙂

  • Maria Therese says:

    Fabulous tut!!

  • Linda Wescott says:

    Great tutorial, very easy to follow…look forward to giving it a try. Hugs lin

  • Holly AKA KopyKat says:

    fabulous background, I am so going to have to try that one

  • Michelle Hernandez says:

    Sunning color work- thank you for the tutorial- I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of coloring yet- this is amazing!

    • Michelle Hernandez says:

      Oops! I meant to write stunning. 🙂

  • Beate says:

    Adorable image and gorgeous coloring. Thanks for your tutorial!
    Hugs and smiles

  • jessica says:

    This is gorgeous!!! What a cool technique and amazing final card!!

  • Rae Ann says:

    Such a beautiful result! The card looks fabulous and really has the look of the northern lights!

  • Delphine says:

    Totally GOR-GEOUS!!!! Fantastic tutorial, thank you for sharing!!!! Hugs Delphine xx

  • Kimberli Sarsfield says:

    What a beautiful card! I am super excited about this because I JUST added this stamp set to my growing SOG collection. I can’t wait to try it!

  • Stephanie-Emma says:

    this is a great effect! Need to try this out!! xxx

  • Cyndi Elliott says:

    Thanks for the wonderful directions – I can’t wait to play

  • Ardilla says:

    So great effect, it looks real… thanks for sharing this tutorial 🙂

  • Sharette says:

    Ohh this is soo gorgeous..I love how you created this scene


  • Linda W. says:

    Great card love the scene that you made…I have so much to learn

  • Arabella says:

    Happy Birthday Kristy! Wow Elaine! Amazing colouring and thanks for the fab tutorial!


  • Liz O says:

    Happy Birthday Kristy, thank you for letting us celebrate with you all month long!!! This tutorial is awesome and the results stunning! TFS
    Have a wonderful day!

  • Deanna D says:

    Great technique with a gorgeous result! I will definitely be doing this!

  • Jennyfer L says:

    TY for the tutorial and I will add this to my techniqe list now:-)

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  • Lizzie O says:

    WOW! This is stunning!!!

  • Gin Oak says:

    A really cool idea. I saw the lights this year and your beautiful card has given me some inspiration for how to LO the photos and include my colouring 🙂

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