Sunday, September 30, 2012

technique: make a neon sunburst

I'm in love with neon. Not sure how long this love affair will last, but it's burning day-glo bright right now!

When I saw these Hero Arts neon ink pads at 2Peas, I had to have them. I bought both the yellow and orange (only because the pink was not available, def going in my next order). I tried them out as soon as my order arrived, and woooo-boy! are they ever neon. Like the juiciest, brightest, most awesomely intense highlighter you ever could have wanted.

I also really liked the texture the ink pads created on the paper when I swiped them on directly to sample the colour, and it inspired me to try a new technique to create a sunburst pattern on my page. I made a little video to demonstrate, but it really is quite easy! And it does create an awesome texturizing effect on the page.

Photo of my beautiful Addie Blue on her 8th birthday. She is so cute and so sweet and so INTENSE about so many things. She's all kinds of awesome. 
You can see the texture of the ink pad on the page in the photo above. I've included a few more detail shots below after the video.

Love it when I find an easy technique that not only uses a favourite product, but (I think!) looks so much more than how easy it was! This was such a fast way to add a huge impact on a page.

Love these glittery pink Thickers! I punched some small hearts from pale pink and flourescent pink paper and sprinkled them around one of the white spaces between the neon rays.

I love the cross-hatchy texture of the ink pad directly on the paper. 
The text confetti was punched from an old dictionary.

There is so much variation in the texture depending on how the ink pad was applied to the paper and how much coverage is achieved. 
These Heidi Swapp embellishments are so cute! I loved them so much more in person than I did when I saw them online. The Sugar Chic bows are big and made out of nice heavy weight, slightly glossy cardstock. And the Sugar Chic Stix are also much bigger than I thought they would be. They are double-sided, too! Bonus! 

I really love the way the grey OA Icebox Sprinkler looks next to the neon yellow!

Here I used Studio Calico wood veneer stars as confetti and photo corners punched from an old book page.

I hope you will give this sunburst ink technique a try! If you do, please link me up to your page, I would totally love to see it!

Supplies: cardstock (We R Memory Keepers); ink pad (Hero Arts); wood veneer (Studio Calico); punches (the Paper Studio, Martha Stewart); tags (Avery); bow (Heidi Swapp); decorative stick (Heidi Swapp); chipboard letters (American Crafts); paper clips (Tim Holtz); misting ink (October Afternoon); pen (Sakura).
Linked up at Paper Issues.

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