Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Neon Lights Technique

They say necessity is the mother of invention.

Last week, Jac, Lori and I were in Novi, MI, for the Great Lakes Mega Meet. We had a booth and I taught two classes each day. The booth was stocked with past monthly and special edition kits, as well as our Neon Ink Dabbers, Neon Inkpads, and Neon Doodles unmounted stamps. Jac enthusiastically demonstrated the "Neon" line for passers-by, until doing the same thing over and over got kind of dull. It was time to get creative.

Having the freedom to "play" can lead to discoveries, and that's what happened on Saturday. Jac's "play" time with the Big Deal stencil (from one of my classes) and neon inks led to a fun new technique I couldn't wait to share with you!

Neon Lights Technique
Neon Inkpad(s)
Ink Applicator(s)
White Gel Pen (Graffiti CS Gel Pen or Graffiti Lite 3-D Souffle Pen*)
Black or dark-colored cardstock
CS Stencil (we used Big Deal)

Trace stencil images onto black cardstock with white pen. 
Add scribbles/doodles inside traced area until desired look is achieved.
Re-align stencil; use applicator tool and Neon Ink to color artwork.
Artwork "lights up" with color from the Neon Inks.
Add sentiment stamped with white pigment ink; add matte to create card.

Here are more of Jac's demo samples to inspire you:

Same technique as above on Big Deal Gray Plain.
Try on other colors, too: Big Deal Yellow Plain.
White Plain (from HPOP stash).
Add hand-written greeting to create a quick card.
3D Neon Lights Technique
For a fun twist, add a three dimensional element to your stenciled artwork.

Color stencil with neon inks onto Big Deal Tan Plain. Shift stencil slightly, then trace image with white gel pen.
Resulting "offset image" creates a 3D effect, making the image pop off the page.

I hope you'll try this fun technique with your favorite Club Scrap stencils. We'd love to see what you create!

*The Graffiti Lite 3-D Souffle pen works very well with this technique; however, this ink formula goes on nearly clear and must be allowed to dry completely to a bright white before adding Neon inks.

Creatively yours,


  1. cool and easy!!! Love it!! TFS!

  2. SO MUCH FUN!! Thanks for sharing Karen and Jac!! The 3D stenciling is the coolest! Going to grab all my stencils for this one!!

  3. What a fun technique, I've always wondered how to add color over white pen!

  4. Wow - those are FUN FUN FUN! I need to go try this on something ASAP!

  5. Love this look and works great with all the art journaling that is so big right now, thanks so much for sharing, as I will be playing!

  6. What a fun new technique to try. thanks, Karen!

  7. What fun! I've done this with Distress Inks but never thought to try it with other inks....the Neons are PERFECT!! They really make it pop.
    Love it and hope you all had a wonderful time!

  8. O.M.G.!!! I cannot WAIT to play around with this stencil and those inks!!! YAY!!!

  9. Made some birthday day cards for the swap using this technique, fun and had good results with both the white Gelly Roll & Souffle pens :)

  10. I can't wait to give this a try. Looks like a lot of fun to create!

  11. Wouldn't 'cha know it? I found my "Big Deal" kit but canNOT, for the life of me, find my stencil! I have absolutely NO idea where I put it! I couldn't wait to try the technique, so I grabbed my "Graffiti" stencil and played with it! NICE effect! I know that Big Deal stencil is SOMEWHERE in this house!

  12. Cool technique! Thanks for the tip on the white souffle pen!

  13. missed a whole week of posts. I'm not getting the emails anymore.


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