Tutorial | Burnishing Technique On Sky & Mason Jar

Hello friends. Today's FIRST tutorial is on coloring the night sky and the glow in the mason jar using 'burnishing' technique and Hero Arts Shadow Inks. 

For my demonstration, here is my DT card for this week 'Autumn Colors And Twine' theme over at Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge using the 'Firefly Mason Jar' image from our lovely sponsor Scribbles Designs. For details and inspiration behind the making of this card, please see below.


  • Hero Arts Shadow Inks in colors of: Soft Yellow (mason jar) Soft Granite, Soft Stone and Pool (sky)
  • orange-yellow marker
  • dauber sponges
  • scrape of paper or paper towel
  • white gel pen
I also used the following images/sentiment to complete my scene:
  • Firefly Mason Jar image - from Scribbles Designs
  • Wildflower' clear stamp set - from Crafter's Companion
  • If You Catch A Firefly' poem by Lillian Moore


Slip the dauber sponge onto your index finger and in a circular motion, gently rub the Soft Stone (lightest blue) Hero Arts Shadow Inks on.  Tab off excess ink onto your scrap/paper towel.

Starting from one side of the paper (I did mine from the right), gently brush the ink inward.

Ink your sponge again, tab off excess ink. Repeat above step 1 on the other side of the paper (left for me). Now both side of your paper have a dark border.

Ink your sponge again, tab off excess ink. Working from the left side of the paper or right, doesn't matter, to the other side, fill the entire sky and the right half of the mason jar only with the Soft Stone ink by rubbing in a circular motion, applying gentle pressure as you rub until you get a smooth polish sky. This is call 'burnishing.' 

With a new sponge, ink the Soft Granite (gray) and tab off excess. Repeat the 'burnishing' technique - with gentle pressure, rub in circular motion over the Soft Stone (light blue) ink just area of the sky you want to be darker.

Using the same sponge that you've used for the Soft Stone (light blue) ink it with the Pool ink (darker blue). Tab off excess and repeat the burnishing technique. This time only burnish area of the sky that you want to be darker shade. Make 'stars' by scatter random dots using white gel pen.

For the mason jar, with new sponge, ink the Soft Yellow ink. Tab off excess and gentle burnish the entire jar and the fireflies. To highlight the tail, outline it with a orange-yellow marker.

Details and inspiration behind the making of this card

A while back while googling, I came across a beautiful poem written by Lilian Moore calls 'If You Catch A Firefly' and fell in love with it. So when I first saw the Firefly Mason Jar image, immediately I thought of the poem and knew I want to create a little 'interpreting' scene of the poem with the image.

First, I opened up the firefly mason jar in Paint software, deleted out the jar and kept the group of firefly. Saved as a temporary file and dragged it into Microsoft Word. Next, I dragged in the mason jar image, placed it below the group of firefly and resized. Then I dragged in the single firefly image, made a bunch of copies, resized, rotated and randomly scattered them around. I used the 'Wildflower' clear stamp from Crafter's Companion, stamped with Momento black and burnished the sky and mason jar with Hero Arts Shadow Inks. For the card layout, I adhesive the image layer onto a single black cardstock follow by the embossed leave background which I've created using alcohol inks and Taylored Expressions' Scattered Leaves embossing folder. Below the image is the 'If You Catch A Firefly' poem which I've recreated into a digi.

Click HERE for tutorial on alcohol inked leaves embossed background

Click HERE for my hand sketched pumpkin digi card

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today and perhaps share a thought, comment as well questions with me before you go.  It's truly a joy hearing from you! 

I am entering my Firefly Mason Jar card into the challenges below.Challenges


Lois Wyche said...

Beautiful card and tutorial!

Rannah Romps said...

Just loved it ! You are so good at these tutorials! Easy to read, step by step, such great teaching!

Cindy Groh said...

I love the results you got with this image and the ink. It's a beautiful card.

Teresa Arsenault said...

Great technique, Christina. Thank you for sharing the step by step. Your card looks magical.

PS - Thank you for all your lovely comments on my blog.

Patricia St Martin said...

Love your technique and thanks for sharing.
hugs Pat

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