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Technique Spotlight: Black Ice

What seems like years ago now, I began my second series of techniques classes. Many of the techniques I've used in that series were reused from my first series of techniques classes, with updated colors and stamps. Others in the second series are brand new techniques we never touched (or maybe never knew about). Black Ice was one of those techniques.

During techniques classes, we created a technique card with instructions and a swatch of the technique. We also made a greeting card using the technique.

It's been a few years since I've used Black Ice, so it's time to bring it back! There are six main products needed for this technique:

  • Foil paper

  • Jet Black Staz On Pad

  • Stamp set

  • Versamark Pad

  • Clear Embossing Powder

  • Heat Tool

As stated in the technique card above, here is how to get this super cool look:

On a piece of foil cardstock, lightly drag the edge of your Jet Black Staz On ink pad from top to bottom. Repeat from bottom to top. Stamp your line-art image in Staz On ink. Give a little blast of heat to fully dry the ink so that it won't smear when you're working with it. Very lightly drag the edge of your Versamark pad over the top of the foil - again the opposite direction. Apply clear embossing powder over the surface and heat with your heat tool.

I decided to change it up a bit as I resurrected the technique this week. I started with a piece of 3 3/4" x 3 3/4" Brushed Metallic cardstock and embossed it with the Leaves 3D Embossing Folder. I then followed technique instructions, dragging the Staz On pad from top to bottom and bottom to top, catching the raised leaf images as I went. After letting that ink dry, I dragged the Versamark pad the same way, covered it with clear embossing powder, and shook off all the excess powder before heating. It's a great look!

I stamped the pumpkin image from the Hello Harvest stamp set in Jet Black Staz On ink on Copper Foil, then cut it out with the pumpkin die from Rustic Pumpkin Dies. I proceeded, then, with the full Black Ice instructions just on that pumpkin. I think that turned out great, too!

Adding a 3 7/8" x 3 7/8" piece of Basic Black cardstock behind the leaf layer really helps to set off those leaves, and a 4 1/4" x 11" Thick Very Vanilla cardstock base folded in half gives the finish simple perfection.

You can watch me create the card below and scroll to the bottom of this page to see a list of all the supplies I used, along with links to my online store.

Happy technique-ing!


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