My regular blog readers will probably know that I love playing with my Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. I’m not an artist by any means, but I’ve found them easy to use and achieve nice results. Over the past year I’ve been collecting Stampin’ Blends and finally have all the colours currently available. So to celebrate I decided to use an adaptation of the black magic technique to create a card just for you.
BLACK MAGIC TECHNIQUE
The usual way I’ve seen the black magic technique used is on black card. You stamp or emboss an image onto the card and lightly colour it in with a white pencil. Then you colour over the white with other colours.
My adapted black magic technique is a little simpler.
I cut a piece from the Delightfully Detailed Laser-cut Specialty Paper 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″. Then I used Stampin’ Blends to colour in sections of the laser-cut design. The colours I used were:
- Flirty Flamingo Combo
- Highland Heather Combo
- Rich Razzleberry Combo
- Pumpkin Pie Combo
- Bermuda Bay Combo
- Granny Apple Green Combo
- Old Olive Combo
- Dark Pool Party
- Dark Crumb Cake
- Dark Daffodil Delight
- Light Poppy Parade
- Light Calypso Coral
ASSEMBLING THE CARD
With the panel coloured I now needed to create a card base and frame for it.
I cut a piece of Basic Black Card 3-3/4″ x 5″ and used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to attach the coloured panel onto the front. Then I used Paper Snips to trim the edge of the coloured piece the same size as the black backing.
Next I used my die-cutting machine to cut a frame from a 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ piece of Basic Black Card. I used the #7 die from the largest group in the Stitched Rectangles Dies. This die cut the hole in the card and added a line of faux stitching around the opening. Then I fixed the frame onto the layered coloured panel with liquid glue.
Next I cut and scored a piece of Thick Whisper White Card using my Stampin’ Trimmer. I folded the card along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder. Then with more liquid glue I fixed the assembled layers to the front of my card base.
The just for you sentiment comes from the Meant to Be Stamp Set and was stamped onto Thick Whisper White Card with Tuxedo Black ink. Then I punched it out using the Pretty Label Punch and added it to the front panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
To complete the project I decided to use some more of the Delightfully Detailed Laser-cut Specialty Paper as a stencil. I carefully held it in place while I used a Sponge Dauber to gently tap a little Tuxedo Black ink onto the flap of a Whisper White Medium Envelope.
Next I stencilled across the top right and bottom left corners of a layer of Whisper White Card. Then once I’d fixed the Whisper White layer inside the card base, I was done.
I can’t tell you how much I love this card. The colours looked kind of OK when I was working on my colouring, but they really came to life when I mounted it onto the card. Black magic indeed!
UPDATED 2020: The following products have retired and are no longer available from Stampin’ Up!
- Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper
- Pretty Label Punch