Do you ever just experiment with your craft supplies? It’s something I do quite a lot. Sometimes my experiments work and sometimes they leave me a little disappointed, but it’s never time wasted. Occasionally I’ll start experimenting simply because I’m struggling with a project. At times I find doing something totally different can spark an idea, like when I was playing with my Watercolor Pencils recently.
BLACK MAGIC PENCILS
I was actually using Basic Black Card to create layers for a card project and had a strip left over. As so often happens I decided to turn the strip into a bookmark, so I cut it to 2″ x 5-1/2″. Then I shaped the top and added the ribbon slot in one go using the Fancy Tag Topper Punch.
Next I decided to emboss the curved floral image from the Quite Curvy Stamp Set with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Using VersaMark ink I first stamped the image towards the bottom of the bookmark. Then I stamped it again nearer the top before sprinkling the embossing powder over both images. Next I tapped off the excess powder and removed some stray specks, before melting the rest with my Heat Tool set on 2 (high).
After the embossing had cooled it was time to pull out my Watercolor Pencils.
I began by colouring both images using a dry Whisper White pencil. Then I went over the leaves using the Old Olive pencil, and then coloured the flowers using the Melon Mambo pencil.
Finally I threaded some gold 5/8″ Fine Art Ribbon through the slot and secured it in place with Mini Glue Dots. With that my very quick but unusual bookmark was complete.
I’m pretty happy with how the bookmark turned out using this version of the black magic technique. I plan to experiment a bit more to see if I can make the colours really pop against the black background. Watch this space!
EMBOSSING POWDERS – Stampin’ Up! has retired its individual embossing powder item numbers and replaced them with two embossing powder collections. One collection is called Metallics and contains one 1/2oz (14g) pots each of gold, silver and copper. The second collection is called Basics and contains one 1/2oz (14g) pots each of black, clear and white.