This card was made for Online Card Classes’ Stretch Your Dies class earlier this year. I diecut multiple “birthdays” using Papertrey Ink’s Wonderful Words: Birthday Die
in the same white as my card base. I then adhered all of the birthdays directly onto the card base.
Because the background got to be somewhat busy I decided to keep the decorations to a minmum: A diecut banner with an embossed sentiment and a few sequins in a matching colour and that was it. KIIS!
Sarah introduced me to the Black Magic technique (stamp in white on dark cardstock and add colour using coloured pencils) and I was an instant fan. It is a lot of fun to do Black Magic cards and it is a very different look than when you stamp and colour on a light cardstock.
For my first Black Magic card I used one of my all time favourite Papetrey Ink stamp sets, Stitches and Swirls. I stamped the flowers using Hero Arts’ Unicorn white pigment ink and let the image dry really well before colouring the leaves and flowers using my PrismaColor pencils. For this card I coloured directly onto the black cardstock which is doable because PrismaColor pencils are wax-based.
For my second card I started by stamping and heat embossing the sentiment before I stamped the images using Clearly Besotted’s Dandelion Dreams. When stamping the stems of the dandelions I masked off parts of the flowers as well as the sentiments whereby I achieved some sense of depth in the stamping.
Here I coloured directly onto the stamped part of the card which gives a slightly different Black Magic effect than what I did on the first card. It only goes to show that Black Magic is a technique with many possibilities. I strongly encourage you to give the technique a whirl.
I made this card for Ett Trykk’s theme on using washi tape on cards but it wasn’t picked up so I can show it here instead. For this card I used washi tape as you might use patterned paper: I simply ran three strips across the paper where I wanted my main focus to be. To give the background some more dimension, I chose to run some baker’s twine down the middle of the three washi tapes.
I added a custom sentiment (Kram means hugs in Danish) to a frame, dressed the frame up with some stamped and die cut flowers and added the whole thing just below the bow I tied on the baker’s twine. As a final embellishment I scattered some sequins on and around the frame.
Ombre is still going strong and I did this card for a feature on Scrapsister’s blog when the site still existed. I used a Memory Box stencil and distress inks to create the ombre background. Once I had all my colours down I added a few splashes of water to the background to give it an even more dreamy effect.
When it came to decorating the card, I went with some delicate seam binding, a few tiny tags and some sequins. Some times that is all that is needed when the focus is on the work done to the background.