Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Black Magic Technique

9/12/2016: Winner of the Sapphire Award at Color My Heart: Color Dare #209.

A BIG Thank You to the ladies at Color Dare for selecting black as one of the challenge colors. Black is rarely a color seen at the challenge and I enjoy using black on my cards! This color challenge was the perfect opportunity to try out the Black Magic Technique. There are numerous tutorials available using either white embossing powder or white craft ink. I've been wanting to try this so here's the first attempt using the white ink. HERE is my favorite tutorial.

I may stop using Wink of Stella until after I have the photos completed. The Stella I applied to anything in a Pomegranate color photographs lighter in color.

The images were stamped using the MISTI with white craft ink onto the black cardstock. The craft ink took about 30 minutes to dry, after which I stamped it again with another heavy coat of the same ink and allowed it to dry again. I chose to not use my heat tool to dry the ink because I have seen white ink turn yellow from the application of heat.

Using colored pencils, the white images were colored to match the
challenge colors. A white gel pen was used to add some dots and swirls around the flourishes. The sentiment was die cut in gold foil and white cardstock and adhered. Gold glitz was added to the center of three flowers and after the sentiment. A touch of clear Wink of Stella was also added to the flowers. On the white cardstock, two diagonal panels in different colors were adhered. The black cardstock was backed with a panel of craft foam to pop it up and adhered to the card base panels. The inside of the card was decorated with a matching black flourish.

The card is being submitted to Color My Heart: Color Dare Challenge #209. Be sure to visit their blog!

Techniques: Black Magic, stamping, coloring, die cutting
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

CTMH Materials
Cardstock: Sorbet, Pomegranate

Stampin' Up! Materials
Stamps: Flowering Flourishes
Inks: Whisper White Craft (pigment)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black
Misc.: Dazzling Details (Gold Glitz)

Other Materials
Colors: Derwent Inktense Pencils
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (inside)
Cardstock: DCWV Gold Foil
Die: Spellbinders Phrase Set #1
Misc.: Craft foam, ZIG Wink of Stella (clear)


  1. Wow - that is some detailed colouring! I love the flourish (I have the matching die) and the gold congratulations is a great match for the card.

  2. Simply stunning Melanie! The colors on the black are just beautiful and I love your clean design. Perfectly created! :)

  3. Very stunning card. I love's such a great neutral!
    Thanks for playing at the Color My Heart Color Dare.

  4. Mel, this is so striking, and using the Gel Pen for the white dots along the swirls really add to the flourishes of flowers. I'm going to have to use my white inks...haven't only because of the drying time...and great affect to your card. Thanks again for sharing with us at Color Dare. If you hop on early tomorrow morning you can see the next color challenge and maybe get a card in before your vacation.

  5. So striking! I love seeing the bright colors against the black background. Great job at creating, and at explaining your process. Can't wait to try it! Thanks for taking a Color Dare.

  6. Gorgeous! I love this card and will have to give it a try. Thank you for sharing and playing along with us this week on Color My Heart.

  7. What a stunning card! Love how you added the dots and swirls with the white pen. Thank you for inspiring us at Color My Heart Challenge Blog.