Trying new things – Black Ice Technique

As crafters, we are always trying new techniques. Some we love, other’s not so much. However if we don’t try them, we will never get better at our crafting so I am always encouraging my team to try something new. On my last Zoom meeting earlier this week, I demonstrated how to do the Black Ice Technique. This was new for me as well as I had never done this technique before. Basically, it involves stamping on Copper, Silver or Gold foil paper and dragging ink across it to add a tarnished or old world look to your card.

To try this technique

To start, take a piece of foil paper (copper) and stamp your image with Stazon ink (I don’t recommend Memento Tuxedo ink for this technique). In hindsight, I think I would also use a bigger piece of foil and cut it down to suit your card afterwards.

Stazon Ink is a permanent ink that can be stamped on multiple surfaces. (I love it for stamping on vellum myself). Make sure it is dry before moving on. It shouldn’t smudge when you run your finger over it.

TIP: You can use your heat tool to speed up the drying time.

Once the image is dry, add a little adhesive to the back of your foil to hold it in place. Now drag the Stazon ink VERY lightly from top to bottom (do not stop or you will leave a line you cannot get rid of).

As you can see in the picture, my first attempt was too heavy and you can barely see some of the image. I scraped this piece and tried again. You learn by doing, right?

TIP: Make sure the adhesive is not TOO sticky (rub off a little of the adhesive) so it doesn’t permanently stick to your work surface.

Once you have done this, let it dry (heat tool again) for a few minutes.

ok, now onto the next step.

Add the Versamark ink to your foil by dragging it over the foil in the same manner as the Stazon ink. Versamark is like a glue and I have only ever used it emboss images and sentiments. Very carefully pick up your foil by the edges (don’t touch the foil front or you will remove some of the ink) and cover it with clear embossing powder. Using your heat tool, melt the embossing powder over the entire foil sheet. This gives it a wonderful shine.

For my sentiment, I stamped on black card stock with VersMark, then covered it with copper embossing powder so it matches with the copper foil. I then set it with my heat tool. This, of course, is optional but I like how it coordinates with the foil

At this point you can go ahead and complete your card however you like.

As you can see from the pictures below, I tried this technique on both silver and gold foil as well. I also embossed the sentiments in silver and gold as well. They aren’t my best work (crooked stamping) but you can see how each different type of foil gives a completely different look.

Overall, this technique is just ok, it doesn’t wow me. However maybe I will try it again with different stamps and it might look really cool. I will play with it some more and see. Of the three types of foil I like the gold foil the best. As I mentioned before, new techniques are fun to try and I do love how the black lines run down the page. I hope you will give this technique a try and let me know how what you think. Send me a picture of your completed card so I can see how yours turned out.

Speaking of techniques, check out the July Paper Pumpkin kit which includes a layering technique. “The Adventure Begins” Paper Pumpkin Kit helps you celebrate in the most creative of ways with enough supplies to create twelve motivating cards—plus coordinating envelopes—all featuring the exciting colors of nature. To sign up and receive this kit, subscribe before July 10th (tomorrow) by clicking here. Once you receive your kit, you can join me for a Zoom meeting later this month, where we will make up each card design together. I will also show you how you can use the various components to make alternative card designs.

Details

  • Contains enough supplies to create twelve cards and coordinating envelopes.
  • Card size: 4-1/4” x 5-1/2” (10.8 x 14cm)
  • Envelope size: 4-1/2” x 5-3/4” (11.4 x 14.6 cm)
  • Comes with a Stampin’ Spot plus an exclusive Stamp Set.
  • Includes inspirational sentiments and adventure-themed imagery featuring these nature-inspired coordinating colors: Basic Black, Basic White, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Flirty Flamingo, Garden Green, Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, Night of Navy.

Well the Designer Series Paper Sale is off and running. Until Aug 2, you can save 15% of select paper packages so it’s a great time to add to your stash with all the new colours and patterns. If you are thinking Wow! I love that but don’t want all that paper? Well I have a solution… A paper share.

Basically the way it works: I will order the paper and divide it equally between those participating.  This way you get a portion of each package without paying for the full package.  All DSP are double sided and 12 x 12” in size with the exception of Tidings of Christmas which is 6 x 6”

To see all the beautiful paper packages available, visit my online store by clicking here. If you decide to purchase just one or two packages, don’t forget to use my July Host Code – ARZXNMQM to be included in my monthly draw. If your order is over $200 don’t use the code but you will still be included in the draw.

  • Cost – $40/pp – this includes taxes and shipping,  payable to me in advance, either by e-transfer or cash

  • Last day to sign up is July 15th. To do this, just contact me here

You will receive a 6 x 6″ sample of every one of the double sided patterned  papers from each of the 9 packages.


I hope you have enjoyed this post,   I invite you to try this technique and let me know how it goes. Should you have any difficulties, please let me know and I will gladly assist.   

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Helpful Tips Tuesday – Scoring Tips

Today, I would like to offer some tips on using your scoring tool. Before I talk about the various ways scoring will help you, I want to just go over the tools first. To see more information about each product, just click on each link which will bring you to my online store. Should you decide to make a purchase, please use the March Host Code 3JTVASQ6 to be entered into my monthly draw.

Simply Scored tool

Let’s start with the Simply Scored scoring tool. This board is a complete system for flawless scoring. The Base size is slightly larger than 12″ x 12″ to accommodate 12″ x 12″ card stock and paper. The base has grooves etched every 1/8″ so you can choose how far apart you want the score marks to be. There is a ruler on both the top and left side for easy reference and includes three place markers and one Stylus tool with both a small end for Card stock and larger end for DSP. It’s so easy to line up your card stock and score at whatever measurement you need. When you run the Stylus tool along the groved lines it creates a small indent on your card stock which allows you to cleanly fold your card stock or DSP along that line.

Paper Trimmer

This Paper Trimmer not only cuts your paper but also allows you to score it. Do you see the two cutting blades? The dark one is used to cut card stock up to 12″ (the arm on the left side flips open) and the lighter blade is your scoring tool. It’s so easy to cut your paper to make a card and turn it around to score it in half. CAUTION: Make sure you are using the right blade to score or you could end up cutting the paper in error. I know some people have labeled them with a “C” and “S” to easily remember at a glance.

The Bone Folder is a small tool which I use all the time. When you run the Stylus tool along the groved lines to score, it creates a small indent on your card stock which allows you to cleanly fold your card stock or DSP along that line. I then run my my Bone Folder over the folded card stock to give it a nice clean and crisp fold line.

So now you know the tools, I want to provide you with a few ways to use them. If you don’t have one, you are missing out. I really think that we don’t appreciate how helpful scoring tools can be. To see more information about each product, just click on each link which will bring you to my online store. Should you decide to make a purchase with me, please use the March Host Code 3JTVASQ6 to be entered into my monthly draw.

Creating a box

As you can see in this picture, I scored lines to create a gift box. By lining up my paper on the scoring tool, I was able to create nice even lines which I was then able to fold up to create my gift box. It makes putting this gift box together so easy. All I need to do now is add some adhesive to hold it together.

In this picture, I used my scoring tool to add some texture to the front of my card. When you flip over the paper after scoring, you will see a nice STRAIGHT ridge on the opposite side which adds some texture to your card or paper project. If you make a small error and score too far, you can gently use your Stylus tool on the ridge side to gently press it back and erase your error.

In this example, I scored the lines to create a brick shape. It makes for an interesting background, don’t you think?

Add a little sponging to highlight the brick shapes and you have a nice brick background for your card.

My template

You can also create a diamond shape just by turning your paper. In my example, I created a corner template by cutting a 4″ x 4″ piece of scrap cardboard and then cutting it diagonally. Once this is placed in the corner of the Simple Scored scoring tool, I lined up my paper along the template, I am still scoring straight lines but at an angle. By turning the paper around 180 degrees you can score the opposite angles. How cool is that?

I now have a lovely lattice background for my card. I am pretty pleased how the back grounds add a little something to card fronts and it’s so easy to do.

As you can see from the above examples scoring allows you to create some interesting looks. You are only limited by your imagination so I encourage you to play with your scoring tool to see all the amazing ways you can make it work for you. Think pleated paper, chevron patter, just to name a couple.

The Butterfly Brilliance Collection is an early release promotion for the new catalogue. It only runs from March 2 through to May 2, 2021. What does that mean? Well during this promotion, you can purchase this complete suite of products or any portion of it. Who doesn’t love butterflies right? However, the Designer series paper, along with the Natural Touch Specialty paper is only available during the Butterfly Bouquet promotion or while supplies lasts so don’t delay. Below is a picture of the complete Suite including Stamps, Dies, designer Series Paper and the Natural Touch Specialty paper.

The Designer Series paper perfectly cuts out the butterflies with the coordinating dies and the stamped butterflies are very detailed. To see more, please visit my online store.


Sponging Technique

I wanted to share a couple of cards I made using the sponging technique. This technique is a great way to add an interesting background to your cards.

First of all, to block of the part I wanted to colour, I cut out a U-shaped template from a 6×6 piece of light cardboard as shown below.

By doing this I ensured the cut out was 1 1/2” in width, which is what I wanted, but you could make it wider if desired. With a template, I don’t have to use a bunch of paper and tape to mark out my block, plus I can re-use the template for a second or third card. I used small pieces of washi tape to secure my card base to scrap paper then placed the template over the card and secured it with more washi tape as shown. I like using washi tape because it easily removes and doesn’t pull on the paper like some painter tape does. Once all is secured, I am ready to go.

I sponged the various colours I wanted to use across the blocked area. There really is no right or wrong way to do this, however I would recommend overlapping the colours so there are no hard lines. While doing this, you have to wonder, right? It’s not very impressive and looks rather messy as you can see, but once you remove the template you will see how cool it looks. I then stamped the images and sentiments from the “Prized Peony” stamp set in Tuxedo Momento ink over the coloured background. I absolute love how it looks and there are so many colour possibilities. What do you think? If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.

Prized Peony

To complete the card, I added a mat in a coordinating colour to the card front then applied it to a black card base which just makes the card front pop even more. I then stamped a sentiment to another piece of card stock and applied it to the inside of the card.

This card is a sneak peak, using the same method. This new stamp set will become available in the January-June 2021 Mini Catalog in the new year. As a demonstrator, I enjoy having a few perks, such as discounts on purchases or getting this stamp set in advance. If you would like to become a demonstrator and enjoy those perks as well, I would love it if you joined my team as a demonstrator. Whether you are in the same city as me or spread across Canada, my team, “Canadian Stampers” are a group of wonderful people who I support 100% of the time.

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