Technique Tuesday – Black Magic Technique

By | August 10, 2021

Hi there

The Black Magic technique is where you can create a dramatic look by stamping on dark cardstock with light ink and then colour on top of it. The first time I tried this technique (back in 2017) I used White Craft ink as my base then applied Watercolour pencils and outlined the image with a white Gel Pen. I have since found another method so keep reading to find out more.

Black Magic Technique using Flowers of Friendship, White heat embossing and Watercolour pencils

The image really stands out against the black cardstock background.

Black Magic Technique using Flowers of Friendship, White heat embossing and Watercolour pencils

Stamp the image – I used the Flowers of Friendship set – with VersaMark and heat with White Embossing Powder. Using your White Watercolour Pencil colour in the image. This gives a base for your coloured layer and allows it to show up. Select your chosen colours and colour in the image with the Watercolour Pencils. Once you’ve finished colouring in the image you still have the white outline so no need for a Gel Pen to make the image stand out.

Black Magic Technique using Flowers of Friendship, White heat embossing and Watercolour pencils

I stamped the flowers again on a scrap piece of Basic Black and then ‘fussy cut’ the centre petal so that I could layer it on the main image. I think one of the ‘hidden’ gems in the new 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue is the Stitched Greenery die from page 165. It gives a great texture for backgrounds and goes well with floral stamps. I love the font of the ‘happy birthday!’ which is from Turtle Friends.

Black Magic Technique using Flowers of Friendship, White heat embossing and Watercolour pencils

For the inside I stamped the image in Memento Black and coloured in with the Watercolour Pencils.

I hope you give this alternative method a go – it’s easy and very effective. What stamp set would you use for this technique?

Until next time …

Yellow Bear Stamping

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