Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Black Ice Technique with Waterfront

Another snowy day, but not as bad as what the East Coast is experiencing with another Nor-Easter, the 3rd in 2 weeks. With Spring just around the corner the sight of the snow is disappointing.  I guess we have to wait a little longer.

Today's blog post is about a new technique that I have seen on various Facebook groups and Pinterest,  called the Black Ice Technique,

It's a fun technique and so easy to do and the resultant card looks like an old photo.  After watching a number of videos on the subject I tried it for myself using a number of different SAB stamp sets.

Most samples I have seen use silver foil for this technique, and for my "trial" card I used this, but I wanted to see this technique using copper foil and I didso using the stamp set "Waterfront"

Isn't that beautiful?

Metallic elements on cards are difficult to photograph, and this card was no exception. But I love the effect of the final editing on this card. 

Below is a more typical example using Silver Foil with the Heartfelt stamp 

So how is this technique done?
Stamp:  Heartfelt
Ink:  Black Archival. This is the only ink that can be used on foil
  • Basic Black 4 1/2 by  5 1/2 (card base)
  • Silver Foil  3 by 3 1/2"
  • Whisper White 3 1/4 by 3 3/4" (first mat for Silver Foil)
  • Basic Gray  3 3/4 by 4"  (mat for Whisper White)
  • Basic Black 4 by 4 1/4"
  • Basic Gray 4 by 5 1/4" (layer for card base)
  1. Starting with the 4 by 5 1/4" and 3 3/4 by 4" piece of Basic Gray card stock using the direct ink to paper technique, apply ink in long streaks one side at a time from top to bottom. Protect the other side with a piece of copy paper.  Be sure to secure the paper to the work surface or else the ink lines will be wavy.  Turn the card stock and ink from top to bottom again.  Set aside
  2. Repeat this process on the 3 by 3 1/2" silver foil (handle by edges only.  Fingermarks leave marks)
  3. Dry with heating tool
  4. Stamp image using Archival Ink.  Dry with heating tool
  5. Apply Versa Mark very lightly one side at a time and emboss with clear embossing powder.
After the foil piece has cooled, mat with Whisper White, Basic Gray and Basic Black.
Add glitter black ribbon if desired.  I added it to the right side.
Adhere this to the Card Base which has been layered with the treated Basic Gray Layer. 

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