“I love autumn so my eyes were immediately drawn to the cards using the black ice technique – beautiful!”
The ‘black ice’ stamping technique is a novel and exciting way to make your Mirri or foiled card the focal point of any papercraft project. Any colour of foiled card will work, as will any colour of ink, but Ranger’s Archival Ink is one of the best options as it has been specially formulated to work on glossy paper and card.
To create the impressive ‘black ice’ effect, simply stamp your image onto foiled card and add some streaks of ink to the top and bottom edges. Once the ink is dry hold the ink pad at an angle, so that only one of its edges touches the top of the piece of foil, and gently move it down the card from the top to the bottom. Repeat so that the entire card is covered with a very light layer of VersaMark ink. Then sprinkle clear embossing powder on top, tap away the excess and set with a heat tool. The result should resemble the shimmering unevenness of black ice.
For these cards, Simonne used beautiful papers, embellishments, stamps and dies from the new Stampin’ Up! Nature’s Poem suite. Metallic accents, such as the silver and copper leaf charms, work brilliantly with the glossy embossed ‘black ice’ designs.
How to make this card and tag
1 Layer a 120mm square of purple striped paper onto a piece of pink card and attach to the centre of a 148mm square of purple leaf paper. Wrap twice with pink twine and secure on the reverse.
2 Layer the panel onto a 148mm square white base card. Stamp a tree onto a 105x75mm piece of silver Mirri card using black Archival Ink. Ink the top and bottom edges of the panel as shown. Leave to dry.
4 Heat emboss two leaves in silver. Stamp four leaves and two leaf sprigs in purple. Stamp two leaf clusters onto pink card in brown. Die-cut the leaves and attach to the base as shown.
5 Add the tree panel to the base with sticky fixers. Stamp a sentiment onto a piece of pink card, trim into two pieces and attach to the base. Add a pink twine bow and silver leaf charms as shown to finish.