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“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.

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