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Monday, August 29, 2011

That 'ol black magic...

I keep thinking something's missing (probably flowers or a bow) but I think I'm done.
I wanted to try this "Black Magic" technique as seen on Karen Barber's blog and it was easier than I thought it would be.   In a nutshell, using white ink, you stamp your image on black (or any dark) cardstock and then use your Prismacolors or Copics to color over the white ink.  Karen's special touch is to add the white accents which really makes the colors POP.    I believe she uses a gel pen, but I've had better luck with Sharpie's extra fine tip poster paint pens for white embellishing.  

I'm entering this card in Sketch Saturday's challenge and Make it Monday's challenge this week.
Have a terrific weeks, dear friends! 


Bazzill CS, BG Olivia PP, image is from a BG stamp set called "Wild Flowers", May Arts black grosgrain ribbon, Kaisercraft black pearls, Magnolia Doohickey Flourish dies, Prismacolor pencils, Sharpie extra fine poster paint pen


  1. BEAUTIFUL!!! you totally nailed the technique! The sketch is perfect and I love the image. Elegantly gorgeous!

  2. Wow! Love the colors in this beautiful creation. Saw you on MIM and had to stop by. By-the-way, I am from a small bedroom community near SF as well - San Lorenzo. What's your old town?

  3. Had to look at this in the close-up! This is wonderful and you've nailed the technique.
    B-E-A-Utiful card. :)
    Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Make It Monday.
    Lisa xx
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  4. I looks so lovely.. almost has a velvety look

    Cheers from Bangalore ,India
    Dr Sonia S V

  5. Love your card saw it on MIM
    Luv Jane xxx

  6. What a beautiful creation!
    I poppedover from MIM!

  7. Wow Kathy, what an amazing technique! I love it! The colours are beautiful and it doesn't need anything else!

    Thx for linking it up to the Make it Monday party! See you again soon!

    Mary J x

  8. Great card, really beautiful. I love the colours. xx

  9. Oh wow, this is so beautiful!

  10. What a stunning card! and nothing like a flag! ;)
    beautiful work, thank you for joining in with us at Sketch Saturday
    Jo xx

  11. I think this technique is amazing and i want to try it. I love the bold effect and it looks so jewel like with a European flair. I saw this on MIM and ...well...I have to try it, when i get white ink. Will only copic markers work or will tombow markers work?? Just a wondering

  12. Wow, this is stunning! What a cool technique. My kingdom for some good white ink!
    I see you live in Desert Hills...my folks live in Sun City West. I lived in Tempe for 2 years... Don't suppose you go to Crop Girls?!

  13. HOLY WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that is an astonishing effect and i was sort of bemused to find the instructions could be summed up in a few sentences that even *I* understood!!! of course it helps that you are a BRILLIANT colorer anyway... and that you chose the PERFECT stamp for this technique! mindblowingly cool, i must say! ♥♥♥

    ps: i don't think it NEEDS anything else... but being a charter member of "over embellishers anonymous", *I* would put ONE good sized cerise flower (perhaps with a pearl center?) overlapping the leaves at the diagonal bottom left of the stamped panel. again... it's perfectly BALANCED already... but i'd do it anyway... :) :) :)

  14. WOW is this STRIKING! What a cool technique. Gonna have to try this for sure. xxD


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