The latest challenge at Twofers, where we are asked to use the same stamp or die for two different occasions, is blossom
I'd been inspired by the amazing card that Kathy made this weekend to have a go at the Black Ice technique, so I watched the video she has embedded in the post and hot footed it into my craft room to try. I chose an apple blossom stamp which I've had for a few years - I think it was from Uniko but it may have been Clearly Besotted (why don't all clear stamp manufacturers give themselves a bit of credit on the cover sheet?)
Well, I obviously didn't take notes as I went along because I think I did just about everything wrong. I used a matt- finish metallic card rather than a Mirri one, a very open image instead of a detailed one, I forgot to add the lighter inky streaks over the body of the card and then I found my Versamark pad is so old and in-juicy that I had to press down quite firmly with it and got too smooth a coverage. So as a piece of black ice, my result was hopeless. However the shiny grey flower image that resulted looked rather pretty and I thought it would be ideal for a sympathy card, so I fussy cut it and used acetate to make it "float" between the upper and lower sections of a card.
I am sharing this card with
CAS Mix Up - Acetate (stamping, acetate, heat embossing and fussy cutting)
Less is More - Monochrome
Next, a birthday card using the same stamp. This time I used a gold Delicata ink pad - which dries without needing to be embossed or heat dried - on black card and coloured it in with metallic pencils.
It's really hard to get the metallic finish of the pencil to show in a phot so here is a closer look:
I am sharing this with
House of Cards - Use coloured pencils on dark card
And finally the two together - making the pencil on dark card even harder to photograph! Turning it slightly towards the window helped but only a little!
I am sharing these with
Twofers - Blossoms
The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes
And as for the Black Ice - well, it's back to the drawing board for me, with stern instructions to pay more attention to the instructions next time!