Monday, 12 March 2018

Blossom time

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
Image result for design hues pencils

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!


Mac Mable said...

Haven't heard of this technique, so will take a closer look. Such a pretty second card, with lovely colouring with those metallic pencils. Love the floating cherry blossom on your first card and what a great idea to put it onto the acetate. Fabulous effect. Thank you for joining in over at The CAS Mix Up Challenge x

Loll said...

Hi Jane. Have not seen Black Ice technique before - will have to check out the video on Kath's blog. Your acetate card is so creative and unique. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

Beautiful metallic colouring on dark card stock ... something else I need to try. :) Lovely colours and shine. Thanks for playing along with us at Twofer Card Challenge!

Sazzle Dazzle said...

2 fabulous 2-fers. Super pretty stamped image and such a clever duo. Love the bold and eye-catching black and white washi added to the acetate. Great idea for monochrome and thanks for joining us at Less is More

cotnob said...

Beautiful cards Jane, a pretty stamp and two fabulous designs.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Darnell said...

Indeed, Jane, you have me intrigued now as to what the Black Ice technique is, so I shall go have a gander from here at what Kathy has been up to at the Purple Palace. As for you and your hot feet, I'm glad you persevered as I quite like your acetate blossom sympathy card with the pink and the polka dots! And your metallic pencil coloring is so very pretty with the gold ink on the black card for your Birthday card! Well done! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Twofer Card Challenge #3!! By the way, too funny about the red hat!! Hugs, Darnell

Bonnie said...

I'm not familiar with the Black Ice Technique, but I need to take a look! I love the black and white blossoms and how you've put them on the acetate between the polka dots! I love the black background with the metallic colors too! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

Susan said...

Love the floating blossoms on the acetate! Great idea. I'll have to check out the Black Ice Technique. Love your other card too with the lovely colours and the gold stamping on the dark background. Thanks so much for joining us at CAS Mix Up.

Verna Angerhofer said...

The Black Ice ,technique is new to me But I love the card you did using it. Both your cards are so lovely. Thanks for joining the March Twofer challenge.

Jo said...

Great classical look on your acetate card. The lovely apple blossoms make for a lot of interest on this sympathy card. Your colouring over the dark card base turned out fabulously. Thanks for sharing the Black Ice technique.
Wonderful of you to join us at CAS Mix Up!

Happy Dance said...

I'd never heard of the Black Ice technique, and am very intrigued! I'll watch that video for sure - thanks for sharing! Two very pretty cards, and I'm always impressed by the use of acetate on a card. I can never get it to look like this!! It's a beautiful sympathy card. Your color pencilled card is amazing. It looks just brilliant with the gold and on that black. Seriously cool idea! Thank you so much for joining us at the Twofer Challenge. Bev

Kathyk said...

Two very cool makes, both quite different - perfect for your chosen challenge too

Sorry to read you had such trouble with the Black Ice technique featured on my blog but hope it won't deter you from trying again Jane


Maria Rodriguez. said...

Two very lovely cards, my favorite is the one with the black card stock and your metallic pencils, the colors are so vibrant and shiny.
Thank you for sharing with us at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE, hope you play along again soon.

Izzy Scrap said...

Fabulous cards ! Love the black card with the colouring with metallic pencils, so elegant ! A beautiful sympathy card too and so clever to use acetate ! Thanks so much for sharing and for playing along at Less is More.

Barb said...

Well the technique may not have worked this time but you,ve ended up with a really lovely card. The metallic pencils look gorgeous on the dark card. Two super twofer. Barbxx

Neets B said...

What a great technique, just watched the video so must try this (if I can bear to get my VersaMark pad dirty! lol) A lovely monochrome card even if not as intended. Oh, Jane, this is definitely Clearly Besotted, I have that image too.
Thanks so much for sharing with us at Less is More, Anita x

Julia Aston said...

Two lovely designs using that pretty floral stamp Jane! Love your design with the acetate panel and black/white dots tape - and the coloring on the black is beautiful! thank you for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up! Julia xx

Karen said...

Two lovely cards Jane, especially love the purple flowers you coloured with the metallic pencils. I've not heard of this technique so I went exploring and it's fabulous! However I would have to use an old Versamark ink pad but I have pinned it so hopefully one day my Versamark will be mucky enough that I won't mind doing that. Thanks for sharing the technique with us. Also thank you for entering the colouring pencils challenge at House of Cards, I hope we get to see your gorgeous projects next month too Karen (House of Cards DT)

Michele K. Henderson said...

Jane, this looks absolutely on black! Love the tough of gold! Thanks so much for joining us at House of Cards this month!