November 2014: Black Magic Stamping

I received one of my English magazines in the mail that had a beginner’s guide to Black Magic Stamping.  Naturally I had to give it a try and loved it.  In case you’ve never heard of it before, it involves stamping with a reverse image, in a very light colored pigment ink onto black card stock and heat setting it – not embossing it.  Then you start using watercolor pencils or chalks – whatever you prefer – to color the image.  It gives it an almost surreal look that is very fascinating.  Here’s how I did mine:

I started with my black card stock and stamped my image in white pigment ink.  My image is a flower from Martha Stewart.  Now you want to have a filled image like a flower or heart or something that is a negative image instead of an outline.  I used a Recollections chalk ink pad in white pigment for my card but I’m sure any white pigment will do.  After you stamp your image(s) then heat set it without using embossing powder.

The images are hard to see because the pigment ink I used didn’t do a dark image.  I’m sure other white pigment pads are better so your image will show up better.  I then took my Derwent watercolor pencils and chose four colors (Light Violet, Blue Violet, Magenta and Ivory Black) to work with.  You will want 3-4 shades of the same color pencil to work with here.  Start with your lightest pencil and work around the edge of the image with that:

Example #1

Example #1

You can see the light color of the pencil on the stamped image.

Then add your next light color going over a little of the first color:

Example #2

Example #2

Then add your third color:

Example #3

Example #3

And use the last to make shadows between wherever necessary to give your image depth:

Example #4

Now in the article, the person said to go around outside areas of your item with a white pen but on this flower I thought it deterred from the impression the coloring gave.  I’ll let you be the judge of that by sharing a card I made without the white and one with:

Example #5

Example #5

And my last one without the white around the flowers:

Example #6

Example #6

I used glitter on the lines to add a little “umph” to the card.

Now if you need a step-by-step for doing this, here are some videos to help you:

Black Magic Tutorial – Splitcoaststampers

Black Magic Stamping Technique – YouTube

Black Magic Technique – YouTube

Black Magic technique – YouTube

I hope you have fun with this month’s Technique Challenge.

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