Hello stampers. I discovered the Black Ice technique about a year ago and I finally tried it out on Wednesday. What a lot of fun it was. It really is a beautiful technique that is not all the difficult. It might take a few tries to get it just right. The key to success is a light touch. I believe that this technique was first “invented” by Melissa Kerman. Here is what you will need.

1. Some kind of foil paper.  Silver is traditional, but I used both copper and champagne and they both turned out beautifully. I still have to try in on silver because I had none in stock.

2, Archival black ink. It is no longer sold as a big ink pad but it is still available as part of the Notes of Kindness kit which is also a beautiful kit that you will want to have anyways.

3. Versamark pad.

4. Clear embossing powder.

5. Heat tool, also known as an embossing gun, but sounds friendlier as a heat tool.


I decided to try this technique because I needed something fun to show at the first meeting of the Technique Club. When I was designing my card I threw in another technique which evolved into some more amazing cards. The second technique was using versamark directly on the embossing folder and then using copper or clear embossing powder. For my black ice card I used the Subtles embossing folder and clear embossing powder for a very nice effect. Then I thought I would try and see what it looked like with copper embossing powder and it was beautiful. Here are the cards and at the end I will share a video to make it all clear for you.


Black Ice technique with clear and copper embossing.


The clear embossing with the Subtles folder is a beautiful background for this very lovely card. The sentiment was also embossed in copper. The scene was stamped in archival black ink on copper foil paper using the Waterfront stamp set. Some of the images had to be stamped several times to get it dark enough. The copper foil paper is first “distressed” a little with archival black ink. You just swipe the ink pad mostly along the edges of the copper foil paper with a few very light streaks towards the inside as well. After you have stamped your images in black you need to heat set it so it won’t smear when you go to the next step. The next step is to lightly drag or smear the versamark pad right over the entire copper foil piece. One long swipe in each direction was enough. The key is to use a light touch. You then pour on clear embossing powder over a clean coffee filter and then put the excess back in the pot. Emboss with the heat gun and you will be surprised and delighted at the effect. It really does look like ice! Here is another card using the copper on the background.



Notice how the card looks entirely different with the copper in the background as well? I’m not sure which one I prefer. The sentiment and the punch are both from that amazing Darling Label Punch box. It comes with a six piece stamp set, a punch, two ink spots, a clear block and of course the beautiful tin that is just the right size to hold ALL of the current Blends. Hmmmmm….good idea right?


The next card uses the stamp set Winter Woods with champagne foil as the base. The technique is the same.


Black Ice technique on champagne foil paper.


This is such a beautiful card, and while I used a traditional Christmas stamp set, I turned it into a thinking of you card. Do you know how I did that? I was a bit of a rebel and took scissors to my stamp!! I cut apart the saying in Winter Woods that said “Thinking of you this season”. It can still be used together if I need it to, but in the meantime this makes it much easier to just get the “thinking of you” part. Again, I had to stamp the image several times to get it dark enough on the foil paper, but the Stamparatus made it very easy to do. I don’t think I would do this particular card without the help of the Stamparatus. If you don’t have this amazing tool yet, you are going to want to put it on your wish list!


Using the technique of versamark directly on the embossing folder piqued my curiosity and I wanted to see what it would like with other embossing folders. It also gave me the excuse to ink up the beautiful new set Angels on Earth. Sometimes you just have a vision and it needs to come to life! That is what happened with this card. I used basic black and merry merlot cardstock to go with the merry merlot and copper reversible ribbon. It was everything I hoped it would be. What do you think??


Lots of embossing on this decadent Victorian Christmas card.

I got a little ahead of myself by showing you this card…I was supposed to first show you the different backgrounds I had made with the different folders, but I was so excited to make this card that I didn’t get a picture of this particular background. Here are the other two I made.


Swirls and Curls and Subtle embossing folder


Ok, so back to that beautiful Christmas card. I just love how well everything goes together on this card, the copper embossing, the copper and merlot ribbon and the tin tile folder. It all oozes Victorian charm to me.


Mery Merlot and Copper reversible ribbon.


This picture shows you not only how beautiful the angel is, but also the richness of the ribbon. It makes me think of all the sculptures and paintings in Europe! You can also clip her wings and then you will just have a Victorian girl if you are not into angels. Here is just one more shot showing the layers to the card.


The stamparatus came in quite handy for getting the beautiful filigree stamps perfectly positioned in the corners of this square.


The stamparatus came in quite handy to line up the filigree stamp perfectly in each corner. The black panel is 3 1/4″ square and the merry merlot piece is 3 3/8″ square. I popped it up with dimensionals on the black/copper embossed piece which is 4″ by 5 1/4″. Another important thing to realize is that because our foil paper is so smooth on the back, it doesn’t interact well with Snail or any tape runner. Your best bet is to use liquid adhesive such as Tombow with the green lid. I used two glue dots to adhere the ribbon firmly above the angel.


I am going to finish up this blog post with the video that I made showing the black ice technique. I have to say I am missing Rachel. The videos aren’t quite what they used to be. Not only am I missing, but sometimes the rotten thing goes sideways or even upside down. My tech research has not yet helped me out very much, but I will keep on trying. In the meantime, please bear with me. If you scroll down to the end of my post you will see all the things I used to make these cards. If you click on the images it will take you to my online store. If you live in Canada you can order from me and I will send you one of these beautiful cards. Please do you use the current host code CZYEABGW as it really helps me out. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.



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