52 Week Mini Art Card/Tag Challenge

Sunday 24 February 2019

Male Birthday Card using "Black Ice" Technique (Papercraft Essentials Issue 61)

I had heard about a technique called "Black Ice", so I 
Googled it and found out how to do it.  The best demonstration I found for it is this one.  It is clear and easy to follow.

I thought the look of the black ice, leant itself to a male card, so that is the direction I took.  I used a stamp and embossing folder Apple Blossom set which came free with issue 61 of Papercraft Essentials magazine.

I started by embossing a piece of black card and mounted it to a white card blank.

Using a piece of mirror/foil card, I dragged a black StazOn ink across the surface, from top to bottom.  I then rotated it and dragged it in the opposite direction so that there was equal amount of ink at both the top and the bottom of the foil card.

Using the stamps from the magazine I mentioned earlier, I stamped the sentiment and beer glasses, also in Black StazOn ink.

Using a Versamark clear ink embossing pad, I dragged it across the surface, in the same direction as earlier, from top and bottom, I didn't want total coverage, but more of a streaked effect.  I then coated it with clear embossing powder and heated till raised.

I finished the card, by mounting the foil section onto a piece of black card and then mounting that with foam pads for elevation onto the embossed surface already prepared.

I do like the look of this technique, but it is very hard to get decent photographs as I seem to pick up the colours on mirror card from around me.


  1. It's a brilliant technique I made some ATC with it last year and is perfect for masculine cards-great stamps
    Carol x

  2. love the mirror effect and the colours you can see on the ice effect.