flourishing phrasesI created this card to show the Essex stamp club ladies the “Black Magic with a Twist” technique. We made this card while the August promotion for Color Your Season was still going which included a second assortment of Watercolor Pencils in a subset of Stampin’ Up! colors. However, you can easily reproduce this technique with the set of Watercolor Pencils that are in the main catalog. You will just have to pick some different colors for the technique when you experiment. I think that the gals enjoyed trying this technique out, and I hope that I’ll see some creations from the group using the skills that they learned.

The close-up shows the detail of the stamping and coloring for this technique. It is really pretty easy to do, and I’m happy to share here how it is done.

  • Stamp the art image using White Craft ink. This will give you a base that you will apply color to. Coloring directly on black cardstock doesn’t give the pop that you’re looking for – the white ink will help that happen.
  • Make sure that the white craft ink is dry – it takes quite a while, so I used a heat tool to speed up the process.
  • Use watercolor pencils to apply color over the stamped image. Here I used Flirty Flamingo on the flowers and Granny Apple Green on the stems/leaves. Those colors were in the Assortment 2 (which could possibly stage a come-back in some future catalog). There are colors in the regular pack that will work nicely, too.
  • The “with a Twist” part is the white dots at the points of the images. I used the chalk marker to make these dots. You can dot wherever you want to step up your image. It’s easy and fun!

I hope that you’ll give this technique a try. It looks a little intimidating, but it really is quite easy.

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