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Black ice Valentine

Amazingly I got this Valentine card made well in time and wasn’t rushing around at the last minute trying to come up with an idea like I often am. Rather than do the usual Copic colouring, I decided to keep to a simple graphic design and use the opportunity to play with some techniques instead.

Helen Griffin’s black ice technique has been on my to try list for a long time and this was the perfect opportunity to give it a go. I love the combination of shiny card, streaky black ink, and streaky clear embossing. I was surprised at how inky my old Versamark pad was — that resulted in heavier coverage with the clear embossing powder than I had expected — but the effect still worked nicely.

The background of the heart was created using shiny card and an embossing folder. Then I dabbed Versamark on in patches and added layers of copper, gold and iridescent embossing powder. A few touches of black ink highlighted some of the edges.

Everything was layered together with thin foam tape and the card was finished off with the screw heads at the corners.


  • dies:
    Little B – hearts
  • embossing folders:
    Tim Holtz – mechanics
  • inks:
    Stazon – blazing red, jet black
  • embossing powder:
    Wow! – superfine clear gloss
    Wow! – copper pearl regular
    Judikins – gold detail
    Judikins – iridescent sparkle
  • embellishments:
    Prima mini junkyard findings – screw heads
  • paper and card:
    Hunkydory metallic card gold, red
  • miscellaneous:
    1mm black foam tape

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