Black Magic

by Wendy Weixler

Create a dramatic look by stamping on dark cardstock with light ink and coloring it.


  • Black cardstock, or another dark colored cardstock
  • White pigment ink
  • Colored pencils
  • White gel pen
  • Heat embossing tool


  1. Step 1

    Stamp solid image in white craft ink onto black cardstock.

    Other dark cardstock will work as well.

  2. Step 2

    Heat-set image with heat embossing tool.

  3. Step 3

    Color image with colored pencils.

    Keep the lighter colors toward the edges of the image for a more dramatic effect. Start with the darker colors at the base or center of the image and work your way to the outside edge and lighter colors.

  4. Your finished image should look something like this. Don't be afraid to press too hard when coloring with the pencils. The richer the color, the greater the contrast.

  5. Step 4

    Using a white gel pen, accent image with dots, and lines.

  6. Step 5

    Add image to card and embellish as desired.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Black Magic. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Could I use prisma colour pencils and achive the same result, using this black magic technique.
Karen  |  Fri Feb 25, 2011 at 3:26 PM
Yep! Pretty much all colored pencils will work ... smile
Wendy Weixler  |  Fri Feb 25, 2011 at 3:27 PM
Love it!!! Iīll try for my next friendīs wed card, tks for sharing it wink
Chinachips  |  Mon Mar 28, 2011 at 7:26 PM
just wondered why the video tutorials keep
stopping and starting? Took almost 15 min to watch a 7 min video.
shirley  |  Thu Jun 2, 2011 at 1:38 PM
Hmmm ... that's odd, Shirley. Maybe your internet was having a brain cramp! It usually plays the video just fine ... :S
Wendy Weixler  |  Thu Jun 2, 2011 at 7:37 PM
Black Magic is making a re-surgance as of late! It is so beautiful and I am thrilled that I was able to go direct to the SCS Resources and find out how to accomplish this technique. THANKS for the enthusiastic and thorough video, Wendy! smile
Gabby  |  Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 3:45 AM
Inspiring-very pretty!
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 7:17 AM

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