Black Ice Technique

by Melissa Kerman

Layer inks on foil paper for a beautiful effect.


  • Stamps (Rooted In Nature Stamp Set by Stampin’ Up!® used here)
  • Foil sheet (Silver foil sheet by Stampin’ Up! used here)
  • Versamark ink pad
  • Archival Black or Jet Black StazOn ink pad
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Heat tool
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (SU Basic Black, Mossy Meadow and Pear Pizzazz Cardstock used here)


  1. Step 1

    Use temporary adhesive or a scrap piece of paper to hold the foil focal piece in place. Use the Direct to Paper technique to create subtle streaks, using a Black Archival OR Jet Black StazOn ink pad. Lightly run the ink pad from top to bottom. Try to catch some black along the edge, while getting more subtle streaks down the center. Repeat these steps to get a black edge on the top and bottom of the foil sheet, and subtle streaks all over.

  2. NOTE:
    If you hold the foil sheet down with your hand, you may get finger prints on the foil, which can show up when you heat emboss later. It’s important to hold the paper so it doesn’t move. By doing this it’s easier to get straight lines.

  3. Step 2

    Stamp an image(s) on the silver foil sheet using Archival Black or Jet Black StazOn ink.

  4. Step 3

    Dry the ink using a heat tool, for a short bit, on the low setting.

    If you do not dry the black ink, your image may smear in the next step.

  5. Step 4

    While holding down the foil sheet with a piece of paper (or temporary adhesive), use the Direct to Paper technique to create subtle streaks using a Versamark ink pad. Create streaks that run in the same direction, so they are parallel to the lines created in step #1.


    Barely touch the foil paper when applying the Versamark. Don’t press but rather simply use the weight of the ink pad to lightly brush against the surface. Try to brush evenly all over the front of the foil sheet. The Versamark ink is a clear sticky ink. You won’t be able to see the streaks until you complete step #5.

  6. Step 5

    Put clear embossing powder over the entire surface and tap off the excess.

  7. Step 6

    Heat to melt with a heat tool.

  8. Step 7

    Use the panel to complete a card or other project.



  1. Here are some variations on the technique that are also fun to do.

    1: Try using Copper or Gold foil sheets instead of Silver.
    2: Eliminate the use of the black ink described in step 2 for a less dramatic, cleaner look.
    3: Instead of stamping your images in black, heat emboss your images in white, gold, copper, black or any color you wish.
    4: Choose images that can be colored in and use alcohol markers to color the images as desired. This would be an additional last step after the clear embossing powder has been applied and heated. Please Note: Alcohol applied directly to some foil sheets can, in some cases, remove the metallic finish.

Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

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Oh Melissa I love this! A totally new technique (to me) and, if you don't mind, I'd love to show it to my local Stamping Club? (Once I've learned how to do it myself, of course wink )
Joanna Mackintosh  |  Wed Jun 13, 2018 at 5:05 AM
Great technique I will give this one a try. I just loved the way the black ice effect looked. Thanks
Rommy  |  Wed Jun 13, 2018 at 5:34 AM
Wow wow wow
Debbie Mildwurm  |  Wed Jun 13, 2018 at 6:59 AM
Thank you for the tips, and for sharing how careful and light-touched this project is.
Prissequito  |  Wed Jun 13, 2018 at 7:19 AM
Melissa, this technique is one of my favs! I'm a fan of your style and the way you use the SU images. It's so beautiful!!
bonniemon  |  Wed Jun 13, 2018 at 7:48 AM
Awesome technique and video tutorial! Thank you for sharing your impressive stamping skills with the rest of us!
Mom Hom  |  Wed Jun 13, 2018 at 9:58 PM
Fabulous technique...can't wait to play with it! I really like how many different ways you can use it. Thanks for a great tutorial!
Joni  |  Wed Jun 13, 2018 at 10:26 PM
What are the measurements of the panels?
Fran MacDonald  |  Thu Jun 14, 2018 at 3:07 PM
Really wonderful tutorial! The results look so elegant! Thanks for sharing!
Vicki  |  Thu Jun 14, 2018 at 5:34 PM
Wow I saw this yesterday and loved it and the I DID IT! Cant wait to try some different things and then show my craft group on Tuesday what I have been up to. Thanks again.
Sue Skane  |  Fri Jun 15, 2018 at 6:09 PM
This is definitely a "wow" kind of card. Can't wait to try this for my next project. You make it look so easy. Going to keep the video to give me a back up in case I mess up.
Carole Mitchell  |  Mon Jun 18, 2018 at 6:57 AM
I'm inspired! btw--Lovely as a Tree is my all time favorite. I'm thinking that Rooted in Nature is about to become a close second. Thanks for sharing.
eb  |  Fri Jun 22, 2018 at 11:06 AM
Wow! What a beautiful effect! Something I've never seen. You and your mom aced this one! Thanks for sharing.
Suzi Metcalfe  |  Fri Jun 22, 2018 at 6:08 PM
Stunning cards. I love this technique. Must try it soon. You are so talented.
Ozcat  |  Thu Aug 23, 2018 at 3:16 AM
EXQUISITE!! So lovely and unique!
Nancy Ferb  |  Fri Sep 7, 2018 at 6:21 PM
Wow! This looks really amazing! Can't wait to try it out!
Vicki Parson  |  Thu Jan 3, 2019 at 12:20 PM

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