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!

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Questions and Comments

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

Luverly! if I may butt in: I've used prisma colour pencils without any problems.
paper canuck  |  Wed Dec 29, 2010 at 1:03 PM
Absolutely STUNNING!!!! TFS.
Juanita in Ohio  |  Wed Dec 29, 2010 at 2:00 PM
I have an answer to the colored pencil question on this technique. I have done this with just regular old colored pencils and it works just as well.
Margaret Schmidt  |  Wed Dec 29, 2010 at 2:02 PM
It's an affirmative on the prismacolors ... really any colored pencils will work ... haven't ever tried the Watercolor Crayons, but I am sure they will work also, with just a little different looks.

Traci ... as far as the white crayon ... haven't ever tried that one and am not familiar with a techinque for that unless maybe you were thinking of Crayon Resist? Might be worth trying ... smile
Wendy Weixler  |  Wed Dec 29, 2010 at 2:25 PM
Love this--you have inspired me your sense of humor and just an all around FRESH take on our millions of stamps and supplies! Thanks!
Susanne  |  Wed Dec 29, 2010 at 2:35 PM
You rock Wendy! Awesome tutorial!!! TFS!
lydia  |  Wed Dec 29, 2010 at 2:38 PM
It looks like tole painting! I can't wait to try this! Thank you!
Girona  |  Wed Dec 29, 2010 at 3:15 PM
Beautiful, I just love it!
JudyEverett  |  Wed Dec 29, 2010 at 4:09 PM
Love your video...haven't seen the black magic technique before. When you held the card at different angles, the flowers almost look shimmery. What gives that effect to it? Also, what types of pencils did you use? Water based, wax based??? Thanks so much for sharing this!
Ruby Taylor  |  Wed Dec 29, 2010 at 4:23 PM
I really like this technique. Could you tell me what stamp set you used.
Kim  |  Wed Dec 29, 2010 at 5:58 PM
loved this tutorial. can't wait to be able to teach my craft day ladies. they will think i am so clever. thanks so much
yvonne v  |  Wed Dec 29, 2010 at 6:16 PM
great card! great effect! BUT what embossing folder did you use?
Thank you
Jo Morgan  |  Wed Dec 29, 2010 at 6:25 PM
That is beautiful.
Sara Paquette  |  Wed Dec 29, 2010 at 6:41 PM
Your card is stunningly beautiful. I've seen this technique done using Stampin' Up's water color pencils and blender pen.
Matilda  |  Wed Dec 29, 2010 at 7:49 PM
This is lovely. Can you share the name of the stamps you used? They look very much like Norwegian Rosemaling.
Kristine  |  Wed Dec 29, 2010 at 8:37 PM
Time to answer a few more questions ...
Ya know how sometimes when you press down really hard when you are coloring with colored pencils and the coloring almost looks shiny? That is where the shine is coming from. I press pretty hard to make sure the color is as rich and deep as possible ...
I am pretty sure any colored pencils will do. I used the Stampin' Up watercolor pencils ...
The stamp set is from Stampin' Up - "Style Beautiful" ... and so is the embossing folder. It is a new one from the Occasions Mini (available January 4) called "Framed Tulips" ...
Wendy Weixler  |  Wed Dec 29, 2010 at 9:28 PM
I just LOVE this!! Can't wait to try it.
Thanks for the tutorial.
carol  |  Wed Dec 29, 2010 at 11:09 PM
Beautiful technique! I will definitely be trying this soon!
Kristine Vencel  |  Thu Dec 30, 2010 at 12:55 AM
Thank you once more Wendy!

For all your expertise, patience, knowledge.
So even I can take it on board.
Determined to have a go when I have the right tools for the job.
Bless you.
Mary Kendrick  |  Thu Dec 30, 2010 at 1:08 AM
This is such an impressive technique! Thank you so much for taking the time to do the video, twice (lol!), and to show us such beautiful samples smile
Susan  |  Thu Dec 30, 2010 at 7:33 AM

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