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.

All pencils work pretty much the same, so either is fine. smile
Wendy Weixler  |  Sun Jan 2, 2011 at 9:46 PM
Beautiful! I can't wait to try this! Thank you for showing how it is done!
LaDonna Loehrke  |  Sun Jan 2, 2011 at 10:03 PM
LOVE this. In fact I am sure I am gonna try it tonight (or sooner if I get the change) Thank you for this.
Marrigje Barnard  |  Mon Jan 3, 2011 at 4:10 AM
Hi Ruby - you can add it to your favorites on YouTube and then you'll always have direct access to it.
lydia  |  Mon Jan 3, 2011 at 6:36 AM
Thanks, Lydia!!
Ruby Taylor  |  Mon Jan 3, 2011 at 2:28 PM
I was going to check into that Lydia ... glad you beat me to it!! smile
Wendy Weixler  |  Mon Jan 3, 2011 at 6:48 PM
I really liked your demonstration. This could be cool
with many different kinds of stamps.
Janet S  |  Tue Jan 4, 2011 at 9:44 AM
Wow - This is fabulous! I bet white snowflakes on Night of Navy would be great too. Can't wait to experiment with this!
Lady4Yeshua  |  Thu Jan 6, 2011 at 12:56 PM
This technique is awesome I will have to do it as soon as possible. Thank you
Cedina Rangel  |  Sat Jan 8, 2011 at 5:28 PM
Very cool. I love this idea. Thanks so much for sharing it!
CraftyHope  |  Sat Jan 8, 2011 at 8:42 PM
This is a beautiful card. Can you please tell us what stamps were used? Thanks so much.
Kim  |  Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 1:14 PM
Hey, Kim ... smile
The stamp sets I used in the photo sample (the orange/yellow one) were "Style Beautiful" and "Friends Never Fade" from Stampin' Up. The stamp set I used in the video tutorial was "Kind and Caring Thoughts". It was a Stampin' Up hostess set in last year's catalog ... smile
Wendy Weixler  |  Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 8:52 PM
Wow!! Loved this tutorial. I like anything that's easy and this really surprised me at how easy it was. Thanks so much for sharing!
Teresa Lockner  |  Tue Jan 11, 2011 at 12:24 PM
I am having trouble getting the white pen to show up. Is there something special that I should be doing?
Darla  |  Tue Jan 11, 2011 at 4:04 PM
Darla, you just need to have a GOOD gel pen (something I have struggled with forever). Alot of people swear by the Signo gel pen, but any new white gel pen should be fine ... smile
Wendy Weixler  |  Tue Jan 11, 2011 at 5:54 PM
Thank you for this demo! I can't wait to do it! You make is seem so easy! And I love easy! TFS
Sharon Madson  |  Sun Jan 16, 2011 at 6:08 PM
I love this technique and can hardly wait to try it out. The question I have for you is, I noticed you used watercolor pencil crayons. I don't have them but do have the watercolor wonder crayons. Can those be used or do you have to use the pencil crayons.
Kathy Hawryluk  |  Mon Jan 24, 2011 at 3:38 PM
If I can respond to the comment about the gel pen struggles, I read somewhere that using rubbing alcohol and cotton to keep cleaning the tip of the Signo gel pen helps to keep the ink flowing. I am really sorry to not be able to give proper credit because I've found this works brilliantly for me. I had a box of half-used Signo gel pens that I had given up on, but using this tip got all but one working again. By the way, an alcohol wipe does not work (I think because it contains water). I hope you find it successful too if you try it.
Matilda  |  Mon Jan 24, 2011 at 4:53 PM
I tried this tecnique, and I really, really love it. I have tried lots of pencils, and watercolorpensils work well. But the Watercolorcrayons work very smootly. The only problem for me is, I do not have enough black paper to work on :o)
Marrigje Barnard  |  Tue Jan 25, 2011 at 1:14 AM
Kathy ... I haven't personally tried the watercolor crayons, but I am sure that they would work. The end result would probably look pretty close ... give it a try and let me know how it comes out! smile
Wendy Weixler  |  Tue Jan 25, 2011 at 7:36 AM

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