Happy Monday stampers!  For today’s card I have a super easy technique that gives you a big WOW factor.  I got this idea from Jennifer McGuire and just had to give it a try once I saw it.  If you don’t follow this amazingly talented woman, you really need to.  I watch ALL of her videos and her cards are just gorgeous.  

I knew I wanted to try this technique for the Color Throwdown Challenge #384  since I already attempted to make one card for this challenge that had to be pitched into the garbage.  I had my fingers crossed this card would turn out so that I could get my submission in before this week’s challenge closes this evening.

For the technique, I stamped the flower and leaf images using real red, wisteria wonder, and lucky limeade inks onto some whisper white cardstock.  I did a little bit of masking to get the images to overlay and using the flower medallion punch makes masking easy with these images.  After stamping all of the images, I then restamped over them with versamark ink and heat embossed them using clear embossing powder.  After doing all the stamping and embossing, this is where the magic happens and it is fun to see the transformation.  The next step is to take a black marker (I used a black Tombow dual brush pen) and color over the entire piece of cardstock.  Be sure to color in sections and then wipe of the ink that pools on top of your embossed images as you color to get the black marker emboss resist results.  It’s quite stunning.
Once I had covered the entire piece of cardstock with the black marker, it was time to finish the card. I stamped the sentiment in versamark ink and heat embossed in white to make it pop and layered this technique piece onto some whisper white cardstock.  I made a card base using lucky limeade cardstock that I heat embossed in clear the retired background stamp Handcarved.  I love this background stamp and wish SU had not retired it.  I then layered the technique piece onto the embossed card base using a piece of craft foam cut slightly smaller to give even dimension.
What do you think?  Ready to give this technique a try?  It really gives a cool result that will leave people wondering how you got the color onto black cardstock – but it’s not black cardstock!  wink wink!  

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