Thursday, July 5, 2018


Techniques Using Black Cardstock

Not to often do many of us card makers, scrapbookers, mixed media artists or paper crafters of any kind consider using black cardstock as a base. Or even green, blue, red or maybe a kraft background? A lot of card makers start off with a white or off-white background. This makes it easier to use any color you wish and any utensil.

But let's just say you are tired of the same thing and you want to make something that really stands out to your family or friends? This series promises to give you some inspiration into new territory. Some of these techniques may be familiar to you but now you'll be encouraged to try them again. Just as before when we were learning to foil and use alcohol inks, we will add an album for you to download a picture of your masterpiece, to help give the rest of us some inspiration! 

Follow the link below or in the posts on the Koala T Crafts Facebook page and the Koala T Crafts Patron group page to download your pictures with a few words about what type of materials you used.

Distress Oxide Inks

Using a clear floral stamp, an image was embossed using Fine Gold Embossing Powder for detail on the outline.

Adding embossing powder
stamped with Versamark ink

Melt embossing powder with a heat gun

Versamark Clear embossing ink pad
Ranger's Super Fine Gold Embossing Powder

65# Black cardstock, 100 sheets

Pick two or three colors of Distress Oxides to use on your image.

Using a water-brush, gently dab the corner of your Tim Holtz's Distress Oxide Inks to pick up some color. Remember to use a lighter shade first, since the darker colors will cover it.

Water brush on the corner of ink pad

Paint using a water brush

Color your image! you may have to go over it a second time to brighten it.

Using several colors really makes your image POP! Putting white highlights with a gel pen just adds that little 'somethin' somethin'!

Creative elements with a white gel pen

Uni-ball Signo Gel Ink Pen

Close up of highlights

Alcohol Markers

Try this technique and you will be amazed! Pick a solid image to stamp with Versamark. Use a white embossing powder and a heat gun to create a full image. 

White fine embossing powder

WOW! Super Fine Embossing Powder

Once its cool pick several alcohol pens to color it with. Because the embossing is a non-porous surface, alcohol markers should be used. Water-based markers will just rub off.

Ohuhu Dual-Tip Permanent Markers

Remember to choose colors that are darker than the color you had in mind. The white embossing powder behind them will make the colors lighter.

Watch the magic happen as the color covers your image!

For a little extra ZING, use a small amount of Stickles and a dauber to add sparkle to your image!

A small amount of Stickles on a dauber

Dab the Stickles, don't rub them as they are a liquid and will smear your masterpiece as they reactivate the ink.

Add an accent color behind the back to make your artwork stand out!

Two Cards Together

Each card used different items to create BEAUTIFUL images on a black background.


Together, they look stunning!

Watch the video below to see exactly how these amazing works of art were created on dark cardstock! You'll also learn some tips along the way!

Techniques Using Dark Cardstock
For Cardmaking: WEEK #1

Catch Jen LIVE on Wednesdays at 5:00PM CST for One in Ten by Jen: Card InJENuity from mailbox to masterpiece! where the viewers send in their scraps and challenge Jen to create a card in less than 10 minutes, timed! 

Thank you so very much for the support of the Koala T Crafts Youtube Channel, Facebook Group, Patreon Group, and the Blog! Please remember that you can always ask questions;
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Remember, great things happen to those that create!  Artistically Yours,

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