BIG CARDS – Ace of Clubs


IMPORTANT NOTE:  This post now has the same technique using 4 different methods to get the BLACK.  There is also a PDF of the long post you can download.

and I would sure love a comment that would tell me where on Facebook this is linked! I’ve had 500 hits in the last few days and I have no idea why.  Wordpress stats just don’t tell me and I am SO curious 🙂

NOTE:  Yes, I DID re-photo the card once I changed the card to the KING, as it should have been.  You can see that here.

I am maniacally busy today with CyberCrop stuff for UKS but I wanted to add this BIG CARD.  If I miss a week I’ll throw off the whole year of experiments!

Ace of Clubs, so back to black from red.  There is a technique I recall reading about, although I forget the name of it (maybe Black Magic?) where you do something or another with coloured ink then cover it with black in, then wipe the black away.  LOL!  That sound really specific and informative, doesn’t it?  I just didn’t have time to research it so I kinda sorta winged it.

I smudged on Distress ink, where I knew I would be doing some stamping and embossing. I used Tumbled Glass and Peacock Feather. I then dries it, stamped over with Versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder.

Then I covered the entire piece with black acrylic paint, not ink. I used a bit of CutNDry foam so it was pretty smooth. You can see the embossing under the paint.

With a slightly damp baby wipe, I burnished off the paint from the embossing.  It did remove a bit from the paper as well, but that gave it a grungy look, so that was OK with me.

Now you can leave it as is, or go over it with some Black Soot DI to fill in the grungy areas, so you get the deep black of the paint, and the lighter black of the ink. See the off-shoot at the left?  It’s most clear there.

A few bottle cap circles and credit card lines, then I cut the letters and inked them with the Peacock Feather ink and embossed them with clear embossing powder too.

I really love the black & blue colours.  It looks really stark but deep as well IRL.

Now, DD is home and wanting Mom for a pre-arranged “date” so I’m off…..

20 thoughts on “BIG CARDS – Ace of Clubs

  1. HI Maryanne – I saw the post on FB at this link:

    Such a great technique! TFS
    Helen — Firenze Cards

  2. Love the stamp you used. Can you tell me the brand and what it’s called?

  3. Also saw on Amazing Scrapbooking Ideas FB page. Absolutely fabulous!

  4. Hi Maryanne, saw it on Amazing Scrapbooking ideas fb page this morning but I’ve been too your site lots of times & love your ideas! Thanks

  5. Morning…..this popped up on my pinterest feed so that may explain the extra traffic?

    Still a great technique though 🙂

    • Thanks – usually my stats are plenty informative, but Facebook only ever says Facebook, then 200 hits (not useful) and the main Pinterest feed is the same. I’m always curious when a really old post gets a new life 😀



  6. I really love that stamp you used (and the whole project is beautiful).. where could I find a stamp similar? Thanks!

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  8. That looks amazing! Does it matter what kind of paper you use? What brand of clear embossing powder did you use? My attempts haven’t been that successful!

    • I used Versamark for the ink and plain white cardstock, nothing particularly nice, and the embossing power was OLD, by a company called Comotion. It was Ultra-fine embossing powder, which might make a difference if the stamp you used was very detailed, but otherwise I think standard embossing powder would work fine. What sort of problems are you having??


      • Well I tried to use is as a resist for ink I think and it didn’t resist it enough to see the design. I haven’t tried it exactly the same way you used it though, might have to try that!

        • I think it depends on the ink – you need to wipe away the paint from the glossy embossed area. Once it is dry, it shouldn’t wipe away from the card, just from the embossing. If you are using INK over the embossing it has to be one that will dry and set. Dye based ink would wipe away – or at least smear, I would think, even on the card. Staz-on would colour the embossing and maybe NOT wipe away. Archival or Memento would by my gut reaction if pressed to give an answer without trying it 🙂 I don’t know, it’s been AGES since I did this. But the post is getting so much interest I guess I really should do it again and try a few more things then report on them so people have a better idea of what works and what doesn’t! I’ll add it to my list…..


          You can also do more like a Batik technique, by embossing the stamped image, then sponging on ANY ink that will cover the coloured ink (in my sample, the blue) completely, Then put the card between some paper and iron it. That way, even if the ink DID colour the heated embossing powder, once you iron it it will melt and stick to the paper and you will be left with just the coloured area from below the embossing showing thru the ink/paint, cause the embossing will be GONE. Does that make sense?

          Mary Anne

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  10. Look the technique, the colours look amazing! But why did you put “king” on your ace card?

    • DOH! You are soo right – I was dithering and dithering about starting on the Ace or starting on the king and clearly got very confused. Luckily it will be easy to remove the entire thing and re-place it on the KING card! I swear, I am having more senior moments every day 🙂

      Cheers for that. I’ll def. sort it and re-photo the right combo 🙂

      Mary Anne

  11. I like this technique!!! What a great idea and love the color choice too.

  12. This is a really cool technique — thanks for sharing!

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