My FB stamp group posts challenges each week as a way to introduce us to new techniques and so when time permits I love to play along because they push me to try things that I would have never thought of on my own.
Recently we were challenged to tackle the "Black Ice" technique as posted by Melissa Kerman here. I love how my card turned out....and as an extra bonus, I have my Dad's Father's Day card done several months in advance. Woo hoo!
The overall technique is relatively simple. You stamp an image (images with a lot of solid parts work really well) in archival ink onto foil cardstock. I used a holographic foil card that I picked up at AC Moore. I actually didn't mean to use the holographic foil but I had run out of silver foil and this was the next closest one. But the holographic foil actually produces a sort of rainbow effect under the "black ice."
Once you've stamped your image, make sure that it is completely dried before you start the next step. I used a couple of stamps from the Peaceful Winter set by Penny Black. I grabbed my heat tool to speed things up since I was so impatient to move on. Once dried, you lightly drag your Versamark watermark ink pad over the top of the foil in vertical streaks (make sure you don't leave any gaps)...and then you coat in clear embossing powder and heat with your heat tool. The end result is an image behind light streaks of embossed "black ice."
The rest of the card is fairly simple...just matting of gray, black and white cardstock. To give the edges of the grey panel a little distressed look, I dragged my black ink pad over the edges just like Melissa does in her video. And I stamped the sentiment from one of my Hero Arts sentiment sets. Easy peasy! My kind of card challenge.
Hope you'll give this one a try!