Black & White Magic Leaves – Tutorial


My Dear and Talented Friend, Karen Barber taught me how to do this “Black & White Magic” technique a while back, but I hadn’t had a chance to use the technique for a project of my own until today.  So I am going to share her technique with you.  To see more “Black & White Magic” cards check out Karen Barber’s SCS Gallery, here is the link:

Ready?  Let’s get started.  🙂


Stamps: Stampin’ Up Stitched Exoctics
Paper: SU Basic Black, Bashful Blue, Old Olive
Ink: White Craft ink
Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, Orderless Paint Thinner, Coluzzle, White Gel Pen, Heat Gun, Brads, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Photo Corner Punch


With a Coluzzle circle template, cut a 2.5″ circle from Black card stock.

Also, cut a 3 1/8 circle from Bashful Blue card stock.


Using a Stamp-a-ma-jig for placement, stamped two leaves on the black circle with White Craft ink.



Heat set the white ink with a heat gun.


Now it is time for some color.  Colored the leaves with Prismacolor pencils.  When coloring I first dip the end of my pencil in a little container that has Orderless paint thinner in it.  This makes the pencil melt like butter onto your card stock when coloring.



First colored with Sky Blue Light.


Next colored with True Blue.


Next colored with Peacock Blue.


Finished coloring with Lime peel.


Next, outlined the images with a White Gel pen.  Wow!  That makes them pop!


Cut a Piece of Black card stock 3 1/8″ x 5 1/8″.  Used my Circle Coluzzle template to round one end of the card stock.


Stamped the Flourish with White Craft ink on to the end of the card stock.


Heat set the White ink with a heat gun and then colored the flourishes the same way I colored the leaves.





Finished by outlining the flourishes with a white gel pen, assembled card and added Photo Corners.


Added Brads to the photo corners and here is the completed card measuring 5.25 x 5.25.


Ok, it’s time to announce the winner of the Leaf in Pond card,  drum roll, please. . . . . . . . . . . .

The random number generator picked a low number today, #12 and the winner is: 

Alison Snow, who left this comment:

Michelle, you have such a way of thinking outside the box with your creations…truly a talent and a gift.  Thanks for sharing and I would be so happy to be the recipient of this beautiful work of art!

Alison, congrats!  Please e-mail me your complete address and I will get that card in the mail to you.

Everyone else, thank you so much for playing along!

May your day be filled with cheerful colors and cheerful thoughts.

Until my next post. . . . . . .


23 responses to “Black & White Magic Leaves – Tutorial

  1. Love your shading and your card layout! You have really made some beautiful cards for leaf week! Congrats Alison!

  2. i hope you do more leaf weeks! i love this card and the technique of the pencils with the thinner – very cool. thanks again for opening the eyes for all the possibilities that are out there on how you can create this art…!
    best wishes,

  3. oooh that’s lovely – great technique and thanks for the step by step demo

  4. Veee (vlstrs)

    Absolutely wonderful! What a great way to make images pop off the dark cardstock. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Brilliant! I’ve coloured on black cardstock with prismacolors, but didn’t think of stamping a solid image with craft, then colouring… Beautiful card!!!

  6. Evelynn----Ks.stamper

    Very pretty technique, Thank you for the tutorial. Off to try one, wish me luck!!!!!!

  7. Now this is more my speed. Love it, and will try it out.
    Thanks again for another beauty Michelle.

  8. oh, I am obbessed to see everyday what you have come up
    with for a card -fantastic artistic work, I hope to try this soon
    with your great tutorials

  9. Laurie Helgason

    Congrats Alison.

    The card is outstanding. I need to start utilizing my Prismacolor Pencils. The first time I used them, I didn’t use enough of the mineral spirits and the results were disappointing.

  10. Oh wow – now I really can’t wait to get my stuff back!! It has been in storage since Feb and we don’t get to move to our new base until the end of July. BUT – I’ve got PrismaColor pencils waiting for me when I upack! I didn’t know to dip them in the paint thinner either – what a great technique!!

  11. That card is stunning! I’m going to have to try this technique. I haven’t stamped in ages, but I’m ready to get back in the swing of things. I looked at some prior posts and your work is exquisite. Thanks for sharing your techniques!

  12. Veee (vlstrs)

    I had to give this a try right away. This was really fun!
    Here is mine.

  13. I am LOVING leaf week. I think one of my largest collections of stamps is leaves. I seem to keep buying them. I love how you’re showing so many ways to use them that have nothing to do with fall. My other large collection is with dragonflies. How about a dragonfly week? LOL! Thanks for all of your inspiring ideas. JIL

  14. Thank you for sharing your talents. A new fun technique for me!

  15. totally stunning colour combo!!!
    Love it. Hope we get that stamps set one day lol!


  16. I have missed your blog for a couple weeks my modem was hit by lightning. Just wanted to let you no that all your cards for leaf week are beautiful!

  17. Wow! This is just beautiful. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  18. Wow Michelle, this is just stunning!

  19. Another stunning card. Beautiful work Michelle (but you know that loL!)

  20. Your cards are gorgeous! I had to give this one a try! I posted it on my blog!

  21. Your coloring is just amazing. You were featured over at Card of the

    You can check out the original post at

  22. Stunning results with a fabulous tutorial. I love the tip about dipping your pencil into the thinner before you apply it to the cardstock. Brilliant! TFS

  23. I am learning so much from your tutorials. I am signed up to take your class in January at Marco’s in Dayton, Oh. I can’t wait. Pam