Thursday, October 25, 2012

Black to White Fade Technique

Hope you're having a wonderful day today!

A few weeks ago Amy e-mailed me asking for a technique that she could use her Black and White Distress Stains.  She said she bought them thinking they'd be really fun to use but hasn't really touched them since.

Well, I put on my thinkin' cap, started playing with the Stains and this is what I came up with....

Black to White Fade Technique


Background Rubber Stamp (Stampers Best)
Colored Cardstock (Heavy)
Clear Embossing Ink
Clear Embossing Powder
Heat Tool
Black, White & Coordinating Color Distress Stains
Ink Blending Tool & Foam
Dry Cloth


1. The first thing you're going to need to do is stamp your image design on your cardstock, sprinkle with embossing powder, shake off excess, heat and melt the EP.

2. After your image has had a chance to cool it's time to start adding inks.  Shake up the white Distress Stain to mix well.  In the center of your image apply the DS in a circular or oval pattern depending on the size & shape of your background image.  In this case it's an oval.

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3. Next take your dry cloth and work the ink into the cardstock center and wipe off the excess stain from the embossed areas.

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You'll have something that looks like this.....

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4. Dab some of the Black Distress Stain onto your Ink Blending Tool & Foam.  Originally I tried to apply it directly but it ended up being way too intense.  The IBT helps give you an even color that isn't too over powering.

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5. Finally you are going to blend the two by applying a coordinating color (in this case Chipped Sapphire) to the area between the black and white.    Use the dry cloth to blend and remove any excess stain from the embossed areas.

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And this is how it looks....
You get a really great fade from black to white!!
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Here's another example using red....

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Now, doesn't that make such a striking effect! 
It's really lovely and by simply changing the background stamp you can create any number of amazing bases for your cards or other projects!
Best part's all stuff that's either in your stash or inexpensive to purchase!


  1. my ... you are a wealth of neat techniques!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Sandra ltb

  2. Cool technique, I will have to give this a try.

  3. Great technique, I will have to experiment with this! Thanks for the detailed instructions and photos.

  4. Wow, that's amazing. Must give it a try


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