Stampin’ Up! Waterfront Stamp Set and Black Ice

The projects I’m sharing in this post feature the Stampin’ Up! Waterfront Stamp Set with my Black Ice technique. These were originally shared on my Stampin’ Up! blog in February 2018 but since that time Stampin’ Up! discontinued the blogging feature on the site. I just love these projects so I’m sharing here on my new website so the resources and information are still available to those that want them.

Today’s cards were inspired by Joyce Barlow, a fellow demonstrator who attended the quarterly event. The “Black Ice” card she made at the event was what she called a “happy accident,” because while she didn’t intend to stamp it the way she did, it turned out beautifully! I was so inspired that I had to try to recreate her beautiful focal piece which is what I have done here.

My original “Black Ice” cards have all been done using Silver Foil so on these cards I decided to mix things up a bit and try the technique using the gold and copper foil instead.

For this first card, a copper foil sheet was used for the focal piece plus Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Basic Black Cardstock for the other layers. Shimmer Black ribbon was used just below the focal piece.

Check out this project made with the Stampin' Up! Waterfront Stamp Set! It's made with my very own Black Ice paper crafting technique!

In this next photo, I love how the copper foil looks like the sun is reflecting off the water. Doesn’t it also look like the sun is in the sky behind the trees?

My Black Ice technique was first shared at the North Carolina demonstrator’s quarterly event in January 2018 and it was so much fun to see people’s excitement for the technique and project. I’ll share a little bit about some of the fun we had at this demonstrator event later in this post.

Check out this project made with the Stampin' Up! Waterfront Stamp Set! It's made with my very own Black Ice paper crafting technique!

A gold foil sheet was used for the focal piece on this next card.

So Saffron and Basic Black Cardstock were used for the other layers. You see less reflection in the water here, but I especially love how the stamped scene came out. It looks so serene.

Check out this project made with the Stampin' Up! Waterfront Stamp Set! It's made with my very own Black Ice paper crafting technique!

For this third card, a gold foil sheet was used for the focal piece and all the elements are the same except I replaced the large So Saffron layer with a piece of Basic Gray cardstock. In fact, both the second and third cards are shown with the same exact focal piece. In one of these, the pieces are not actually attached! I had a really hard time picking which I liked better between these two. Which do you like better? Please leave a comment and let me know.

Check out this project made with the Stampin' Up! Waterfront Stamp Set! It's made with my very own Black Ice paper crafting technique!
  • Click HERE to see my earlier post with a similar card using the same layout.
  • To see the original card I made with my mom when we first discovered this technique click HERE.
  • Scroll down toward the end of this post to find my Video Tutorial for this technique.

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In case you’re interested I want to share a little about the NC Demos Quarterly event I mentioned earlier in this post. My team of Treehouse Chicks and Friends planned and organized this event. We worked really hard to make it amazing and feel very proud of how it all went.

There were 57 people in attendance plus 11 team members. We organized 4 shoebox swap groups (with 50 unique designs), 4 additional swaps and 6 project contests. We provided 9 planned projects, including 3 unique techniques (Black Ice was one of them), some fun folding cards and Clean & Simple projects too. There were lots of prizes, gifts and more! We also included some business development pieces including a Facebook Live with guest presenter, Patty Bennett who ranked #3 among all U.S. demonstrators in the past year! Patty was amazing and I so loved sharing the weekend with my team and the NC Demos group! I love this demonstrator community!

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Check out this project made with the Stampin' Up! Waterfront Stamp Set! It's made with my very own Black Ice paper crafting technique! Shared at the NC Demonstrator Event with my team!

We just had to do a crazy fun picture too! As you can see we had a lot of fun!!!

Check out this project made with the Stampin' Up! Waterfront Stamp Set! It's made with my very own Black Ice paper crafting technique! Shared at the NC Demonstrator Event with my team!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post.

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Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!

Melissa 🙂


This project was originally part of a blog hop so I thought I’d include the links in case you’d like to check it out.

Stamp n’ Hop Blog Hop Participants:

Mikaela Titheridge
Kayla Adams
Laurie Mackie
Joanne Hodge
Amy Grendel
Andre Gordon
Tracie Evans Langley
Kirsten Aitchison
Linda Handford
Rachel Traudt
Eva Pottsova
Melissa Tennison
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Lisa Kmiec
Christina Walker
Karen Pearmain
Joyce Whitman
Bobbi Miller
Ilka Teschke
Danielle Kassing
Terry Montgomery
Tracey Gouraud
Kat Spencer
Mo Rootes
Laurie Meier
Georgia Gaydos
Courtenay Heuston
Jessie Holton
Susan Simpson
Shannon Cole
Linda Richenberg


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Project Dimensions:

  • Basic Black Body 5-½” x 8-½”
  • Basic Gray Layer 4” x 5-¼”
  • Whisper White Inside 3-⅞” x 5-⅛”
  • Basic Black Focal Backing 3-½” x 4-¼”
  • Whisper White Focal Backing 3-3/16” x 3-⅞”
  • Silver Foil Focal Piece 3” x 3-¼”
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