Friday, 3 October 2014

Two today!

Good afternoon, peeps!

Well, wor Sheena's shows are getting very close now with the first one being tomorrow at 9.00 a.m.  so I thought I'd show you two cards today and they show two differing ways of using the elk stamp (at least I think it's an elk!).  This one shows the magnificent beast painted with the Aquatints then cut out and mounted on Collall 3D Glue Gel, as are the ferns also (from the Optimism plate).  The background is created with the Aquatints using the salt technique on Watercolour card.

On this card the elk is just a silhouette because I've painted over the image with Black Gesso.

He's standing on rocks made with torn black card and I've used the Silver Aquatint from the Essentials set to create highlights on the elk and the rocks from the effect of the Northern Lights.  The other image is from the Sheltering Tree plate.

Thank you for looking today.


Thursday, 2 October 2014

Sneaky Peek at a Stencil

Good afternoon, peeps!

This post is a slight departure from the norm in that there are no rubber stamps involved, which is definitely surprising for me!

These deer relaxing in a glade at sunset (or is it sunrise?) were produced from one of eight stencils that will also be launched on wor Sheena's Weekender show starting on Saturday on Create and Craft TV.  The colourful background is of course the wonderful Aquatints that I've been waxing lyrical about (well I might just like them a teensy bit!) and the shadows were stencilled through with black pigment ink.

The show times again are:

Saturday 4 October at 9.00 a.m., 12.00 noon, 6.00 & 8.00 p.m.
Sunday 5 October at 7.00, 11.00 a.m. 2.00 & 7.00 p.m.

and I'll be watching/recording all of them - hope to see you there!


Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Sneaky Peek the Third

Good evening, peeps!

Yes, I'm a bit late with today's blog post, it's been a bit of a hectic one but here I am finally with another example of what you can do with these lovely Spectrum Noir Aquatints:

Now you're probably thinking that I've used the pastel set here?  Wrong!  This is Sheena Stamping Card (brilliant stuff!) coated with Gesso then when it's dry, spray with water and start painting with your chosen colours.  The Gesso stops the Aquatints from soaking into the card so you get a softer effect.  I tell you these inks are really, really versatile!

Do watch the shows and see wor Sheena demonstrating some of what you can do with them.  The shows are:
Saturday 4 October at 9.00 a.m., 12.00 noon, 6.00 & 8.00 p.m.
Sunday 5 October at 7.00, 11.00 a.m. 2.00 & 7.00 p.m.

There'll be lots of other goodies to spend your money on as well, including a brand new range of stamps.

I hope you enjoyed today's sneaky peek and I'll see you again tomorrow.


Tuesday, 30 September 2014


Good morning, peeps!

Well I promised I'd be back today with another sneaky peek at the lovely stamps wor Sheena has been drawing to help launch the equally lovely Spectrum Noir Aquatint Inks on a Weekender feature starting this Saturday on Create and Craft TV.

So here's a ghostly one then!  I stamped this beautiful Viking ship in sparkly silver embossing powder, which gave this shadowy look against a background produced with the Beautifully Grunge set of Aquatints with the addition of the silver from the Essentials set.  I've even used the silver ink to stamp the Best Friend Swirls around the edges.  I just painted it on to the stamp with a flat brush - easy-peasy!

The sentiment is from one of the new stamp sheets too.

I do hope you'll join me in watching the Weekender shows starting (I believe) at either 8.00 or 9.00 a.m. on Saturday morning - sorry to be vague but the times aren't yet published on C & C's website.  Whatever, the shows will be full of beautiful art from Sheena and my teamies and wonderful demos from the lady herself - see you there!

Thank you for looking and do leave me a comment if you have time.


Monday, 29 September 2014

I've been bursting to tell you about these!

Good afternoon, peeps!

Yes, I've been so excited about this new addition to the Spectrum Noir stable - it's Spectrum Noir Aquatint Inks!  They're a watercolour ink that has the most vibrant and intense colours but also beautiful pastels as well.  These liquid water paints can be mixed to create bespoke colours and they will blend together seamlessly.

In terms of what you can use them for it's probably easier to list what you can't use them for because they're so versatile.  My fellow Inkoids and I will be showing you projects all of this week until the paints themselves are launched on Create and Craft TV by the lovely lady herself, Sheena Douglass in a Weekender event.  That means that shows start at 9.00 a.m. on Saturday morning and continue through the weekend - I'll update you with times as soon as I hear them.

Anyhoo, without more ado, here is the first card from me:

It's something totally different for me but it was great fun to do.  The Aquatints come in packs of six colours and the packs include paint brushes and six pipettes.  I used the pipettes to drop colour on to the Sheena Stamping Card and then blew each blot around with some of that compressed air in an aerosol can.  I tried just blowing through a straw but the compressed air produced more spidery splats, which I preferred.  The sentiment is from one of Sheena's new stamp plates that are also being launched on the show and the black splats are from the Ageing Beautifully plate.

Thanks for looking today and I'll see you again tomorrow.



Thursday, 18 September 2014

There be dragons here.....

Good morning, peeps and here I am with the second sneaky peek at wor Sheena's new stamp collection.

It certainly looks as though this chap has been burning up the place - it's a good job that rocks don't burn or he'd have nothing to stand on!

This is a wonderful fantasy collection that includes the gargoyle I showed you yesterday as well as a phoenix, mermaid, angel and a ghost ship that will be marvellous for those of you who celebrate Halloween.

Sheena's show is at 9.00 a.m. tomorrow so do watch on Sky 674 to see some great techniques demonstrated!

Thank you for looking today.


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

An unusual one

Good morning, peeps!

Don't ask me where the inspiration for this combination of images came from but I think there must be some dark recesses in my brain somewhere!  Anyhoo, the stamps themselves are wonderful and they are, of course, from the lovely and talented Sheena Douglass who will be appearing on Create and Craft TV on Friday morning 19 September at 9.00 a.m.

The gargoyle, flames and sentiment are from the new series of stamps that Sheena will be launching on Friday and, as you can probably guess, they have a fantasy theme.  Also on the show will be the stamps from the A Little Bit Magical collection and it is some of those that I've incorporated here.

I do hope you're able to watch the show on Friday, there will be some wonderful artwork from my teamies and some amazing demos from the lady herself.

Thank you for looking today and I would love it if you have time to leave me a comment.