Monday, 2 February 2015

Aquatints - My First Outing

Day 1 of my week off work and I am pleased to report that I have hardly left my craftroom (bliss!) other than to make some spicy lentil and chickpea soup and talk crafty things on the phone to my bestest crafty friend.
I had a morning of gelli printing but those will probably appear later in the week and an afternoon of at last playing with Spectrum Noir Aquatints, which I have had for months and never used. I had bought 2 boxes (12 bottles in total) Beautifully Grunge and Perfectly Primary.
I set about making an ombre background with them using colours from both sets.
I turned my backgrounds into these 2 cards

A black card blank on a black background to photograph probably not my greatest idea!
All stamps are from Carabelle apart from the sentiment which is Artistic Outpost. The leaves have been stamped onto scraps from today's gelli  plate outing.
Text has been highlighted white with a white prismacolour pencil.

and the 2nd card also using Carabelle Stamps apart from the sentiment which is Tims Holtz.

Highlights done with white gel pen.

I have to say I have had fun with the Aquatints and I like the effect, need to play some more now and would also like the pastel set.
Thanks for stopping by I really appreciate you doing so and please feel free to leave a comment.
See you soon
Amanda X


  1. Fab cards, love my Aquatints, very versatile and vibrant xx Zoe xx

  2. Nooooooo now I want these!!! What stunning cards and the ombré effects are just wonderful. You do have such a fantastic artistic eye Amanda. Sorry a chunk was taken out of your day by some old bat lol
    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

  3. Love your fantastic backgrounds, sounds like you are enjoying the aquatints.
    Two awesome cards.
    Yvonne xx

  4. Enjoy your week off Amanda am sure you and Donna had a fab chat lol.

    Not got Aquatints but they do look fun, your ombre background is sensational and am a huge fan of Carabelle stamps especially the Birgit Koopsen ones.

    Two stunning cards, the recipients are very lucky:-) xxx

  5. You put me to shame Amanda I too have had my inks for a couple of months and they have yet to see daylight.

    Slapped wrists to me and I love your pieces they have truly given me inspiration.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

  6. Gorgeous vibrant cards and love the white highlighted accents!

    Greetings, Alie :-)

  7. Beautiful cards, great colors too!
    Groetjes Karin

  8. Sounds like a fantastic vacation, your designs are gorgeous. Enjoy the rest of the week, Shirleyxx

  9. Wowsers I love this look, all that rich warm colour and then the black and white stripes look awesome. I have never had a go with a geli plate but you have made me really keen to have a go, all that texture on the petals is yummy :)

  10. Sounds like you are having a ball ! Lovely cards, will check out Aquatints.. Have fun the rest of the week !
    Corrie x

  11. Loving the white pen marks, really makes it pop and brings it to life xx

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  13. Gorgeous bright makes! So vibrant! Xx

  14. The colour intensity is amazing - and beautifully deployed here in those dramatic skyscapes. Love the white highlighting - and another fabulous cityscape!
    Alison xx

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