Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year (and another video tutorial)

Happy New Year to All! I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and a slightly sober New Year's Eve. :)

I was fortunate enough to have my stepdaughter up for a week over the Christmas break. It was lovely to spend time with her and to have her share in some family activities with Darryl and Alex (as well as all of the rellies over Christmas and Boxing Day). One day we drove up to Maleny (in the hinterland mountain range of the Sunshine Coast) and we had a wonderful lunch at a little vineyard called Flame Hill Vineyard. We had this amazing Charcuterie platter that had various sliced cold meats, pickled vegetables, chicken liver pate, meat terrine and an assortment of relishes/pickles etc and breads. YUM! I was also introduced to two wines Summersalt and Wild Child - DOUBLE YUM!

I'm happy to report that I have finally finished my second video tutorial. This is about a technique called Black Magic which uses white inked stamped images that are then coloured with coloured pencils. If you want to find out more you will have to go to YouTube to see more. Once again, though, I must apologise for being long winded, the tutorial covers two videos - one showing the stamping process (though I also go through stamping and masking techniques) and the other going through the colouring technique and construction of the card. I'm going to have to work through making things more simple. I think it stems back to my time as a teacher when I worked in 30 minute blocks of tuition.

Links to my videos are below:

Black Magic technique (Part 1)

Black Magic technique (Part 2)

I learned this technique for a commission I've just finished for Practical Publishing. It gives a lovely result with the colours against the black cardstock.

I hope you enjoy it.

Bye for now,


  1. Just watched and loved your video, you really do explain the process perfectly Janelle, and I have added this technique to my 'must try' list. Hope you had a fab Christmas and Happy New Year, thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Such a pretty card! Love the technique!!

  3. That's a very cool technique! It looks so artsy on that black. Just lovely!


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