Sweet Eyes .... by Amanda Pink


We are extremely delighted to announce that Amanda has joined our team permanently!
Welcome to the team Amanda. :-)

Thank you so very much, Laura 😊

Hi Everyone

Welcome to my weekly post here at That's Crafty!
This week I have reacquainted myself with my much loved Distress inks. I seem to have neglected them of late, apart from the odd bit of colouring here and there so I have some 'inky' creativity to share with you today.
A pair of art panels that I have named after the Carabelle Studio stamp set I used 'Sweet Eyes' designed by Alexi.

Both panels are created in the same way using the same colours, stencils, background stamps and embellishments on each. Its only the focal image and size that differs.
The backgrounds are created on white cardstock using Distress inks applied by using the wrinkle free distress technique. Here's how one of the panels looked at this stage (photo is a little blurry, sorry -achey flu jab arm!)

The inks are then applied using the blending tool to add more colour in and around the panel where needed.
There's some stencilling, again using Distress inks through a couple of different stencils

some detail stamping using a text and a speckle stamp with Archival ink and the paint just had to make an appearance in the form of a few splatters!

 The background panels are mounted onto white and black card stock before finally being mounted onto greyboard to give them a sturdier base for displaying.
There's also a strip of design tape across the centre of both backgrounds.

Now for the differences: the focal images...

The 'Butterfly Eyes'
He/She is stamped onto white cardstock using a Stamping Platform, water coloured using Distress inks and fussy cut. There's some white pen marks and highlights added and those 'peeking eyes' have a touch of gloss. An arrow with a gem bead embellishes the thorax.

The 'Starry Eye' 
 This is stamped and coloured in the same way as the butterfly but the single pupil is alot glossier. The stamped panel is embellished with a gem topped arrow and mounted on back card stock. 

Each art panel can be displayed alone 

or displayed together as part of of a complimenting pair. 

Products used

That's Crafty! All Purpose Adhesive
White Fine Liner Pen
Craft Mat
Heat Gun
Stamping Platform
Tim Holtz Distress Spray Bottle 
Paint Brushes
Tim Holtz Mini Snips
Tim Holtz Alpha Parts
Gem Beads

I hope you have enjoyed your time here with me today and that maybe my inky art panels have offered you some creative inspiration. 

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by 
Hope you all have a lovely week 
Take Care

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  1. Simply Stunning!!
    Amanda x

  2. First of all, I am so thrilled to know that you will be on the permanent team, Laura made a great decision, your work is always immaculate. Huge congratulations!

    I love both pieces today, the eyes are fabulous and the colouring on each is superb!! Hugs, Anne xx

    1. aw thank you so much Anne for your kind words, high praise and support. :) Means alot and is much appreciated xx

  3. So glad that you're staying on the team Amanda and these are both absolutely stunning. Amazing detail and the backgrounds for the eyes are perfect to show them off. Gorgeous!
    Fliss xx

  4. Congratulations on becoming a permanent member of That's Crafty DT (dream team).
    I am drawn to anything with eyes, so these panels immediately grabbed my attention! Incredible, both of them and my favourite colours too. Glossy accents and clock pieces ~ really cool!! Tyfs. Caroline.

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  6. What a smart move to add Amanda to this team permanently! She's such a star and will always inspire us! These are incredible cards and I'm captured by the details added. Congrats Amanda!

    1. aw , Bless you Autumn . Thank you so much for your kind words and high praise. I really do appreciate. Thanks for taking the time to stop by today xx

  7. Stunning colours and such depth to those backgrounds. Love the way the eyes really draw the eye! Congratulations on nabbing Amanda to be a permanent part of the team - her work is wonderful!
    Alison x

    1. Thank you so much Alison for your lovely words. They are very much appreciated . Thanks too for your support along the way . It means alot x


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