Hello there – and welcome to a new feature here on my blog…shading maps! (And be sure to come kick the tires on the new site!)

Shading Maps: Clearly Besotted January 2016 release

In some of the shading classes I taught last year, I create shading map handouts for my students – basically loosely sketching in the location of shadows on the stamps the students would be using for their class work. The handouts were crazy popular – and I thought it might be a fun feature to have here on the blog from time to time!

How often? It won’t be every release for every company, of course. As I’ve said before, I turn down offers to receive freebies on a regular basis, as 1) I just can’t use that many stamps (lol), and 2) buying my own stamps keeps me sharing what I love, not what I’m given! But sometimes I’ll say yes, and when I thought about using them as an opportunity to teach shading….I figured it’d be ok. You can click on the pdf and print it, then save it to cut into strips and slip into your stamp storage so you have it for reference.

I won’t be creating videos for all of these Shading Maps – but I did post one today, just to let my YT-only followers know about it. In the future I may just do a blog post like this one – showing you the shading maps plus a colored image from each set. Just coz I can’t stand to not color them up when they’re cute, right?

Okay okay. Now I’ll shaddup and you can check out the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube! Scroll down to get the link to the Shading Map pdf!

Some birdie loves you

The little birds and toucans in this set are very sweet lil tweeters. Check out photos of birds in the Amazonian jungle for ideas on colors!

Sandy Allnock CB birds

You’re Purrfect

The You’re Purrfect set has lots of kitties to color – so tiny, so darling!


Sandy Allnock CB purrfect


What could be cuter than puppy and kitty robots? SQUEEE!

Sandy Allnock CB minibots

Jump for joy

The little froggies in Jump for Joy will be cute for valentines, or for most any other theme. Add on a party hat or balloon from another set and dress them up!
Sandy Allnock CB jump for joy

Still a Hoot

Owls are back too, and dressed up for the new year – scarves, ties, and bows galore!

Sandy Allnock CB still a hoot

Love You Tons

And if anyone was afraid the elephant craze was over – fear not! You haven’t missed the boat. This one will be great for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards. And the shading maps? They work in watercolor, or any medium!
Sandy Allnock CB love you tons

Miniature Florals II

This flower set has some super tiny yet very detailed flowers – I thought they’d be perfect in colored pencil. I think I was right!

Sandy Allnock CB flowers

Free Shading Map Download

Click on the button to download your shading map – cut the sections apart and tuck them into your stamp storage for future reference! 🙂


I don’t know how regularly I’ll be doing these – but periodically at least, as I get permission and stamps to create these with. I don’t want to upset any stamp companies so I’ll need to get their ok to do it. Let me know in comments if there’s a line in particular you’d like to see a Map for!


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