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Stamping for Families Bloghop – and a wee dog vlog!

 

Hi all! Today’s something a little different over here on the ol’ blog. There’s a video – just not a crafty one. Read on!

First- a little bloghop with some friends.

Some friends were talking on Facebook about how depressing things are at the moment…I can’t stop thinking about the thousands of kiddos separated from their moms and dads, and I’m praying that the huge-a-mongous fundraiser that went viral will help to reunite them all. You know what I love best about that fundraiser? People from all perspectives have joined in to do one thing. Together. Just to support families. We need more things that bring us together!

Anyhow…our little bunch of friends just wanted to make something…because art can heal, us, right? So if you’re feeling blue, then:

  1. hug your loved ones….
  2. and share a little of that love by making a card to send to someone you love…
  3. reach out and call your US Senators at (202) 224-3121 and ask them to support SB3036. It’s not comprehensive immigration reform that we need, but we know  it’ll take them forever to pass something big. The “Keep Families Together Act” would only deal with stopping family separation, and maybe they could all get on board with one thing at a time?
  4. then pay your love forward and donate to one of the groups helping reunite the families!

So below is what I made (sorry, no video!)…I hugged my pups since my family is far away….and I’ve made a $500 donation to RAICES, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services. (They’re the beneficiary of the Facebook fundraiser, but I don’t trust Facebook to handle my content much less my donations (ha) so I went directly to RAICES to do mine.) I hope you’ll consider giving, too. Together, we can make a difference for families!

I used Upon a Star from Lawn fawn, and used Copic airbrush for the background. The card is made of two panels glued together to make a card that opens this way (see video on Instagram today to watch it “open”…. (see it HERE)

The left panel (4-1/4 x 11, scored in half) has the little fox on it. To get the mama fox in the right spot, I held the second panel up to the light, aligning the crease, and sketched where the baby was – then stamped mama in place. I trimmed the front panel by hand so mama would have a partial panel looking out at the stars, sitting behind her pup.

The inside of the card needed a little TLC…I airbrushed just the corner and embossed the heart constellation on it. This is the inside of the panel with baby fox on it; the other half of the mama panel is glued to the back of this, so the card back has 2 layers.

If you’re interested in more airbrush info, stay tuned, I have a couple videos coming up next month with some. 🙂

Supplies:

Bloghop Links + prize

I’m going to pre-apologize because I think Inlinkz won’t show up here since I no longer subscribe, but I’m hoping that you can still click on the link. And that you’ll join in, too! I believe the link-up will be open for a week, so you can make your own family-themed card to add to the collection!

For a prize, I’m offering up two classes: one to a lucky commenter,  and one to a participant in the hop. Fresh mojo only, no linking up old cards please! Winner will be announced on July 1.


And secondly – a dog vlog

I shot a superfast little vlog the other day just chatting about some July stuff coming up, and dog footage! We’ve had some major summer weather already – unheard of here to have a week of hot weather this early! The studio gets up to the 80s by midafternoon, so we’ve been getting up early to get to work, then chilling in front of a fan. But if this weather continues all summer, we’ll be heading for this waterpark more days than not!

World Watercolor Month is in July….I’m getting together a list of prompts for anyone who’d like to join me! You’ll be able to use the prompts to stamp an image and watercolor it, create cards or Bible journaling pages, tags or bookmarks…..anything to just get a little bit of watercoloring in each day. I’m going to try to create a daily 30 second video for Instagram, so be sure to follow along – and turn on notifications so you don’t miss any!

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The Human Rainbow: Alter a stamp for African boy hair

 

The Human Rainbow: Alter a stamp for African boy hair

I love to make ethnically0-different cards….celebrating the Human Rainbow! I wanted to turn this little boy into a little African American kiddo playing with Vienna and Giallo (good luck picking up EITHER of my dogs nowadays. LOL)…In addition to the tutorial, I give you some ideas where you can share your cards for others to use because…well, why not? Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Happy Camper: Crazy Copic Vacation Backgrounds

Happy Camper: Crazy Copic Vacation Backgrounds

Anyone planning a vacation? Try turning your destination into a card background! This cute little camper from Sunny Studios is perfect to celebrate those summertime road trips. The backgrounds in the speed video use techniques taught in the Hex Art class; the realtime videos have been added as a bonus lesson at the end, so if you already took the class you can go back and watch it. Note there’s no voiceovers but I do have colors listed on screen, and the techniques from class written on screen too. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

First, Yosemite….the distinctive mountains in the background, with a line of pine trees, some water, and grasses in the foreground:

Second, a desert scene…the marble technique created the cliff-type rocks, and the pebble technique made me wonder how they got that RV perched up there. LOL!

And third, a beach scene with a stronger sunset…can I go sot on that beach please?

There’s a coupon code for the Hex Art Class in the video…you’re welcome! :

Supplies

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Mondo Sakura with Copic bokeh background

Mondo Sakura with Copic bokeh background

The background isn’t for the faint of heart (or those without reinkers!) but – you can still follow the flower coloring! But this pretty Sakura (Cherry Blossom) stamp set from Ellen Hutson, designed by the amazing Julie Ebersole, is irresistable for this background. Just try a google search and look at all the bokeh branches of flowers behind any branch closeups! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Stay subscribed…another video is in the works on how to do this kind of thing in watercolor too!

Bible journaling for this week…

Supplies

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Magical Saturday: Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Sábado mágico: Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Hola, amigos y amigas! Hoy tengo un pequeño video feliz para ti: no tiene voz en off ni nombres de colores en el video. Sé que algunos de ustedes se enojan cuando no comparto eso, pero a veces … a veces solo necesito descansar un poco. Sabes que volveré con más videos de enseñanza, pero por ahora … solo toma una margarita y disfruta viendo, ¿de acuerdo? ¡Diviértete celebrando!

Magical Saturday: Happy Cinco de Mayo! Today I have a happy little coloring video for you – it hasn’t got any voiceover or color names in the video. I know some of you get angry when I don’t share that but sometimes….sometimes I just need a little rest break. You know I’ll be back with more teaching videos, but for now…just pull up a margarita and enjoy watching, okay? Have a fun celebration!

Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Copic Cap-Cleaning Tips

Copic Cap-Cleaning Tips

After using my markers for years, I decided to try cleaning the caps; I know some folks are religious about doing this, but it’s a huge task to take on – and I’d rather make art! But seeing a discussion recently about how pricey it is to clean them with Colorless Blender, and then an ensuing question about just replacing the blender solution with alcohol, I did some testing.

Tips are listed below, but watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

When to clean:

Cleaning caps just for “beauty” purposes is overkill; Copics work just fine with dirty caps. Ask yourself: Am I cleaning because I’m procrastinating actually making art? Clean the caps, however, if you have trouble with ink spattering when you remove caps during use, or if nibs are drying out due to the seal not closing completely.

What to clean with:

Using Colorless Blender is “healthiest” for your markers, though it can be expensive for something like cleaning. You can use 99% Isopropyl Alcohol (available in your local pharmacy) instead, BUT in limited fashion:

  • Alcohol can eat the printed text off your marker, so don’t use it to scrub the barrel of your pens.
  • Don’t touch it to the nibs – if it can damage printed ink, what will it do to a delicate foam nib?
  • If leaving caps to soak in alcohol, it can “scuff” the edges of the caps, making them look more used. (No actual damage is done, it’s just cosmetic.)

When using alcohol to clean, use the 99% – it’s stronger but works better than lower % alcohol.

How to clean:

Put a small amount of 99% Isopropyl Alcohol in a ceramic or glass container, and swish caps for about a minute. Remove using tongs or tweezers of some sort, and wipe off with a paper towel. Clean out remaining ink with a Qtip, and replace on the marker.

Feel free to pin the graphic below to share these tips with your friends!

Need to know about changing nibs? Here you go:

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Happy Storm Cards – Rain or Shine

Happy Storm Cards – Rain or Shine

Stormy looking scenes need not be ominous and scary – color just part of the rainstorm and let some light shine through, and it’ll give the impression it’s a ray of sunshine on a rainy day! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

And this is the original card that inspired this video – made with the Puddle Jumper stamp set!

Heads up: Facebook live!

This evening (Monday the 16th) I’ll be hosting a Facebook Live in my Bible Journaling Facebook Group, talking about stacked lettering – join me at 4pm Pacific/7pm Eastern!

Supplies

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MFT & Friends: Puddle Jumper

Hello there! I’m excited to be part of MFT’s little jaunt ’round the interwebs….and since it’s possible it’s your first trip to my blog – welcome! I’m Sandy, and I’m a chocoholic, I’m in training for the Silliness Olympics, and I’m a self-proclaimed art nerd! I color #allthethings!

Today’s card uses Puddle Jumper from the new release….The rainy background was a bit of an accident, but I’m thinking of creating a video for it soon if there’s a need? Is it kinda self-explanatory-looking…? Or maybe no. LOL. I see stuff and can figure it out, but I know lots love to get the full on how-to!

That’s one of the reasons I have a whole site just for classes. Classes in Copic, in watercolor, in Bible journaling, in drawing….lots more are in the works! Including brand new classes on coloring Blue Skies. You can check all that out over HERE.

I hope you have a WONDERFUL day…be sure to subscribe, coz there’s more fun to be had – including a fun video coming later today!

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Everyday Hero Gift Card card

Sandy Allnock Everyday Hero Gift Card

Everyday Hero ‘Gift Card’ card

The new release from Ellen Hutson today inspired me! A friend at church has been sick for a few weeks – and that inspired me to make this card when I saw I could make this Everyday Hero wear a “Here to Help” sweatshirt! I used Copic airbrush for the background….see how when you watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I used the same background technique with the Hot Mess Lady…cute eh?

 

Supplies

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Copic Color Challenge March 2018: Spring Bokeh

Spring Bokeh Branch in Copic Marker by Sandy Allnock

Copic Color Challenge March 2018: Spring Bokeh

I’m excited to share my challenge creation today! Copic asked if I’d participate this month; they ask a bunch of different artists to make something with just three colors of the company’s choosing – and turn us all loose! Check their social media to see the rest of them all month long. And each month! You can participate too, they might share yours!

I decided to try some bokeh – which meant looking it up to get more info. First, it’s pronounced bo-ke. It doesn’t rhyme with bouquet. And it’s not bokUH either. It’s an eh sound – not a Fonzie “ay” but just the short e kind. Like if you were saying Kentucky without the ntucky! The effect is the soft blurring of spots of light in the background of an image; technically, it’s not those bright “shapes” that we often call bokeh – the shapes are not actually the bokeh, the bokeh is the effect. Photographers consider bokeh really beautiful when it’s a subtle effect, not jarring and “taking the stage” by being hard-edged shapes. So I learned a ton!

Mentioned in the video: I talked about the hex chart – you can get one HERE. And the Copic Jumpstart class is HERE.

I filmed two but only ended up with one for the video – this one suited what I had researched a lot better. I used Copic Airbrush first, then added leaves…. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Bonus!

My earlier version footage was eaten by my computer. Oy, right? Alas. But on this one I had added the extra blobs of colorless blender, which I didn’t like nearly as much after creating them, so there’s that! It won’t stop me from framing these two pieces as a diptych for our spring art show at church.

 

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.