Apollo 11 – 50th Anniversary Sketch. And a pencil.

Apollo 11 – 50th Anniversary Sketch. And a pencil.

I recently bought a new pencil. I know, I know, it’s an art supply, how can that warrant excitment? Well, Leonardo Pereznieto is the artist behind it, and he worked with a German company to create this spectacular little tool. And since it had me thinking scientific voodoo was going on in how it operates – I decided to combine it with the scientific achievement of Apollo 11 and make a video! See more info in this post below after you watch it.

Note: Supplies are linked in the supply list at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used  – that means if you make a purchase using my links, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support of my work on this blog!  Read more.

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

I purchased the full kit with the black pencil – here it is with its replacement erasers, leads, etc. It also comes as a silver pencil. (same price)

The eraser lives under the silver cap. I’m betting I’ll need to beg them for a new cap at some point. #klutz lol

In the supply list I’ve linked a bunch of different polaroid dies (I like the size of the EH ones because you can fit a bunch on one card nicely) – as well as a bunch of different space stamps.

The spiral sketchbook has the same paper as the Stonehenge pad I’ve been recommending for pencil work. Love the surface and texture.

Original photo is on Wikipedia

Stamp a Custom Puppy!

Stamp a Custom Puppy!

When this stamp set from Gina K came out, I had to get it, you know me! Making a variety of puppies from one stamp set? Yes please!

This video is a little different than usual –I stamped all the dog ears so you can see if this set makes your pup. I know it’s important to know if it includes the right shaped ears to make your doggie!

Note: Supplies are linked in the supply list at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used  – that means if you make a purchase using my links, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support of my work on this blog!  Read more.

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

I hope your pup is among the ones possible – maybe with different coloration than I’ve used!

I also of course had to make a card with my pups. Covered in mud! It’s their favorite hairstyle…..

Acetate Critter Cards – with scenes (Hero Arts bloghop!)

Acetate Critter Cards – with scenes (Hero Arts bloghop!)

Welcome to my stop on the Hero Arts 45th Anniversary Celebration Bloghop! There aren’t many things that last for 45 years – in crafting especially! Some of my earliest stamps were Hero Arts ones – oh the memories….and they’re still in business all this long time later! See more details about the hop at the end of this post, as well as the link to see who’s next; it’s a 3 day hop so you might want to have a cup of coffee handy for hopping along!

They sent me one stamp set and its dies from their “from the vault” collection of older designs – and do you think maybe they know me a little, by choosing Cute Animals for me to color?? Whee! I combined them with some Acetate cards that have been collecting dust on my shelf….they’re always a fun way to add something super special to a card.

Today’s cards answer a question that comes up about coloring: do I color up to the edge of an image, and how do I do it without the marker blobbing at the edge where I stop? Well here’s a different way for scene-makers to color without that blobby line – just add the stamped image later on. I decided to spend *all*day*long* coloring for this post, though only had the camera on for one of the backgrounds. See pics of the rest of them all below the video!

Note: Supplies are linked in the supply list at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used  – that means if you make a purchase using my links, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support of my work on this blog!  Read more.

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

Wasn’t that fun? Hopefully it gives another idea for a way to add a scene without having to “stop” your marker stroke when you reach an image – just keep going, and add the image on the front of the acetate! You can certainly add a diecut directly onto the image, too – but the acetate gives it more of a “reason” to be glued on top. And you can also change up the colors from one fall class to make a year’s worth of tree scenes!

Coupon code for classes

If you’re new to me on this hop, HI! I’m Sandy and I love to color SO much that I started a teaching site – Copic classes are of course available as I talked about in the video; but you can learn about colored pencil and watercolor – or drawing classes, Bible Journaling and some inexpensive and super fun art classes for kids. Poke around and you might find something that’ll make your heART happy! And just for fun – I added a coupon code just for blog hoppers…yep it’s our little secret: use code hero to get 10% off adult classes throughout Memorial Day weekend!

The rest of the cards

See the captions below each card with a little more about each one and which class you can learn that background technique.

With this style of card, you can color your heart out on the scene without your marker needing to stop at the edge of the stamped image, thus pooling ink up along that edge.
Frog Card uses a lesson from Autumn Scenes class – a hillside full of fluffy trees in front of a lake with reflections of those trees. The reeds were just made with a dark marker, drawing in a long tall stem and adding a squiggle at the top for each reed.
I’ve created wood elements in a ton of YT videos – there’s THIS one with a wooden wall. You might also consider the Copic Hex Art class, which has wood and 41 more textures you can learn in one class.
Another autumn Scenes lesson – I arranged the trees differently and changed their colors, and added some grasses so the bear had somewhere to sit down.
Blue Skies classes can be taken in Copic or Watercolor (individually or a combo). My poor crooked sentiment wasn’t helped much by my swoop with a black pen, was it? Agh! But I do have relatives who won’t even notice.
Another Blue Skies scene over the plains for this sweet lion.
For a background like this, I refer you to the recent Rose Garden video on YT- very similar idea!

Bloghop!

As always, bloghop celebrations have not only massive creativity to inspire you, but also a huge list of prizes – so you’re going to want to join in on this one! Winners will be drawn from people who leave comments along the blog hop over the three days – comment all three days for more chances to win! Comment by Sunday, June 2 at 11:59pm PST, and they will announce the winners on the Hero Arts blog the following week.

PS: Don’t forget: on my teaching site, you can use coupon code hero for 10% off through Memorial Day weekend on all adult classes!

The next stop on the bloghop is Simon Says!

Binge Watch Card – Star Wars Day

Binge Watch Card – Star Wars Day

It’s new release day for Ellen Hutson – and my card is SO fun and surprisingly easy! Scroll down for more cards with the new release too. Lots of fun – hide yer wallet!

Note: Supplies are linked in the supply list at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used  – that means if you make a purchase using my links, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support of my work on this blog!  Read more.

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

Here are the Copic colors I used…

You can make this for any movie – just google the name of the movie and ‘scenes’ and you’ll see lots of images. Think creatively about how you can express them….like a blustery snow scene you learned from one of my videos for a Frozen scene.

I’m leaving the slippers in….and sending a link to my friend who’s getting this card. So she knows what I intended. Ha! You can do that too—blog about your thought process, and send that link to your friend inside the card! They’d love to know more about your creation.

I created a card with Mondo Wildflowers…..no-line Copic coloring, and II added a vase from the Clearly Copic class. Great time of year to take that one with all the flowers coming out!

These little Backyard party animals are so cute! I kept them and the stump in cool and warm greys, and used a triadic color combo for the balloons – orange, green, and purple. (Shout out to my Copic Jumpstart peeps!)

New Copic Class: Timeless Tulips

New Copic Class: Timeless Tulips

 

For those who’ve been waiting for another advanced Copic class…today’s your day! The class is HERE if you’re inclined to learn to draw your own tulips this spring! It’s on a little launch sale through the end of April.

Watch the preview video below or click HERE to see it on YT.

The class teaches the five tulips in one big image – but once you master that, you can dive in and make your own hand-drawn cards with no stamps! You’ll be amazing! 🙂 Class is HERE.

By the way….thanks to all my students for taking classes and working hard to grow. I am SO grateful to have people dedicated to learning their art and gaining new skills! It’s what keeps me going!

Happy spring!

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