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A new day: Copic/Watercolor meet up!


I’ve shared a number of Copic watercolor techniques before…but not Copic PLUS watercolor! So why not?

Dear Copic/watercolor: meet and be friends!

I was at a craft retreat the weekend before last, and Dawn from WPlus9 was there and working on samples for her release today. When she wasn’t looking I snuck the “A New Day” set and stamped a few on some watercolor paper so I could play too! And I’ll be ordering this set this morning – it’s soooooo pretty!

Watch the video below to see how I created the cool Copic airbrush background (read THIS post if you want to know more about the system and what you need to get started) – I can’t believe how beautiful that texture came out! You can also click HERE to watch it in HD on YouTube.

So now you know I finally did it…Copic and watercolor on the same piece! 🙂 And without trying to make one medium look like the other! I’m definitely going to be exploiting the fact that my airbrush looks amazing on this fancy shmancy paper, too.

Sandy Allnock - A New Day Copic + Watercolor2

This is such a sweet little set, and will be perfect to make Copic/watercolor cards for some friends who’ve been going through rough times lately. It seems like these seasons come all at once – everyone’s got stuff, know what I mean? So the promise of a new day, a fresh tomorrow…that’s something that’ll work for everyone. Off to shop for this set as soon as they’re live! 🙂 OH and the new sprays from Wplus9 will just happen to hop into my cart too – wayyyyyyy too cool for school!


Not sure if I have other ways to make copic/watercolor on one card with both mediums, but you know I’ll be trying!

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Magical Monday: Mannie the cat


It’s Magical Monday – and I have something pretty special today.

Magical Monday kitty

Many of you may know that my friend Kristina lost her kitty about a week ago. I am so sad for her…hearing of anyone losing a pet brings back memories of my own sweet girl and that awful day back in October. I wanted to do something special for Kristina, and since I saw her over the weekend, I was able to hand deliver a little Magical Monday drawing of her little furbaby. Watch the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

If you’re interested in giving to the fundraiser supporting the shelter where Kristina found Mannie – click HERE. The support has been just overwhelming so far. Lots of furbabies will be helped!

Sandy Allnock- Mannie the Cat2

Blog candy winner!

CeCe G….congratulations on winning the blog candy! Email me your address using my contact form, and I’ll get them in the mail to you this week!


I love these Magical Mondays…just wishing this one wasn’t a sad one.

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Diecut Cross Wall Art on a card


It’s almost Easter – and I needed to get some cards ready! I was excited to find inspiration in my own house – my cross wall art!

Cross Wall Art Concept

The idea behind a cross wall is to collect all your crosses in one location in your home…and make them a conversation piece by doing so. Tell stories about where they came from, who gave them to you, and the stories behind them. When they’re scattered throughout your home, they don’t have nearly that impact – and people won’t ask about one cross on one wall, but a full display? You betcha! It’s art that serves as a living testimonial!

The Crosses die set really got me – because it was laid out like a cross wall! The die set goes with the Rejoice stamps – and not only can you get the stamps and dies as a pair in the He Is Risen set (can I get a “He is Risen INDEED!”???) – but you can get the Faith die set that includes the crosses PLUS a Praying for You die in the set too! I totally should have done that…*doh!* Do as I say, not as I do, right?

Anyway…here’s my video showing you how I made this gorgeous card…and don’t be scared of the airbrushing, this can be done with distress inking too. Watch the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

Here’s that closeup of the card…It’s so pretty I may need to do a piece of art to frame for my house!

Sandy Allnock Die Cut Cross Wall Art Card2

This is the card made from the leftovers; I worked hard to get that blending a lot better on this background since more would show.Sandy Allnock Die Cut Cross Wall Card3

And last but not least – the distress ink version! I applied it with the blending tool – Peacock Feathers plus Picked Raspberry.Sandy Allnock Die Cut Cross Wall Card4

I made a whole bunch of these cross wall art cards while I had the Misti out – yeah baby! Lots with sympathy sentiments for my church to use. Sad occasion, but an uplifting card.

OH! and if you are wondering what you need to get started with Copic Airbrush, watch THIS video.

PSSST….check THIS out.


So tell me…do you or anyone you know have cross wall art in  your home? I’d love to see pics! (And to know if mine is the only one constantly going kittywompus!)

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Magical Monday: St Patrick’s Day Art


I’m a day early with my St Patrick’s Day art – but better late than never, right? I found this sweet image called Shannon on the Saturated Canary digi site and couldn’t resist her!  Enjoy the video below or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

St Patrick’s Day art talks to me!?

At the risk of sounding nuts…..Shannon started to tell me her story as I started coloring here – she’s out in the shadows of the dark forest, collecting four leaf clovers and gold coins, and hiding them from the rest of us! Yes, I do have conversations with my stamps….maybe I need a 12 step group!

I printed her on Neenah cardstock, and she’s larger than card-size; the opening in the mat I laid over her is 5×7. I use THIS printer for printing my digistamps, by the way….I wanted to do more detail on this St Patrick’s Day art, and printing her large helped.Sandy Allnock St Patrick's Day Art 2



Have you done any St Patrick’s Day art this year? Cards, or other projects?

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Magical Monday: Neytiri fan art


Avatar Neytiri fan art? Yes please!

I’m about to leave on my European vacation…so I thought today’s Magical Monday should also go on the road – to a land of make-believe! I really liked the movie Avatar – and the characters were designed so beautifully, so I decided to create some Neytiri fan art inCopic Marker, and I’ve colored in my watercolor style. I just love how the glow of the skin came out! Enjoy the video below or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube…WARNING! Have your volume button handy, it wasn’t til late last night I discovered I hadn’t gone back to make some fine-tune adjustments. It’s pretty EPIC music given the movie, but…uh. yeah. It gets a little loud as it gets epic! 🙂

I’ve not been known to create Neytiri fan art or any other kind of movie piee, really – well maybe my Scrat portrait counts? 🙂 But if you have suggestions for something I should try, let me know in the comments. Maybe I’ll tackle some of your ideas.

Neytiri Fan art by Sandy Allnock

Real-time version available as a class!

A lot of you have been asking for more real-time videos…if I did them all in real-time I think I’d lose a ton of folks, since my longer ones already have higher abandon rates than the shorter ones. BUT…for this one I did a little extra work for those who really really really want more. I re-edited this video. Yes, I did it twice! I know, I know, that’s just crazy, and double the work. But some features of the class version:

  • Video runtime is 32:43. Edits out only hunting for colors and refilling markers.
  • Includes voiceover, but beware. 32 minutes of ANYONE talking is…well, a lot!
  • Shows the lightbox for creating the initial sketch

This class will NOT teach you to draw. I’m ust saying. Nor is it a step-by-step instructional video. But for those who want to watch the techniques in real time and hear me chatter on, you can do so in the class – and if you decide to purchase the class, you’ll be helping out with my European adventure, since the funds for this will be helping out with that expense! (I leave today, wheeee!)

IMPORTANT NOTE: I’m not going to be available to help you get into the class. So this is important: doublecheck your email address as you fill out your information. The receipt sent to that address will contain your link and password for class; I can’t tell you the number of times folks mistype their address and then email me that they never got the receipt. I won’t be able to get that for you until I return, so please make sure you check all your information carefully.

Okay. Now that all that is out of the way: here’s the link…and the class is discounted until I return from Europe!

Neytiri Class


Things of note

  • For those who noted that I forgot to add pics of my backpack for the trip, those items have been added to the end of yesterday’s blog post.
  • Go check out this blog – I hear one of my videos will be posted today! 🙂
  • If you’ve created any Neytiri fan art, or if you’ve seen any cool drawings – drop me a link in the comments!


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Super Bowl Stamping – Magical *Sunday*


This week we’ve got a Magical SUNDAY tutorial instead of Monday – woohoo! Super bowl 2015! Go Hawks!

To create the custom stamps – before coloring – I stamped both Football Ian and Cheerleader Anya (sorry, they’re retired) in black ink on white paper (separately) and scanned them. In Photoshop I was able to remove the parts of the stamp I wanted to get rid of – the girls’ “A” on their shirts, Ian’s bangs, the stripes on the top of the helmet, and the number (10) on his shirt. (Click HERE to see what Ian looked like originally.) The “3” I typeset in place, and the Seahawks helmet logos were placed in from a file I snagged on the interwebs – it took some major tweaking (perspective, distort, warp, and more) to make it look like it was angled right for the side of the helmet. I cloned it and flipped it for the 2nd side. I added the Hawks logo to the cheerleader shirts similarly. I moved them together and made my little scene, and printed it out on Neenah 80# cardstock. (Supplies are listed below.)

Not only does Ian become Russ Wilson…but the cheerleaders take on different ethnicities from the same stamp…you’ll see how in the video.You’ll definitely want to check out the video to see how the shiny helmet was colored – you can do any colors, just follow the same amounts of dark/med/light – and Anya’s hair for the 2nd cheerleader. You can do that to most any stamp and change her ethnicity!

Be sure to check out the other 2 football stamping links at the end – in one of them, you get to see me talkin’ trash and stamping with a football! Enjoy the coloring video below, or click HERE to watch it in HD on YouTube!

Super Bowl 2015

I’m so excited for the game—it’s time for the Hawks to Two-Peat! The entire region is just SO excited…anywhere you go, waiting in line at the post office or grocery store, you can strike up a conversation now with EVERYone. Just mention the Hawks. People positively light UP and start talking football, when normally they just look down and mumble! Funny what a game can do for our community, isn’t it?
Sandy Allnock - Custom Super bowl 2015 Stamping

Even if you’re not cheering for one team or the other, are you tuning in for the game? Super Bowl 2015 promises to at least entertain us all with the ads, right? Can’t wait to see them…usually I keep up on the YouTube sneak peeks, but I’ve been too busy this year. So I get to be surprised during the game instead!



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Hedgehugs in Painterly Copic Watercolor

More Copic watercolor, you ask? Are there more ways to do it? Well heck yes! I’ve been experimenting so I can offer a variety of options for you – this one will be especially for those who like brushes and palettes for watercoloring. Enjoy the video below, or click HERE to watch it in HD on YouTube!

Even with the extra bleeding that I had to work through, I love love love how this came out! In the supply list below, I’ve linked to a round palette, which I own – but shown in the video is also THIS watercolor palette too. Anything plastic with wells in it will work for this technique.
Sandy Allnock Hedgehugs Copic Watercolor2

Copic Watercolor..not so beloved?

By the way – some of my Copic watercolor videos seem to be garnering more “thumbs down” on YouTube – whaaa? Not quite sure what’s up with those folks. Wish they just unsubscribe if they don’t like what I’m doing. Be sure to go over and give it a thumbs up to counter them, will ya? Thanks!


Below are the products featured in today’s project. Affiliate and product disclosure can be found HERE.

Anyone want to take bets on whether or not I can find more Copic watercolor techniques? lol!

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Magical Monday: Tiny Heroes (almost!)


Happy Magical Monday! I’ve had several requests to use my little superheroes on a card….and until now, I had hesitated. Why? Because they were for a Simon Says Stamp special limited release only during Stamptember 2014! I don’t like showing you things you can’t go buy – because I know it makes you guys sad. But guess what?!?!? There’s a brand spanking new Tiny Heroes set you can now get!! You can do the same thing with them that I did here…so I figured it’s an okay alternative 🙂 They’re superduper close to these. (Link at the end of this post!)

Enjoy my Magical Monday video with a cool city night scene I created…watch it below or click HERE to check it out in HD on YouTube!

For the sentiment – I did a few things. First, stamped it onto the card itself. I colored in “TOGETHER” with red marker, then covered that with Glossy Accents to add some emphasis to it. I then took a piece of tissue paper and stamped the small sentiment on it – I wanted something to make it pop more on the card since it disappeared into the shadows under their feet, but not so much white. I didn’t have any vellum in da house (gotta go shopping!), so tissue paper worked, even if it was tough to deal with. (I ended up putting a strip of tape runner on the card instead of the tissue.)Sandy Allnock - Tiny Heroes2

Things of note

  • A bonus pair of videos are live today, for those who are interested in even more from me today (gluttons, lol!): One is HERE on OWHtv, the other is HERE at Hero Arts!
  • Thanks for all the feedback on yesterday’s kitty post! Looks like it was a tech fail since I couldn’t figure out how to fix it easily, but I’ll test something again soon.
  • I think the Magical Monday videos are finally catching on…thanks for giving me grace to not have to voice over at least these videos each week!


Below are the products featured in today’s project. Affiliate and product disclosure can be found HERE.

Go out and have a Magical Monday!

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Copic Watercolor: learning from Ranger (Bird Crazy)


Copic watercolor

Today’s video stems from a little happening at CHA! I fell in {puffyheartlove} with Tim’s new Bird Crazy stamps. Oh MAN. A store owner I know (Kate from Absolutely Everything north of Boston!) happened to get her hot little hands on a set, and I chased her around for days trying to borrow it to just stamp one to color…it was killing me not to color them! I finally did get one inked up, and as a thank-you to her, I gave her the first colored image that she could put on a card sample in her store…and she loved it. (Yay!) It’s this one…if you go to the store, take a selfie with it and send it to me, ok?

Sandy Allnock - Tim Holtz Bird Crazy, Copic watercolor

Kate showed it to Tim – and he didn’t seem able to believe that Copic could do this with “just” the markers – he wanted to know what else I used. So guess what? I made a video to show him how I created Copic watercolor! I added a bonus challenge for myself…I used Ranger inks and made a crazy background first, then tried to imitate that one with my markers. It’s not perfect, but pretty dang close. Enjoy the video below, or click HERE to watch it in HD on YouTube!

The finished one isn’t an exact replica, but few would look at this and guess it was Copic marker:

Sandy Allnock- Copic Ranger2

Below is the card using the distress ink background…I tried painting with Peacock Feathers and Picked Raspberry to cover the color all over the bird, so it’s a little funky. But I think it mostly works, too! The eyes are a bit greenish since I couldn’t wash out much of the color from them….I think I like the Copic watercolor version better, simply because I could make it a bit brighter.

Sandy Allnock- Copic Ranger4

PS You might also be interested in this creation with the crazy birds!


Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. 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.

To see more of my Copic watercolor pieces, search in my sidebar list for the tag!

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Magical Monday: Copic Coloring Tina’s Flyover


Sometimes a stamp really does suggest how to do its Copic coloring background pretty easily…and Tina is flying through the air – so she totally needed a  city behind her to do a flyover!

Copic coloring a whimsical background

I asked my friend Kate over at Art Impressions why the stamp set is called “Tina,” since I know they always have a good story. This set was released last year along with THIS one – which is called “Val.” So the two of them together? Val-and-Tina…Valentine! Cute, eh? (The sentiment on my card is from the “Val” set!)  Enjoy the video below – or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube!

I found myself really hoping her balloon is SERIOUSLY strong if she’s flying this high. LOL. But I have to say, Copic coloring this crazy little city is something I’ll do again – so easy to doodle!Sandy Allnock - Tina Flyover2

Pssst the winners from the Pretty Pink Posh bloghop are posted – go see if you won!


In case you are new to my blog: Magical Mondays, usually Copic coloring videos, are not voiced over – just to give me a break once a week so I don’t need to come up with more to say.