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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:

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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.

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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.

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Stamp Sketching (Art Journal)


Hello from sunny California! At least I’m hoping and assuming it is as I write this blog post beforehand. Heehee! Today I have a treat that’s more than a little different…an art journal page! I may begin to share a few of these over time….this one came together during a bout of insomnia, so I turned on the camera once I realized it could be a bit of fun. The “Stamp Sketching” technique is something I called the last step in the video – and I’ll be sharing that in upcoming weeks on a card at some point.

Enjoy the video below or watch it in HD on YouTube by clicking HERE.

Here’s the full finished page…if you’re at CHA and want to see it, come find me! My schedule is posted HERE.

Sandy Allnock - Eat Sleep Create Art Journal

And…before anyone types out an answer to my dilemma mentioned in the video – I just accidentally stumbled on a way to embed a video before it’s live! Oh em GEE! This has been kicking my butt for months, and now…boom, there it is! YAY! It’ll make it a lot easier on me when I go to Europe! 🙂


Except for the marker colors, of course…I didn’t track those!

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Magical Monday: Drawing Scrat


And now…for something completely different! I’ve shared this drawing on Instagram….below is the first one I created. Had I known it was going to come out so well, I’d have filmed the first time! The scan above made the colors a bit harsher than the actual finished piece; it’s a little closer in my cell phone pic below. If you’re going to CHA and would like to see the original, just ask – I’ll have it with me!
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This had my biggest number of likes on my page, and over 3000 on Copic’s regram!! With popularity like that, I decided to give it another try and color it in front of the camera this time! Enjoy the video below, or click HERE to watch it in HD on YouTube.


The original image (NOT my drawing):

I began (before the start of taping) by downloading this image from the internet, and printed it at the size I wanted to draw it. I lightly traced a few key outlines with a pencil on Neenah Avon White 80# cardstock, using my lightbox. (They make them in a couple sizes, so I linked to two – I have the smaller one.)

A few tips I learned on coloring that tail:

  • I built up color in layers – that allowed me to control the shade as I went.
  • I used a SUPER light flicking motion, and had to hold the marker directly vertical – perpendicular to the paper – to get such tiny strokes. Sorry for my hand being in front of the camera while I did that!
  • The most challenging part for me was when the tail hairs were aimed left, but the fur on his back was pointing down and to the left. Trying to keep it from gumming up where the two meet? Pain in the behind!

If this video is popular, I’ll likely do a few more like this in the future…so if you want to see more, like it, share it, and I’ll see what I could come up with next!

Thing of Note

It’s a singular thing for today – mine was one of the hidden prize stops on the bloghop this weekend. And the winner is:


Congrats, Trish!


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

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Controlled Copic Watercolor Technique


Happy New Year! I hope you had a great celebration of the turnover of the new year – thanks so much for all the love you left me on the Top 14 bloghop the other day!

Controlled Copic Watercolor

Today I am excited to be joining a bloghop and sharing a new release of beautifully illustrated flower stamps from Make it Crafty. They are intricate and delicate —and great for coloring! These gorgeous new flowers are available in both digital and rubber and the rubber stamps also come with a hand written sentiment, which of course you could use between all the different flowers.

I’ve created a video for my card, of course; the theme for the month’s challenge at MIC is watercolor, so I tried something different – using my markers to fully mimic a Copic watercolor splashy wishy washy spattery background! I’m having a blast finding watercolor paintings on the web and studying them for more textures and splash types that I can recreate with markers. Enjoy the video below or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

Here’s a closeup of the copic watercolor art…just look at how all those colors layer over each other to create entirely new shades of purples, blues and greens. And going over it with a creamy color? That just makes it all vintage! Coolio!

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After you get through the hop you might well want to pick up some of these stamps…so here are the links!

Birthday Daisies Rubber Stamp 
Magnolia for Mum Rubber Stamp 
Roses of Love Rubber Stamp 
Sympathy Lilies Rubber Stamp
The digital versions are available HERE!

One more thing to share – this was my original practice of this technique with one of the other flower stamps…shot on my cell phone with poor lighting, sorry! Somehow I’ve misplaced the colored image itself – ack! I hoped to have it on a card. Ah well. Sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever stop losing things in the crazy room I craft in! 🙂

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There are some hidden prizes throughout the hop – so be sure to hop through and leave love for all the ladies on the list below! Next stop is at Ellen’s blog – she does some beautiful coloring work, so be sure to peek through a little more of her posts while you visit!

And in case you get lost, here’s the whole Blog Hop List:

  1. Andrea
  2. Jennifer
  3. Rosemary
  4. Marika
  5. Stephanie
  6. Faye
  7. Elaine
  8. Dorinda
  9. Nicoletta
  10. Carla
  11. Delphine
  12. Sandy –  that’s me!
  13. Ellen
  14. Zoe
  15. Barbara
  16. Kay
  17. Ruby
  18. Store Blog


Below are the products featured in today’s project. (Stamp links are in text above, as they were not in the store at the time of this writing.) Affiliate and product disclosure can be found HERE.

There are a number of different ways to create a watercolor look, so stay tuned on my blog to see more of them coming up – just do a search for Copic watercolor in the search bar in the sidebar of my blog. Some are easier, some are harder, but hopefully there will be a technique you can tackle!

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Boxing Day Birthday Card


Merry Day-After-Christmas! Otherwise known as Boxing Day to some….I always thought it was a day to return all those boxes full of gifts  you didn’t want, but according to Wikipedia, it’s a day that employers would give gifts to their staff. (I think that means I give Punch and Tsuki a box of treats?)  But…since my birthday card for my Mom had boxes on it (her birthday was yesterday – Christmas Day)…I thought I’d just play off of that for today’s inspiration.

Enjoy the video below or click HERE to watch it in HD on YouTube.

Need that Dabber? Get a discount using the coupon code below. You’re welcome! (Christmas is over now, it’s legal to shop for YOU!)

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Things of Note

  • SALE! If you wanted to try that Dabber from Ranger…all products from Ranger are 20% off at Simon using coupon code RSALE until Dec 30th. Now’s a great time to go pick one up!
  • SALE! Been wanting any Impress-exclusive items? 20% off sale in the entire store using coupon code thankyou2014 !!
  • NEW CLASSES! I’ll be teaching two more classes while in California for CHA – on Saturday and Sunday evenings in Anaheim! They’re Copic classes and will be using the brand spanking new (and not yet seen!) OWH fundraiser stamps from Hero Arts. Yeah! It’s for store owners and employees only…click HERE for the registration form. Please feel free to take a copy to your LSS and ask them to come to class and hear all about OWH!
  • I spent some time on Christmas playing around with my markers again…check it out on Instagram.
  • European friends: I just booked my ticket to come across the pond! Stay tuned for more info…trip is in February!


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Magical Monday: Chickadee Ornament

Gooooooooood Monday morning to you! I know some of you have the week off – I hope you don’t have to run around like mad to get the shopping done! Maybe today’s gentle and short video will inspire you to just slow down, take a deep breath, and enjoy the week. If you’d like to watch the video below in HD on YouTube, click HERE.

A few details about the card – I diecut a circle for the ornament, then a larger one…and I used clear embossing powder on that circle before marrying it back up with the card base.The black twine started out a cream color – and I used a black Copic Marker on it to turn it black. I tied it around the gold silk to keep it snugged tight on the

Sandy Allnock Chickadee Ornament 2

Things of note

  • Bummer news: Punch didn’t make it into the Talking Animals video. Darn! But it’s cute – have a look HERE.
  • Punch is pretty sad his video HERE has 2 dislikes. Who can dislike a singing cat?
  • All the tags but 2 have been claimed – I think I can reach them, so I’mma gonna try that before picking new names.
  • Winner of the “Christmas Kiss” card: canadiancaroline! Congratulations!

I’m off to do emergency art today – the Christmas drama at church needs a sign made for the set…for the Wednesday night performance. So who’s working on it on Monday? Me! lol! Last minute charlie…let’s see if I can pull a reindeer out of santa’s hat!


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Magical Monday: Snowy Brook Bauble


WHEW! Back to a normal week, hooray! Last week was quite the marathon – a fun one, but I’m really glad to have the relative ease of a video with no chattering in it. (A nice break for me!) So today I bring you a Magical Monday video with an ornament I bought a few months ago and just hadn’t colored up yet. I knew it was going to be set into a tree, and just hadn’t worked out how to do it – but once I figured it out, I had to make a video for you! Enjoy it below, or watch it in HD on YouTube by clicking HERE.

It’s been a little crazy how little patterned paper I use nowadays – eeep! I spent a good bit of the weekend making cards from the one 6×6 pad I have for Christmas – and I had bought several of them, so I’ve been going mad trying to use em up! Last year I had been so proud of myself, using up all the holiday paper so I could get new stuff…and I want to do the same again this year! A couple of them are on Instagram.
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My silver uniball pen is new – and they also have one in GOLD! Woohoo. Linked you to the white, gold, and silver in the description. Just in case. *smile*


Tomorrow’s the last day to catch up on commenting on my 12 Tags series – I’ll be announcing winners on Thursday! Some of the tags in this photo are the bonus ones that I’m going to give away to my Patrons too.

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Vintage Valentine

A Valentine? Not exactly since it has a “miss you” sentiment. But this card idea came from looking at Valentines on Google…so it’s got lots of hearts!

When I saw this mini stamp set with a  girl and her sweet kitty from WPlus9, I immediately knew I’d have to create a vintage image. (By the way she comes with a die…just so ya know!) I started looking online for vintage images of little girls so I’d get an idea where I wanted to go….layers of hearts is what I saw! I stamped the sentiment and little girl in a steel blue first, just to keep the lines softer. I airbrushed the piece quickly first to create a vintage texture, then went to town with my markers.

The pen I used to touch up a bit of the lines was a warm grey SP Multiliner – I’ve had it sitting in my pen drawer for ages and decided to try  it out on this image since I didn’t want a harsh black in there. A lot of the soft white you see in the image is from using colorless blender over the airbrushing – the rest? Signo, of course! If you can’t see the video below, click HERE to watch it in HD on YouTube.


If you’d like to see this image colored by a master, check out Dawn’s image HERE – I couldn’t believe it looked this good and she asked me for advice!? (By the way my friend Dawn is the owner of WPlus9 and designs their stamps. And is a creative GENIUS. And super sweet. And a military brat. And drop dead gorgeous – no fair to have all those things wrapped up in one person.)

If you’re not enamored with this little girl stamp and the amount of coloring she is (even without this background!), stay tuned next week – I’ll be using THIS easy to color set from the same new release. Just a heads up if you wanna order it right now.  After THIS, I’m going out on a limb to predict it’s going to be sold out before next week. 

I hope you enjoyed this bit of coloring – it took me over an hour to complete the image, so it’s not for the faint at heart! But I know a hero will love sending it to their kiddo at home…and since it’s been pretty slim on cards lately, I’ll be spending part of my weekend making a bunch of cards for OWH I think.

Coming up

Tomorrow: something for your kids. Yes, your kids! Then next week I have a huge project I’ve been working on  – I daresay some of my best work yet – and it comes with giveaways. Be sure to come back for a visit, or better yet, subscribe to my blog – and it’ll all come right to your inbox!


Things of note

  • I’m excited to have inspired Janine to try a northern lights background HERE!
  • Love ugly sweaters? You might need to make some of THESE – I know I will be.
  • I just had a sneak peek at an upcoming Lawn Fawn release, and Oh. Em. Gee. Watch for it.
  • For some reason, I clicked through to watch THIS from Rhett and Link. Warning, fart humor!
  • Have you kept up on Jennifer’s Favorite Crafty Things? My wallet hurts!



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Magical Monday: Walter, Mary, and Holly


It’s time for another Magical Monday! Bet you thought I might not be showing you the love since it’s vacation week, eh? Well I couldn’t RESIST sharing these little guys with you. Oh my GOSh so cute. Two are brand new from Purple Onion, and Holly is from last year…but Walter the Penguin just melts my little heart!

In the no-chatter video below, you’ll see the process, including the sweet little background that makes Mary and Holly look like they’re taking off. The sentiment, by the way, was inked with both colors before stamping; then I used THIS to make it all line up just perfectly so Walter would sit properly on the “Merry.” (These aren’t clear stamps, so you need a tool to do any tight lining-up work.) If you can’t see the video below, click HERE to watch it directly on  YouTube.

Hope you check out the new release of Stacey Yacula’s stamps over at Purple Onion. And don’t miss her whole collection – there are some DARLING must-haves!


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.