Magical Monday: Drummer in motion

Magical Monday: Drummer in motion

 

Magical Monday…let’s make some ACTION!

Drummer in Motion

I saw this Stoked stamp set from Avery Elle – and the boys in the stamps were just ROCKING OUT! Whether flying through the air or banging madly on drums, these stamps don’t sit still. Our coloring shouldn’t either! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I trimmed out my image uhhhh well…not correctly. Not sure what I was thinking, but I needed to extend the image so made my own “paper” by coloring a strip in red, then stamping the music notes from the stamp set onto it.
Sandy Allnock Drummer in action

Supplies

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The secret weapon for coloring amazing glass – ft Lawn Fawn

The secret weapon for coloring amazing glass – ft Lawn Fawn

 

I met up with an amazing artist on Periscope recently – Karen Orr. She’s a bridal illustrator (her Website, Instagram, Periscope) and taught me this secret weapon. She uses it for sheer and satiny fabrics, but I saw the application possibilities immediately!

The secret weapon for coloring amazing glass

When coloring with Copics, often it’s complicated to figure out how to make glass look like glass – as if that glass is in FRONT of the images we’re coloring. Not all colorists worry about such details, but for me – it always bugged me that I could make the glass “behind” the contents of a glass jar look glassy, but never quite worked out the front pane of glass. Well with a special Secret Weapon – I’m bugged no more! (Scroll down in this post to see more about how to create some of the glass pieces!) Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Weigh in with your request

I know some folks will be frustrated that I didn’t show how the images were colored with Copics, or show the masking; below in these graphics, I tell you how I did the masking at least. But I have a deal for ya: if there’s a cry for a tutorial on one of these, I’ll try to work it into the schedule in the next month or two, ok? Whatever gets pinned the most. Have at it and vote for your favorites!Sandy Allnock Secret Weapon Ready Set

Sandy Allnock Secret Weapon fintastic friends

Sandy Allnock Secret Weapon BugsKisses

Sandy Allnock Secret Weapon Sweet Smiles

Giveaway!

I was a little blown away to suddenly notice yesterday that my YouTube channel now has over 40,000 subscribers! Holy guacamole! It was only one year ago (Feb 2015) that the 10,000 threshhold was crossed – so this has been one crazy amazing year. I’m humbled that THAT many people clicked the little red button!

I wanted to do something special to celebrate my 40,000 best friends:

 I’m giving away $400 in donations
to YOUR favorite charities!
  

To qualify, leave a comment with your favorite charity, and I’ll pick 10 commenters’ favorites to send a chunk of the money to….and I am SO EXCITED. I’ve done this for previous giveaways, and oh man. The day I get to go online and hand out money to good causes that I get to learn about??? #bestdayever! It’s like mad money that makes your heart burst with joy!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the listed items to go directly to it. 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.

Magical Monday: Copic Coffee and Frappe Shop

Magical Monday: Copic Coffee and Frappe Shop

 

Magical Monday is back, at least for today! I’ve had so much heavier teaching to do lately, but I decided to take this one easy and just relax with a cup of something yummy. Hope you join me with your favorite beverage while you watch – the ambient soundtrack will hopefully help you feel like you’re on a coffee break too!

Copic Coffee and Frappe Shop

Magical Monday means no voiceover….I hope that you’ll just use your taste-o-vision as I color in all the frappuccinos and get to your favorite flavor! I colored a few of the frappes on a Periscope broadcast a few weeks ago, and oh my – it blew up on Instagram! So I decided maybe I should bring it over here to share with everyone who didn’t get to see that one. The background wasn’t part of the initial plan – but it just seemed to need some soft menu boards in the background. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

I just love adding scenes to stamped images – and this one went perfectly with the audio, don’t you think? And the sentiments in this set are great – I think I’ll be using the venti fairly often for cards to send to my closest girlfriends!Sandy Allnock Copic Coffee n Frappe Shop

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the listed items to go directly to it. 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.

Vanishing Point Lesson: Action Wobble Laundromat

Vanishing Point Lesson: Action Wobble Laundromat

While lots of folks will make what is intended from this stamp set – a darling shaker card with floating clothes inside – you know me. I had to go a different route. And made this MY washer….that shakes!

Vanishing Point Lesson: Action Wobble Laundromat

I knew I wanted the washer to bounce around, so an Action Wobble was a necessity. But then I started thinking about what the scene would be. What would be around it? Is this a washer in my home? And it hit me. No, no, no. This is that crazy laundromat I used to go to in college. With all the shaky washers! We’d have to sit on top of them while the laundry was going just to keep the noise to a minimum! hahah! So I added the flooring, black and white tile, following with the same vanishing point of the washer stamp. And figured an art lesson would be just dandy in this video! Hope you agree. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

I kept the color range fairly minimal – yellow, red, blue, with all that black and white.Sandy Allnock Vanishing Point Lesson Laundromat

And I used the same color scheme on the inside, keeping the shading in simple greys as well. Sandy Allnock Loads of Fun inside

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the listed items to go directly to it. 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.

Storybook Style Coloring

Storybook Style Coloring

To my new friends from over on the MFT blog – it’s so nice to have you visiting me here, thanks for stopping by! This is the third and final in my series for MFT, and it’s been so much fun – big thanks to them for sending a few stamps for me to play along with.

And now…on to my card for today!

Storybook Style Coloring

The sweet little sheep stamps totally inspired today’s card. I thought they were so darling they could be storybook illustrations! So I decided to see if I could create a soft, whimsical look with them, and thought colored pencil would be the perfect medium. The background would have been daunting – but my Copic airbrush completed the sky in the blink of an eye – nice and smoothly! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

The card is a square 4-1/4″, and the image area a simple 4×4 on Neenah Cardstock. I stamped the images in Natural Hybrid Ink, masked them off with post-it tape, and airbrushed up that sweet sky. I found a Prismacolor pencil that was the same shade so I could touch up a few tiny areas that I missed with my imperfect mask-cutting!

Sandy Allnock Storybook Coloring1

I diecut the piece with the Wonky Stitched Squares – at first I wasn’t sure of these dies, but suddenly realized – it’s only the stitching that’s wonky. The outside edge is perfectly square for the need-to-be-squared-off part of my brain!Sandy Allnock Storybook Coloring2

The sentiment was added in three parts using a MISTI to align it all; the “Ewe” on top of pencil worked since the yellow hadn’t gotten very waxy, and the rest of the sentiment was just on top of airbrushing – easy peasy to stamp on!

Bonus video

I’ve been creating some quick tips videos on my second channel (same one where the vlogs are) – just a minute long – and today’s is on the sharpener and storage for my pencils that I’ve found works best for me. Check it out below or watch HERE in HD on YouTube.

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the listed items to go directly to it. 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.

 

Adapting Stamps – Drawing Chickadees (Inspired By #4)

Adapting Stamps – Drawing Chickadees (Inspired By #4)

This is part 2 of this card – click HERE to see part 1!

Denise’s sweet card featured birds, as I had requested for November’s cards…..and though I have a bunch of bird stamps I got excited about transforming non-chickadees into chickadees. Just to see if I could! Note that Denise doesn’t have a blog, nor shares her cards on Facebook or Instagram….so leave her some love here on this post. Maybe we can talk her into sharing more! [EDITED TO ADD: Denise said the bird stamps she used are cling stamps by Inkadinkado….I wasn’t able to find them online but maybe one of you guys will have better luck!]

DeniseE

Adapting Stamps – Drawing Chickadees

With many bird stamps – you can change them up to make them into other bird species than they were drawn to be. As we learned in the first part of this card – dye inks “move” with Copic markers; stamping second-generation birds (stamping once on scrap paper so it stamps more lightly) allows you to change up the details to match the kind of bird you want to make. The strong markings of chickadees really lend themselves to this technique well – and even though these Scribbly Birds probably aren’t chickadees, it’s pretty easy to turn them into that species.  Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

After creating and fussycutting my birds, all I had left was figuring out layouts and adding branches to the cards. I kept the Copic work very soft and loose so the birds would really pop against the sketchy lines.

Sandy Allnock Chickadee cards 4

The birds were also lined on the back with StickIt before cutting them out, so they were easy to peel off and add to the cards – or to add to dimensional adhesive.Sandy Allnock Chickadee cards 3

The more intense the Copic color on the background, the more intense the branch and leaves need to be, so amp up the color. The same idea probably applies to printed patterned paper – lighter papers with similar colors will be easier to see coloring on. Stronger contrast will make detail colored on top – as well as stamping – difficult to see. So try working with tone-on-tone for best results.

Sandy Allnock Chickadee cards 2 Sandy Allnock Chickadee cards 1

I hope you’ll get your bird stamps out and have a fresh look at them…see if they are chickadees in hiding!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the listed items to go directly to it. 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.

  1. Stamps: Scribbly Birds by Dina Wakley, sentiments by Wplus9
  2. Paper: Neenah
  3. Copic markers:  C3, N8, E44,  W5,  C2C00, 0 Colorless Blender YG61,  G94E59,
  4. Adhesive: Stick It Adhesive Handy Sheets, 5pk
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