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World Watercolor Month #4: Interactive Rainbow Slider Card

 

World Watercolor Month

This post is…well, let’s say it’s a tiny stretch, okay? Here’s the rationale: water + sunlight = rainbow when it’s seen from the correct angle. So I’m picturing rain in here somewhere! LOL! I considered redoing the video to create it in watercolor but, ya know…..it was just so bright and happy, I just went with it!

Interactive Rainbow Slider Card

New releases from Ellen Hutson this month are all about rainbows and magic! In the video I show you a couple of the other items (I’ll be using the Mermaid later this month), but I really wanted to make the interactive rainbow card. Sooooo stinking cute! 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 Ink Backgrounds (with Waffle Flower Bouquet Builder)

Copic Ink Backgrounds

A while ago I did some testing comparing Alcohol Ink Backgrounds and the same ideas using Copic Various Ink Refills. I discovered at that time that the techniques can be used with Neenah cardstock if the paper is saturated with colorless blender first….so today, I have some more playtime to share to expand on that idea! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The first one was with light colors, and the texture created was very subtle. Coloring the flowers on top of the light color was very easy even with light colors.

I created the sentiments for each card using the “Hello Brushstroke” die from Ellen Hutson – diecutting with ScorTape on the back of it so it became a sticker, then adding Glossy Accents. This first one I stuck down in the wrong spot – it wasn’t centered, but wasn’t off-center enough to look intentional, so I created an exclamation point  by using half an H to make it! Each sentiment was covered with Glossy Accents.

Richer colors (RV04 and V04) made for a more powerful color comb0 but coloring in flowers was a little more challenging. The texture is mostly smooth after tilting the paper to keep it from settling in one area more than another.

Each panel was cut down to layer on a black panel which was edged with gold Delicata ink (tapping the pad along the edge of the paper) then popped up on dimensional adhesive on black card bases.

Last but not least, my favorite – I didn’t worry too much about coloring into the flowers and leaves except a choice few petals and leaves. I love that the inks settled in more textured patterns since I didn’t swish it around as much while wet.

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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Enabler alert!!! 30 videos (and a screaming sale!)

 

Hi folks! I was scrolling through Ellen Hutson’s “oops” Category at that’s all on sale – and aside from all the goodies landing in MY cart, I thought I’d collect the items I have videos for. And guess what? Everything in that”oops” Category  is an ADDITIONAL 30% off with coupon code YAY- and there are lots of things that are already heavily discounted. That’s crazy on the discounts!!! But first….World Watercolor Month is in July!! I’ll be putting watercolor classes on sale, and doing some other fun things, so in case you need some supplies…here you go (and check OUT the prices on some of these, holy guacamole!)

 

Setting up a watercolor palette shows how to set up a palette if you haven’t as yet….  (Blog Post)

 

29 more videos

I’ve put the sale items above each video as links; if you need the full list of products, there’s blog post links to get you the rest of that information.

Holiday Words Dies,, Leaping Deer Die (Blog Post)

Essentials by Ellen, Tree Farm (Blog Post)

Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps, Thistle (Blog Post)

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons Set 1, Set 2, Set 3 (Blog Post)

 

 

Lawn Cuts Dies Shut The Front Door (Blog Post)

Avery Elle Dies, Petal Plate (Blog Post)

My Favorite Things Clear Stamps, Four-Legged Friends (Blog Post)

Crazy Cats (Blog Post)

Lawn Fawn Clear Stamps, Wild For You (Blog Post)

Lawn Fawn Stamps, Costume Party (Blog Post)

Art Impressions, Window Dies (Blog Post)

Art Impressions, Nuts About You (Blog Post)

Avery Elle Clear Stamps, Brring On The Joy (Blog Post)

My Favorite Things Clear Stamps, Ninja Warrior stamps (Blog Post)

My Favorite Things Clear Stamps, Sweet Sloths (Blog Post)

Hero Arts Angel Stamp set (Blog Post)

My Favorite Things stamps: Mermazing, Ocean Pals (Blog Post)

My Favorite Things Clear Stamps: Polar Pals, Dashing Deer (Blog Post)

Paper Smooches, Courteous Cuties (Blog Post)

Penny Black, Red Blush Stamp (Blog Post)

Concord & 9th Stamps, Stuck On You (Blog Post)

Flora and Fauna, Adventure (Blog Post)

Flora and Fauna Life is Lovely (Blog Post)

Reverse Confetti Clear Stamps, Berry Sweet (Blog Post)

Reverse Confetti Clear Stamps, No Tomorrow (Blog Post)

Impression Obsession Clear Stamps, Beary Sweet (Blog Post)

Reverse Confetti, Puppy Love (Blog Post)

Art Impressions, Sheep Flutter (Blog Post)

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Yappy Happy Trifold Card – Heffy Doodle Hop

 

I want to wish a Yappy Happy 1st Birthday to everyone at Heffy Doodle! Can you believe it’s been a year!? I’m always proud of companies celebrating the milestones – it’s really hard to stay in business nowadays, and if they can withstand the pressures, they deserve the kudos! Be sure to scroll down to read how to join in the hop and qualify for awesome prizes!!

Yappy Happy Trifold Card

When asked if I’d participate, I saw this cute puppy stamp set – oh my! Dogs AND mail? Yeah bring it on! The dog in the middle panel “needed” to leap in the air, and I decided my card would be going “From” a US postal mailbox all the way across the pond – so it’ll be my sister’s birthday card when it comes round! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The trifold card format was fun for something with a little change. I love the little pup trying to open the box at the end – lol. That’s my G – our box from Chewy just arrived and he probably would have opened it himself if I’d let him. LOL!

To make the card base, I used two strips of 4-1/4″ cardstock – each had two square panels, and they overlap in that middle panel. If you have 12×12 cardstock you could do this more easily, just make the panels 4″ instead, but since I can’t remember the last time I had any 12×12, I made do with what I have on my cardstock shelf.

Hex Charts!

In case you’ve missed it….there are now four hex charts available! Copic has been around a while but now there are 3 brands of colored pencil. (Note that there won’t be watercolor or watercolor pencil charts – we can’t run watercolor paper through our home printers or use waterproof ink.) All charts are HERE.

And on Friday, the Colored Pencil Jumpstart Class content will be available! You can sign up for class now or then and I’ll remind you here on the blog on Friday to pop over this weekend to start learning. (You can join in class ANYtime, there’s nothing live that you need to be there for.) Note that I’ve added some things to the PreClass (click on Curriculum) – like the discount for stamps, and info on hex charts. 🙂

 

And now…the Bloghop!!

Two lucky winners will receive a £50 voucher to the Heffy Doodle store. Leave a comment on each stop to qualify. Comment eligibility will close on 6/23/2018 at 12pm PDT; winners will be announced on June 24th on the Heffy Doodle Blog.

You can receive 20% off your order with my code : HeffyBirthday2uCoupon is only available on from June 13th -June 17th!

 

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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Sneak Peek at June Ellen Hutson Release! (Plus ONE of TWO new classes!)

 

Hello friends! I’m over at the Ellen Hutson channel today with a sneak peek at Sunday’s release – with some Distress Oxide inking tips! And peeks at what’s coming up on my channel and hers on Sunday!

New Drawing Class!

I’ve made the Drawing MiniCourse live – so enjoy getting started if you’ve taken Drawing 101! It’s a fundraiser class, and each quarter I’ll be making a donation of 25% of proceeds to charities preserving these animals and their habitats! See the trailer video below, and the class over HERE at Art-Classes!

NOTE: Tomorrow is the opening day for Colored Pencil Jumpstart, the preclassroom will hopefully (gasp!) be ready by tomorrow morning. You’ll be able to sign up and start shopping for supplies and getting hex charts colored in for a while til I get all the lesson videos finished up! Hex Charts for Primacolor, Luminance, and Polychromos will be here on this blog as soon as I can get them set up – sometime during the day today!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s Copic project. Compensated affiliate links are 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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Mermaid Slumber Party Card

Sandy Allnock Mermaid Dreams Slumber Party Card

Mermaid Slumber Party Card

Sometimes a card just designs itself – today is one of those! I started by stamping the images on a long scrap of paper, just to see which of the Flora and Fauna critters works best as a mermaid, and which prefer to be unicorns. And when I saw them all lined up in a row – I thought, AHA! A slumber party! Yep, I went there! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

So am I crazy for coming up with an idea like this? No don’t answer. Let me live in my own little artsy world! Teehee!!

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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Punny Breakfast Tag Cards

 

Punny Breakfast Tag Cards

You guys know just how much I like puns, right? Well….Sunny Studio Stamps has some adorable ones – with BACON. #justsaying
Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Fun little bacon puns, right!? There’s also a “MY HEART” so you can make it a love card too.

Toast might be something I’ll be using for Toastmasters cards…..

DONUTS! Need I say more!?!?!?

Waffles. Just making me hungry! (They shoulda had chicken in the set too, don’t you think? Have you had chicken and waffles before?)

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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Coloring Frangipani in Copic Markers

Coloring Frangipani in Copic Markers by Sandy Allnock

 

Coloring Frangipani in Copic Markers

Fran-ji-pah-ni. I was unsure of the pronunciation so I googled – and wouldn’t you know, the internet will even tell you how to pronounce a rare word like that! Aside from the odd name….the flowers are pretty and come in lots of different colors…I chose (drumroll) yellow! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Look at the difference just three little leaves made….beautiful, no?

For my Bible journaling friends – this week’s video wasn’t just a flipthrough this time – it’s a watercolor tutorial 🙂

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.