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Copic Coloring: Succulent or Rose?

Copic Coloring: Succulent or Rose?

When I saw this stamp, without reading the title – I was sure it was a giant rose closeup. But..it’s a succulent. And a rose! In today’s video, I color both….hope you enjoy it! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The stamp is lovely as a succulent…

…but isn’t it beautiful as a rose?

This stamp is also lovely in watercolor…and a non-square card:

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 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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Slow down and make a card (Slothsome)

 

Slow down and make a card (Slothsome)

Slow down your life to make a card! And use your knowledge from Autumn Scenes class to make trees all year round!  Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Autumn Scenes Class is available year round – and this tree is from lesson one, but with more ‘splaining going on in class.

I created cards with a couple of the other stamps in the set too…just for fun!

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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Bird Wreath, New Classes…and my BOOK!

Guess what? It might be Monday, but I’m over on the MFT blog. They’re changing up things so I might be on Mondays from here on instead of Thursdays. Go see how to paint this “tweet” little wreath!

 

Blue Skies

Those on my Art-Classes email list got a heads-up on signing up….but you get to hear about it today! I have TWO classes launched on painting and coloring skies and clouds – one in Copic, one in Watercolor. A discount for everyone on these classes, lasting through April 22nd!

The BOOK!

I am excited to let you know there was a little Easter miracle…my book finally showed up on Amazon and Barnes and Noble!! I waited all through March, and on the last last last evening…it was there. With the wrong photo and title – ha! It’s partially changed in some places, but…I’m celebrating anyway while they figure it out and get it all fixed! Book website is HERE!

While I know the non-Bible-journalers may be disappointed in the book topic…please know I’m going to be keeping up my regular blogging and cardmaking and art stuff! You’ll have to put up with an occasional “squee” from me about the book, but you’ll get the regular content you come here for. Don’t abandon me, okay? Love you guys!!

 

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Stamping Vignette Images: Elephants and Giraffes

Sandy Allnock Stamping Vignette Images with Impression Obsession Giraffe Love

Stamping Vignette Images: Elephants and Giraffes

Some stamps just cry out to pull you innnnnnn to the tenderness of the scene, and both of these stamps do that. They have hard edges, and there IS a way to combat them and create a vignetted image – faded out at the edges – and accent that with vignette coloring as well! 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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Bloghop: 2018 Stamping for Autism Awareness

2018 Stamping for Autism Awareness Bloghop

2018 Stamping for Autism Awareness

Welcome to my stop on the Autism Awareness Hop for 2018!!! I’m honored to be a participant – and a prize-provider (classes!) – and most of all, happy to be a part of a wonderful, giving community of crafters!

For my card, I’ve created a sweet little caterpillar and butterfly (2 stamp sets from Hero Arts)…they’re color layering stamps, I just picked the ones I wanted to use to create my little scene with Copics. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Sweet, eh? Sorry it was so fast – I’ve been swamped recently with getting ready for Easter, and tried to limit my time on a bunch of things. Plus, I figured I wanted you to go get busy hopping along! Links are all below to go see more.

2018 Stamping for Autism Awareness Bloghop

This is one huge hop…and since lots of folks may be popping over here, I’m going to do a special giveaway to The Art of Autism – isn’t that perfect for our creative proceeds to benefit autism AND the arts! For every comment left here on this blog post within one week, I’ll donate $1 to The Art of Autism. And I encourage each person to also go give to any of the Autism charities, and educate yourself about how YOU can help!

The hop starts >>>HERE!<<<

The blog after mine is>>>HERE<<<

I’m giving away THREE prizes in this hop – three winners get the class of their choice! 🙂

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TWO videos today! Copic + Pencil + Kraft: Dinosaur Stampede plus….

Dinosaurs Stampede card by Sandy Allnock

First, a stampede of dinos! Run, they’re comin’ atcha! Scroll down for the second video – watercolor!

 

Copic + Pencil + Kraft: Dinosaur Stampede

We all need cards that work for guys  – and dinosaurs are great for those! I wanted to use the “Stomping By To Say Hello” sentiment on this card, but wanted to emphasize the stomping. I did that by adding a cloud of dust, some motion lines – and changing the sentiment up a little bit! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

If you’d like to keep up with these Copic + Pencil + Kraft posts, I created a gallery HERE

Avery Elle Watercolor Mermaid: Mixing Brown

The promised video is over at Ellen Hutson today – showing you how to create brown colors for skin and hair from the Avery Elle watercolors (or any watercolors you own!) to paint this sweet Mermaid. Head over to Ellen’s blog – Go see now!

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 Kraft Pencil: Tweetie

Copic Kraft Pencil: Tweetie

Here’s another card colored on the Desert Storm toned paper – which is really fun for blending on. Add a little pencil and things just POP! 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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Two posts in one! (Yikes)

Okay I feel a little silly now…..some videos went live last week before they were supposed to. Ya know, stuff happens, but ah well, right!? So today, here are the blog posts for those two  – one is Copic Airbrush Penguins, the other Zig Clean Color Hippos!

 

Penguin Valentines with Copic Airbrush Skies

I seem to end up with all the penguin stamps at one time or another….maybe it’s my lifelong affinity for these cute little guys! And I especially love, with a set like this, that the sentiments are mostly year-round ones so the set has a longer shelf life.  Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

This same idea works for lots of different kinds of stamps – but if you’re going to airbrush, an animal with black works great so you can use that dark color over any oopses in the airbrushing.

If you don’t have an airbrush, you can always try doing some inking in the background instead! Same masking would apply.

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.

 

Zigs, Water, and Hippos

To color this sweet hippo, I started out looking online for colors for a “real” hippo – and discovered there’s more pink or salmon color on them than I had thought! Originally I was going to just put that pink in the areas I saw in photos….but decided to just go for a full on pink hippo! And I discovered a way to make my Zigs last a tidge longer too – 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.