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How to create scenes from stamps

Alternate titles for this post:

  • An Alpaca Pulls a Yeti Uphill in the Snow.
  • Brusho meets Copic; Beautiful Things Ensue.
  • Frivolity in the Arctic.

Add your own in comments….I’m ready for some chuckles!

Oh there are so many things in this video. And that ALPACA! Oh man. As soon as I saw Winter Alpaca by Lawn Fawn, I knew it would HAVE to be part of my stamp collection….and that I’d be swapping out that sentiment for Copics, and more!

Create Scenes with Stamps

I think the part that might interest folks most will be how I go about creating scenes. This card, featuring Winter Alpaca (squeeee!) and Yeti Set Go (a previous release) is one that needed some tweaks as I went along, and I show you some snapshots I took as I worked. Often the piece comes together all at once, but this one was an uphill battle for a bit at the start. (#icrackmyselfup)

Additionally…there are tips for using one color of Brusho for that cool aurora borealis; Copic coloring tips; simplifying fussycutting by adding a sloped hillside; coloring delicate dies; getting a multicolor sentiment. Oh man. I think you got three videos worth of tips today, do I get a vacation? LOL! Get busy watching the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

For the secondary sentiment where I changed out the word “SCARF” for “COPICS,” I set up the stamps on my MISTI (you could do so on an acrylic block), then colored each letter with a Clean Color Marker. That made it easy to get a multicolor stamped word without having to ink up each letter on a pad.

Sandy Allnock - Create a Scene with Stamps

Wasn’t that a whole heck of a lot of fun??? If you need even MORE giggles, head over to my 2nd channel too, where I not only make the promised bonus card out of the extra Brusho background – but you can see a (mini)tour of Lawn Fawn HQ, puppy kisses, and watch me assembling card samples that you might just see at YOUR local stamp store! If you need more on Brusho, too – click HERE.

Supplies

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.

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Comic Strip Card – Bird Crazy

Do you think you can stand more of these fun crazy birds? Oh my! This has got to be my favorite way yet to use them!

Stamped Comic Strip Card

The inspiration to use the Bird Crazy set this way came from the Crazy Thoughts set – the fun starbursts made me totally think of Roy Lichtenstein‘s art! (Check out more of his art HERE.) I added in, of course some of the accessories from Crazy Things, and a little bit of the sentiments from Crazy Talk. (And I didn’t use the new dies, but if you like dies, they’re HERE). So much fun on a card- check it out below or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube!

Templates and tips

As for the templates – I made this card with the 5×7 template, since it’s got larger stamps. But you can also use the A2 size template with smaller images. You might try setting up a gnome story, maybe a cute halloween tale and add in a few of these, or how about a thanksgiving tale with all these characters? The possibilites are endless!

A few tips to create a simpler comic strip card:

  1. Print on paper that’s compatible with your coloring if you want to stay “in” the lines.
  2. Diecut or fussycut images that “break” the bounds of the lines.
  3. Get a good one done, scan it, and print a few for your own use. (Remember, it’s illegal to share or post them, but you can make your own cards this way!)
  4. If you blog it – link back here! Linking to this post “pings” me to come see what you’ve created.
  5. Download the 2 templates HERE. If you end up seeing it in my store in the FREE section, just know that it’s the same file.

Sandy Allnock Comic Strip Card Bird Crazy

Funny of the day: #crazytim

If you want to go to a site like Ellen Hutson and search for all these fun stamp sets, you can do one keyword search that brings them all up. CRAZY TIM. Yes! Just “crazy” brings up more products by other companies, “birds” has a lot more items, and just “Tim” brings up all Tim’s stuff. But CRAZY TIM? Yeah. LOL. #justsayin! #maybeweneedanewhashtag #crazytim

Supplies

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.

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Pulled Spinner Card Tutorial – Let’s Roll!

 

And now for a card that makes me go SQUEE! These little hedgehogs from Clearly Besotted are the cutest lil guys – and perfect for this technique that I adapted from Connie Stewart – her video is HERE as well as linked in a Card at the end of the video if you want to go see it. Cuteness!

Pulled Spinner Card Tutorial

Sometimes you see something on Pinterest that makes your lil heart spin – literally. I saw Connie’s bee flitting around and just knew I had to keep my eyes peeled for just the right stamp to try this! The hedgies were going to work so I ordered them as soon as I could find them in stock – they keep flying off shelves! And I used the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hills dies to give them somewhere to tumble. Connie uses Stampin Up products in the construction of her spinner, but I did some adapting with what I have – and it still worked! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

In the video the sandwiching of the spinner kinda flew by fast…here are the steps:

  1. Punch a hole in ONE power tab before removing one of the papers.
  2. Remove one paper, leave it facing UP, and put a brad through it. Use a brad with the smallest head on it but the longest tines you have.
  3. Place another power tab on top – with the peeled-back paper on the side facing down.
  4. Punch a hole in the card – a little bigger than you normally would so it will have room to spin around easily.
  5. Add the brad through the hole, peel off the top paper, and stick the spinner image on top!

This means you’re sandwiching the head of  a brad between the two power tabs, then sticking the image on top of that. Hope that makes sense if the video wasn’t clear!

Sandy Allnock - Pulled Spinner Card 2

Make something to pull the tab with – I cut out little hearts, sandwiching them and the twine with a power tab in the middle.

Supplies & a Question

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.

Question: I would like your opinion on something…normally I use the little grid with photos. But my web people tell me my blog would be ranked better with Google if I don’t use that, due to how they’re coded. Do you prefer to see the little pictures, or is a nice list like this just as good? Thanks for your input!

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Coloring Giraffes, Hex Chart, and MISTI Magic

Hello friends! I hope you’re ready for some cute inspiration…this stamp set has it in spades, and my video showing Copic coloring on cream cardstock has some bonus tips with the MISTI that I’ve been wanting to share with you! (I’ve been waiting for the stamps to be restocked…they blew off the shelves so fast! You might want to pick up THIS one while you’re shopping since it’s back in stock, too….a video will be coming up with those very soon!)

Coloring Giraffes

My stamps have been talking to me again as well. When I saw Wplus9’s Party Animal set with the sentiment “You always lift me up,” I knew one of the giraffes would be propping up the other! I wasn’t sure if it was going to be in a toybox or not – and ended up being outside on a big old rock! Watch the video below, or click HERE to check it out in HD on YouTube!

MISTI Quadrant Stamping

To create the scene I used my MISTI, and finally filmed the round-robin process I’ve been working with on kits – if you have a MISTI, I hope it’s a helpful tip!

  1. Make one master scene on scratch paper – with approximate positioning. Don’t worry about overlapping images right now.
  2. Break the scene into a few groups – with the “front” objects in the earlier-stamping groups.
  3. Create masks for any of those front objects.
  4. Set up the first stamping in one quadrant. Another in the next quadrant. Turn the paper upside down and set up another, and a fourth if needed.
  5. When stamping, be sure to clean off the stamps from other quadrants really well so you don’t get accidental marks on the paper. I love to use an patrons! It really gets all the ink off well.
  6. Leave the quadrant assembly til you’re sure you don’t need to stamp more.

Sandy Allnock - Coloring Giraffes 2My final little detail on this card was to add some Glossy Accents bubbles to draw attention to the sentiment!

Spin the Color Wheel Class

Sandy Allnock - Party Animal with hexchart

PS My patrons got to see a Zig Clean Color Marker version of this card last month!

SUPPLIES

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.

Hope you enjoyed my sweet little giraffes – and let me know if my other tips were helpful!

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Magical Monday: Copic Coloring Sand

 

It’s SUMMER! Woohoo! My toes are starting to lose the winter mildew that’s so common in the rainy Pacific Northwest…and earlier than usual since it’s been so warm! That inspired me to get out my Lawn Fawn Life is Good set to color up some sand castles. I may not get a real beach vacation but I’ll take a virtual one!

Copic Coloring Sand

For this card I did some fun little masking first – I stamped the sand dunes and put the castle and lighthouse behind them. Enjoy the video below or click HERE watch it in HD on YouTube!

The crabbie in the hammock is totally my favorite part of the card! His little glossy shine along with the shells – they just take the card up a notch!

Sandy Allnock - Copic Coloring Sand

SUPPLIES

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.

Hope you get a little beach time – on a card if not at a real beach! 🙂

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No Line Coloring: Copic and Watercolor

No line coloring has been a fluctuating trend over the last few years; I’ve tried it once or twice, and thought I’d give it a try again!

No Line Coloring: Copics and Watercolor

I decided to use the Cosmos RV EduDigi to create today’s cards, and started off just printing the images to color. (See this tutorial if you need to learn how to use digis.) But when I got to that step – whoa – the lines on the enlarged flowers became crazy thick! Big disappointment. So I got out my light box and did a pencil tracing instead, and suddenly realized I could do that with watercolor too! (If you don’t have a light box, try putting your papers against a window. During the daytime, of course!) Watch the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

With Multiliner pens I’d recommend choosing a stamp line that you use a lot, and figure out which pen is the right width to match them. Then you can always fix a little goober if you need to. And if you’d like to download a free cheat sheet so you can see what sizes best match up, I put together a quick pdf: Multiliner Widths ….make sure you print it at 100% so the line widths stay the same. (Read below for a pen giveaway!) (Ohmygosh is this a long post!)

I’m going to see if I can find any of these Chrysanthemums for my garden – they’re just so pretty! HERE is the photo I used for my color inspiration!

For my cards, I added them to simple black card bases, stamped a 2-part sentiment and tied on some ivory May Arts silk ribbon—it just adds an elegance to it, and also covers that white space in my design without detracting from the flowers.

Sandy Allnock - No Line Coloring with Copics

The watercolor version came out just lovely too!

Sandy Allnock - No Line Coloring with Watercolor

And OH my gosh. I finally finished THIS drawing – and it’s getting a gaJILLion likes over on their page. Cray!

Supplies

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.

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Copic Coloring Tutorial: Desert Storm (kraft-ish) paper

 

It’s Hump Day! Hope you’re having an easy one since it’s a short week, right? Well, Scout’s Honor – Friday isn’t too far away. And I’m hoping this sweet little scout – a brand new release from Stamping Bella (go over and enter to win awesome goodies!) – is going to make your day with a Copic Coloring Tutorial on Neenah’s Desert Storm!

Copic Coloring Tutorial: Desert Storm Cardstock

The name of this paper is Desert Storm – I’ve heard it referred to as kraft, but it’s much lighter color-wise. The card base in the photo above is the actual color of kraft, just to give you a reference point. But – it’s still cardstock made by Neenah, and it’s great for coloring with Copics once you figure out how much you need to adapt your color selections (made easier with the HexChart)! Watch the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube!

The Hex Chart was hugely helpful with this card; every time my “gut” would have chosen a darker color, a quick peek at the chart helped me try to go lighter before I regretted it! You can pick up your own Hex Chart HERE.
Sandy Allnock Stamping Bella Scout2

And I want to say a huge thanks to Em from Stamping Bella for sharing a few stamps with me. Goodness gracious I could keep busy all day long for a year coloring the fun stamps on her site! Do me a favor, would you? I asked a question on my Facebook biz page a few days ago, and would love your input as well – click HERE to go check that out.

If you’ve been watching the Stamping Bella blog, you know there are awesome images coming out in this release…and I’ve got another look at one coming out this weekend! Yeah baby! So be sure to stop on by!

Supplies

 Affiliate links are used below, at no cost to you. Read more. 


Hope you enjoyed my little Copic Coloring Tutorial….plenty more to be had around here, so feel free to stroll through my blog or YouTube channel and find more to inspire you!

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How to color white with Copics: Fuzzy bear!

Happy Memorial Day! I have a double blessing to share today….not only showing how to color white with Copics on a sweet patriotic card for the holiday, but a new release from Purple Onion Designs, drawn by the awesome Stacey Yacula! The image is called Bursting with Pride – how perfect, right? I’ll have more cards shared over on Purple Onion Designs, and be sure to check in to leave comments to qualify to win. The entire release has some special discounted pricing as well so…yeah, you know what to do!

How to color white with Copics

When I saw this stamp I just had to color it ASAP. So darling! Just look at those happy little bears! In the video today, you’ll learn about how to color white with Copics as you see the progressive difference made by darker and darker colors. Though I know that can scare some, it’s worth the effort if you can be brave and give it a try! Watch the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube!

This same technique with progressively darker colors is something you can try with any colored bear, too!

My little glitter technique is just one of many you can find for sealing in glitter. I do this not only for OWH cards – but even beyond that. I remember once I put glitter on a card for my Mom, and when we discussed glitter once, she specifically mentioned that card….and I realized one of my creations made a mess for her! So though the shimmer is awesome, sealing it in to keep the mess to a minimum is also a big bonus!

Sandy Allnock how to Color White with Copics

Supplies

Stamp: Bursting with Pride.

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to get taken 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 towards the costs of running this blog. Read more.

I hope you’ll try getting a little bold and practicing my crazy technique for how to color white with Copics… even if you don’t go as dark as I did, a little contrast can really help  your images!

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Magical Monday: Coloring desert scenes

 

Well lookee there, Monday came to visit us again! That means it’s time for a little bit of magic…and I pulled out a stamp set that I finally moved from my wish list to my CART! Those happy little succulents and lizard just made me want to draw some cliffs and create desert scenes…so let’s go!

Coloring desert scenes

Paper Smooches makes this adorable stamp set called Southwestern Charm; I combined it with Sunny Side Up so I could give our lil guy some glasses! Ha! Enjoy the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube!

Hope you liked that crazy background music – lol! I love to add a little bit of pep to my videos.

I promised some project notes, so here you go:

  • The multiliner pens I used to draw the ground and cliff are HERE – just got them after waiting for months! I’ll do a whole video on them sometime to show you more deets – but you can get pens by the set or one at a time, and they don’t bleed with your Copics. PLUS they’re refillable and you can replace the nibs too. Rockin awesome!
  • I picked the mix of colors for the cliff and ground from the Hex Chart – I started in the oranges, added rusts, then added yellow to be the sun shining on it (and it needed to be brighter), then added some bright orange on top.
  • Original Markers: I have a number of colors in the “square” body often called the “original” or “Copic” style body. That’s because there’s an awesome bullet nib for drawing in details. I recommend getting a selection of your favorite detail or doodling colors in the body…I have about 25 of them and they’re really helpful! You can get them in sets, but also one by one here.
  • The final touch was to add some dots of white pen – both the colorless blender Original and then some white Signo pen. Some folks don’t find the Signo works but love the Gellyroll…either will do great for creating highlights in the sand of desert scenes!

Sandy Allnock Coloring Desert Scenes

The rocks, sun, flowers, and glasses have Glossy Accents added to them – just for a little special shine! And I added the sentiment at the end – using the

Supplies

Affiliate links are used, at no expense to you. Note that it looks like the store is out of a lot of items following last week’s huge sale – but I know a bunch of the stamp sets are in stock! Well at least til you guys get ‘hold of them. 🙂

This was a fun little card for a Monday – hope you might try one of these desert scenes. Got any suggestions for settings for future Magical Monday videos?

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When and how to change Copic nibs and refill pens

A common question I’m asked often is how to change Copic nibs – when do you do it? What’s the process? And how do you refill Copic markers? Today’s very short video will talk about both! Watch the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

Important tip!

In case it didn’t come through clearly enough in the video: do NOT use rubbing alcohol in place of Colorless blender except in cleaning functions only. If you soak your caps, 99% alcohol works great. It’s super for putting on a rag or paper towel and wiping off ink around the nib. But do NOT mix it with color inside your pen or touch it to the nib. You don’t want to mix that with the Copic ink. Use colorless blender if you want to do things like mix custom colors, etc.

How to refill Copic markers

I recommend only purchasing refill bottles for colors as you use them; you may THINK you’re going to use a color a lot, but wait until you find out if you actually do. You’ll get many refills out of one bottle; so don’t get too worried by the price, it’s a great deal. I’ve posted a list of my most-refilled markers HERE – that means that they’re the colors I use the most!

Signs that a marker needs refilling:

  1. inconsistent coloring
  2. “dragging” of the nib while coloring; sometimes with a squeaky sound
  3. whitish nib

Refill from the chisel side, especially if you use my technique (removing the chisel nib, dripping ink directly into the marker) or the Booster System. I’m going to make a wild guess and say that most people who make videos – including Copic – must not use the booster needle, because I couldn’t find any how-t0-refill videos showing it! ha. I’ve tried it before and it works, it’s just easier to put the drops in directly. Some folks use the measurement notches on the bottle and figure out how many cc’s to put in; I hold the bottle above the marker and drip ink into it, and just count drops.

Once you think you’ve got enough ink in the pen, be sure to test it. If ink is dribbling out of the brush nib – you’re over full!

If your marker still isn’t quite right….a Copic hack!

I’ve had a few markers over the years that weren’t coloring quite right even after refilling. They were a little “gummy” on the surface of the nib – if you end up with that kind of nib, you’ll know it.

The trick with the bag shown in the video worked BRILLIANTLY on the marker I used it on this week. I was so excited to see that! In the past I had just changed those nibs…so from now on when I get a gummy marker, I’m going to mess with it more before giving it up. Just put a little Colorless Blender into a plastic bag, and massage it into the nib for about 30 seconds or so. Scribble off color – it should be lighter and thinner ink at first, as the blender solution wears off. You may need to add more ink to get it to color properly.

And if that doesn’t work – try changing the nib.

How to change Copic nibs

I replace nibs most often when the nib breaks down; that means either the tip develops a little “tail” that flips around as I color (agh! Frustrating!)…and sometimes the sides of a nib break down and develop what looks like pilling. If it still colors fine and you aren’t bothered by it, though, don’t change it. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

How to change Copic nibs: Pull out the nib with Copic tweezers. It’s an inexpensive item, so go ahead and pick one up, honestly. It’ll keep your fingers clean when changing nibs or refilling – and it’ll make pulling out a brush nib WAY easier. I tried replacing a nib and using my regular makeup tweezers to pull out the nib – and only the foam part came off, and I had to do crazy things to remove the rest….it’s easier to just use the Copic one.

Pop a new nib into the empty marker, then wait for the ink to wick down to the end. Super easy. You may need to add more ink, but wait til the ink wicks out to the end first.

Extra links

The “hack” I showed with the bag isn’t mine, though I had always wondered if it would work. So happy that marker is back to working well instead of needing a new nib! Here are two ladies with blogs that are jam packed with great info:

My most reinked colors

At long last, after SO many requests….I’ve updated my favorite products page. At least with a few of the basics! I have more to add, but…here you go!

My favorite products

Supplies

Copic Markers at Ellen Hutson LLC
Copic Markers at Dick Blick Art Materials
Copic Markers at Simon Says Stamp

I hope this post was helpful in learning how to change Copic nibs and refill your markers!