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Pearl Pen Tutorial


A long-awaited topic! Lots of you have asked me to do a pearl pen tutorial showing you how to keep a card with pearl pen from sticking together or smashing in an Operation Write Home box, as well as how to keep them from getting that hershey kiss shape when lifting the pen off the surface. When requests come in so strongly, I just can’t resist – love your feedback! Plus, my awesome supporters over on Patreon voted up the pearl pen idea….so here we go! Watch the video below, or check it out on YouTube in HD by clicking HERE.

Below are stills of each of the cards shown in the video, along with the Copic colors used in the images. All the supply links are at the end of this post.

Sandy Allnock - BB w Pearl Pen

Birdie Brown’s Rockin’ Doggie – Copic colors: B26 FB2 B21 YG03 G07 C10 C8 C5 YR15 Y06

Sandy Allnock - MIC w Pearl Pen

Make It Crafty – Socks the elf – Copic colors: YG95 YG99 B000 RV55 RV63 V15 RV00 E79 E37 E34 E11 E51 BV000 BV00

Sandy Allnock - PB w Pearl Pen

Penny Black, Tom and Tilly – Copic colors: E29 E37 E35 YR23 E25 B95 B99 C3 C1 C00 R27 YG03 G03 Y06 Y17 E51 E11

I hope this was a helpful tutorial on how to properly apply Pearl Pen to a card – let me know if you have more requests! Thanks and have a great day!


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Don’t sweat the small stuff.

I know, I know. It’s me, talking to myself. I sweat the small stuff all the time. Though I guess it depends on the definition of “small.” The little things are often the easiest to check off my list and make myself feel accomplished, but are they really the things I should be doing? The small things can often be the ones I love the best – like a little extra detail in my coloring. But do those make a difference?

The small things that I have figured out how to leave behind: excess emails. People are just going to have to wait for answers on nonurgent things, and I’m discovering that, unless they’re out there seething at me – they aren’t expecting me to answer right away like I often do. I think most people get it that I’m swamped now (well except for the one lady who keeps emailing me the same question. I’m not answering yet on principle now. LOL.)… I seem to have a little grace to get back to people when I have time. At least I’m finally learning the world won’t end if I don’t clean out the inbox!

Today’s card and video introduces you to Helga. My new little alter ego. LOL. She looks a little like me in a bikini. Though I have a little more fluff that poofs out! Check out the video below….hope you enjoy it! I sure loved coloring her 🙂

Sandy Allnock - Helga 2

I put the sentiment inside the card, since I didn’t want to disturb the simple outer panel with it.
Sandy Allnock - Helga inside

Happy weekend!



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Beanie Whoot returns

I hope you got a chance to enjoy the bloghop this weekend!

My card this morning uses my first test-colored image that I showed on the bloghop; I usually color one before shooting the video, and I figured since we kept our posts simple (and that meant not embedding the video!), I’d make another card with my lil whoot…and share the video for those who missed it!

I used the same papers, same colors…but this time he’s simply against a circular moon – and I made it a Christmas card this time.


Sandy Allnock - Beanie Whoot 4

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How to color white with Copics


I don’t always dress the part for a video…but this time…why not? Lots of you wanted me to show you how to color white with Copics, so here you go – using both blues and greys:

Here are the pics of the sweet little polar bears from the Some Odd Girl set called Winter Friends. Stay tuned in the next week or so, I have some of the penguins to put on cards and they are stinkin sweet too!

Sandy Allnock how to Color white with Copics

The patterned papers used here are ancient, I believe; I hardly own any Christmas paper right now except one pad that I’ve been using – and nothing worked for these polar bears. So I went to the garage sale “stash” that I’ve been saving up and collecting from friends – and I shopped for something that’d work! These happy pinks and blues went really well with the little bears.


It’s really not as hard as you might think to learn how to color white with Copics – it just takes a light touch. Keep your colorless blender marker handy too, in case you need to feather something out that doesn’t bleed well into the white paper.Sandy Allnock Color white with CopicsI hope you liked the tutorial…and now you know how to color white with Copics! If so give a lil shout out in the comments to my awesome patrons! They’re inspiring me to do some fun stuff 🙂 And they’re also lucky enough to have gotten my color study on some Copics to use on those Winter Friends penguins. You could join them and get some inside scoop too!

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Sparkle Creations

I’m so excited to be part of the Sparkle Creations Bloghop today! I can’t even believe it’s been three years…it seems like Sparkle just opened! She’s one of my stamping friends, and was at my house this past weekend….we had planned to film part of the video while she was there and spaced it – so we had to handle that from iphone to iphone. What did we ever do before all this technology!

My card has a very special destination…watch the video to find out more.


Sandy Allnock - Sparkle Anniversary Hop2


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Coloring a Copic night sky (and lambs too!)

Today I’m so pleased to bring you one of my favorite copic tutorial videos yet  This video shows how I colored this Giordano Studio Christmas Lambs stamp from Johanna Sheen to look like a night scene, coloring a Copic night sky as well as making the images look like they’re bathed in moonlight:


Enjoy the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube!

The key was making it a night scene. Daytime just wasn’t working – the lambs just kept ‘disappearing’! Copics: E39 YR24 YG45 E53 W9 W6 W4 C6 C4 C00. And the Copic night sky really made the lambs pop against that dark color!

Copic night sky

Paper is by Memory Box – the lovely Yuletide 6×6…I punched the EK Success tree border, and a scallop to hang below the image (with bling to dress it up!). The final touch on the card design was adding the moon; I added just a few drops of Glossy Accents. All the shopping links are in the pictures below, so have fun!


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Copic Coloring with Stampendous

My tutorial on the May Arts blog is about how to make buttons using embossing powder, Stampendous Color Fragments, and some ribbon. I had had a heck of  a time figuring out what to do with the Fragments – though I did see some folks commenting that they had some and love them, so I’m hoping to find more ways to use them from some of you!  Here’s the two-part video for you. Enjoy!


And I hope to get some superfast sleep tonight and be back in gear tomorrow; last night I woke up at 4:30 (overwhelmed by a wave of my own personal summer!) and never did fall asleep again, so I’m totally wiped! Gnight…or I guess by the time you see this it’ll be gmorning!

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Hero Arts House: Spring Tutorial [video]

TGIF! Not sure why it’s TGIF for me since I only worked yesterday and today this week….but TGIF anyway 🙂 Have you been enjoying these tutorials? I’m stoked that Hero Arts will have more sets for us VERY soon….and I’m going to jump on doing a set of tuts like this for those when I get them. I’m not sure why lots of you have said you haven’t known what to do with the house all this time and I didn’t fix that…but now ya know. lol, no excuses, go buy the sets and support OWH! 🙂

Today we’ve got the brick house….it’s mightymighty, just lettin’ it all hang out! Oh wait. That was the song in my head while doing this one. Fortunately – not the soundtrack for the video! But this little mighty card is a square one – not something we strongly encourage at OWH, but you can do some if they fit into A2s; if we say squares are okay we get all the crafters who like to make 6x6s excited, so keep your focus on something that tucks into an A2 if you need to get some mojo going with squares. (And actually this started out as an A2; I had a craft disaster and the card got WAY over busy, so I pulled off the circle and did a simpler square card. Yep, that’s the backstory!)

Copic colors: E00 and E04 for the brick wall; E15 for the trim, E47 for door shadows; Y35 and Y00 for the windows.

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Hero Arts House: Winter Tutorial [video]

Happy Thursday! I hope you’ve been enjoying all these video tutorials all week…I’m slowly learning more about editing, and am hopefully boring you a little less than I once did 🙂

The next season up to bat is winter! I made it into a quasiChristmas yet mostly winter themed card; though it has a wreath on the door, our heroes could use it outside of the holiday season. Or those who don’t celebrate the holiday could use it. Or – even more likely than either of these – this card will go to a family member NOT as a Christmas card, but as a thinking of you type….even though they send Christmas cards a lot during the season, they also like to send more cards home as ‘just because’ ones, and this can fit that bill perfectly! I also kept it patriotic in keeping with my usual Thursday AnyHero card….I’m considering making little winter houses like this with flagpoles hanging off the houses, and snow on the tops of the flagpole too!


This video tutorial nearly nailed me though. I had made the first sample card and I *thought* I kept the rest of the sheet of white-core cardstock tucked safely away. (I re-make cards when I’m ready to shoot video – so often I keep extra parts together and ready for that day). However I think I used the paper for something else between then and this week when I filmed the video! Eeep. I searched all over town til I found a store with some Holtz/Core Dinations. Phew!

So…without further blabbing, here’s the video for today!