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Bruce is back (with stamp masking tips)!


Bruce is back! You might remember him from my last-minute-addition to my tag collection…and many of you asked for him to be back with Copics. So here we go with a Stamp Masking Technique Refresh this week!

Stamp Masking isn’t all that hard!

Bruce has a huge pile of mail he’s been sorting through, looking for one special heart. Is it yours? In the video I show you some quick ways to mask by just placing sticky notes – no need for fussy cutting or fancy tools! Enjoy the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

Despite this looking like a lot of work – I was done, start to finish, stamp masking and coloring, in well under an hour. It’s not so tough if you plan it out right!

Sandy Allnock - Bruce with stamp masking tips

PS – I’m in CHA-recovery mode. I posted a few of my photos and a few little tidbits HERE!


Below are the products featured in today’s project. Affiliate and product disclosure can be found HERE.

Stamp masking doesn’t have to be daunting – did this post help you to think about trying it?

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First Birthday Cards – girl and boy outfits

First Birthday Cards

It’s Pretty Pink Posh’s 1st anniversary – and I am delighted to celebrate with them and show you some first birthday cards! Paulina, the genius behind Pretty Pink Posh, is such a sweetheart – you’ll get to see her pretty face in my video in a photo taken at our local stamp store. Along with my card, of course!

In the video, I show you the girl first birthday cards step-by-step, (super easy template, it’s so simple it doesn’t even need a pdf!) and give you some ideas for altering it for a little boy. This would be great for newborns…or any little kiddo of a young age who wears a bib! The bib is made combining two non-bib dies…it made Paulina squeal when she saw what I did! (I love surprising designers with a twist on what they were thinking of when designing a die!) Watch it below or check it out in HD on YouTube by clicking HERE.

These little bunnies from Mama Elephant are just so cute – the perfect companion to the first birthday cards for little children.

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For the little boy card, just snip a triangle to separate his pants, change up the colors, and voilá! Sandy Allnock - Pretty Pink Posh First Birthday Cards

In his hand, this little bunny holds the bubble wand – and is blowing sequin bubbles!

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Check the Pretty Pink Posh blog for a coupon code – and all the prize details! But before you go, be sure to leave a comment here just to be sure you get entered.


There are three days of bloghops – this is today’s list. Be sure to hop along and see what everyone has cooking!


Below are the products featured in today’s project. Affiliate and product disclosure can be found HERE.

Aren’t these shaped templates just the best for first birthday cards? I can’t wait for little babies to start growing up so I can make more!

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Magical Monday: Laugh

TGIM! I know lots of you are starting to look forward to Mondays…just like me! For those wondering what’s behind the Magical Mondays – and why I don’t chatter on this one video a week – check out my growing FAQ page HERE.

Anyway…today I’m coloring a sweet little image by Tiddly Inks. Students in my Skin and Hair classes always want to see this hairdo demo’d, so I figured I’d put it out here for you, too. Watch below, or click HERE to check it out in HD on YouTube.


The image was colored after already being diecut – I didn’t have a clear idea what I’d do for the card, but it came together pretty easily. The polkadotted dress inspired me to get out my go-to pad of BoBunny…I still just love the whole line of doubledots! The patterned paper and oval are both popped – but the patterned paper is on a thinner dimensional (Power Tabs) and the image is on thicker (the Precious). Putting some of the bling down in between the popped layers means it’ll be less hassle for the post office since they don’t like stuff with bumps.

Sandy Allnock - Laugh


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24 Tags of Christmas 2014: Day Six

We’re finally at the end of this series! It’s been so much fun – and WOW I can hardly believe how gracious you all have been with sharing your love! I really appreciate it…for a project this big and crazy, it’s an extra bit of work, so knowing that it’s been a blessing to you is extraspecial!

Today’s is likely my favorite technique…I’ve been playing with it for a while now, and the Hero Arts stamp set I’m using today as well as the Penny Black die (products all linked below) just screamed out to be used for it! And the Craftaboard is definitely the best surface to achieve the look – it’s worth picking up some to try it out. But before I show you the video, I really really really want you to read this next bit.

Very Important:

I thought I’d address here in text what I probably didn’t emphasize strongly enough in the video: do NOT use your Copic markers on top of embossing! There’s one EP I’ve used before with success, but that was back in the days when I had a mix of EPs in one container (I thought everyone’s was the same, but no!) – so it apparently had made a mixture that worked..and I haven’t found others that do work. Today’s project uses an aqua brush – the nib of that brush didn’t get damaged, I think it’s the volume of colorless blender pouring through it that keeps the embossing powder from damaging it, perhaps. I did say in the video not to use your colorless blender marker to do this – again, it’ll ruin it – but it also won’t even work since it doesn’t pour out the fluid fast enough in volume to give it a watercolor look. (Well, unless you overfill it. LOL. Ask me how I know.)

Okay now that you’ve read that, you’re safe to watch the video. If you want to see it in HD on YouTube, click HERE.

Here are stills of the tags close up…aren’t the colors just pretty? The photos were a little hard to take, they came out looking slightly pinker than they are in real life. But – if you WIN one, you’ll get to see it in real life!

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Sandy Allnock 24 Tags Day Six 1

And how might you win one? Leave comments here on the blog posts, or over on YouTube, and you can get bonus entries by sharing the videos or blog post on your social media (either tag me or leave a comment with the url in the comments section of the blog post). It’s not too late to go back and visit the week’s worth of posts and be sure you’ve got your commenting up to speed!

A bonus for my Patreon supporters – the extra tags (my practice tags, the whole tag set that got bumped for the monsters, as well as the two I shared over in The CLASSroom) are up for a drawing among patrons only! If you’re a patron, go get busy chatting on the wall!

Thanks again so much for following along my tag journey this week! Many of you have already expressed concern that you’ll go through withdrawal….don’t worry. I’ll be back with Magical Monday in two days, so be sure to come back. 🙂

Things of note

  • Need more tag ideas? Don’t forget to check out THESE – and leave comments to qualify to win!
  • Excited to have turned another person on to the wonders of Frisket. See what she made HERE.


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24 Tags of Christmas 2014: Day Two


Trucks! I know, I know, trucks for Christmas, right? We all need to stretch our wings and make a little something for the guys, and this tag is an answer to that. Wouldn’t these tags look sharp on a wrapped Xbox under the tree?

I had colored this image a while back during travel, and had instagrammed the work in progress – that was met with a LOT of positive response, along with some requests for a tutorial. Happy to oblige! This version in the video is a little simpler than the one I colored while travelling – just to help if you’re trying to CASE this for a card or tag of your own. December is passing by fast, so we need to get ‘er done! Enjoy the video below – and if you can’t see it there, watch it in HD on YouTube by clicking HERE.


Below are a few closeups….

Sandy Allnock 24 Tags Day Two 1

Sandy Allnock 24 Tags Day Two 2

Don’t forget your opportunities to win – commenting here and on YouTube, sharing on social media wherever you do that kind of thing. Be sure to tag me if you can….don’t email, as I get hundreds—-it’s better to leave a comment here on the blog so I can count it toward your entries. 🙂 Good luck!

PS The concert last night was wonderful! Opera, violin duets, and reflections on the Christmas season…I was asked to read one, that’s what I had to get all gussied up for. Pics on Instagram!


Before you go – I have another tag for you today that’s not part of the 24 tags….and it’s got GLITTER! Ack, right? Go over to the CLASSroom to see!Sandy Allnock Tag A2


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Magical Monday: Nativity


It’s time for another Magical Monday! All art, no chatter, is the phrase of the day. Today’s image is really simple – but with a few areas, I started with 0 instead of a light color, so I could keep a white center. I shot this one while at that retreat (thus the odd lighting!) and I didn’t film the background, that was a last minute addition…but created a rough linear style in the same colors as the image. If you can’t see the video below, click HERE to watch it on YouTube.




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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Warm and cool greys, and a mad scientist video


Good eeeeeevuhning. (Said in my best Alfred. Which is not very good!)

Comparing Copic warm and cool greys

For today’s card, I wanted to compare warm and cool greys  in my Copic Markers. I picked one of my videos that’s gotten the most views…Coloring White with Copic Markers. Rather than doing just a white object, I did a little mad scientist who’s wearing a white jacket, and as I got started in the planning, it led to a study on all the different greys. If you can’t see the video below, click HERE to watch it directly on YouTube.

It really is quite amazing how different the warm and cool greys look when side by side. And how little difference there is between them if you’re NOT looking at them side by side!

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Sandy Allnock Mad Scientist3


So happy to have finally compared my warm and cool greys – now I have some idea why I want to use one or another!

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Pretty Peonies

Today’s video is a floral….comparing some RV and R colors on peonies. And the card was made for a sweet friend – very happy she liked it. And now you get the lonnnnnng version video. I kept it mostly at normal speed….enjoy! If you can’t see it below, click HERE to watch it directly on YouTube.

This is version #2…less blending, more veins in the petals.

Sandy Allnock Pretty Peonies2


My classes page has been updated, so check out what’s coming:

  1. Seattle area – just a couple spots are available in my skin/hair class next Thursday – go sign up asap!
  2. Severn MD – three classes coming up Thanksgiving weekend, 2 Copic and a watercolor!
  3. Southern CA – January classes are nearly full in just days! Gasp! Go fast to sign up at Scrampers!

Have a lovely weekend!

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Color a dimensional poinsettia

Hello, and happy Saturday, friends! My little switcheroo is complete today….now you get the video that might have gone up yesterday if it hadn’t been for tech issues! 🙂 But that’s now resolved, or at least mostly…I have a new camera (hallelujah!) and am learning new software to edit with as well. Eventually – gonna have some pretty swanky videos to show for all the work.

But for today….I’m responding to multiple requests for a tutorial on this poinsettia card…colored with Copics to look like it’s about to pop right off the page! (Click HERE to watch the video on YT if you can’t see it below.)

I’m off for a superhugeawesome day of crafting…first, meeting with my stamp group for a day together at one LSS, then I’m going to a different LSS for their Stamp Night – 6 to midnight! We’ll see if I have a meltdown by midnight or not. LOL!


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Gimme some skin! #copicskin colormatching

Skintone video, YES! This one is the completing the coloring of Hope, the Prima Bloom Girl…it’s in parts, spread months apart.


In the past month, I asked people to post pics on Instagram for me to do color-matching with skintones. I then looked for images that looked at least a little like the person, and created these fun comparisons below. Go to Instagram and search the #copicskin hashtag – as well as following me – and pick up a few options for colors. There seems to be an infinite variety of color combos, so get creative with your selections!

Mypinkmexico’s kiddos are lit very differently, but I gave it a shot: girl – YR000 E93 V20 boy – E00 E21 BV00
Chitra01 – R0000 R000 E70
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chelacreates – YR000 YR31 E31 E25


queenpreneur – E93 E53 YR27, then edded some R85 and R83 to add the pinkishness back in


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i2bz2w8 YR30 E21 E23


lorispedofox - R00 RV000 V12 V93 - though the lighting is very harsh, this could be wrong!
lorispedofox – R00 RV000 V12 V93 – though the lighting is very harsh, this could be wrong!
lia_lt's nephew: E01 E00 R11 E93 BV000
lia_lt’s nephew: E01 E00 R11 E93 BV000
scheeenny - YR000 E01 V20
scheeenny – YR000 E01 V20
mzdanajoy - E51 E53 E55
mzdanajoy – E51 E53 E55
jennshurkus - E000 E11 RV01 RV93 + Freckles RV93
jennshurkus – E000 E11 RV01 RV93 + Freckles RV93
1busyb - E00 E33 V93 R11 R000
1busyb – E00 E33 V93 R11 R000

To everyone who is pictured as a colormatch here: send me your address and I’ll send you the stamped image as promised! (Contact me link is in the menu bar on the blog.) I’ll be posting the colormatch lists onto these Instagram photos, so they’ll be there for future reference (search #copicskin); if more people post photos, I may (or may not) choose to do a colormatch…and only the ones in this post that were sent in time are included in the giveaway of these colored images. Others would just be for fun!