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24 Tags of Christmas 2015: Shading Elves in Copic Marker

 

It’s day three of the 24 tags of Christmas series for 2015! You knew there’d be some traditional Copic, right? (Yesterday I colored Copic on wood – check that out HERE.) If you’d like to see last year’s day three tag, click HERE.

Shading Elves

Lots of folks want tips on shading of images….and since this adorable stamp set has a bunch of images in it, I thought it would be fun to color each one with the lighting from a different direction! Check out the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

Could this stamp set BE any cuter?? I’m going to be stamping a bunch to take home with me for Thanksgiving and coloring up a storm – love that I can use a limited palette – so just take a few markers and refills that work together!! woohoo!

Sandy Allnock 24 Tags Shading Elves in Copic

Giveaway

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Handmade is the best kind of giveaway! Each year I give away all of the tags made in the series – so there will be 24 winners! To sweeten the pot, I am giving a financial donation to 24 charities in the name of each of the winners – so they’re going to get to pick which charity they love most.  To qualify to win, leave a comment on this post with YOUR favorite charity, and a comment on the YT video each day all week. I’ll pick 12 from blog comments and 12 from YouTube comments, and announce them all on Sunday the 15th!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the 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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24 Tags of Christmas 2015: Copic on Wood

 

Welcome to the 24 tags of Christmas series for 2015! It’s Day Two with another four tags – check out yesterday’s watercoloring! If you’d like to see last year’s day two tag, click HERE.

Copic on Wood

I’ve been wanting to play with this wood paper for quite some time – and I was delighted to see that my Copic markers worked on it! I’ll be experimenting with more elaborate images in the future. Check out the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

These tags would be so perfect to attach to a plate of Christmas cookies and deliver to neighbors. What? You don’t know your neighbors? Well last holiday season I decided to change that in my own life…I baked cookies and made plates of them, then attached handmade tags. Delivered to stunned neighbors! One even invited me in for a cup of cider. Give it a go and see if you can break the ice with people living down the street!

Sandy Allnock 24 Tags Copic on Wood

 Giveaway

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Handmade is the best kind of giveaway! Each year I give away all of the tags made in the series – so there will be 24 winners! To sweeten the pot, I am giving a financial donation to 24 charities in the name of each of the winners – so they’re going to get to pick which charity they love most.  To qualify to win, leave a comment on this post with YOUR favorite charity, and a comment on the YT video each day all week. I’ll pick 12 from blog comments and 12 from YouTube comments, and announce them all on Sunday the 15th!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the 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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Booyah Bokeh Two Ways!

Bo-kuh? or Bo-kay? Either one works – and can be created in so many different mediums. I’m showing you just two today, along with a stamp set that’s for Halloween, but can be also used anytime of year for the right audience – kids!

Bokeh Two Ways

I’ve wanted to create another bokeh video again, because whenever I do so on Instagram or Periscope, folks act like they haven’t seen it before…LOL! So here’s another to add to the queue (eventually maybe I should just make a playlist with them all!) I’m showing it in two mediums: my usual Copic technique, and then I played with some new markers I bought recently. Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

To create a bokeh effect in Copics, first lay down a coat of basic colors. Then add dots — bigger ones are “cuter,” but you can do any size. Carry the dots of one color over into the color next to it, and vice versa, til they start to visually blend. In this particular image I also added an excess right around the ghosts, to be sure they popped out well from their background.Sandy Allnock Bokeh CopicIn watercolor it can be a little more challenging, but is possible! You can try it in different types of watercolor too. Paints tend to layer naturally, but you may need to “dab off” some color with a paper towel or rag if you want some light colorations like I was going for. I mixed in some colored pencil too, to create some darker areas to pop the ghosts out of their background.

Sandy Allnock Bokeh watercolor

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the 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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Day 6: Go for the Gold: Shiny Beeswax

 

I have to admit, I bought “Inka Gold” with NO clue what it was. And used it like any other paste – which did work. But then I discovered through some research, that a little goes a LONG way! Let’s get started on day six of Go for the Gold class!

Shiny Beeswax

The fact that beeswax comes in delicious shiny colors makes me wonder…what kind of bees are these? And can we have them make us more shiny crafty things?? In today’s lesson I’ll show you how I made a piece of Craftaboard look like metal – and how I colored a sled with Copics to look golden, too! Watch the video below, or check it out HERE in HD on YouTube!

I just love the contrast between the polished shine of the beeswax and the dull snowy look of the texture paste….things that provide that kind of contrast on a card make it interesting. Along with being a unique round shape, too!

Sandy Allnock Go for the Gold Round Shiny Beeswax

Bonus cards

On Periscope, we did a long coloring session! And in case you missed it, Kristina Werner joined in on the gold today with her lettering!

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And those Layering Trees from THIS popular post? Back in stock! The card on the left: Shimmering cardstock stamped in white then Delicata then embossed with Stampendous gold. On the right: Licorice cardstock stamped in white then Delicata. Both card bases were rubbed with Inka Gold.

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Your turn

We have one more day of class coming tomorrow…have you entered some student work in the Inlinkz gallery yet?

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the wording to go directly to the item. 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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MONSTER UNDER THE BED!?!? Action Wobbles Card

 

When I was a kid, I was SURE there was a monster under my bed. If the light was off, he’d reach out for my ankles, so I turned off the light and made a flying leap to my bed, to escape being grabbed. However – if the monster was THIS cute, I think I wouldn’t have worried!

Action Wobble Card: Monster Under the Bed!

This is a Copic-colored card, but the truly special part is how our little monster is sticking out from under the “bedspread”….this is one of those videos you need to see to believe. Enjoy it below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube!

I love how the bedspreadh came out looking like it’s quilted!

Sandy Allnock - Monster Under my Bed Action Wobble

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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Inchies, Twinchies, and ATCs! A surface to color

 

I’m a coloring nerd. You guys know that! And I’m always trying out stuff to see what else I can color on! Let’s take these Inchie Arts products on a test drive!

Inchies, Twinchies, and ATCs

I was blessed to be sent some products from Lisa over at Inchie Arts to use for a class at my LSS. The class never actually happened (insert big sad face!) – but does that stop me? Heck no! I had fun trying out different mediums on these twinchies (3×3) and ATCs (ATCs). You can easily pop these onto cards – or make other items out of them like I did. Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Why try out these products instead of cutting them out yourself? As you saw in the video, the surface is different from your regular papers. It’ll handle your mediums a bit differently. Copics sink into the soft surface and blend pretty nicely!

Sandy Allnock Purple Onion Twinchies

I tried my hand at some rough zentangling – I think I need to take a class! LOL! But I colored this one with pencils, and that worked great to blend with baby oil and a blending stump. The stamp is from Rubber Moon – Sunny Carvalho is the designer, I just love Sunny’s quirky style, it’s so unique! The class I almost taught was with this line of stamps…but alas, that didn’t happen. But big thanks to Rubber Moon for sending me some stamps to play with!

Sandy Allnock Twinchie Circle

And last but not least- I finally got to use my Waffle Flower Lotus stamp set! This one has been in my stash since they sent it to me a while back for the release (I used the shark that day – you gotta see that penny slider card if you missed that when it went live!). And the color scheme was in my head since I saw the set…and I’ve decided it’ll be the jumping off point to redecorate my bedroom and bathroom! This piece created with ATCs (turned sideways) and Clean Color Pens will be in my bathroom to inspire me to get busy on the renovation this fall – and I need to treat it with some of this product to make it waterproof first! I used this stamp set for the scripture.

Sandy Allnock ATC Waffle Flower Clean Color Pen

I hope you enjoyed this fun little test of these Inchies….I’d been looking for an open slot here on the blog to share them, as well as lots of the stamps shown. Note that these were all stamps sent to me by the manufacturers – I’m so grateful when companies share things for me to try out!

Bonus project

Woohoo, I found time to get it done! I have had these butterflies staring at me for so long – and when I saw the impressions made by the die I showed in the video – I got this one out! I diecut it several times, and then watercolored it…

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After watercoloring with my Holbein paints, I tapped a Versamark pad on it and dipped it in clear embossing powder and heat set it….then dipped it again while hot, reheated…and repeated the process til the whole piece had a nice thick and even coating!
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WINNER!

The winner of the Technique Tuesday Agapanthus stamp from THIS blog post: Patti Willey! Email me your info from my contact page and I’ll get your prize out to you! And patrons – your giveaway winner is posted on the patron wall.

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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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!

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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

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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!