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Love Train: 3-color Pencil Card

 

Love Train: 3-color Pencil Card

I saw this little train set from Taylored Expressions and right away, wanted to color it with pencils. Since my technique is time consuming, backgrounds are challenging – but sweet little images are perfect for it! And I’m also showing how to make a pop-up sentiment…hope you enjoy the process! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The outside of the card is a simple one – two train cars, rolling down the track. Colors used: Spanish Orange, Pale Vermillion, Scarlet Lake.Open, the card has a fun dimensional sentiment peeking out…and a perfect spot between the train and the sign to write a little message!

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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Light-up card – with Chibitronics (and Lawn Fawn!)

Everyone’s been playing with these fun Chibitronics – it’s about time I did, too! Plus – a little birdie told me there’s a sale this week – buy a pack of LED Chibilights and get the Effects stickers for 50% off! I also heard this coming weekend Karolyn is prepping a video with the Effects stickers….I’ll link you up to that when it goes live! (I can’t wait to see it too!)

Light-up card – with Chibitronics (and Lawn Fawn!)

Chibitronics are a fun bit of “science” we can employ in crafting….creating a layer beneath our card front with circuits that “trigger” when a particular part of the card front is pressed. It looks harder than it is – I was scared at first, but it wasn’t so bad at all! Note that these are thick cards since you have to build up depth to keep the battery from being “on” all the time. Also, this isn’t inexpensive; but oh man. So worth it for some special cards! In addition to showing you the full main card (with the texting birds!), I made a couple others just to give you an idea of a few types of designs you can consider. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

NOTE: On these photos, I added light in photoshop, to indicate where the lights twinkle; to see them lighting up, refer to the end of the video.

Drive Me Wild Card

For this one, it involved diecutting the Little Town border die, and separating it to color the sky on the top half, and coloring the houses on the bottom half. I put them back together with scotch tape on the back, and re-installed the white doors and windows except for the 2nd story windows. Then I stamped the car and RV below, and colored them. Below is a photo of the pattern I used for the lights, ending with the battery underneath the RV.

Mad Professor

I colored this guy with my Copics, inspired by a physics professor from college – that man loved to blow things up! ha! I poked pinholes in a few random spots with a piercer, and added the Tropical lights to the electronic circuit shown below.

Deep Breath Card

This is one of my favorite birthday card stamp sets! I’ve never colored it this way but it was fun – I drew the corals, as well as creating that burning piece of paper hanging from a fishing hook! The Chibitronics learning: I made the little holes too close together, so I couldn’t fit five lights within that space. HOWEVER – when you look at them lit up, the two yellow and one red lights that are used show through those other two holes, making it APPEAR there are more lights there. So be strategic and you might get more light out of the pattern you choose!

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.

  • Chibitronics
    • Chibi Lights Starter Kit  —- http://salln.net/2iNQS37
    • Panasonic Lithium Battery, 5 pk —- http://salln.net/2igXjIw
    • Chibitronics Red, Yellow, Blue LED Circuit Stickers, 30 pk —- http://salln.net/2hY8GXZ
    • Chibitronics Tropical LED Circuit Stickers, 30 pk —- http://salln.net/2j9JAD6
    • Chibitronics White LED Circuit Stickers, 30 pk —- http://salln.net/2hWwokf
    • Chibitronics Copper Tape, 16 ft  —- http://salln.net/2iNStFT
  • Stamps
    • Lawn Fawn Clear Stamps, Love Letters —- http://salln.net/2igYE1X
    • Lawn Fawn Clear Stamps, Happy Trails —- http://salln.net/2j9CwX8
    • Paper Smooches Clear Stamps, Great Chemistry —- http://salln.net/2j9LJ1L
    • Art Impressions Cling Stamps, Deep Breath Birthday —- http://salln.net/2hY5yeP
  • Dies
    • Lawn Cuts Dies, Love Letters —- http://salln.net/2ih7z3o
    • Pretty Pink Posh Dies, Storybook 2 —- http://salln.net/2iGTuz8
    • Lawn Cuts Dies, Little Town Border —- http://salln.net/2jgHg1p
  • Neenah Cardstock — http://salln.net/1m4qGP6
  • Coloring:
    • Copic Markers — http://salln.net/1E8FctN
    • COPIC Multiliner Set Fine, Black, 4pc —- http://salln.net/2hWrRhK
    • Signo UniBall White Pen —- http://salln.net/2gLEv6z
  • Scotch Double-Sided Foam Mounting Tape —- http://salln.net/2igYIyJ
  • Memento Ink Pad, Tuxedo Black —- http://salln.net/2h4tHAP
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Spotted Puppy Slider Cards

Welcome to my MFT friends coming by for a visit – hope you brought a cup of tea or cocoa so we can sit down and have a visit! I’ll be snuggled on the sofa with this girl….she’s my rescue pup from Petfinder who brings me both chaos and joy! She loves her little brother Giallo like nothing else – you can follow them both HERE.

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Spotted Puppy Slider Cards

Today I’m sharing a couple really simple cards celebrating PLAY! (Hope you get some time to do that!) I colored the pups to look like my Vienna (see her pics below!)….and kept the designs simple. Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The other two cards are adorable and simple too! For this pup, I punched a heart and colored it pink – chopping off a corner and gluing it to my pup so it looks like he’s carrying it.sandy-allnock-spotted-puppy-slider

This pup is on a rollercoaster of a slider – and there are many other shapes of slider dies available. I’ve collected a few in the supply list in case you’re interested.sandy-allnock-puppy-slider-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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Easy Popup Penguin Card

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Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! I have a card to share today that’ll be great for all winter long. And the die is a fun and easy interactive one you can use all year long. Check out the interactive blog gallery for more ideas.

Popup Penguin Card

Lawn Fawn got me excited when they came out earlier in the year with the Stitched Hillside Popup Die – so so so so many possibilities! Today’s card is wintry with all the clean white cardstock, but just think how this would work with green cardstock, or a patterned paper with tiny flowers or little grass pattern. All kinds of fun hillside scenes, adding different stamps to it – lots of fun! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I kept the outside simple; and in order to keep color from seeping through from the outside to the inside by stamping the penguin directly on the card, I used one of the cut-out penguins along with a simple stamped sentiment.

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Here’s the overhead view of the card – the two pieces in the back attach to the card base so it all pops up perfectly.

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Lots of stamps will work with a pop-up die; I’ve got two sets with penguins (I listed them all for you in the supply list below) , but think of all the possibilities! I’m imagining grassy hillsides and so much more for other seasons!sandy-allnock-pop-up-penguin-card2

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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Popup Gift Card Holders

 

Christmas will be here SOOOOOON! Ack! And as I am travelling shortly – and personally delivering gifts for my family – gift cards can be the easiest thing to get through TSA. And these sweet cards can go through the mail easily too…they make a last-minute gift look well-planned! The coffee stamps here were sent to me by my friends at Sunny Studio Stamps.

Pop-up Gift Card Holder

Before I get going – I didn’t come up with this myself! Lyssa Zwolanek is an SU demo (her blog post is HERE, video HERE) – and she’s one of many who shared a tutorial that is easy peasy. I made my own adaptations to it based on supplies I have, so be sure to adapt using what you’ve got too! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

While I was making one, I went ahead and made two more in other colors. Cute huh? And so easy and fast!

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While I heat embossed the snowflakes, and watercolored the panels and layered them – feel free to just use some pretty patterned paper. That’ll make them even faster!
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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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Nativity Mini TryFold Christmas Card

 Nativity Mini TryFold Christmas Card

I’ve been making a bunch of these Mini TryFold Nativity cards for my Christmas stash…they’re beautiful and simple, very flat – and easy to color quickly! I stamped a bunch using the MISTI – once I had it set up I just kept stamping! Included in the video is an idea for making it easy – using just the droppers and not a palette. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I love the Hydrus watercolors for their intensity – and that they don’t “move” once you go over them with another color. But they also blend with other colors while wet, too. Best of both worlds!

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Color Chart for PhMartins Hydrus Watercolors

The three sets of 12 have different groups of colors – see which ones would work most with the kinds of images you color most.

Sandy Allnock Hydrus Chart

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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Sprinkled with Joy – interactive oven card

Sprinkled with Joy – interactive oven card

I’ve seen a bunch of videos on YouTube with these dies – and if you’re looking for ideas, definitely go do a search! There are two die sets that go with the oven stamps, and I’m using the “add on” set here in this video. And colored pencils. Watch the video below for construction tips… or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The oven itself is “inset” – since the outer panel is popped up on dimensional adhesive. That means the brad on the oven door won’t stick up like a big lump when mailed; and I find that if the whole card is evenly thick, sometimes they don’t charge the extra fee.sandy-allnock-sprinkled-with-joy-open-oven

I love adding surprise treats to the inside of a card, too!

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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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Lawn Fawn Jump for Joy! with Leafy Tree Backdrop

I love love love interactive cards….as well as inlaid die cards. So I decided to combine them – and be sure to scroll down to see the 2nd card too!

Jump for Joy!

Sometimes when I see a die or stamp set, I get an immediate idea for it – and this card was one of them! There are a lot of ways to use the two dies (horizontal and vertical ones) – lots of ways to make year-round cards by just changing up the colors! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Both die sets have the same arc to use with the tree (or to use as a hillside!)….and each one has one of the leaves with several points as well as one of the simpler shapes. So getting just one die set would mean you have two different types of leaves. (Going #fullsetsyndrome like me means you have four leaf shapes!)sandy-allnock-leavy-backdrop-portraitThe landscape (horizontal) oriented die makes equally cute cards – this version of the card uses the die cut leaves at the bottom rather than the stamped leaves.

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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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Dogpile! Art Impressions stackers n sliders

 

Did you know it’s take dog to work day?? Wishing I had one right now…my studio misses having a pooch around!

Watercolor Stacker/Slider Cards

I’ve been wanting to play with these “stackers” from Art Impressions – there are five in the collection (see links at the bottom of this post, and you’ll see them in photos too.) They can be used separately from the slider die – but they’re fun to use in different ways to make a card interactive. Watch the video below or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

My dogs were painted with Daniel Smith paints – and I made a little chart with the browns I own – these aren’t by any means all the animal browns and golds, but if you’ve been wondering what kinds of browns to try, here’s my swatchcard. If you want to try them out (these pictures are never totally accurate), you might get one of the Daniel Smith dot sheets to try out all the colors yourself.
Sandy Allnock comparing DS browns

Sandy Allnock Five Stacker Cards

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.