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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

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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

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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

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Choose your flavor: Lawn Fawn So Smooth

A smoothie would totally start your week off on a good foot….feel free to go make one before reading on! (You might get hungry!)

Choose your flavor: Lawn Fawn So Smooth

Lawn Fawn did it again. Made me buy a stamp set because I just “saw” a card using it when I caught just a sneak peek of the stamp set again! (Am I alone in this!?) I knew I was going to make an interactive card, but — I did have some things to work out as I went. I even included footage of part that showed my error in construction, in case it helps you next time you’ve colored and cut something out only to say, “Whoops!” Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The spinner reveals all four flavors….banana, strawberry, blueberry, and mixed!

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If you didn’t get a smoothie yet – I hereby give you permission to go to your favorite smoothie place during coffee break at work. Tell them “Sandy said.” (Mine is Emerald Smoothie – I’m headed over there this morning for sure!)

Supplies

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Pull-Tab Slider Card, Hero Arts bloghop

I think my regular readers know…I just love interactive cards. Maybe I missed my calling as a paper engineer? Ok maybe not. #keepingmydayjob! Scroll down for bloghop and giveaway details!

Pull Tab Slider Cards

The Hero Arts summer release is chock FULL of travel imagery. The two sets used to make the main card in this video (Road Trip and On the Road) work really well together – cars, roads scenes, signs, lots of fun. They’re great for planning your summer camping trip…but can also make a fun card! Later on in this post is a list of city- and region-specific stamps in case you live in one of those places – or are visiting one this summer. (I’ll be JEALOUS!) Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I used the same two stamp sets (listed at the end of the post) to make a southwest-themed card, too. Same construction though, except using four brads to attach both vehicles onto.Sandy Allnock - Pull Tab Slider Card2

I also created a little version of a pulltab card with the Seattle set – since I live here I couldn’t resist!

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In the supply list below I’m including not only the stamps I used here, but the other cities – just to save you some time knowing what’s out there. The wood stamps are aDORBs. I’m not usually one who likes those kinds of stamps because they don’t usually get designed to color. But I’ll be using the Seattle “destination” wood stamp for sure too.

Bloghop

As mentioned – I’m part of the bloghop with Hero today. I’m way out at the end of the list – if you want to start at the top of the hop, the Hero Arts site is where to go. Your next stop is Teri Anderson. She has talent packed into everything she creates, so hop on!

Hero will be giving away three $25 shopping sprees (so you’re safe to shop now if you want to get things before they run out and pick up something else later!) drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Please comment by Sunday, May 15 at 11:59pm PT and they’ll announce the winner next week.

Supplies

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Liquid Metal Petals

A number of you asked about the metallics – here you go!

Liquid Metal Petals

The video for today is super short – travel season is coming and I wanted to get this one out quick! I’ll be teaching with the Liquid Metals and Colorburst, so I figured it’s a perfect time to get this out there to those who can’t be there. (This is NOT what is being taught in class, but you can sorta play along with your own project!) Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

There’s a video coming soon with a painting created using these metals with a little Colorburst – I was disappointed there was no shimmer left at all in the painting. Bummer! So if you find you’re not getting this much shine, just use less of other products. Or put drops of this on top of whatever you’ve already got going on.

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The chart of all the Colorburst colors…

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Supplies

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Mini Tryfold Cards

 

I’ve liked the full-size TryFolds before – but they were a bit hard to figure out how to do the stamping…the minis? Oh man. Easy peasy!

Mini TryFold Cards

There are a couple designs in these mini try folds….I love being able to peek “into” the card from the front and get a preview of the images inside. And I thought it would be hard – but paired with the MISTI, it was a total piece of cake! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I painted these with my Daniel Smith watercolors – but you can easily use whatever kinds of paints you’ve got at home. For paper, I used the Arches Rough – and some folks find the “regular” cold press or the smoothest hot press to be easier to stamp on.

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I also gave you a peek at the Garden Window set  – there’s also a sweet set called Hello Friend that I want to try!
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Know that if you want to use Copics you might want to use the 110lb cardstock – don’t get overly heavy with your coloring and it may not bleed through at all 🙂 But I used my pencils for the window card.

Supplies

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Spinning Wheel Card – Earth Day 2016

Happy Earth Day! Every time this rolls around I remember being so excited as a kid. I never understood why we didn’t get the day off school if it was a holiday – but I did win the contest for best art poster in the 1970. I even still have the ribbon! 🙂

Spinning Wheel Card/Wheel Pivot Card

For Earth Day – how about little critters who love to move “earth”?? I saw a project in a book on mixed media projects that used a pivot wheel like this card does; the mechanism they used wasn’t anything like this, but the idea was so fun I had to try it! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Prairie Dog Facts

  • Black-tailed prairie dogs once numbered in the hundreds of millions – maybe even over a billion – and were possibly the most abundant mammal in North America. Their numbers have decreased by over 95%. Today, they may number around 10-20 million.
  • Their entire mating season is just an hour long. They actually mate just once a year, in early winter. Females go into estrus for a single hour. They then have litters of three to eight pups—usually only half of which survive their first year.
  • The tunnels, or coteries, contain separate “rooms” for sleeping, rearing young, storing food and eliminating waste.
  • Prairie dogs are very social and live in closely-knit family groups called “coteries.” Coteries usually contain an adult male, one or more adult females and their young offspring. These coteries are grouped together into wards (or neighborhoods) and several wards make up a colony or town.

All the little prairie dogs in the Got Your Back set are so stinking cute!

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Sandy Allnock Spinning Wheel Card inside

Giveaway for Earth Day!

Below is a list of just some of the earth-related charities I’ve given to over the years, and will make a $100 donation tonight to whichever one gets the most mentions in the comments both here and on today’s YouTube video by the end of the day. Or add another charity by commenting with the name of that one. Scroll through and pick one for YOU to go give a few bucks to as well! 🙂

Supplies

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Scratch-off Lottery Birthday Card

I think the internet was playing a belated April Fools joke on me?? I reuploaded the video and it works now!) I’m re-sending this to subscribers…you may get it yet one more time, my mail program is giving me fits. But please – no need to keep emailing about the messed up post, I can’t keep up with replies.

Scratch-off Lottery Birthday Card

Sometimes a card just HAS to make you laugh. You are going to want to see this so you catch the “winnings” under the scratch-offs! Oh my. Women “of a certain age” will totally get this! Of course you could always stamp other sentiments underneath those little scratchoffs, or put little images, or even write in your own custom words. Much fun to be had! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

There are a number of funny stamps you can pair with a card like this. I turned, of course, to Art Impressions!Sandy Allnock Scratch Off Card lottery

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the listed items to go directly to it. 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.