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Sneak Peek at June Ellen Hutson Release! (Plus ONE of TWO new classes!)

 

Hello friends! I’m over at the Ellen Hutson channel today with a sneak peek at Sunday’s release – with some Distress Oxide inking tips! And peeks at what’s coming up on my channel and hers on Sunday!

New Drawing Class!

I’ve made the Drawing MiniCourse live – so enjoy getting started if you’ve taken Drawing 101! It’s a fundraiser class, and each quarter I’ll be making a donation of 25% of proceeds to charities preserving these animals and their habitats! See the trailer video below, and the class over HERE at Art-Classes!

NOTE: Tomorrow is the opening day for Colored Pencil Jumpstart, the preclassroom will hopefully (gasp!) be ready by tomorrow morning. You’ll be able to sign up and start shopping for supplies and getting hex charts colored in for a while til I get all the lesson videos finished up! Hex Charts for Primacolor, Luminance, and Polychromos will be here on this blog as soon as I can get them set up – sometime during the day today!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s Copic project. Compensated 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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Create a 6-pack of panda cards

Create a 6-pack of panda cards

Clean and simple…and CUTE! I saw the darling panda set from Flora and Fauna and wanted to play with it; sometimes there are sets of stamps that seem rather random but once you put different stamps together – they are so stinking cute. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

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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WCMD#2: Spooktacular Splatter Coloring for Halloween

Are you just popping in for WCMD? I’m posting videos every three hours to celebrate “our” holiday…celebrate with me by posting your creation inspired by one of these videos, and tagging me on Instagram, Facebook, or link up your blog in a comment on one of today’s posts – I’ll be sending my halloween cards to participants!

Spooktacular Splatter Coloring for Halloween

Sometimes you just stumble on an idea…and it’s perfect for that stamp set. This one? Yep. That happened! I began thinking I was going to distress the edges and then color in the image. It’s not in the voiceover, but when I put the Antique Linen ink on in that first swoosh, I thought….oh. no. I thought I had a lighter ink picked out! Whoops! But since I had already put the ink down, I decided to plow on and see what would come of it. And Wow – this worked! More info below the video…..Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

A note about this Bristol – I just now saw, as I was writing this post, that this particular bristol is retiring. Phooooooey! That’s what I get for letting it sit on the shelf. But if you’re a Distress Ink afficionado, you likely know what paper will work here. I also added the Strathmore Bristol to the list below and am ordering a pack to see if it works the same as this other Bristol that I used.

You may also have noticed a new white spray bottle peek into the frame – that’s my new Tonic Nuvo bottles. I’m playing with that vs my Distress bottle, to see which I like better….so far this Tonic gives me a really helpful fine mist, but I’ll reserve judgement to try it with more projects, and will eventually let ya know.

Giveaway!

Don’t forget the giveaway – participate by creating a card inspired in some way by one of today’s videos, and upload it using #wcmdwithsandy ! I have 18 cards to send out to random folks! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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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Everything’s Cuter in a Jar! Masking Tips

Can I just say I’m ecstatic to have another sized jar? I’ve been using THIS one for a while…but now more things fit in a jar since we have this cute little chubby jar!

Everything’s Cuter in a Jar! Masking Tips

Today’s video isn’t a coloring one – but so many have been asking for more info on masking that I thought I’d show a few examples. These aren’t tips with fluids (see this post for a test of liquid friskets) – but with sticky notes and masking tapes. And of course adorable Lawn Fawn images – see the supply list for all the sets shown. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The stamp set comes with a group of pre-masked jellybeans – I’ve added smileys to them:

You can also make your own bean arrangement, add labels – lots of options.

When I saw the fat jar, I checked right away to see if the sloth would fit – and it did!

And a few others – Baah Humbug (upper left), Sewn with love (upper right), Out of this World (lower left) and Meow You Doin (lower right).

These are a few of the jars I’ve created in the past – the tall jar is from Bugs and kisses, and I put the owls into the Gumball from Sweet Smiles!

And for those who read the words on my posts (there are a few of ya!)…check this out. Use the “forgot pw” link at login…then read the blog post. 🙂

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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Critter Clan – Doodle Coloring

Happy March, friends! I’m Sandy Allnock, coloring addict….back with another video for you this month! Before I get started – I want to address what you might be thinking: I don’t see color in this picture. It’s not coloring! Well, technically, black is the absence of color, and white is ALL colors of the spectrum. So even though I’m coloring by doodling – there’s more color here than you might have guessed!

These cards are also clean and simple – they make for a quick card but really cute, and still have your love poured into them. Check out the video for tips on how I created these sweet cards using Critter Clan!

Doesn’t that make you want to get out a pen and start doodling? It’s so relaxing to just mindlessly fill in patterns. Think of all the cute MFT stamps you can use to apply this technique!

I think the horse is my favorite – he’s got the most spaces to fill in with the doodling. You could do his entire body and leave his mane and tail white, or just use different textures and intensities to create a difference between them.

And then…there’s the little fox. I have a special place in my heart for any fox, know what I mean? This little guy is so sweet, and I’ll be getting out my Copics to color him over on Instagram today – so be sure to pop over and see him!

One of the best parts of this kind of a technique – you can get your stamping done, then take any black pen and hit the road to doodle at baseball practice, or while waiting in the car, anytime you have a few minutes to just doodle! I hope you try playing with simple sketching skills, and add a little fun to some of your stamps!

See you next month – or over on my blog! (psssst I’m going to be having a ninja battle over there soon. #justsaying LOL!)

Supplies

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Zentangle Stamped Octopi

 

Zentangle Stamped Octopi

This might be one of my easiest cards created in a long time – woohoo! It may not look like it but this only took 20 minutes start to finish. Well aside from coming up with the idea! ha! It’s an inexpensive little stamp set that packs a punch when you use it this way. Enjoy the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

Pro Tip

In #dontdowhatidid news….I bought a refill for my New Moon ink pad. Or so I thought. I happily reinked my pad and stamped this card. Then stamped a bunch of images to color with my Copics….which is when I discovered I purchased a PIGMENT ink refill. Whoops! Now I have a New Moon pigment pad. LOL. So….watch for that when purchasing!

MLK Day: Celebrate The Human Rainbow

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr Day, I’ll be posting “human rainbow” pieces on Instagram! If you’d like to join in, use the hashtag #thehumanrainbow on your pieces and check out everyone else’s. Need ideas for colors or ways to create ethnic card images? Check out my Human Rainbow playlist!

An MLK quote I’m enamored of lately: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

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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Panda Snake: Doodling for kids of all ages (with free downloadable)

 

A few months ago I picked up a fun book by the oh-so-talented Stephanie Corfee (see her blog)….and I thought one of the exercises in it would be fabulous for my crafty friends with kids who are home for the holidays – and underfoot! ha!

Panda Snake: Doodling for kids of all ages

“The Connect Two Zoo” is just one of many exercises in Creative Doodling and Beyond – and it is the “game” I’m showing you today. First, have your kids write out 50 animals. (That ought to keep them busy a while!) Number them. Then randomly pick numbers – maybe even have the kids create slips of paper to pull out of a hat. (Another thing to keep them occupied!) Then do a mash-up drawing of both animals as one fantasy creature! In the video I give you tips to help the kids figure out what each animal looks like…this can help little ones learn how to google, too! And finally, I’ll show you my process for the panda snake drawing. Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

There are SO many fun excercises in Stephanie’s book – check out just a couple of mine:sandy-allnock-doodling

Free Download

I thought some folks might want to color this page….enjoy it in JPG or PDF form!

downloadable

Art Supply Sale!

If you want to snag some goodies for YOU with that expected “Christmas money”…..at Dick Blick, with promo code CEEZ, you get 15% off non-sale orders of $69 or more, 20% off of non-sale orders of $99 or more, and free shipping on orders of $45 or more. (Exclusions apply.) Offer ends midnight (CST) on 12/24/16.

Supplies shown today in the video….(compensated affiliate links used, Read more):

And a tiny peek into what lept in my cart last night – these are a few of the treats I’m buying myself. And with my (huge) grand total, I saved almost $75 using the coupon code! (Don’t dare do the reverse math to figure out my total…it’s embarrassing what I spend on fun art supplies!)

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Tips for Masking Complex Scenes

 

Masking Complex Scenes

One of the questions I see a lot is about masking – which image gets stamped first? How do you know? Is there even an easy way to set up a scene? In today’s video I show you how to do these things with four different cards, and while there’s no coloring of them – you can see the scenes develop in the stamping phase! I filmed the stamping before leaving on my recent trip, then added the colored cards while I was hotel-bloggin’! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The coloring on my cards is, well, a bit over the top. You certainly don’t NEED to do full backgrounds if you stamp complex scenes! Lots of these would be great as CAS images – simply centered on the card with the images colored. But….yeah, I kinda needed to get a little crazy with these 🙂

Sandy Allnock Masking Ogre Scenes

Sandy Allnock Masking Viking Scenes

Sandy Allnock Masking Witch Scenes

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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Distress Crayon Playtime

Quick note: I moved up the date for this post when saw the sale on all WOW brand products – coupon code WOWsale , 25% off through tomorrow 6/18! Just in case you need some WOW in your life, get it while it’s discounted. 🙂 Check out Julie’s overview video HERE that shows you all the goodies.

After my distress crayon review (HERE), I had a lot of requests for ideas to use them in cardmaking…just not as Monet. 🙂 What, you guys aren’t going to do impressionist art? *grin* Okay let’s get rolling!

Distress Crayon Playtime

I started thinking backgrounds first. And since I was also trying to channel Tim – because these are his crayons – I got out some of his background stamps too. I played around with both non-embossed and gold- and silver-embossed, and both worked….but I really did like the shiny powders. And the baby wipes! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I hadn’t ever done ombré embossing before….I’m sure someone has, but I was sure having fun with it!Sandy Allnock Distress Crayon 2 Sandy Allnock Distress Crayon 1

Sandy Allnock Distress Crayon 4

Sandy Allnock Distress Crayon 3

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the listed items to go directly to it. 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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Comparison: Distress Crayons, Oil Pastels, and Gelatos

Happy Monday, friends! I have two treats for you – long-awaited ones…..check out both all THREE videos!

Magical Monday: Water Lilies

Quite a long while ago I created a card inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night….and I asked way back then what artist to tackle next. And I am finally getting around to Monet!The piece isn’t a replica of one of his paintings, but I did create an impressionist scene inspired by his style and a photo of the Claude Monet Foundation lily pond. It was way harder than I expected! I did like it enough to make it available as a print in my Society6 store HERE.

As soon as I saw Tim demoing the Distress Crayons at CHA, I knew I was going to try this with the medium- and I want to say a huge thanks to Tim for sending the crayons along to me!  Watch the video below or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

Product Comparison

I’ve received so many questions on these crayons – how to they compare to the Prima Oil Pastels, and to Gelatos. I had to go buy a couple Gelatos just to run the test…you’re welcome! 🙂  I don’t have a definitive opinion about which I prefer….for different uses, each one has its place. Hopefully seeing a few of the properties of these will help you decide which is right for your project! Watch the video below or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

Below are the charts seen in the video…pin to your heart’s content. 🙂

Sandy Allnock - Distress Crayons chart Sandy Allnock - Prima Oil Pastels chart Sandy Allnock - Distress Crayon Comparison chart

A little news…

My friend May is excited about her new button line (which I featured in THIS video) – and I wanted to let you know her products are now available at Ellen Hutson. And only there so far…if you’ve been waiting to support May, now’s your chance! I’m so proud of her!

BONUS!

By popular demand, all over the place, a card background with Distress Crayons. This is on my 2nd channel, by the way – I share some kind of random stuff there. 🙂

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.