Joyful Heart Bears: Shading Maps

Joyful Heart Bears: Shading Maps

My Wednesday post arrived early….because MFT is releasing this sweet little Stacey Yacula stamp set and I couldn’t resist joining the party!

I’ve created shading maps for the three Joyful Heart Bears – with the light different for each of them. Soon there’ll be a new Casting Shadows class ready – and I’m hoping that class will explain shading in enough depth that people will start to internalize it! But….shading maps can help in the meantime….pin away! You can click on the image to enlarge it, but be sure to pin it from the smaller image so people on Pinterest can make their way here to see it.

I added backgrounds to each of my little colored stamps….this little guy is in his garden hugging and squeezing and loving! The sentiment is split – I stamped the left half, stamped the bear, then moved the card so I could add “with joy” at the end. I hope it reads “Everything about you reads my HEART with joy…?

This little bear was carrying a bucket full of hearts, so I put her in a heart orchard for picking them! I considered perhaps a strawberry-bed, which would also work with this stamp.

The little bear flying a balloon like a kite needed a big wide field to run in!

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Coloring skin with Copic Markers: Flaunt It!

Coloring skin with Copic Markers: Flaunt It!

Are you ready? It’s time for another Human Rainbow post! #thehumanrainbow is a little initiative I’ve attempted to help us all step out to try different ethnicities in our coloring (it hasn’t really taken hold, so help me out here! go golor some skin!)

Copic Coloring Skintones

For an exercise like#thehumanrainbow, this stamp is PERFECT. As are a lot of the Art Impressions people stamps! They’re drawn in such a way that you can really make ANY of them ANY ethnicity. Just fluff up some hair or emphasize one feature or another, and you’ve got YOU and your mixed group of lady friends on a card! Check out the video then come back here for some free downloads, ok?

Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Are you ready for a bunch of freebies? Let’s do it, girlfriends!Sandy Allnock - Flaunt It 2

FREEBIE #1: Square Easel Card

I worked out the measurements for the square easel card….you’re welcome!

square easel card measurements

FREEBIE #2: Skin Coloring chart

For CHA this year, I demo’d this stamp coloring, and provided a PDF to the customers who came by to visit. And guess what? YOU get the free pdf too! Download HERE.

FREEBIE #3: Shading maps!

Oh my heck yes! Go ahead and download them HERE. In the PDF, there are hyperlinks if you want to go see what the image looks like before it’s scribbled on!  If you’d like to purchase one and they’re out (a few were out last night when I checked!) then just sign up for notifications. For most companies, when you sign up it helps them know what the demand is so they know how many to order in.

And if you missed the Clearly Besotted Shading maps last month, click HERE.

shadingmaps AIFREEBIE #4: Periscopes!

For the next few days I’ll be hosting Periscope broadcasts to color more AI people. Hop on the app and join me! Links to download are on this page. And a bonus video for you, Periscope-related: during CHA I filmed the filming of a video – and at the end of this, you’ll see what the final video looked like!


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.

Shading Maps: Clearly Besotted January 2016

Shading Maps: Clearly Besotted January 2016

Hello there – and welcome to a new feature here on my blog…shading maps! (And be sure to come kick the tires on the new site!)

Shading Maps: Clearly Besotted January 2016 release

In some of the shading classes I taught last year, I create shading map handouts for my students – basically loosely sketching in the location of shadows on the stamps the students would be using for their class work. The handouts were crazy popular – and I thought it might be a fun feature to have here on the blog from time to time!

How often? It won’t be every release for every company, of course. As I’ve said before, I turn down offers to receive freebies on a regular basis, as 1) I just can’t use that many stamps (lol), and 2) buying my own stamps keeps me sharing what I love, not what I’m given! But sometimes I’ll say yes, and when I thought about using them as an opportunity to teach shading….I figured it’d be ok. You can click on the pdf and print it, then save it to cut into strips and slip into your stamp storage so you have it for reference.

I won’t be creating videos for all of these Shading Maps – but I did post one today, just to let my YT-only followers know about it. In the future I may just do a blog post like this one – showing you the shading maps plus a colored image from each set. Just coz I can’t stand to not color them up when they’re cute, right?

Okay okay. Now I’ll shaddup and you can check out the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube! Scroll down to get the link to the Shading Map pdf!

Some birdie loves you

The little birds and toucans in this set are very sweet lil tweeters. Check out photos of birds in the Amazonian jungle for ideas on colors!

Sandy Allnock CB birds

You’re Purrfect

The You’re Purrfect set has lots of kitties to color – so tiny, so darling!


Sandy Allnock CB purrfect


What could be cuter than puppy and kitty robots? SQUEEE!

Sandy Allnock CB minibots

Jump for joy

The little froggies in Jump for Joy will be cute for valentines, or for most any other theme. Add on a party hat or balloon from another set and dress them up!
Sandy Allnock CB jump for joy

Still a Hoot

Owls are back too, and dressed up for the new year – scarves, ties, and bows galore!

Sandy Allnock CB still a hoot

Love You Tons

And if anyone was afraid the elephant craze was over – fear not! You haven’t missed the boat. This one will be great for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards. And the shading maps? They work in watercolor, or any medium!
Sandy Allnock CB love you tons

Miniature Florals II

This flower set has some super tiny yet very detailed flowers – I thought they’d be perfect in colored pencil. I think I was right!

Sandy Allnock CB flowers

Free Shading Map Download

Click on the button to download your shading map – cut the sections apart and tuck them into your stamp storage for future reference! 🙂


I don’t know how regularly I’ll be doing these – but periodically at least, as I get permission and stamps to create these with. I don’t want to upset any stamp companies so I’ll need to get their ok to do it. Let me know in comments if there’s a line in particular you’d like to see a Map for!


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.

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