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Thinking through a scene: teacher thank you card

A note before we get started: I’ve been trying to fix some things on my new classes website…if you’ve been trying to make purchases and getting frustrated, I hear ya! It appears it mostly works again, though still multiple purchases don’t seem possible in one transaction, but I’m working at it. Hang tight, thanks!

 

Teacher Thank You Card

Lots of folks ask how I come up with a scene – so in today’s video, while you watch the coloring, I just chat about it a bit. What I’m thinking, why some things end up here or there. It feels a little random – and I apologize for the weird color that the video descends into by the end, oy! Anyway – hope it helps! 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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Pretty Pink Posh bloghop: Friends Forever

Welcome to my stop on the bloghop- you should have come from Shannon McComb’s blog! I’m the very very last….maybe the very very nearly best? I can say that since I’m typing this before my post goes live….I’m betting by knowing the names ahead of me, there’s tons of talent in this hop!

Pretty Pink Posh bloghop: Friends Forever

The Human Rainbow is my little initiative here on the interwebs to get a little diversity out there into crafty land. Today’s card celebrates the variety of kiddos – in a school! I’m using Friends Forever….love these cute little peeps!Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

It doesn’t have to be hard to set a “scene” – a simple brown frame filled with green makes an easy chalkboard!

Bloghop

  • PRIZES! There are 4 $25 gift certificates up for grabs (two winners each day, yesterday + today). Winners will be picked randomly along the blog hop. Comments must be left by 11:59 PM PST on 3/17/2017. Winners will be announced on the PPP blog.

These are the amazing talents in the hop….be sure to go visit each one! 

Coming this weekend

Be sure to come back tomorrow for a visit….it’s Watercolor Weekend, and I’ve got some treats for you! Including a LIVE broadcast on YouTube on Sunday at 1pm. Well, if I can figure out how. LOL. Coz, technology is a thing. Bring your watercolor questions!

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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Magical Monday: Warm and Toasty Hello

 

Magical Monday: Warm and Toasty Hello

Everyone is crazy busy – so today, I wanted to send out just a happy QUICK hello so you can get back to your holiday festivities! It’s a stamp from Stamp Anniething – they sent me a few stamps earlier this year, and this little gal os so sweet and ready for Christmas, don’t you think? Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Depending on colors used in the sky, you could make them really intense and a deep night sky – it’s a great technique for an aurora borealis! :0) Plus – I’m adding this one to #thehumanrainbow playlist with all the adaptations I did to her hair 🙂

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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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Color your friends! #thehumanrainbow

Please scroll down to read about my fundraiser for Baton Rouge.

Color your friends! #thehumanrainbow

You know I love varying skintones and hair on stamps, right? I saw this darling little stamp set from The Greeting Farm and thought it’d be a perfect card to try a bunch of them on one card. They were masked out using my MISTI first – dog and cat first, then blondie and the gal with the hat, then the other two….adding masks to cover each one after it was stamped. Then the coloring ensued! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Here’s the promised shading map….feel free to pin it or print it for future reference! There are more shading maps HERE for other stamps.
Sandy Allnock TGF shadingmap

And my patrons got to see the clothing portion of the coloring, in real time….each month the $10+ patrons get to see a video that is only available to them. 🙂 I’m so grateful to have that team of supporters standing with me! Love you guys!

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.

Baton Rouge Fundraiser

Even though I’ve been traveling, I’ve kept up a little on news – and the flooding in Louisiana has just broken my heart. So much so that I want to do something to help. And I’d like to partner with YOU to do so.

I’m going to donate ALL proceeds through this weekend on the “Ciara’s Friends” digistamps to the Red Cross to assist the victims. PLUS I will personally match dollar for dollar every bit of it.

That includes sales all week on these same digital stamps – so far that’s $219.oo. And I’m matching that. Please consider helping out too, and get a few digistamps to practice your own coloring. Please share with your coloring-loving friends…let’s help out our fellow citizens who are going through so much right now! Here are the stamps:

  1. Ciara and Sandy (this one set is not new – it was in the store for a while.)
  2. Ciara and Penny
  3. Trig and Skyler
  4. Tai and Lisa
  5. Snoopy and Steve
  6. Skyedog and Kari
  7. Oliver and Shayla
  8. Cupcake and her toys
  9. Mr Fuzz and Jack
  10. Alvin and Julie
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Color all the stamps! #thehumanrainbow

I was tickled to see these little Onesies – little people – in the Clearly Besotted release for this month, sent to me graciously by Stephanie. I’ve been wanting to do another Human Rainbow video – so here we go!

Color all the stamps! #thehumanrainbow

TheHumanRainbow is a little one-woman campaign to bring some diversity to our coloring. In our little cardmaking world, it’s just one way I can contribute to our national efforts to unify our country and celebrate the many colors we all come in! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Sometimes I’m a little shocked at how many markers end up out when I get done. LOL. I used 37 (GASP!) markers to color this card…don’t be intimidated, you wouldn’t need nearly that many. Maybe 33. 🙂 Sandy Allnock 37 markers

These little kiddos are cute to color one at a time – or a bunch at a time. Whatever works for you!Sandy Allnock thehumanrainbow

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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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.
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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!

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.

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Transforming Ethnicity – #thehumanrainbow

Today you can watch the transformation of a stamp from one ethnicity to another! I had colored this in a class, and then shared it on Instagram later – and so many people wanted to see it happen that I made a video. You’re welcome!

Transforming Twirl Anya

As you may know if you’re a follower, I’ve been encouraging people to start coloring their stamps in different ethnicities. The craft world can do our little part to contribute to the beautiful diversity around us if we try! In today’s video I’ll show you how you can take a stamp like Twirl Anya and change her from the way she’s usually colored – a little caucasian gal – to a darling girl with deep skin and ringlets in her hair! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

There are many stamps you can transform in similar ways; simply ink them up and “wipe” the lines of hair off with a babywipe or absorber before stamping. You can draw in your own hair! Or do as I did in this one, hiding the lines of the hair within dark lines for the ringlets.

Sandy Allnock - Twirl Anya Tranformation

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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Magical Monday: Adventure Calls (Colored Pencil)

 

My trip is over and I’m heading to the airport as this post goes live….I’ll be missing my family and my students both! It was a great time of rejuvenation, laughter, food, creativity – and now it’s time to get back to regular crazy life! So I figured this stamp designed by the amazing Birdie Brown would be just perfect.

Magical Monday in Prismacolor Pencil

In college, I cut my illustration teeth on colored pencil (you can see some of that work HERE)…and I don’t seem to get them out very often anymore. Mostly because it takes me so much longer to color with them than with my other mediums – thus no magical background on my image today! lol. I honestly did consider it….but I shot this before leaving for my trip, and was a little frantic, so that wasn’t going to fit into the #ohmygoshihaventstartedpackingyet schedule. (I also chose NOT to do the Magic Colored Pencil technique this time…and just leave the fun paper texture in!)

Enjoy the video below anyway – or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube!

The bunny in the stamp set is separate from the girl – so I had to do a little masking to put his ear in her hand so she could drag him to the airport with her.

And as you can also see, this stamped image can be added to #thehumanrainbow campaign on Instagram, wahoo! No need to limit ourselves to only Copics to shine a light on the diversity of the human race…it can be created with any medium!

And while I’m talking about the hashtag campaign – you just have to see THIS one by Maggie….it made me giggle! Gnomes are people too!

Note about pencil sharpeners: I’m still hunting the perfect sharpener for you all…..but what I’m finding is that a lot of the “auto-stops” on the sharpeners just don’t stop. They eat your pencil instead. Major bummer! But I’ve been buying sharpeners. A lot of them. I’ve told you about my amazing Panasonic that I’ve had since college – and it still works like a charm – but it seems to be out of production – though there are some used ones HERE and I’m telling you, I’ve had mine since college (read: Dark Ages), so it’s possible these sharpeners are still FABulous, and reasonably priced. I actually own two – I bought my second just in case the first ever died. And no, I’m not giving it up, LOL. Stay tuned as my budget allows and I’ll find one. #iamdetermined!

Sandy Allnock - Adventure Calls - Prismacolor

And I know lots of you have been waiting for a good pencil tutorial – stay tuned. I did just purchase the entire collection of 150 pencils (wheeeeeeeeeeeee!) so I’ll get to do some playing. (I had bought my previous collection in college, and wanted to be certain the colors I have are current when I use them.)

Special cards needed

I was so saddened to hear that Heidi Swapp lost her second-oldest son a few days ago. At a conference just a few months ago, Heidi gave the keynote, and she spoke so cheerfully and lovingly of her family and shared lots of photos with us. Picturing the anguish that her happy soul must be going through….oh my heart just breaks for her! I’m happy to see that the people at Persnickety Prints are collecting cards for her – please consider sending her something beautiful in the mail.

Heidi

Edited to add: Winner! Mendi Yoshikawa is the winner of the Inktense pencils from last week’s giveaway!

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.

Thanks for visiting me today!

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How to color ethnic skintones: #thehumanrainbow

 

Today’s skintone tutorial is a tribute, following a weekend of funerals for the souls lost in the church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. The sadness over this tragic loss is so deep, yet it has been such a blessing to see the love and forgiveness expressed by those who would understandably have been so angry; I’m inspired by their reaction, and I hope many more are as well. We can all use a little more unity!

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Photo from National Geographic – read the story here.

Coloring ethnic skintones in Copic marker

I’ve been wishing I could do something to change things – and realized that I do have a tiny bully-pulpit that I can use…not to lecture, but to encourage! In our crafty world, I can continue to share diversity in coloring…and ask others to join me. If we can help to change something as small as the colors we choose to use on cards – maybe we can have our own little impact on the world around us! Read more about my hashtag campaign later in this post.

Today’s skintone video is also in answer to many requests….I’m glad to know lots of folks actually do want to learn how to bring some diversity into their coloring. When I bought the Photo Bomb stamp set a while ago, I knew it was going to be perfect for a post like this. I also finally wanted to do a magic acetate card…they were popular years ago and I had never made one back then, so I finally got around to it! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

If you’d like to print up your own blank sheet for reference….feel free to download below! I’m also adding the chart to my store HERE in the FREE section, so if you see it there – it’s the same thing as here, except the store has a ZIP file (which means you need to download it to a computer or to dropbox so it can expand it.) If you’re on a smart device (phone or tablet) you might like to download them below:

  1. Human Rainbow Blank (no Copic numbers in the hexagons)
  2. Human Rainbow Numbered (suggested numbers in the hexagons)

#thehumanrainbow project

So let’s see if we can start a mini-revolotion and begin including more ethnicities in our coloring of stamped images! I’ve already contributed to a hashtag #copicskin before (click HERE to see the whole hashtag),  but that’s just for Copic marker work…there’s a very small collection under #thehumanrainbow, and I think we could add a lot to it! Post pics of your creations, or photos of your group of multiethnic friends, or anything that helps to bring a little skincolor diversity to our world!

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’ll consider adding to #thehumanrainbow!

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Gimme some skin! #copicskin colormatching

Skintone video, YES! This one is the completing the coloring of Hope, the Prima Bloom Girl…it’s in parts, spread months apart.

 

In the past month, I asked people to post pics on Instagram for me to do color-matching with skintones. I then looked for images that looked at least a little like the person, and created these fun comparisons below. Go to Instagram and search the #copicskin hashtag – as well as following me – and pick up a few options for colors. There seems to be an infinite variety of color combos, so get creative with your selections!

Copicskin1
Mypinkmexico’s kiddos are lit very differently, but I gave it a shot: girl – YR000 E93 V20 boy – E00 E21 BV00
Copicskin2
Chitra01 – R0000 R000 E70
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chelacreates – YR000 YR31 E31 E25

 

Copicskin3
queenpreneur – E93 E53 YR27, then edded some R85 and R83 to add the pinkishness back in

 

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i2bz2w8 YR30 E21 E23

 

lorispedofox - R00 RV000 V12 V93 - though the lighting is very harsh, this could be wrong!
lorispedofox – R00 RV000 V12 V93 – though the lighting is very harsh, this could be wrong!
lia_lt's nephew: E01 E00 R11 E93 BV000
lia_lt’s nephew: E01 E00 R11 E93 BV000
scheeenny - YR000 E01 V20
scheeenny – YR000 E01 V20
mzdanajoy - E51 E53 E55
mzdanajoy – E51 E53 E55
jennshurkus - E000 E11 RV01 RV93 + Freckles RV93
jennshurkus – E000 E11 RV01 RV93 + Freckles RV93
1busyb - E00 E33 V93 R11 R000
1busyb – E00 E33 V93 R11 R000

To everyone who is pictured as a colormatch here: send me your address and I’ll send you the stamped image as promised! (Contact me link is in the menu bar on the blog.) I’ll be posting the colormatch lists onto these Instagram photos, so they’ll be there for future reference (search #copicskin); if more people post photos, I may (or may not) choose to do a colormatch…and only the ones in this post that were sent in time are included in the giveaway of these colored images. Others would just be for fun!

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