Grinch Star Wars Mashup: The grinch who stole the death star

Grinch Star Wars Mashup: The grinch who stole the death star

 

Grinch. Star Wars. Mashup. What could be better to celebrate the release of Star Wars The Force Awakens!! And….. I HAVE A TICKET FOR TODAY! W00t!!!

Grinch Star Wars Mashup

Okay a little more to say – I painted this with Ph Martins Hydrus watercolors – then switched to Brusho for the sky! 🙂 It was 2-1/2 hours worth of filming, and didn’t include some breaks to let things dry; once the Hydrus dry, they’re permanent, which is especially great for layering colors, which I love to do. The brusho was a special touch to add that Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube – and go get your tickets!

And for Star Wars fans — I also created this little piece on Periscope yesterday….a Peanuts Star Wars mashup! 🙂

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One last thing to make your Friday…..a vlog came out this week! oh my, two weeks in a row, whatsoever shall we do?

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.

  1. Dr. Ph. Martin’s Hydrus Fine Art Liquid Watercolors, Set 1 , Set 2 , Set 3
  2. Colourcraft Brusho Crystal Colour Watercolors – Black
  3. Black Velvet Watercolor Brushes, Short Round 4 , Short Round 2 , Short Round 6 
  4. Ranger Distress Sprayer
  5. Fabriano Artistico paper
  6. Copic markers (for Peanuts piece) on Neenah 110
How to CASE a card (‘Inspired By’ Series #2)

How to CASE a card (‘Inspired By’ Series #2)

 

For today’s post I decided I wanted to try enough things that I was inspired by that I turned it into a gift pack! Multiple cards give you a chance to try comparing colors, size, scale, and impact to see what you like, all while coming out with great cards too. I’m excited to introduce you to Nikki too!  Affiliate links may used. Read more.

NikkisCard

Nikki, known as ScrappinNavyWife/NavyWifeScraps on a lot of social media (her links are below), sent me this sweet card. I loved a lot of things about it – 1) it’s smaller than a regular card, 8.5″ x 5″….2) black white and red combo, YUM! 3) the spritz of black made me think of dalmatians… 4) the layout with the kittywompus squares, yeah baby! I perused Nikki’s blog, and saw THIS CAS design she created with the MFT elves, so CUTE! Her hummingbird and flowers are stunning on THIS card…and how pretty are THESE pastel flowers? I also found THIS card she was inspired to make from my painting…wowsa! Thank you for inspiring me, Nikki!

Nikki on social: Blog / Instagram /Twitter
Nikki is NavyWifeScraps on Periscope, but has not broadcast.

How to CASE a card

I changed up some things, of course, since I don’t have that adorable apple die. I looked around to see what was in my stash; when my brain went “dalmation” I started looking for doggie dies, and then when I saw the elephants? Oh man. Dalmation elephants were going to be it. Da Bomb dot com. (And this would work great with Bubble Talk too!) Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The dimensions of Nikki’s card: 3.5 x 5; the layer panel is 1/2 inch shorter, which left more of the border color showing. These two cards match these dimensions, and both the small boxes are 2″ square.Sandy Allnock CASEsmallI also decided to try converting the design to an A2 sized card. That means the full card is 4-1/4 x 5-1/2, and the panel is 1/2 inch smaller – 3-3/4 x 5 inches.
Sandy Allnock CASElarge

If you CASE a card, try making multiples of variations on it. Then take those variations and make more variations. Eventually you may find something appear on your desk that has never been done before – just keep pushing the envelope!

If you’d like to submit a card for the next “inspired by” video – send a card with some kind of bird on it – it can be a holiday card or any kind of bird card. Send it by Nov 30th to my PO box: Sandy Allnock, PO Box 23395 , Federal Way WA 98093

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; 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.

24 Tags of Christmas 2015: Zentangle Birds

24 Tags of Christmas 2015: Zentangle Birds

Welcome to the 24 tags of Christmas series for 2015! I love putting this together each year. Well two years in a row at least! If you’d like to see last year’s day six tag, click HERE.

Zentangle Birds

Zentangle? Me? Oh man. I’ve been watching so many artists and crafters on instagram doing it, and I just had to give it a try. These birds from Prima couldn’t have been more perfect – all they needed after the zentangle was a little color – Brusho to the rescue! Check out the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

I hope you enjoyed the holiday music break! It helped me stay in the spirit as I edited….I’m so ready to tackle getting cards done next – I have soooooo many to get busy making! 🙂

Sandy Allnock 24 Tags Zentangle Birds

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Handmade is the best kind of giveaway! Each year I give away all of the tags made in the series – so there will be 24 winners! To sweeten the pot, I am giving a financial donation to 24 charities in the name of each of the winners – so they’re going to get to pick which charity they love most.  To qualify to win, leave a comment on this post with YOUR favorite charity, and a comment on the YT video each day all week. I’ll pick 12 from blog comments and 12 from YouTube comments, and announce them all on Sunday the 15th!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the 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.

 

Yupo Roundup: A few coloring mediums

Yupo Roundup: A few coloring mediums

PS Just this once, Hero Arts will be making more of the kits – this won’t happen in other months, but after we broke the internet, they wanted to reward you for your enthusiasm!  You’ll need to be patient since it’ll take some time to get them made again. Happy shopping!

 

After playing off and on for six months (yes, six months!)….I think I can finally nudge this post to the front. It’s too much fun to keep holding onto!

Yupo Roundup: A few coloring mediums

Sometimes I’m slow. Seriously slow. And Yupo? This is a paper that brought me to a halt! I’ve been working with it for months off and on, trying to decide if it’s a product that’ll work with cardmakers. And I was nearly ready to say yes, because all the techniques I’ve been learning and trying have been more fine-arts oriented. But I think I’ve got a few ideas baked enough that some of you daring folks are going to fall in love. And some of you non-daring folks are going to watch the alcohol inks and oooh and ahhh til you need some of this paper. I know, I know. Just saying. Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube. And then come on back for the cards made with the backgrounds I created!

Alcohol Inks

Alcohol inks have always been good on slick papers – but I like them just slightly more, if that’s possible, on Yupo. I’m working out ways to create some paintings with them, since the colors are so intense. Hang tight, more will be coming eventually! Be careful not to put Ranger’s alcohol blending solution in a mister – I’ve been told it has some things in it that would be awful if you inhaled any of it. But for the texture here, colorless blender worked.yupo alcohol

Copic Reinkers

Since Copic markers are alcohol-based, guess what? The reinkers are too! They also work with the same technique, drops on Yupo. Wait for it to dry a bit, and you can spray on some colorless blender in a mini mister for interesting effects.

Yupo Copic

Watercolor

I found that watercolor on Yupo is much softer in color, and all the brands I tried worked about the same. As I showed in the video, you can’t let watercolor pigment build up too much or you’ll end up with a sticky puddle…but here are cards made from the watercolor images I created during the video. This first one features removal of color with a brush to create flowers!

yupo flowers

I created this scene by layering colors – and being careful not to let pigment puddle too heavily.

yupo wc scene

One more? Sure! How about a leaf, traced from a real one? The color puddled up, and I dabbed it off – and created amazing texture. I removed the veins with a dry brush – very cool look, and I didn’t even have to put anything on the card. Beautiful just as is!yupo wc leaf

One last bit of watercolor – I just had to try Brusho! I dabbed color off, then set it out to dry – and didn’t even recognize the paper when I looked at it the next day! It’s almost a chalky surface – very cool! I stamped the sentiment and image – then used a damp brush to remove color from the egg…yes, what a cool thing this paper does, right!?yupo brusho

Stamping, Inking, and Copic Markers

Since I know someone will ask – more testing is still underway on a lot of our usual stamping and inking techniques. Soon I will have a Copic drawing (not stamped) that I did with Copic markers – it’ll be interesting to see how the marker goes on now that you’ve seen what’s in today’s video. But I held off on it til I had this post done, so I’d have something to point to for basic Yupo information. More will be coming on other techniques to use Yupo for.

All that said, with a few alcohol inks I blew through a full pad of Yupo. It’s that. much. fun.

Supplies

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

Faithbook Series 3: Brusho Grizzly Bear

Faithbook Series 3: Brusho Grizzly Bear

 

My Faithbook art journal pages might not be your typical art journal pages…but I. am. having. fun!

Brusho Grizzly Bear Painting

Ever since I started playing with Brusho a while back (see THIS POST if you need more product info), I knew there were amazing things to be done with it. Just seeing the Brusho Secrets website was enough to get me excited! I finally had to get this page underway, late one night when I couldn’t sleep; the hymn and the bear wouldn’t leave me alone til I completed it! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Fortunately I remembered to turn the camera on…because, you know, yeah. The number of times that I try something and didn’t expect it to turn out and it did? Hmm. Well, we all got lucky here!

Sandy Allnock - Brusho Grizzly Bear

And for anyone who’s upset that I added the lettering and journalling on top of my bear – remember that now I know how to paint a bear. I can go get a giant sheet of watercolor paper and paint a huge bear! Wouldn’t that be amazing!?

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.

Brusho Masking: Pin-sights Inspiration!

Brusho Masking: Pin-sights Inspiration!

I promised you more Brusho…here’s another idea! I was asked to provide a sample for this month’s Pinsights challenge (see details below in this post)….and the inspiration flowed!

Brusho Masking – without masking fluid!

One of the special features of watercolor powder is that it doesn’t actually turn into paint until it’s wet. I decided to use that property intentionally to create a one-layer card by just painting with water – it worked beautifully! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Wasn’t that just fun to watch the Brusho move within the watery areas – and leave the unpainted areas alone?

Sandy Allnock Brusho Masking close up

Pinsights Challenge

a44fe23ae25cec75fa1751d68a994d19My card was made for the The Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights challenge for September…and I thought the inspiration board was really interesting! It’s fun to see how someone chose colors and textures that went together, and pulled together a palette of colors from the items in the photographs.

You can join in too! The monthly Pinsights Challenge is based on a Pinterest-inspired photo, and the challenge is held on the CLASSroom blog. A random challenge participant will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson store! How awesome is that?  To be eligible, you MUST use Essentials by Ellen products and the photo at the right as inspiration. (see it larger over on their blog HERE.)  There will be an inlinkz on the challenge post where you can submit your entry!

50 Store Credit

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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