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Stamped Watercolor Cards – The Stamp Market

Stamped Watercolor Cards

My ode to the fantastic Debby Hughes – she dared to paint on stamps with watercolor, and that led me to explore! See a few experiments, then go try some of your own! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

This creates such a pretty floral design…

But the fun graphical hexagons? Yeah, baby! I love how the colors mixed and textures and broken edges worked out.

Go visit some of the other Ellen Hutson Designers using the new Stamp Market products HERE! ūüôā

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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Artist Encouragement Cards

Sandy Allnock - Artist Encouragement Cards Tutorial video

Artist Encouragement Cards

Sometimes….just simple splashy watercolor is just the right thing to do. Easy peasy, flick it on and let the watercolor sing! In the video I talk a little about colors to avoid together, and a few general tips. Enjoy the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The stamps used here are so pretty and versatile – these could be sent any time of year, any occasion! Just pick a fellow artist/crafter and send out a little encouragement by mail!

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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Bird Wreath, New Classes…and my BOOK!

Guess what? It might be Monday, but I’m over on the MFT blog. They’re changing up things so I might be on Mondays from here on instead of Thursdays. Go see how to paint this “tweet” little wreath!

 

Blue Skies

Those on my Art-Classes email list got a heads-up on signing up….but you get to hear about it today! I have TWO classes launched on painting and coloring skies and clouds – one in Copic, one in Watercolor. A discount for everyone on these classes, lasting through April 22nd!

The BOOK!

I am excited to let you know there was a little Easter miracle…my book finally showed up on Amazon and Barnes and Noble!! I waited all through March, and on the last last last evening…it was there. With the wrong photo and title – ha! It’s partially changed in some places, but…I’m celebrating anyway while they figure it out and get it all fixed! Book website is HERE!

While I know the non-Bible-journalers may be disappointed in the book topic…please know I’m going to be keeping up my regular blogging and cardmaking and art stuff! You’ll have to put up with an occasional “squee” from me about the book, but you’ll get the regular content you come here for. Don’t abandon me, okay? Love you guys!!

 

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Watercolor a Set of Guinea Pig Cards

Set of Watercolored Guinea pig cards by Sandy Allnock

 

Watercolor a Set of Guinea Pig Cards

These furry lil guys are just aDORable – both cute and funny! I made a set of matching cards, and show you a dew tips to make super simple scenes. Enjoy the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Who doesn’t need a flying pig on a Monday, right?

Since tomorrow’s my birthday….some birthday piggies!

And another for the Monday crowd….it does feel like the pellet factory ’round here! haha!

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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Avery Elle Watercolor Bloghop: Handdrawn Floral

Handdrawn Florals Watercolor Card by Sandy Allnock

 

Welcome to my stop on the Avery Elle Watercolor Bloghop! So much exciting inspiration to be had….so let’s get to it! Bloghop details and supply lists are at the end of the post. Let’s go paint!

Watercolor Flowers Series #26: Handdrawn Floral

I’ve been doing floral watercolors for quite some time now – there’s a giant playlist you may want to go sit through sometime if you haven’t yet. Tons of techniques! This one creates a very soft look with washy layers, over images stamped in Avery Elle Daisy Pigment Ink. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The finishing touches on the card were to trim the panel to 4″, then pop it onto a card base using dimensional adhesive. I also stamped the sentiment in Avery Elle Mermaid ink and clear-embossed over it.

Here’s the chart I made recently of the colors….go pick some favorites and get busy painting!

Avery Elle Watercolor Bloghop

I’m the last stop on the hop – so you’ll want to go join in from the very top.

  1. Avery Elle
  2. Julie Ebersole
  3. Caryn Davies
  4. Lisa Spangler
  5. Heather Campbell
  6. Emily Midgett
  7. Yainea
  8. Melania Deasy
  9. Carissa Wiley
  10. Katie Gehring
  11. Amy Kolling
  12. Carly Tee Minner
  13. Ashley Marcu
  14. Elena Roussakis
  15. Laurel Beard
  16. Sandy Allnock

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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Liquid Watercolor Comparisons

Liquid Watercolors Comparison by Sandy Allnock

 

Liquid Watercolor Comparisons

Watercolors that come in liquid form (not pans or tubes) aren’t new – but there are some new brands in the crafty world lately, and I wanted to show you some side-by-side comparisons. While it may be dissatisfying for some that I don’t have a strong “yes” or “no” on any of them, I do have some advice for you if you’re considering a purchase – scroll down for the rest of the post, as well as watching the video below (or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Avery Elle Liquid Watercolors

  • 10 colors in 0.5-oz plastic bottles (same ones as many reinker bottles come in)
  • Colors: nice range, a few strong colors, but a lot that are soft – thus no need to water down to get a light color.
  • Great for introductory watercolor for sure – pick out a few colors and try your hand at watercolor.

Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors

  • 8 colors in 0.5-oz glass bottles with droppers
  • Colors: bold range, and includes one brown (can adapt it by adding yellow to make it warmer, etc)
  • Great for mixing a wide range – try making one of THESE color charts , you’ll be impressed.

PhMartin Hydrus Watercolors

I’ve had these for a few years now, and still have LOTS of color left. See set breakdown HERE.

  • 36 colors in 1-oz glass bottles.
  • Colors: wide range, though there are lots of similar colors.
  • Price point is lower than the other two per ounce – just over $8.50 (vs $10 or $12). But – then you then have a full oz of each color. So it’d depend on how much you plan to paint.

Cards

Here’s the side by side comparison of the four cards….

FYI The Art-Classes website went belly up yesterday. Don’t worry the content is still there, your account and classes still exist. But it just looks terrible and you can’t watch classes at the moment. Vienna is standing guard over there (okay she’s actually sleeping) til I find the guy in the far east who wrote the program and can fix it somehow. He’s never around when his plugin dies. waaahhhhhh!

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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Japanese Cherry Blossom Card – So Matcha

Japanese Cherry Blossom Card by Sandy Allnock

Japanese Cherry Blossom Card – So Matcha

It’s new release day for Ellen Hutson – all kinds of fun Japanese-themed stamps! Julie took a trip and brought back all her inspiration to make us some fun stamps. I’m using “So Matcha” for today’s card, and doing one of my crazy but not so hard backgrounds with it…I was inspired by Googling for “Japanese Art” to find something that would work with this sweet little girl and her fan and kitty! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Isn’t she the cutest little stamp? I love that her kitty is waving. LOL!

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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DT Bloghop! Watercolor Flowers Series #25: Watercoloring Transparent Tulips

Watercoloring Simple Tulips by Sandy Allnock

Even as a seasoned card maker, I enjoy learning tips & tricks from other crafters. My favorite tip/trick is one that applies to all of us whether we are stampers, colorists, diecutters: create something every day. If all we do is look at our pretty crafty supplies, or run our hands through a cup of gorgeous sequins, but never use them….we’ll never learn our craft! So even on days when I make something totally ugly – I make sure I make something.

With that, welcome to my stop on the Ellen Hutson Design Team bloghop! I’m so excited to be on the team! Keep on scrolling to see a pretty watercolor project, then get to the bloghop info!

Watercoloring Transparent Tulips

While wanting to do a comparison between the old and new Quinacridone Gold paints (the planet recently ran OUT of the pigment for the old one, and Daniel Smith engineered a replacement)….if you know me, I got bored just doing swatches. Let’s paint something! How about tulips, since Easter and Mother’s Day are around the corner? Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

 

Hope you found these tulips bringing a little sunshine to your spring – Easter and Mother’s Day are on the way!

 

The watercolor class mentioned on the video is here – click to go see more details….the class is on a special sale THIS WEEKEND ONLY!

Bloghop plus some silliness…

  • Coffee or tea? Oh goodness, neither. LOL! I live in the Seattle area and don’t drink either, can you believe it?
  • How did you come up with your blog name? Well it was going to be icantstopembellishing.com at one time —back when I embellished the heck out of everything. (I still own the url!)
  • Tell us one silly/random/interesting tidbit about yourself! There are soooooo many! A recent one…I like to play along with random challenges on the interwebs from time to time. And while I was on vacation, I saw one on twitter that I couldn’t resist: it’s called the #hobbylobbychallenge but lots are doing it at whatever store is in their area. The idea is to go to the florals section and take dreamy pics that look like they’re in a garden! I got laughed at while I was there, but figured, what the heck, I’ll never see these folks again, right? Here are the ones I took!
  • I shared a little about why I’ve joined the team earlier this year…see the video HERE…..and now the hop list!
  1. Ardyth Percy-Robb  
  2. Carissa Wiley 
  3. Carly Tee Minner 
  4. Carolyn Peeler
  5. Elena Roussakis
  6. Emily Midgett
  7. Heather Campbell
  8. Julia Stainton 
  9. Julie Ebersole 
  10. Justine Hovey  
  11. Kelly Griglione 
  12. Kittie Caracciolo
  13. Laurel Beard
  14. Lisa Adametz
  15. Lisa Spangler
  16. Lydia Evans
  17. Michele Ferguson
  18. Sandy Allnock <—that’s me
  19. Sharon Harnist 
  20. Therese Calvird

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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AI Interactive Series #4: Five Flutter Cards

Flutter card tutorial video by Sandy Allnock

This is part of a series this week with NEW interactive stamps and dies from Art Impressions…BIG thanks to them for providing them so I can show you – and you can decide which if any need to come home with you! (My apologies to your wallet!)

 

AI Interactive Series #4: Four Flutter Cards

Another fun interactive idea – wings! Some of the stamps have ears, and one has arms – that cute SHEEP! I have some tips in the video to make them nice and stable coz whoever you send these to will play with them a bunch. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Before assembling my cards I did snap pics of what the back of each one looks like – hope that helps you!

 

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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AI Watercolor Bookmarks + New Bible Journaling Class

Art Impressions Watercolor Bookmarks by Sandy Allnock

AI new watercolor stamps: Hard and Soft Edges

I’m taking a mini break in the “interactive” Art Impressions series to bring you “watercolor Art Impressions! Partly because I just couldn’t wait to share, but partly also because I wanted to let you know about the new Seeing the Scriptures class that finally launched today. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Each of the sets is pictured here for your pinning pleasure…

And the finished bookmarks! I’ll be selecting 12 winners who sign up for the Seeing the Scriptures class in the next week; I figured since they have Scriptures on them, I’d select just from students so I know they’re going to homes that’ll appreciate the text. Stay tuned on the Art-Classes blog for winners list at that time. Stamps are (I think?) all by Our Daily Bread Designs stamps; many are really really old so I didn’t go through each to check and see if they’re still available.

Seeing the Scriptures Class

The new class that launched today is one many have asked me about – how to think through a Scripture passage in order to come up with a unique image for it. In the first lesson I spend an hour blathering (lol) about my process; then I turn you loose in each lesson to use the method and come up with your own art. Then you’ll go to the next lesson and see how I thought through it, and I created THREE different pieces of Bible journaling to go with it – just to show you there’s no single “right” way to do anything.

IT IS SELF PACED but I do NOT recommend just watching through all the videos and thinking you’ve learned something. Do each homework – maybe every couple days or week. Set a timer in your phone so you have a ‘deadline,’ but do the work so you learn from it, okay? (The speed students know who they are. heehee!)

SEEING THE SCRIPTURES

Also – I posted my creative worship testimony video here if you’d like to see that one:

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.