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Make a wedding card — that doubles as a gift

 

Make a wedding card that doubles as a gift

Sometimes you make a card that’s so special – with all the bells and whistles – that it needs to BE the gift. Today I’ve got a card like that to share, as well as the perfect packaging to use with it! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

And do you know the irony of today’s project? wedding-card3

I don’t know a soul getting married….wedding-card2But perhaps the next couple that invites me to their wedding will also do me the privilege of using these as their wedding colors….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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Diecut a round window card

I’m launching some watercolor videos (as well as Copic!) for the Holiday Backgrounds Series – see them all HERE.

Diecut a Round Window Card

If you’ve tuned in to my YouTube channel much, you’ll know how much I love Clearly Besotted stamps…and Stephanie, the owner, blesses me with the new releases to feed my addiction. (Thank you, Stephanie!) These adorable little mice had to go to an ice skating party – and I’ve been wanting to do a little partial-diecutting anyway, so let’s get to it without further ado! (Mistake included in the video…along with puppies!) Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

There are lots of stamps you can do this partial die-cutting technique with – but these skaters are so cute, you might not be able to resist, eh?

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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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Watercolor Flowers Series #13: Mondo watercolor flowers

NOTE! It’s a holiday weekend, and that means a sale over at Ellen Hutson! Click HERE for all the mondo flower sets. I’m off to clear out my wishlist, because…

  • Spend up to $75 and receive an automatic 10% off
  • Spend between $75-150 and receive an automatic 15% off
  • Spend over $150 and receive an automatic 20% off

Without further ado…your inspiration!

It’s the last throes of summer….let’s play with flowers once more, shall we?

Soft Watercolor Floral

The Mondo Flowers series of stamp sets at Ellen Hutson – designed by the amazing Julie Ebersole – have a bunch of different flower shapes now. And guess what? They look like a beautiful garden when they’re together! I decided to make a watercolor background out of them all, and deployed the MISTI to make it come together. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on  YouTube.

This technique would certainly work with other flowers – but these big Mondo stamps are particularly easy to paint with large open shapes. All are linked in the supply list below!

Sandy Allnock Watercolor Flowers

Yesterday on Instagram, I shared a set of cards made from these same sets, so you can see them more clearly as individual flowers…I cut 4-1/4″ square cards, with 4″ panels, fussycut the flowers and popped everything. I used the same “Lovely” sentiment set with them all.

Sandy Allnock Mondo Hydrangea Sandy Allnock Mondo Magnolia Sandy Allnock Mondo Peony Sandy Allnock Mondo Poinsettia

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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Comparing Gold Watercolor

My apologies to my long-term subscribers who got a plethora of “new post” emails with really old posts – my old system, which had been deactivated ages ago, suddenly kicked in – but it’s been shut down again. Hoping it stays that way. I’m working on something you’ll LOVE – which was why the system went haywire. Can’t wait to share it with you!

Once in a while, I have time to do some comparing of products….and these two sets of watercolors finally bubbled up on my list. Enjoy!

Comparing Gold Watercolors: Finetec vs Kuretake

The Finetec watercolors have been out for years now – but in some cases they’ve been hard to find. This year at CHA, Kuretake had some gold watercolors out, and it took me a few months to get around to buying them. Okay okay, it was have a year. LOL. (I do tell ya, I’m not all about being “first” with much!) Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Here’s the promised chart…pin away! Note that it’s every-other-one for the two brands:

Sandy Allnock Chart Gold Watercolor

Lest you wonder what this background stamp looks like with Copics….yum!

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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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Magical Monday: Space Buddies, Rubber Moon

Once in a while, a stamp just yells BUY ME NOW! And when I was at my LSS recently – these Rubber Moon stamps just lept off the shelf into my cart!

Space buddies

It’s Magical Monday, so it’s a speed video without voiceover – but enjoy the space banjo. That’s what I call it. If a banjo was played in space, I’m certain this is what it would sound like! And FinkBot and Patches the puffy dog are in outer space enjoying space banjo very much. (Don’t you love when stamps start to make up a story of their own??) Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I used my phMartins Hydrus Watercolors to get these intense colors, and painted in layers – dabbing off to get some underlying texture before painting top layers. Pretty fun and loose – and very forgiving!

Sandy Allnock - Space Buddies

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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Layered Flamingoes – distress inks

Layering stamps have become so popular…I finally decided to try an idea I had!

Color Layering Flamingoes

Most folks I’ve seen using these have stamped with different colors of dye inks or pigment inks…I can’t do that since I don’t collect all the colors in those kinds of inks. I focus so much on coloring, that it’s not worth it to me to buy and have to store all those. I wondered if it’d work with distress inks, though, and would I be able to move some of the color with water too. I liked it! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Not only are there flamingoes – but tons of others too. See the list in the description to get you started – try them with distress inks or water based markers, too, and tag me on instagram if you get them to work too!Sandy Allnock - Color Layer Flamingo

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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Mermaid Week LIVE color-along broadcasts today!

 

This week I was lucky enough to take a 3-day workshop from the talented Brenda Swenson – I learned so much and am grateful a few folks dropped out so I could take someone’s place from the waiting list! 🙂 Brenda has a blog HERE, and you can get her watercolor DVDs HERE.

LIVE color-alongs today!

Today I’ll be online live, coloring the Greeting Farm mermaids below – you can download the digis and get them printed out, and be ready to color! I’ll be using Copics but you can use whatever medium you want, of course.

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Mermaid Week 6: No-Line Watercolor Mermaid

 

Our final mermaid video…I hope you’ve enjoyed this series!

No-Line Watercolor Mermaid

I decided to end the series with some watercolor….it’s stamped in Sunflower ink which is waterproof, so I could use my Daniel Smith watercolors to paint her. Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Sandy Allnock Mermaid Bath Penny Black

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for all the mermaid cards (just so they’re easy to find); supplies for today’s card are in bold. 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.