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Painting Transparency


Hello friends! It’s time for an additional holiday treat for you from Ellen Hutson…it’s a small release, and a bunch of the products are the dies to match stamp sets you might already have. Sweet, huh? Check out the full release HERE….and let me show you cards with two of the new dies!


Painting Transparency

I was playing around with some of the sets of dies in this new release – and wanted to find a way to paint them! As I was testing out ways to lay out the flowers and accidentally overlaid edges of some and watched the bleed together, I got excited to see if I could deliberately make it happen. This would work with lots of die or stencil shapes – and with more than watercolor pencils too!  Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The idea would work great with the leaves in the die set too – but it’s so pretty with the empty flower shape….I love the soft, transparent blending that happens with wet pencil next to wet pencil!

Sandy Allnock Painting Transparency1

The sentiment from the Scribbles set was bent on a curve, and perfectly matches the little line of pretty ornaments. I added some Glossy Accents to polish off the card!Sandy Allnock Painting Transparency2

Bonus this afternoon!

I’ll try a similar idea LIVE with Copics on Periscope this afternoon, so I hope you can join in for that!

Next stop on the bloghop!

What’s a new release without LOTS of inspiration? Hopefully you came from Lisa Adametz‘s amazing blog – next you need to hop on over to the talented Teri AndersonAnd if you get lost – go to the CLASSroom for the full list!


And, yay!!! I also get to give away an Essentials by Ellen stamp set!  The winner may chose ANY Essentials by Ellen brand stamp set (maximum value $15) currently in stock at Ellen  To enter my giveaway, please leave a comment on today’s post with a valid email address by October 27th! (And you realize what this means? If you want to get the products I used here today – you can do it before they’re out, and still get something else if you win! Sweetness!)

There is also a crazy good Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment there, also by October 27th, with a valid email address; winners will be announced at the CLASSroom on Friday, October 30th!


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.

374 thoughts on “Painting Transparency

  1. Not my style, but very pretty cards. Been trying to decide whether or not to get into water color. Very pretty! Looks like christmas lights in fog.

  2. I enjoyed your video, your cards are lovely. Good use for dies too!

  3. Sandy, these cards are beautiful! I love watching ypur videp tutorials, learm a lot from you 🙂 Thank You so much!

  4. It’s so much fun watching your videos, all the thought and talent that goes into each piece!

  5. Thanks so much for giving us some love by sharing your amazing talents!! Many Blessings, Melitta

  6. Great idea! Love the results!

  7. Thank you for the painting tutorial. So beautiful yet not that difficult to create! Thank-you also for the opportunity to get one of Ellen’s Essentials! Blessings to you, CJ

  8. Beautiful! I love watching the water hit the pencil and the vibrancy of the color. Thank you for sharing in a video.

  9. Great technique! Love your cards!

  10. I love this tutorial. Such a gorgeous card!

  11. […] Hop! If you have been taking part in the hop, you should have arrived from the blog of sweet Sandy Allnock. If you are just stumbling onto this post, welcome! I’ll be showcasing several of the new stamp […]

  12. Beautiful and very cool results!

  13. Watercolor has always scared me. These are beautiful!

  14. Wow. Both beautiful cards and the second one is my fave of the two.

  15. Oh Sandy, I love the delicate blending on the ornaments done with soft watercolor. You are the expert. Thank you for sharing your talent.

  16. Sandy, such AWESOME cards!

  17. Oh my gosh! This is so pretty and so something I would do. I have to try this! I’m going to watch your video because I want to see how you did this. I don’t have a die cutting machine but I have stencils and stamps I could do this with and I want to try it. Thanks for doing a video so I can see it.

  18. So lovely!

  19. Such interesting water color, Sandy! Great Release! Thanks!

  20. Neat water color effect. You accomplished your goal of the transparent look to both cards. Thanks

  21. These cards are awesome! I’m trying to learn about the possibilities that watercolors offer. Love the transparency effect!

  22. What gorgeous projects! Love your technique!

  23. Isn’t it wonderful to find a new technique that looks so wonderful.
    Love the way the colors blend. Have to try this.
    thanks.for sharing

  24. I hope to be as brave as Sandy one day, my daily mantra. I got to leave my comfort soon. I have a little from all of your daily inspiration.

  25. I have been watching your videos and Periscope channel lately and I love everything I’ve seen. This video is not the exception. So pretty and creative… I love it!!!

  26. BEAUTIFUL cards Sandy!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your video tutorial, GREAT technique, especially using the die cut negatives 🙂

  27. Oh my gosh!!! I am absolutely in love!!! These cards are gorgeous (no pun intended) and I can’t wait to try this technique!! Seriously LOVE

  28. So sweet, whimsical and yet CAS elegant! Thank you for your wonderful painting tutorials Sandy!!!

  29. Beautiful! I enjoy seeing what you make.

  30. Just beautiful …love it

  31. Beautiful watercoloring…love the colors

  32. Gorgeous cards! Can’t wait to try this technique. What pencil did you use to outline the shapes? Was it in one of the sets you listed? Thanks.

  33. Cool technique. Thanks for the giveaway.

  34. I loved seeing the transformation of pencil mark texture into creamy lovely goodness! Also enjoyed the use of negative space from the dies!

  35. Water colors are my favorite, wish mine looked as good as yours!!!

  36. wow these are incredible!

  37. Love the coloring! Thanks for the video.

  38. Wow, your cards put a smile on my face with such happy colours!

  39. Beautiful cards. Great colors for holiday cards.

  40. Wow – so pretty! Haven’t used colored pencils since geography in high school – so fun to create something like what you’ve done. Thanks for sharing!

  41. Sandy your cards are so beautiful! I love the watercolor efect!

  42. The softness of those cards are so beautiful, love the look!

  43. Pretty. Don’t you just love to watercolor.

  44. Love all the colors mixing. Beautiful. Thanks.

  45. Your cards turned out beautiful, great watercoloring.

  46. great! TFS your technique.

  47. Awesome watercoloring!

  48. What an absolutely beautiful and breathtaking effect. Thanks so much!

  49. LOve the watercolor flowers! Beautiful! Will try this technique soon!

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