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How to color vintage night scenes

How to color vintage night scenes

So many people want to know how to color night scenes with their Copic Markers. This stamp, From Bethlehem by Penny Black, is a perfect one for refreshing a night coloring technique I showed a while back in THIS video.

I had colored this image while on a retreat in October, and it came out so cool I was kicking myself for not filming at the time! This is my attempt to recreate it, and in a simpler way than I had done the first time. Enjoy! (If you can’t see the video below, click HERE to watch it directly on YouTube.)

 Are you a pro at knowing how to color night scenes? Or a newbie to the idea?

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: Nativity

 

It’s time for another Magical Monday! All art, no chatter, is the phrase of the day. Today’s image is really simple – but with a few areas, I started with 0 instead of a light color, so I could keep a white center. I shot this one while at that retreat (thus the odd lighting!) and I didn’t film the background, that was a last minute addition…but created a rough linear style in the same colors as the image. If you can’t see the video below, click HERE to watch it on YouTube.

 

 

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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15-Minute Coloring Challenge!

 

After last month’s crazy challenge, this month’s was a snap. At least for me! Filmed this while I was at the retreat…and kept getting interrupted. By wonderful people who somehow didn’t see the ginormous camera right by my face. LOL. So anytime you see my pen pause, it was usually to chat for a second! It’s been sped up, so it’s not 9 minutes long, but the clock timer is keeping me honest. If you can’t see the video below, click HERE to watch it directly on YouTube.

I was very glad it was only the coloring that had to fit into the 15 minutes. Because I had to:

  1. fussycut
  2. choose patterned paper
  3. find an appropriate teen sentiment
  4. stamp, restamp, and rerestamp the sentiment til I got it straight
  5. adhere it to the card
  6. find sequins to dress it up, drop them on the floor, and play 52 sequin pickup
  7. locate an AWOL bottle of the best lil adhesive ever for sequins

Go join in the Make it Crafty monthly challenges HERE (no video required….it’s on the honor system!)

HEADS UP! To those who purchased my fundraiser cards for my sister: I just sent out the next 25 cards the other day, so you should be getting them…unless you’re in this last batch of 22 that I’m still working on. I’m bound and determined to mail them before election day!

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.

Felicity digistamp by Make It Crafty
Mama Elephant Hustle Stamp set
VersaFine Onyx Ink Pad
“The Precious” (Double-Sided Foam Tape) 
Confetti Sequins 
Mini Multi Medium Matte 

 

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Watercolor Spiderweb (Masking Fluid / Frisket Test)

 

It’s finally time to bring the Play Drawer to YouTube for once! I’ve been wanting to play with masking fluids (aka friskets) for a while, and have been collecting a few. I put them to the test in this video. Supplies are in the doobliedoo. Note that there are ways around some of the bloop issues shown – but I wanted to use the products as purchased before adapting – so stay tuned for an update soon on some other things I’m trying that are already meeting with more success. If you can’t see the video, click HERE to see it on YouTube.

 

Here’s a shot of the comparison of the four friskets, labelled. As you can see, none of the “color” of any of these transferred to the watercolor paper. (I used THIS cardstock for the test and card both.)
Sandy Allnock Masking Fluid Test

And because a number of you have been asking…it’s THIS color today. *grin*

A few other things to share….

  • I was humbled by THIS post. I get so  excited when people are inspired by what I put out there!
  • Don’t forget the 25% off sale on Copics HERE, just use the coupon code Markers. Shop by Nov 14!
  • Watercolor class next Friday (Nov 7) in WA and Nov 23 in MD will be WAY easier than this spiderweb. LOL. Class details HERE.
  • Remember the OCC Copic Class is always open – if you missed it earlier, it’s not too late to go learn a ton. Click HERE for that.

shoppinglinks


Ranger Non Stick Craft Sheet 
Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock 
Daniel Smith Artist Masking Fluid
Masquepen 
Incredible White Mask 2 oz. 
Incredible White Mask 4.5 oz. 
Miskit Liquid Frisket Mask 1.2 fl.oz. 
Scripture Collection 1 
Koi Watercolor Sketch Box 24 Colors w/Brush 
Archival Ink Pad Jet Black 
ATG dispenser 
Princeton Neptune Oval Wash 3/4″ brush 
Princeton Neptune brush 2 

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Warm and cool greys, and a mad scientist video

 

Good eeeeeevuhning. (Said in my best Alfred. Which is not very good!)

Comparing Copic warm and cool greys

For today’s card, I wanted to compare warm and cool greys  in my Copic Markers. I picked one of my videos that’s gotten the most views…Coloring White with Copic Markers. Rather than doing just a white object, I did a little mad scientist who’s wearing a white jacket, and as I got started in the planning, it led to a study on all the different greys. If you can’t see the video below, click HERE to watch it directly on YouTube.

It really is quite amazing how different the warm and cool greys look when side by side. And how little difference there is between them if you’re NOT looking at them side by side!

Sandy Allnock Mad Scientist2
Sandy Allnock Mad Scientist3

Supplies

So happy to have finally compared my warm and cool greys – now I have some idea why I want to use one or another!

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Magical Monday #1: The Fox by Gorjuss

 

I’m starting a little something new today. A whole new blog schedule.

As my regular subscribers probably know, I’ve posted daily for eons. Well, if 7 years counts as eons, at least. But that streak has finally been broken…and I’ve wanted to change things up, so now’s as good a time as any, right?

On Mondays, or at least most Mondays, I’ll post what I’m calling Magical Mondays. I get so many requests for videos on cards that I post both here and Instagram – “Just turn on the camera so we can watch.” So that’s what this is – all art, no chatter. The voiceovers tend to be the hardest part, so one day a week of skipping that will be my easy day. The first Magical Monday was shot at the retreat I was at over a week ago, along with a few upcoming videos. If you can’t see the video below, click HERE to watch directly on YouTube.

Sandy Allnock The Fox by Gorjuss2

Stay tuned later this week to find out what else will be a regular feature….hoping you’ll like the changes. 🙂

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.

Text list:

The Fox Cling Stamps Gorjuss
Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB
COPIC Airbrush Kit, ABS-2
Copic Air Compressor 
Copic Sketch Marker Y17 
Copic Sketch MARKER FV2 
Copic Sketch Marker V20
Copic Sketch Marker E29 
Copic Sketch Marker YG95 
Copic Sketch Marker E51 
Copic Sketch MARKER E11
Copic Sketch Marker E57 
Copic Sketch Marker YG91 
Copic Sketch Marker YG93
Copic Sketch Marker G99
Copic Sketch Marker YR04 
Copic Sketch Marker YR68 
Copic Sketch Marker YR00 
Copic Sketch Marker E09 
Uni-ball Pen Signo Gel Pen
Copic Multiliners

 

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Pretty Peonies

Today’s video is a floral….comparing some RV and R colors on peonies. And the card was made for a sweet friend – very happy she liked it. And now you get the lonnnnnng version video. I kept it mostly at normal speed….enjoy! If you can’t see it below, click HERE to watch it directly on YouTube.

This is version #2…less blending, more veins in the petals.

Sandy Allnock Pretty Peonies2

CLASS REMINDERS:

My classes page has been updated, so check out what’s coming:

  1. Seattle area – just a couple spots are available in my skin/hair class next Thursday – go sign up asap!
  2. Severn MD – three classes coming up Thanksgiving weekend, 2 Copic and a watercolor!
  3. Southern CA – January classes are nearly full in just days! Gasp! Go fast to sign up at Scrampers!

Have a lovely weekend!
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A golden portrait

I hadn’t colored anything in a week…and thought a portrait of my girl would be a good start to get me back on that horse…I started by using this to create a light pencil sketch, then dove in with Copics.I shortened 2.5 hours of footage into a 3 minute video….click HERE if you can’t see the video below.

The flowers at the end – Agh. I should have stopped before adding the grass and flowers, but it is what it is. This was the first time i had opened the Opaque White – and was pleased to discover it does completely cover Copic ink, and you can sorta color overtop it too.

 

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Inlaid Die Cutting

Welcome to the best crafting holiday EVER! I’m especially excited because I’m helping some friends share their celebration: Ellen Hutson LLC is launching a brand new line of exclusive products, and they’re designed by the ever so amazing Julie Ebersole!! I’m using an inlaid die cutting technique with the Home and Hearth dies to make my love card, which is what OWH is doing today for our bloghop. Click on the banner at the top of this post to go to the hop!

 

Inlaid die cutting

I was excited when I saw this die set, because *immediately* I knew I had to airbrush it. I just knew it! No idea how, and this card wasn’t what I saw in my head, but I just love how this one came out! (My “test” cards yesterday afternoon were bombs – I put a bunch of stars and hearts in the sky, and it looked like sneeze. And the globe had just been blobs – until I thought of the idea I show you in the video below!). And in the video I also walk you through the whole new line at EH!! If you can’t see the video below, click HERE to watch it on YT.

And one of the things that I love about the card besides the inlaid die cutting – the cool colors of the sky and earth vs the warm red and yellow in the houses! It just makes the whole card sing, don’t you think?

Sandy Allnock Essentials By Ellen Hearth Home2

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.

Inlaid die cutting is one of my favorite techniques lately…what’s yours?

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10 card making techniques, 1 layer – and a chicken in every pot!

10 card making techniques, 1 layer

How can a crafter combine 10 card making techniques into a single layer card? By following the lead of a chicken in a pot! Ha! Welcome to my stop on the Cold Hands Warm Heart bloghop!

I created a card using the chicken – one of the new dies added for the Birthday Farm Animals stamp set – and did a little something crazy. I combined it with one of these succulent stamp sets, and since I wanted to be like everyone else and make it a holiday/winter card….I did that too! Yeah, I’m all for nutty combinations…this turned out to be a 1-layer card together with 10 card making techniques, too. Now do you believe I like nutty?

And since I know some of my readers won’t believe that it’s 10, or know how the heck I made the cool wallpaper…I made a video late last night showing how I did it! [If you can’t see the video below, click HERE to watch it on YouTube.]

I hope the card making techniques video at least made you smile! This darling chicken is enough to brighten your day.Sandy Allnock Chicken in a pot - 10 card making techniques, 1 layer
What old-timey phrase (like “chicken in every pot”) runs in your family?

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.

How many card making techniques have YOU combined into one card?