Butterfly cards – a whole kaleidoscope!

I made butterfly cards on the retreat I was at recently, and this was one of the few with no Copic coloring on it, too. (Did you know a whole bunch of butterflies is called a kaleidoscope? How perfect!)

Butterfly cards

It’s a brand new stamp from Simon Says. They posted a pic on the Simon Says Stamp Instagram and it’s gotten lots of love there, so leave it some here too…it came out so very pretty. I wanted to make a real rainbow out of them, and had my Memento inks on hand for it.

Some of the butterflies were stamped directly, some were second-generation stamps (stamped once then stamped a second time before reinking to get the lighter color). And I didn’t have a light yellowgreen, so I inked the butterfly in yellow, then patted it onto some dark green ink on a piece of scratch paper, and stamped it – voilá, yellowgreen!

Simon Says Butterfly cards

I used only Memento inks from my dewdrop pads for my butterfly cards…these are the colors we’ll be using in my Spin the Color Wheel class next week. We won’t be making this card, but I want to take it with me as an example of using the full rainbow of color in addition to all the other colorways taught in the class. BIG thanks to Tsukineko for all these pretty inks. It’s FUN to play with so much color! (Ink pads listed in the doobliedoo are the full pads, not the dewdrops.)

Simon Says Butterflies2

By the way, the soft purple sentiment was stamped the same way as those yellowgreen butterflies; I inked it in a red, then dipped it into purple that was inked onto scratch paper. I could have used a redpurple color to ink it, but wouldn’t have come out with that coolio texture and blending!


Butterfly cards are so perfect for just about any occasion…think I’ll make a few more of these!

Distress Ink Techniques – Instagrammed Embossing

Today’s card – one of many gorgeous distress ink techniques! I may be out of town but I didn’t want to leave you high and dry without inspiration! It was inspired by my latest obsession – Instagram – and the crazy filters you can apply to images. This technique looks a little like it does that, so…that’s what I’m calling it!

Sandy Allnock Instagram Embossing - Distress Ink Techniques

It’s truly amazing what you can do with distress ink techniques – stay tuned for a lot more to come over months and years ahead around here. There really are so many different ways to apply them, tools to use, and more – FUN! Hope you enjoy the how-to video below, or click HERE to watch it directly on YouTube!

Distress ink techniques really give a card a unique look – and each time I use one of them the item comes out completely different. I had created this card before shooting the video, yet the one in the video came out even more luscious!

Sandy Allnock Instagram Embossing - Distress Ink Techniques

FYI – If you are hemming and hawing about taking my Online Copic Backgrounds class – here’s a little endorsement on a post recently: “WOWsa….. Sign up for this while you can……. Sandy, you never cease to amaze me! Thank you sooo much for doing this1 You make it look so easy…but at least it gives me confidence to give it a go!!!! Thank you Thank you Thank you!”  To sign up go get more info HERE!


Leave me a comment and let me know, which are your favorite distress ink techniques?

Hot new trend in crafting

I am sooooo excited about this! I’ve never been “in” on a trend this early, but I’ve seen some amazing people playing around with it on Instagram, and I just had to try a couple of these myself. Nobody’s been bold enough to put it on a blog yet, so I might be the first. *nervous* But here we go!!

The technique is called SuperCAS!

I’ve never been much good at CAS (Clean and Simple), so who am I to think I could Supersize it!?!? But I decided to try. I saw Jennifer give it a go, then Kristina, and Jana jumped on the bandwagon. I bet in no time it’ll be over on the Simon Says Stamp blog, and on MFT and Hero Arts and Paper Trey too. You just wait! They’re totally going to rock it. But between the sneek peeks everyone’s been sharing, I just had to get on the bandwagon and give the technique a shot.

I’ll let you decide if I pulled it off or not. I tried two different ones, and after agonizing over a number of failed attempts, here’s the 5th one that I came up with, using my favorite color: yellow. I decided to try the horizontal version with the short side fold first, it looked easiest:


And just look at the detail on this closeup photo! I love how the inside looks darker, just because of the way the light is hidden from it. It really makes the card front POP!


I got my confidence up after the success with the yellow card, and decided to do another in a teal-ish green color. I’m not sure I really like it that much though, since the inside turns so dark in the shadow hidden by the card front. It would have to have a liner to write a note inside – and that just totally takes it out of the SuperCAS realm entirely. So I think I’ll stick with much lighter colors when I try this.superCAS2

I hope you enjoyed my little card share for today! I’m just so proud of these cards, and of being on the leading edge of a new trend. Well maybe not THE lead, since others have gone before me, but….at least I’m toward the front of the parade. Let me know in the comments if you think you’ll try it out – be brave, it’s not as hard as it looks!

Ciara’s Friends: 4 ways to Copic color a horse!

This video’s the longest one I’ve done in eons…eeeep! But that’s what I get for being indecisive. In all the places I’ve asked, lots of you have requested me to color him in black, brown, white, and paint/spotted….so I did them all since I couldn’t pick one and disappoint everyone else! lol. People-pleaser, that’s me! Annotations will take you from one section of the video to another, so feel free to skip around to what you want to see.

I’m providing stills of the finished cards; designs were all kept simple since the focus is just on the horse. On all but the last, I didn’t even put much detail into anything on the cowpoke except a little shading on the hat and box. At the very end of everything I did some quick washes of color for backgrounds.

Sandy Allnock Brown Horse-Trigger & SkylerSandy Allnock Black Horse-Trigger & SkylerSandy Allnock White Horse-Trigger & Skyler

On this one I added more shading onto the cowpoke, and went a little nuts on the sunrise in the distance, too! Sandy Allnock Paint Horse-Trigger & Skyler

I hope that’s helpful for you guys! I have a request to do a Ciara’s Friends coloring video for another channel – which one of the stamp line would you like to see in a couple weeks?

Embossed Wax Technique

After a couple days out ‘n about on the web, I’m excited to be back with cards here on my own blog. It’s fun to visit, but I never know how many people will bother clickin’ a link to follow me around! 🙂

It’s Friday, so you probably know what that means – I have a video out! Patrons voted for one of the techniques I taught in my class with Hero Arts at CHA….so this is a version of that. I had wanted to play around more with it anyway, so this was a good chance to do so….I tried it with a bunch of different styles of embossing folders, just to see what would hold up to the ironing. Yes, ironing! Paper is about all I ironed in the last number of years. Make sure you read the NOTES at the bottom of this post. Enjoy the video:

Here are stills of the cards made with the birthday background…I’ll make cards with the others over time, so stay tuned for them to show up sometime. This one is in Hero Arts neons – a fun rainbow of color!

Sandy Allnock Embossed Wax Resist Tutorial 1

Here’s the masculine version, using Wet Cement and Cup o Joe shadow inks.

Sandy Allnock Embossed Wax Resist Tutorial 2

On OWHtv next week I’ll see about doing a tutorial on how I did the star (see closeup over on Instagram)- it was a total accident but came out looking like camo!


  1. I found that the Hero Arts shadow inks worked best for this technique; the darker the ink, the more important it’ll be to dab off excess ink, like the Red Royal or Navy.
  2. When adhering something onto the waxy surface, you’ll find tape runners and ATG don’t stick very well; keep it simple and use supersticky adhesive like Tombow Power Tabs.


Visiting Hero

I’m so excited that today I get to go visit the Hero Arts blog with a couple cards using the newest OWH Fundraiser stamp set, so my cards are over there….click the image to go see!


The interview on SiriusXM last night went great! After all my panic, that was all for naught. Sorry to those who I talked into following it on Twitter—it didn’t exactly go as planned for tweets, so was kind of a dud there. Except for some awesome quotes from the General. I favorited them if you want to check them out  by clicking HERE and then selecting  FAVORITES.

I am sooooo glad it was radio – the showering of compliments from General Michel were a bit over the top for me, and I was 20 shades of red! The host, David Webb, was very kind and kept mentioning Operation Write Home and the url over and over – saving me the awkwardness of doing that…the sign of a good host!

One of our OWHers recorded it – though in 5 pieces – and posted it on YouTube with all the links on Facebook HERE; I’m hoping to get an ‘official’ copy from the show so we can have it posted somewhere for all to hear.

I spent the rest of the night after the interview working on the next phase of the General’s project – a webpage to host photos as they all get busy writing letters!! – so I’m going to be a little behind on opening mail. They plan to ask recipients to share photos too. Hang tight if you’re waiting on receipts!

(And below is the shopping list for those cards on the Hero Arts blog….way too much inky fun!)


Football stamping

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?? I’m so excited for the Superbowl on Sunday…the Seahawks are TOTALLY GONNA TAKE IT! Woohoo! Now, I know the Broncos are going to be some heavy competition…but I’ve got such confidence….I can’t WAIT to see the game!

I of course had to do some nutty thing in honor of the Superbowl….so today I’m stamping. With a football. Enjoy the video!!

Sandy Allnock - football card

Product links are in the doobliedoo….have fun shopping! (And if anyone knows what I should wash this football with, lmk. Soap and water isn’t doing much, stamp cleaner is making it sticky. LOL.)
Sandy Allnock - football card 2


Product Review: Chameleon Markers

Happy Friday, friends! I’ve got a very different video for you today…a product review! I don’t usually do anything like this…I tend to just do videos using the products and tools I like, and simply ignore things I don’t. But since so many folks have asked me about a new kind of markers released at CHA, I decided to do a video review for you instead. Enjoy:

I hope that was a helpful review for you…I wish they’d let me play with one more, or given me one so I could do some testing at home. I’d like to see how they actually work when blending with Copics, and figure out how long the toning medium in that chamber lasts.  Lots of unanswered questions! Let me know if you buy them and find out anything.

Alrighty. There was no card in that video for you, and I know you come here for one – so here you go….new Art Impressions! This is a new stamp that they say is a Valentine’s Day stamp – but honestly, the sentiment is just “Bear Hugs,” so it could be used anytime!

Sandy Allnock - AI Bear Hug

I kept the design really simple on this one – because the special treat is an Action Wobble! If you haven’t seen them before – it’s a little spring that makes the popped bear torso “bounce” a little. It came with the stamp set….fun, eh? I don’t use them much since they add such delicate dimension to the card – the spring is thin and plastic. But since I had one, I figured why not! They’re ok for OWH cards IF you don’t also use dimensional adhesive in that part of the card – the Action Wobble acts like a dimensional itself.

Sandy Allnock - AI Bear Hug2

I’ll tuck this hamburger fold card all the way into its envelope, to protect the delicate wobble.

And by the way…the good folks at Art Impressions gave me a handful of these bear stamps…so the winners of our Pinterest giveaway are going to win them. Watch OWHtv later today to see if you were a winner!

PS I’ve linked below to the bear stamp over at AI – but if you want to wait to get it, I’m guessing it’ll be at Simon Says soon!


My Top 13 of 2013

Happy New Year!! Today, bloggers in OWHland are sharing their top 13 cards of the year – and “top” is up to the person. Might be favorites, might be most-viewed, most-commented. My list will be a combo.

But before I get to it – if you want to see something way cool, check out THIS annual report about my blog that I got from one of the WordPress thingamabobs that monitors stats…NIFTY! To my top five commenters listed in the report: I’m going to send each of you a little something in the mail in the next month or so, just to say thanks. You ROCK! And one lucky commenter on THIS post will be added to the list. So be sure to let me know which of these 13 is YOUR favorite—and why!

My first five are the most viewed cards last year…click each to go see that post for more detail.

Sandy Allnock - Hero Arts K5900 Birthday Chart

These next five are my top 5 posts with videos:

Sandy Allnock - Pearl Pen Tutorial

(The blog post for this one had an image that has nothing to do with the video:)

Sandy Allnock - NomNom Love

And the final 3 are ones that are simply my favorites….my Charlie’s Angels, because it was too much fun…

My Lil Bear acetate cards…..because I just LOVE this pair of bears!

Sandy Allnock - Lil Bears

And little camping Flopsy makes the list because of the amount of time spent on coloring the image. I went just a little nuts on this one!

Sandy Allnock - MFT camping bunnySo that’s it…my top 13. I might have chosen a few different ones if doing so with a different method, but figured the top 5 viewed and top 5 with videos would at least give ma a good benchmark for this year – knowing what people like to see and share! Don’t forget to leave a comment and tell me which are your faves….blog candy’s at stake!


I have a new post HERE today with fresh mojo – I’m guesting on a new challenge blog! And one last treat – I did a little vloggy review of 2013 in this video below…enjoy!

Copic Coloring Cups

Copic Coloring Cups

Today I’ve got a long- awaited coloring tutorial….lots of folks commented on my coloring of this image a while back, yet it took me this long to make a video! So sorry. But it’s a good time to remind you – if I get lots of comments or questions on a particular image, that may put it on my ‘should-do-a-tutorial-on-this’ list, so be sure to leave comments on anything you want more info about. Enjoy the video!

Here’s a still of the card. The ribbon treatment was simple – I tied a loose knot in some Faux Canvas ribbon (May Arts), and adhered the two ends on the back. Easypeasy lemon squeezy! Hope you have a great weekend ahead, full of checking off the shopping list, celebrating with friends, and doing a little general relaxing. Which may or may not include crafting, depending on what you think ‘relaxing’ is! Have a good one, whatever you do!

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