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Soft Watercoloring: Prima Pencils + Hero Arts

I’ve always admired the soft, pretty coloring that my friend Debby does – if you don’t follow her, you ought to! I was just talking with her a few days ago and she told me she’s planning on doing more videos (weekly maybe, woohoo!) for her channel, and I’m ecstatic! Lots of her videos end up in Online Card Classes, but now we get to see them in addition to classes. Hooray!

Soft Watercolor

I recently purchased some Prima Watercolor pencils – these come in sets of 12: Basics, Earthtones, Soft Neutrals, Scenic Route, and Spring & Fall. I wasn’t expecting to like them so much – but I do! The colors seem to really turn into flowing watercolor fast – even better than the Inktense pencils that I’ve used before. So far I haven’t found any that don’t blend easily! Watch the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

The scalloped stitched cloud border is one I was happy to find when looking through my Pretty Pink Posh dies – I might finally retire my scalloped border punch that I’ve used for cards like this and this! I seem to regularly get emails from folks asking where that punch is – and I’m guessing it’s long discontinued at this point.

Sandy Allnock Soft Watercolor with Pencils

The “You are not here” wood mounted sentiment is one by Stampers Anonymous; it seems to not be available any more. So sad! It’s perfect for using in this exact way – all the little critters in a row with a gap for the missing beloved friend!

I also want to let you know I’m starting something a little new – vlogging on a new channel! I’ve been wanting to do more short-form chats as well as perhaps some livestreams, and interactive things….and this is my first little video in that vein! Feel free to go subscribe if you like chatty videos like this; I know lots of folks don’t have time for this, and that’s totally fine 🙂 I may or may not be blogging about posting videos there, so you’ll want to subscribe. 🙂 Watch the video below, or click HERE to watch it on YT where you can find that little “subscribe” button!


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14 thoughts on “Soft Watercoloring: Prima Pencils + Hero Arts

  1. I LOVE this card! I’m just now venturing into the world of stamps, dies, watercolor pencils, and card-making. I sooo love the look of your soft watercolored animals here. Do some more! I’m pretty sure I “liked” your video on Youtube. Thanks for showing your technique. 🙂

  2. Beautiful 🙂 I love learning stuff from you!

  3. I love you. That is all 🙂

  4. Sweet card. I enjoy watching your videos because I learn so much. TFS Oh, I go both ways on the sequins. It just depends on my mood.

  5. Beautiful card, and love the sentiment. You did great with the soft coloring. Of course, I had no doubt you would. heh As for sequins, cup side up usually. It seems to reflect the light better, or at least, that’s what I tell myself. ^_^

  6. Cup side up! No question in my mind. Then you can add small gem or pearl drop for the center. Going to love Vlog idea! You always find something to talk about!

  7. I’m not sure how you’d glue them down cup side down–so it’s cup side up for me! You did it on your project–you achieved “soft.” Congratulations!! It’s fun to force ourselves to change. I keep trying to do the “soft” thing and I think I finally achieved it this spring with some Easter cards. My heart sang just looking at them. Thanks for the videos Sandy!!

  8. Cup side up. I like to cover up the hole in the middle of the sequin with blin!

  9. Really sweet! Love your take on soft coloring. I too usually lean towards bright, but soft is a nice change of pace. I subscribed to your new channel too! 🙂

  10. Sequins?… cup side up for me, otherwise I’d have to use so much glue to keep those suckers on that I could keep glossy accents in business for years! I’ve seen some of your other vlogs and look forward to seeing more.

  11. Great soft color card! I love watching your videos, you encourage people to go outside their comfort zone. Thanks for all you share!

  12. Well, I don’t have a strong opinion about the best way to glue sequins as I don’t use them very often on the surface of a card. When I use them, they are usually loose, but confined in a shaker card.
    Looking forward to the VLOG!
    Cute “missing you” card!

  13. I don use sequins. Great card and sentiment.

  14. I prefer cupside down but find they often fall off that way so mostly do cupside up. I find the best glue for cup down is pinflair gel – anyone got any better tips?

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