Create in Color with Sandy Allnock

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Is it really April already!!? I’m Sandy Allnock, and I’m confused…it often still feels like winter, but I’m SO ready for spring! The crazy weather all over the US has been nutty — what’s it been like in your corner of the world?

But, this weather has inspired me to make a deliberate effort to reach out and invite spring birds into a card — with A Tweet Hello!

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite things #mftstamps #watercolor

As for supplies this month, I’m using watercolor, but you may not know there are some “dot cards” out there that could help you try out watercolor without making a huge investment. They’re little blobs of paint — they come in sheets big and small — but the one I use in this video is the Sandy Allnock Palette! I was blessed that Daniel Smith company wanted to make one to share my favorite colors, the ones I recommend for crafters. I have a gajillion other colors, but try to use these so you don’t feel like you need to go out and get them all. Get a few. (Then let the addiction start. Ha!)

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite things #mftstamps #watercolor

In the video, I forgot to mention I was painting on Arches Cold Press. Anyway…let’s get to the video, okay?

There are lots of stamps you could use to make a wreath from…what stirs your brain? They just need to be small enough to live in a little circle of greens!

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite things #mftstamps #watercolor

If you try this technique, whether with A Tweet Hello or other stamps, be sure to tag me out there on social media (I’m usually @sandyallnock everywhere!) — I’d love to see what you make!

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite things #mftstamps #watercolor

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  • Janice

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    Adorable birds and great card! What ink do you stamp with when you watercolor your images?

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  • Arianna Barbara

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    How cute!!!
    Congrats to the winners!!!

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  • Conniecrafter

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    so very cute, I like how you came up with a wreath idea with the birds and I like how you brought out the flowers with your pen work too!

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  • Heather DePasquale

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    Thanks for the great tips Sandy! Looks like I need bigger brushes. Beautiful card.

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  • Maxine

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    Fun card and great colors but I think you could have stopped before the leaves. jmo

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  • Marilyn

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    Love this card just the way it is. You always inspire me, but,alas, so far my watercolor efforts have been painful. Hope to take your class soon

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  • Kathy J in Ellicott City

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    Great technique. I love how you did the watercolor.

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  • Knitty

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    There is nothing wrong with the leaves but I would probably leave them out next time. I appreciate your comments on decisions like this. One of the best things about cards is that they are so forgiving. They may end up on someone’s mantel or desk for weeks but they aren’t under scrutiny in a gallery.

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  • Jackie Whitmarsh

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    Such a cute card! Love how you make this look so easy. I’m trying-slowly getting the hang of it. And I like the addition of the leaves to define the flowers. TFS

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  • creatingincolors

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    I’m always fascinated by watching you watercolor. I love this wreath, including the little leaves! The colors are beautiful.

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  • Teresa Doyle

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    So beautiful. Sandy, I love how you used so few images yet made such a beautiful wreath. A good lesson for all of us. TFS!

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  • Lagene

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    Awesome wreath of birds! Thanks for the video, I prefered the leafless flowers.

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  • Karthikha Uday

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    What a beautiful sweet creation! 🙂
    Congratulations to the winners 🙂

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  • GiniK

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    Love your little wreath! These are very “cartoony” birds, so I think adding the lines for a few leaves is a fine thing to do. I suppose if this was a more formal image, it might have been a little distracting – but so much depends on the colors you’re using, how serious the sentiment is, and for me – when you last had some coffee or chocolate… ! So just do your thing, and don’t worry about what we think – we love you and everything you do!

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  • Kim

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    I love to follow Sandy Allnock – she is a hoot! and she makes me feel so inspired to try her techniques!

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  • Gloria Westerman

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    I think this is just to cute…I’ve bought the DS watercolor sheets and going to give them a go..love you card Sandy wouldn’t change a thing…tfs

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