Paper Doll Castle – Coloring with Sandy Allnock

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Hello and Happy January, everyone! Can you believe it’s already 2017??

Sandy Allnock

I’m Sandy Allnock, and I’m back with another of my monthly installments of Create in Color! (Click HERE to see the others!) Last month a number of folks asked for colored pencil, and a few asked for the Magic Colored Pencil Technique. Your wish is granted! I chose some really darling stamps with a true fantasy element to them. And a set of dies that you can use to build a custom castle of your own design!

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring Knight in Shining Armor and Once upon a Time stamp sets and Die-namics and Castle Die-namics #mftstamps

The castle was fun to design! I didn’t use all the parts in the die set, but you can try cutting them all out and arranging them until you come up with a structure you like! Note that this project could be a card like I made it to be, or it could be a gift for a child who loves playing with paper fantasy toys!

I used Prismacolor Pencils for my coloring, though you can color with any medium you like. If you choose pencil, you can leave it as plain pencil or get a blending stub and some baby oil to blend the color! (The pencil numbers I used: 923, 1022, 932, 907, 1096, 1082, 947, 1002, 921, 1013, 1092)

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring Knight in Shining Armor and Once upon a Time stamp sets and Die-namics and Castle Die-namics #mftstamps

The little princess is feeding flowers to her stable of ponies…

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring Knight in Shining Armor and Once upon a Time stamp sets and Die-namics and Castle Die-namics #mftstamps

And the little knight has a bedazzled helmet! His enemies won’t be able to see him during battle since the sunlight will be twinkling off all that shimmer.

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring Knight in Shining Armor and Once upon a Time stamp sets and Die-namics and Castle Die-namics #mftstamps

A ferocious dragon will guard the castle or perhaps draw some angry eyebrows on him so the knight has someone to fight!

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring Knight in Shining Armor and Once upon a Time stamp sets and Die-namics and Castle Die-namics #mftstamps

To get the creatures to stand up, a second die cut is glued just at the top. I made a little score line on each one so the two pieces separate and make the figures stand on their own.

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring Knight in Shining Armor and Once upon a Time stamp sets and Die-namics and Castle Die-namics #mftstamps

The glitter was added to Glossy Accents. You could also just let the shiny coating add to the images without using glitter, but… why not, right?

Handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring Knight in Shining Armor and Once upon a Time stamp sets and Die-namics and Castle Die-namics #mftstamps

Thanks so much for joining me for this little magical project! As always, let me know if you’ve got a suggestion for a medium to use in February! And by all means join me over on my blog to get lots more education on all kinds of mediums!

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  • Jane

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    Sandy I love your fun project as well as your great instructional video. Thank you for the continuous inspiration you always provide!

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  • Angela R

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    Love your card it’s so cute! I think it would be a great idea to make those images into magnets too so little kids could play with them on the refrigerator for hours.You can also use Mona Lisa Odorless Mineral Spirits to do the blending and there is no smell to it at all that I can tell. I have never used Gamsol so I have no idea what it smells like but if it smells like any other type of thinner I would imagine it smells pretty bad.

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  • TK

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    Such a wonderful, fun project — it’ll surely entertain some special little one!

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  • Jackie P.

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    So very cute! I think any little girl would love playing with this!

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  • Karen B.

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    This is such a super cute idea! Thanks for sharing and for the tips!

    Watercolor pencils would be a great topic for next month! 🙂

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  • Kirsten B in MN

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    This is just fantastic! Love the colors and the glitter!

    I’d love to see watercolor pencils. They intrigue me but I’ve never tried them.
    Thanks for sharing your tremendous talent!

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  • Jeanette

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    What a fun creative set of stamps and dies, I love them. Sandy, as always, your colorful is delightful . You can’t help but smile and laugh as you image the little girl who receives this card.

    I would love to see some watercolor techniques with traditional watercolors, like Shin Han or Gansai Tambi. Thank you once again for sharing your art and little tricks to make each medium easier..

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  • Anne Sweeney

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    Holy smokes .. That was super duper cute .. I know a little girl in Florida that would adore receiving a card like that …I’ve never met her .. but she’s in my prayers lately .. love your coloring .. TFS .. Yours in Christ and Ink… Anne

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  • Cynthia Johnson

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    Methinks yon castle is a most bonny home for the fair princess and her knights. Long live the princess and long shall she reign in glittered majesty.

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  • sheron egolf

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    This is so stinkin’ cute! What fun for a young one to play with. I just bought Bic alcohol markers because I have never used that kind before. I certainly won’t spend money on Copics until I know I might like alcohol markers. I would love to see you use these Bics or Sharpies to see what they can do at the hands of someone who knows what they are doing.

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  • Dale

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    I loved the “castle” lesson. I don’t always watch videos, but I just bought these stamps and dies and was interested. I’m so glad as you gave so many little tips as you colored. I had never heard of using baby oil. I love watercolor pencils and maybe you could do a lesson using those.
    Thanks!

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  • Kitty T

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    This is precious. Great idea giving it ‘assembled’ for a child to color. You always rock Ms.A!

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  • Sheri

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    Crazy creative!!!!! Thank you for having so much fun & sharing it. This is a fantastic idea – I have dinosaurs who need to roam, and fairies who just can’t wait to fly and oh what fun.

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  • Tammy B

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    Oh my cuteness! What a fabulous project! Love the idea of having the kiddo colour the images themselves. My littlest nephew would love this!

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  • Linda Rae

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    OMG!! A lot of work, but really adorable. My granddaughter would love this. TFS

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  • Dawn

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    This is such a creative (as if that is surprising) idea! What a fun way to stretch your supplies and give them an whole new purpose. Super, super cute!

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  • Maxine

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    How cute is this….OMG. Great idea for a child.

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  • Beth Karschnick

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    Hey Sandy,
    I am totally in LOVE with this magical scene done with the colored pencils!! Thank you for using the colored pencils!! I am taking a colored pencil class but it is good to see how other people use them and what tips and tricks can be done with them!
    I was thinking since you used the colored pencils this time it would be also nice to see you use the watercolor pencils next time!! Looking forward to whatever you come up with for next month!

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  • Dawn@Petals.Paper.SimpleThymes

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    So magical, Sandy! I l just love watching you blend layers of colored pencil. I just received Prismacolors as a gift and am ready to play with them! It would be fun to see more coloring with Zig Clean Color markers or Derwent Watercolor pencils! You are talented beyond measure, Sandy! ♡

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  • Sybrina K

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    Darn it, Sandy…. You’ve done it again…. Inspiring me to add another stamp and die set to my wish list. These characters are just so beautiful… and I love it when you color with pencils. 🙂

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  • Jan Elmore

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    Thank you, Sandy. Love learning about different mediums! I really enjoy the water color pencils.

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  • ~ginny

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    Thank you sooo much for the pencil tutorial! Although I have never used pencils, I took your advice and put the great Amazon deal for the 150 set of Prismacolor pencils on my Christmas list and was lucky enough to get them. The best part for me was your use of the Baby Oil and stump – that was a wow moment! Gotta try that! Thank you again for your time and effort with the videos you do… I never miss a one!
    ~ginny

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  • Martha G

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    Where was this adorable set when my grandkids were younger?! Thinking hard how to use it for older kids or even adults. Sandy, you created such a fun card and beautiful coloring, as always.

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  • Sara Killian

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    I absolutely love this! I’m going to have to try this when i can! Such cute stamps and a clever idea.

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  • Gloria

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    Wow! What a great idea. Thank you for sharing.

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  • Annette Hindes

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    So So Cute!
    Love the whole scene &
    that the figures stand on their own!

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  • Woendi Levitt

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    SUPER CUTE!!! I have a granddaughter this would be perfect for. This also inspires me to do a monster scene for my grandson. TY for the idea and the colired pencil tips. Im learning to have a lighter touch-its tougher than it seems. I would live to see some Brusho medium. Its just sooooo fun. God Bless

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  • Joleen

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    Thanks for sharing about the baby oil. I just started using colored pencils and never knew about this tip. I needed it big time for my first card that I sent someone. I was thinking “I wish there was something to make them blend better.” And wahlah, here it is!! Thanks again for sharing.

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  • Joleen

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    Wow, the ingenuity and creativity that went into this…!!! How very, very clever!! Super idea for making for children as a coloring project!! Thanks so much for sharing this Sandy, you are awesome!!

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  • Viveca V.

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    Sandy, thank you for a beautiful start to my day. Off to work in a bit, but so nice to relax and watch you color and put this fabulous card together. I’m with you- love, love, love my Prismacolor pencis, too.. I appreciate all the tips from sharpening them, blending, color combinations . . .
    I also like the details from the shimmer to the glossy accents that add that something extra to such a fabulous project.

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  • Nancy Ward

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    Oh what an adorable card! Just spectacular!

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  • Brenda Fernandez

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    Awesome idea…
    I love this… thanks for share the inspiration…

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  • Judy A. Keener

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    So cute! I just started using my colored pencils again, I really like using them. I had forgotten how easily they blend with baby oil and Gamsol. Your videos inspire me, thank you Sandy.

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  • Deb Mertin

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    Loved this tutorial! Your videos are so well done and I too love to use different colouring tools. Thank you for the baby oil tip, as I ha ve used gamsol too. Thank you for encouraging me to use my pencils more often.☺️

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  • Mary Gilmartin

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    Really like learning from your projects and would like to see more with the Derwent Inktense pencils .

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  • Teresa Doyle

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    Adorable card and wonderful work Sandy!
    I’d love to see another card using Zig Clean Color Brush Pens.

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  • Susi

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    Unbelievable project! Definitely looks like it took a considerable amount of time, but it turned out fabulous.

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  • Shirley

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    So Cute!

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  • creatingincolors

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    Soooooo creative! What a wonderful gift!

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  • Mary W

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    I’ve never used Copics but finally ordered the first set of Altenew’s colors. So I would like to see you use them with basic, beginner ideas and instructions for next month. Also, I thought these sets were cute but had no idea how to use them for my adult friends. Since I saw your post, I really would like to order both sets and give them to younger grandkids, What fun.

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  • BunnyD

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    Love this project! What a fabulous use of the stamp set. It would make a super card and gift for a child far away or in hospital!

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  • Majda

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    This is so lovely! And I love the magical glitter everywhere. Gorgeous project!

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  • Mirella ROGAN

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    Wow that’s a fantastic idea! Once my baby girl is bIG enough, I’ll be making her stuff like this for sure! Love it! And such a great way to use our stash 🙂

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  • Margery C

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    Wow, a labor of love is this castle. How fun it is to look at and the little girl who will receive this will be soooooo happy. It’s the Happy castle.

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  • karen.o

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    Oh this is just adorable. How fun and every little (and big) girls dream card. So clever Sandy I just love it. I love colouring in pencil too so its just perfect.

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  • Frances Sheegog

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    This is such a cute idea!! And I love the way that you made the figures stand. I would have loved playing with this as a little girl. I’ll have to make this for my great-niece so we can play with it together. Thank you for the inspiration, Sandy!

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  • Laura Buehler

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    Love this! How cool to turn a card into a toy!

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