Enjoy Birdie Brown Air Hugs in This Month’s Create in Color with Sandy Allnock!

Before we get to today's post, we have our randomly selected New Product Launch winners. Both lucky winners will receive a $100 MFT Shopping Spree.

from Melania’s blog: The Firth Five

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Congratulations to you both! Please send an email to erica@mftstamps.com to claim your prize. Thank you to everyone that commented on our Design Team blogs — we appreciate every comment!

How are you all feeling? Are you ready for a giant air hug from Birdie Brown and Sandy Allnock? It's the first Create in Color of 2021, and it's a good one! Grab your colored pencils and watch as she brings the largest image from Hug It Out to life. Once you've learned more about Sandy's process, make sure to scroll to the end of today's post for some fun news about an event happening TONIGHT. Hope to see you there!

Hi there! It’s Sandy Allnock here with some fun coloring to start off the new year! When I saw Hug It Out, I knew instantly that would be a go-to set this year.

handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I’ll be coloring up the image with all the animals in it, but I can’t wait to work on the rest too! Multi-animal images are such fun to work on — and no masking is needed either!

handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The sentiments in this set also couldn’t be more perfect for the times we’re in…I can’t WAIT for the end of air hugs, how about you? Consider my video a real bear hug coming your way!

I used a pretty limited set of colors. Repeating them throughout all the animals but in different combinations keeps the whole picture looking unified yet gives each critter a character all their own. I love what adding a little of the reddish brown did to change up the squirrel!

Colored pencil coloring from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

As I say all the time, spend some time coloring up a card and it really doesn’t need embellishing. Just a bit of dimensional adhesive under the panel gives the card “heft” without adding a lot for postage.

handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The stitched border die has long been a favorite for me in finishing off cards; just a wee bit of stitching lets the coloring take center stage!

handmade card from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Facebook Live

Tonight at 8 PM EST, I’ll be coloring LIVE on my Facebook page! Details:

1. Download the image.
2. Print on your favorite colored-pencil-friendly paper.
3. Grab some colored pencils, any brand — suggested Prismacolors and Polychromos are listed on the printout.
4. Join in live HERE, and be sure to comment during the livecast!

See you there!


Prismacolor: 917,118, 1009, 932 OR
Polychromos: 108, 186, 135, 249
(a warm medium yellow, a rusty orange, a reddish purple, and a bluish purple)
a cotton ball

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The animals look so fluffy and soft you want to hug them. I love the way you colored them!

Nancy Bellis January 21, 2021

so dang cute!! Thanks so much for sharing!

CLAUDIA JEWELL January 21, 2021

Perfect set for today and we all need HUGS!! Purchased this and learned allot from your video. Thanks Sandy!

Clara Hanni January 21, 2021

Amazing coloring!

Liz Jutila January 21, 2021

You are so generous. We stampers really appreciate it. It gives us something to look forward to and hope for, even if we don’t win. And it is so much fun to see the new products, and see what the designers have done to bring them to life. Thank you so much!

Sharon L Gullikson January 21, 2021

I just bought this set! Can’t wait to start coloring with you!

Paulette DeRemer January 21, 2021

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