Take a Virtual Trip to the City of Light with Sandy Allnock

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Even if you've never been to the City of Light before, you'll feel as if you're reminiscing with an old friend over a shared trip while watching this month's edition of Create in Color. Enjoy a little wanderlust with Sandy's trip down memory lane as she creates a scene featuring the new Rainy Day Friends stamp set, then scroll to the end of today's post for information about a Facebook Live event happening TONIGHT. Hope to see you there!

Bonjour, mes amis! It’s Sandy Allnock, and I bring you greetings from Paris…the Paris in my mind!

I traveled to Paris years ago and have wanted to return ever since. It's such a beautiful and romantic place! The instant I saw Rainy Day Friends, I knew exactly what I wanted to do: relive a rainy day I spent in that city!

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

The background scene is so soft in this — just like my rainy day there! 

The Polychromos colors used are:

Polychromos coloring from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The card design was kept simple. I trimmed the panel to 4” x 5 1/2” and added it to a card base with dimensional adhesive. I love the off-center look!

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

I used a few other things: a white pen for details (I find the Uniball Signo works awesome, but others like different pens. Use what works for you!) I also used a fountain pen to draw in the eyes. You can use any black pen, but my fountain pen just makes me feel all fancy. Ha! Then there’s the Gamsol (I’ve also used baby oil in the same way) that I keep in a little jar with a cotton ball in it. It can be applied to a colored pencil with a blending stump, cotton ball, cotton swab...it just depends on what size you need for the application you’re attempting and how sharp a tip is needed.

By the way, the little player-piano toy is one I picked up at a local novelty store pre-pandemic — I play it once in a while when I get wistful for gay old Paris!

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

Facebook Live

Later this evening I’ll be on Facebook leading a color-along; these are so much fun!

How to participate:

  1. Download the PDF and print it on Copic-friendly paper.
  2. Gather the supplies listed in the PDF.
  3. Invite your friends! Link them to this post so they can download the PDF too.
  4. Join HERE at 5:00pm PST/8:00pm EST — jammies are perfectly appropriate attire on a Friday night!

I'm looking forward to seeing you all on Facebook this evening — or in the replay over the weekend!


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Love the tutorial! not great with pencils but inspired to try again.

Carol S March 21, 2021

This was a terrific tutorial. Love Sandy’s work and I am a French teacher since 1993. Perfect set for me to get!
Lori S in PA

Lori Spitzer March 19, 2021

Oh wow, Sandy! Gorgeous!
I am not sure I heard what paper are you using for the color pencils and gamsol.

— Dalis

Dalis March 19, 2021

Oh my gosh, Sandy! This is stunning!!!

Sybrina K March 19, 2021

Wow! As always SA blows me away! This is beautiful and I’m ready to try thanks mft for awesome product and usable content!!!

Erika Lee Hayes March 19, 2021

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