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Happy Wednesday, everyone!

I’m Sandy Allnock, back once again to share another in my holiday backgrounds series with some of the new releases!

Wonderful Wednesdays with SANDY ALLNOCK- how to airbrush a glowing sky

Airbrush a glowing sky

Santa is stuck! Oh my. Poor Santa. Or even worse, poor ME! What if he ate too many cookies and can’t make it down my chimney? Gasp! In today’s video, I’ll be sharing a little airbrushed background to add behind the scene….unfortunately it’s not a solution to helping him deliver gifts, but we gotta work with what we have, right? LOL! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

There’s a giveaway of this stamp set over on my blog – be sure to go leave a comment to qualify to win win win!

Sandy Allnock santa is stuck

Next Wednesday is the fourth in the Stamping Bella backgrounds series – be sure to pop back in to catch it – you won’t want to miss the roaring fireplace!


  • Stamp: Stamping Bella, Santa is Stuck
  • Paper: Neenah Cardstock,Solar White,25 pk
  • Coloring medium: Copic Markers



  1. Susan G says:

    I did leave a comment and thank you for the generous giveaway. I am in love with StampingBella stamps….as soon as I win the lottery I will own ALL of the Bellarific stamps.

  2. Michele says:

    Sooooo amazing, love these videos by Sandy!

  3. Arianna Barbara says:

    I love the airbrushing!! Santa is really cute and your card is absolutely adorable!!!

  4. Trina Flynn says:

    Sandy you always amaze me with your coloring! Super cute stamp with Santa trying to get down that chimney! I really enjoyed listening and watching your video. Iā€™m Looking forward to seeing the Roaring Fireplace video.

  5. Laura Buehler says:

    Seeing IS believing…A purple beard CAN look white!

  6. Teresa Doyle says:

    This is so amazing, a great image and as always, Sandy brought another great stamp to life! TFS!

  7. Bonnie Brang says:

    Love stamping Bella!
    I have never seen this technique before.
    Thanks for sharing.

  8. always enjoy Sandy’s cards love the santa stamp set

  9. Tami B. says:

    Could anyone with advanced coloring skills answer this; how do you choose what colors to use to make something look “white”? Is it a matter of personal preference, or does the background and lighting play into what you should use? The BV’s were perfect for his beard in this one, but would grays, or blues work just as well? Thanks for any advice.

    • Elaineabella says:

      Hi Tami!

      I’ll actually be covering this in a Marker Geek Monday post soon! šŸ™‚ On a simple level I’d say for card-making – use what you have available, or what you like best. The recipient is highly unlikely to be critiquing in any great depth regarding your colour choices. You are the one colouring – do what looks good to you!

      Greys would work, definitely. And you could choose to use Warm Greys, Cool Greys, Toner Greys or Neutral Greys. šŸ˜‰ I gave a basic overview of the different Copic Greys in a Marker Geek Monday post earlier in the year: http://bit.ly/29AUVx4

      You can get as complicated as you like with this, in terms of taking cues from your background and lighting. For example: if you have a scene with some warm lighting close to Santa, like a roaring fire, you might use some yellow in the highlight areas of the beard to represent reflected light, and you may want to use the Toner or Warm Greys to create the shadows. If you have a very dark background, you may want to go darker with the shadows in the beard than you would if you have a light background.

      Hope that helps, but watch out for a Marker Geek Monday post on this coming soon! šŸ™‚


  10. A wonderful tutorial…. thanks Sandy!

    Christine x

  11. Thanks so much for sharing! What a great card!

  12. Gail Plaskiewicz says:

    I have this stamp and I just colored it! It looked kind of white/gray in the picture on the stamp package so that’s how I colored it. You know, a chimney is full of soot from the fires in the fire place so Santa would get his beard kind of dirty from that. That’s what I based it on. I have a white chalk pencil so I used that. I love that pencil and my sister got me more last year for Christmas. Now I will never run out! LOL
    I love the background on this card above. I didn’t make a background and now I am thinking that maybe I should! Maybe I can even put stars in the sky! Now I am really thinking. You will be the first to see it when I am done with it. Thanks for the background idea!

  13. Another wonderful job of coloring. This is a really cute stamp and you make it look so good. The background is just awesome!

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