Posted on August 8, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
Scrapbook week is winding down and I want to share a quick supply you can make that would be pretty as a page border:
Boy, that brings back memories of magic mesh and the fun we had scrapbooking at out local scrapbook store! Thanks for stopping by and as always happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafty Recipes, Scrapbooking | Tagged: DIY, drywall mesh, magic mesh | 4 Comments »
Posted on July 5, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
Hi friends! Today i am going to show you how to make beautiful custom stencils with hot glue, have a look at this quick video:
I love how they grip the paper and the ink does not seep under. All you need to make them in a hot glue gun, glue sticks and a silicone mat. I recommend using a high temp (or the high setting) glue gun because you will be melting a lot of glue. All you have to do is draw a design on the silicone mat with the glue, let it cool and your stencil is ready to use! How fun is that? I hope you try this tip for making stencils for pennies! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: art journaling, Crafty Recipes | Tagged: art journal, custom stencils, diy craft supplies, diy stencils, glue sticks, hot glue, hot glue gun, hot glue stencils, how to make stencils, mixed media | 39 Comments »
Posted on June 21, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
Hi Friends! I had a request the other day on the facebook page to make faux Peerless watercolors. Peerless watercolors are dye watercolors that come on small rectangles of paper. They were mainly used for photo tinting but lately stampers have been using them for coloring because it is easy to control the amount of color you get.Here is a card I colored with my faux Peerless palette. The rose stamp is from Lost Coast Designs.
I really loved the ease of coloring. You can use almost any water-media you have to make a Peerless style travel palette but I had the most luck with my Inktense blocks and traditional watercolors. See how I did it:
The dye reinker and marker attempts never dried fully, even days later. You can also use watercolor pencils and crayons or gouache. If you can’t get the Yupo paper I used try laminating cardstock or use a report cover or transparency. If the paint doesn’t want to stick you can lightly sand the plastic first. Yupo is designed to be used with watercolor so no treatment is required. I liked the sample I made with my set of 12 inktense blocks so much I swatched out my set of 72 and it did not make a dent in my blocks! I love that I can take my full set of colors with me while leaving my set of blocks safely at home. since the Yupo paper is thin I attached it to a file folder.
This is a great idea for classes and supply sharing too since we rarely use up our watercolor pencils and crayons!
So you are probably wondering why anyone would buy real Peerless paints if you can make these so easily, well, I reckon that the peerless watercolors have more paint on the swatches and they are super transparent because they are a dye. I will probably have to reload my inktense palette many times to equal amount of use I would get from a stack of peerless sheets. I’d love to try them someday but this works for me and my budget right now! Plus it is always good to use what you have. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafty Recipes, lost coast, Stamping | Tagged: art journal palette, coloring, DIY peerless, dye, faux peerless paints, how to make peerless paints, inktense blocks, inktense travel palette, mixed media, peerless, Peerless palette, Peerless watercolors, Stamping, watercolor pencils, watercolors, watermedia, yupo paper | 16 Comments »
Posted on April 28, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
Howdy folks! A couple weeks ago I asked my husband to make a stick of wood with some holes for dowels so that I could tie bows on it. He obliged and I liked it so much I asked if he would be willing to make more to sell. He said sure and I made this video and listed them here in my Shophandmade shop. Here are the Bow Making Jigs in action:
The original jigs were made from an extra walnut and maple chess board he had made. The thin strips of hardwood were glued on Plywood and strips of that were on a cherry base. I loved the way it looked but the amount of orders we received in the first two days completely used up our supplies! Then we started branching out into better woods, here are the new bow making jigs in walnut and maple.
They are hefty at a pound a piece and are very easy to use not to mention pretty enough to leave out. We kept the price the same but had to charge a bit more for shipping due to the weight. You can buy your very own Bow-making jig for $20 plus $6.75 S&H in my shop! (international shipping is more, sorry :( ) Bust since I HATE charging so much to ship it I decided to throw in another bonus, you will get my Pretty Packaging and Box Bonanza SVG & Printable template set, an $8 value, with this purchase along with the $4 of free digital product you earn ($1 for every $5 spent in my Shophandmade shop) normally. The template set and free product of your choice will be emailed to you so be sure you look for my email after ordering.
So, if you want a beautiful hardwood USA made bow-making tool made lovingly for you and shipped with the utmost care please check out the ones my hubby made! Thanks so much for enduring my shameless promotion tonight and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafty Recipes, Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Templates | Tagged: bow easy, bow jig, bowdabra, cardmaking, craft supplies, crafting tool, Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, made in the USA, maine made, mow making tool, wood bow making tool | 6 Comments »
Posted on April 22, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
Howdy friends! Today I will show you how to make the best blending tool for your gelatos, gel sticks, water-soluble oil pastels and inkpads. All you need are clothespins, white craft foam, cotton balls and rubber bands. Let’s whip up a batch of these useful tools!
Fun huh? I use these all the time and I hope you like them too. Happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafty Recipes | Tagged: foam blenders, gel sticks, gelatos, homemade art supplies, homemade blenders | 19 Comments »
Posted on April 10, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
I have lots of crafty goodness for you tonight! After my ill-advised and potentially dangerous attempt of making enamel dots from Perler beads last weekend I came up with something better and far less toxic:
A reader, Viki B., mentioned using embossing powder in a comment on that post and I thought Ah-ha! I can dome scrapbook paper and coat it in UTEE! Best of all you can use up scraps leftover from a project to make embellishments that match perfectly! Watch the video to see how easy it is!
I love making these “on demand” and as needed, not to mention no toxic fumes or potentially burning down the house. That’s what is known in the craftng world as a “win-win-win!”
I also was admiring some of the feather dies out there but I hate to buy something that is trendy because when the trend is over you are stuck with a die you may never use again. I’ll show you how to hand cut feathers. It’s quick and easy and no two will be the same, it’s like having an infinite amount of dies for zero bucks! Here is the video tutorial:
What do you think of approaching the project backwards? First make the envelope (I used a Kreate-a-lope from Green Sneakers) then make the embellishments. Hardly any waste so it is perfect for the paper we have been hoarding and so cute and useful! They would make great gift sets too I think!
I wanted to share my first embossing powder attempt. I first thought I could stamp dots on my card and emboss them with colored powder but the result was kinda flat so I added more powder but I lost the definition. I punched out those attempts and adhered them to the above card. I was not happy with that so then I tried punching patterned paper, doming it and coating with UTEE. much better. See we rarely get it perfect on our first try, keep at it, you will get it! 3rd time’s a charm right? I hope you give this a try, thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafty Recipes | Tagged: craft tutorials, craft videos, crafty ideas, diy enamel dots, embossing powder, envelope templates, green sneakers, how to make enamel dots, kreate-a-lope, make-do, paper feathers, scrapbook paper, UTEE | 29 Comments »