Posted on November 16, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Happy Saturday friends! First let me apologize, I completely forgot to announce the winner of last weeks About Art Accents stamp giveaway! It’s: Dee Snow! Dee, check your email for instructions;) I get so thrown off schedule when the kids have short school weeks!
I got a request from a YouTube viewer to show some techniques for use with Faber Castell Gelatos and Gel Sticks. They hare chapstick like tubes of creamy color. They are pretty strait forward to use but I completely understand the wee bit of creative paralysis one get when faced with a new supply. The best way to learn about a new medium is to use it I think so to break the ice for you I made a card using most of the techniques I could think of. Grab some cream cardstock and let’s play!
In the video I mentioned Nancy Waterman’s excellent e-article on Gelatos and Gelsticks, you can download it for free here. I’m sure by the end of that booklet and my video you will be coming up with even more ways to use these little beauties! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on November 8, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Gosh, I hope you are not getting tired of the stamp giveaways LOL! I have some lovely Thanksgiving stamps to give away from About Art Accents. BTW this stamp set retails for $19.99 but is on sale for $7.99 plus $1.50 postage, that is less than half price even with shipping! All you have to do is leave a comment and I will pick a random comment next Friday as a winner, simple huh? This giveaway is open to EVERYBODY!!! Here is a card I made with some of the giveaway stamps:
I belong to the yahoo group Oriental Stamp Art, there are challenges going on all the time. This months technique challenge is to ‘stamp off’. I made a quick video demonstrating the technique as well as putting the card together. Yes, the card is made in 7 minutes. I also included a lot of beginner and money saving tips in the video.
I think we forget some of the ‘golden oldies’ when we stamp. By using limited supplies you can really stretch your budget as well as your creativity! If you have any questions (and to get entered in the prize draw) be sure to leave a comment. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: about art accents, Stamping | Tagged: beginner stamping video, blog candy, cardmaking, giveaway, how to, prize fraw, rubber stamps, stamp technique video, stamping off, stamps | 121 Comments »
Posted on September 7, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Seriously, I went into my craft room to clean and organize it today but fun projects kept happening! It started when I was trying to wash glitter off my silicone molds and well, if you have ever tried to get glitter off silicone you know. Nothing sticks to silicone except glitter and embossing powder it seems, so to clean it off I covered the mold with hot glue and smashed it down on the most convient scrap of paper (an old book page) but when I lifted it up it was so cool! I had to make something with it…right?
So then I had to pull out some markers, spray ink, paper and envelope templates because you can’t make a card without an envelope right?
What is a girl to do? I know, turn on my video camera (hey it’s still on my table from my last video) and film the madness!
And that is what you call trash to treasure my friends. You’re welcome:) All right, tomorrow I’ll clean, yep, I will clean while the Patriots are on, no distractions…hey, is that glitter over there? I’d better go check, til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafty Recipes, Stamping | Tagged: Art, cardmaking, cardmaking lesson, craft video, distress markers, DIY, envelope templates, establishments, free craft tutorial, glimmer mist, hot glue, relief, silicone molds, spray ink | 22 Comments »
Posted on August 30, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Hello friends! Last week I showed you how to press flowers in the microwave. Today I’ll show you how to use them in a card:
I used this dress form stamp from Lost Coast Designs. This is a great image because you can use it on a steam-punk card or a very ladylike card as I did here! The trick to using pressed flowers on your cards is making sure you have adhered them well so they don’t peel back and get damaged. Watch the video to see how:
OK, the video was a bit silly but you get the idea! And, wonder of wonders I found the A2 kreate-a-lope I lost yesterday, it got closed in a stamp binder. When I cleaned a stamp and put it back I found it! Go me! I win the day! I used it to make the envelope for my card then I used another 3″x3″ envie inside the card to hold a secret note! Best of all someone can put the note in the mini envie and the card can be reused, I love up-cycling!
You may notice that I dressed the card up a bit from what the video showed, I used the rulers background (also from Lost Coast Designs) to add in some background (Yes, I know, I should have done that before gluing in the flowers but, hey, nobodies perfect) and a sewed on a scrap of ribbon and glued on some die cut buttons.
That’s it for me today! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: lost coast, Stamping | Tagged: cardmaking, DIY, dressform stamp, how to, lost coast designs, pressed flower card, Stamping, thefrugalcrafter, video | 6 Comments »
Posted on July 25, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy friends! A couple of weeks ago I showed you how to make flat envelopes with the Envelobox Creator from Crafter’s Companion. Today I will show you how to make a 3-D box with it:
Easy huh? I love how I can make cute boxes for lumpy cards or jewelry gifts. Now if only it would punch the notches for me….
I used the Envelobox Creator to make this gift box for a pair of earrings!
Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Product Reviews | Tagged: cardmaking, crafter's companion, easy envelope, envelobox creator, envelope board, envelope maker, Envelope Template, envelope tool, gift box template, how to make a 3D envelope, jewelry gifts | 11 Comments »
Posted on July 11, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy folks! This week at Oriental Stamp art the challenge is to make a star card:
These are so fun and easy and I made a quick video to show you how to make them:
Here are the measurements to remember: use a 12″x10 3/8″ piece of cardstock. You will have three 12″ long sides. Mark the 6″ point on each side and score mark to mark. The second set of score-lines are 1 3/4″ from the first. Trust me, it makes sense when you watch the video!
The butterfly stamp is by 7 Gypsies and the pansy collage stamp is by About Art Accents and it is on sale for $5!
I hope you give this card a try, it is easy and fun! I think if you made them smaller they would make a lovely Christmas card, add a ribbon and a photo in the middle and it becomes a keepsake ornament! Thanks all for today, thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: about art accents, quick projects, Stamping, Templates | Tagged: 3d card, 7 gypsies, about art accents, art neko, cardmaking, crafting, DIY, easyt card, keepsake ornament, Stamping, star card, star card directions, star card how to, tutorial, video on making a star card | 9 Comments »
Posted on July 9, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
I hope you are enjoying summer. I am! I wanted to have some little berry boxes to use in projects but it was hard to find ones that were not stained by berries (and I didn’t want plastic ones) so I made my own:
To make them sturdy I used a sheet of kraft cardstock and a sheet of printed cardstock to make the box!
I have been loving the trend of chalkboard art (not that I’ve mastered it) so I wanted to try stamping some. I made this card that looks like a sandwich board that would be on display on a sidewalk in front of a cafe:
You can get my printable templates & SVG cutting files here. I designed the printables to be printed right on your good cardstock so you don’t have to trace. You get two cards on one sheet of cardstock (2 different sizes) a box and tags. The project makes up in minutes perfect for summer crafting!
Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on June 14, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Happy Friday folks, it is the first day of Summer Vacation and I have started my kids on their pre-TV routine: 30 minutes of IXL Math (a school recommended math program) and I have also informed them that their rooms have to be tidy before the TV is turned on! I know, I’m awfully mean, they also have to read 30 minutes (at least) a day but they don’t mind that. I went down to my studio the other day to tidy up but was distracted by the bin of new stamp show stuff so after clearing a spot to work I played with my new stash, I liked my first try so much I simply turned on the camera (which is always set up) and filmed the process. You can use whatever stamps and stencils you have, stencils with bigger holes work best, and dye based ink, You can use any large brush you have too.
Pretty fun huh? Now between this and the gelli-prints I am going to have to actually use these backgrounds before my pile-o-backgrounds gets out of control. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Stamping, Templates | Tagged: backgrounds, cardmaking, color duster, stamp show, Stamping, stamps, stenciling, stencils, stipple brush, technique, video tutorial | 33 Comments »
Posted on April 4, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy folks! Want a quick and colorful card idea?
You can paint this card and envelope in under 10 minutes. I used Inktense watercolor pencils but you can use any watercolor pencils or crayons you have or even kids watercolor paint! Watch the video to see how:
BTW the large-and-in-charge butterfly stamp is made by Tattered Angles and the smaller butterfly used on the envelope is by Stampin Up. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on April 2, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Happy Tuesday! First off I am so very happy to report that I cleaned all day yesterday (yuck) and my house is still clean today (yay!) No thanks to my dog who thinks all of the rainy ditches along the side of the road are her personal wading pools. I can go to my studio today feeling virtuous as I play with paper, beads, paint or whatever else strikes my fancy. That is If I don’t pull something with all of this patting myself on the back, ha ha! Today I am going to share a card I sent to a friend of mine who had her appendix out last week, I thought the colors would cheer her up
I stamped the image with Stampin Up Basic Black (because I happen to be one of the rare birds who like that ink) and colored it with inktense pencils. If you have never used them before they are wonderful, they are a watercolor pencils but super vivid and once you wash over them with water they become semi permanent meaning you can paint over them (gently) and the color won’t lift…watch out for the reds though, they can smear a bit if you are not careful. These are my favorite pencils and they cost about the same as other artist quality pencils. That said you can do the same techniques with any colored pencils just be careful when you go to wash over the colors that you don’t smear everything underneath. Watch the video to see them in action:
With markers being all the rage right now many stampers forget about the humble watercolor pencil but I urge you to try them again (or for the first time!) They are inexpensive vs. markers. One watercolor pencil has 100 times the ink/color as a marker and a pencils costs $1.50 or less vs. $3-$7 for a marker. They blend easier so you don’t need as many colors and they are great for kids too! If you are looking for a less expensive, but quality watercolor pencil set the Karat brand is good and I think you can get a 24 pack at staples for under $20. You can find the Inktence at the big craft stores as well and use a coupon but I think if you want the big set you are better off checking Blick Art Materials, Cheap Joe’s or ASW Express and see what deals they have going;)
To simply finish this card I layered pattern papers from the Floral Fair stack (DCWV) onto a kraft card base and threaded a length of baker’s twine (papermart) through a bunch of buttons and used glue dots to adhere it to the prepared card base. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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