Posted on June 8, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy folks, Today I made a card using several products I bought at the Stamp Show last weekend:
I used stamps and dies from Local king Rubber Stamps, A background stamp from Rubbernecker and ginkgo eyelets from the $1 bin at Eyelet Outlet. I also used this weeks sketch at Oriental Stamp Art.
We have a month long technique challenge at Oriental Stamp Art too, this month it is stamp huffing. I made a quick video on how it is done. You need dye based ink pads and/or watercolor markers, it is a really pretty look.
I used the first stamped image as the focal point on my card and the second generation image (2nd huff & stamp) on the rectangle in the background. I die cut/embossed the focal image as well. I am not typically a fan of dies to match stamps (it just makes me feel a little too lazy) but the intricacies of this stamp plus the fact that the die embossed the image too sold me on the set (the buy 4 get one free deal at the show helped matters too!)
I used one of my favorite background techniques, poppin pastels, on this card with a big tapestry stamps I scored on clearance at the stamp show from Rubbernecker. Look how easy the technique is, you can do this with any stamp or ink up a bunch of smaller stamps to make your own background. Any soft chalk will work for this!
One more tip!!!! OOPS envelopes!
Have you ever made a mistake scoring an envelope and you have an extra crease where you don’t want it? That happened to me with this one but I did not want to waste the paper so I folded the envelope right (I have 2 mistake creases in it) then ran it through my die-cutter in an embossing folder (basket weave from Darice) and you cannot see the mistake, only a pretty texture!. This might be best for giving the card in person in case the texture fouls with mail sorting equipment. Anyone know how an embossed envelope would fair in the mail? That’s it for me today. I’m glad I had as chance to play with my new goodies from the show. Til next time happy crafting.
Filed under: Stamping | Tagged: asain art oriental stamp art, bacvkground stamp, die cuts, Embossing, envelopes, eyelets, homemade envelopes, local king, poppin pastels, rubbernecker, stamp huffing, stamping techniques, stamping with markers, stamps, video tutorial | 23 Comments »
Posted on May 16, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy friends! Today I have a quick, fun technique project for you that will have you making cards in minutes. Feel free to substitute supplies I used for ones you have on hand. You can use ANY watercolor paint for this. I use Gel Sticks on the card base but if you don’t have them try watercolor crayons, oil pastels or even kid’s crayons. It’s not about having the most resources at your disposal, it’s about being the most resourceful! Here is the video!
Here are a couple close ups of the quick cards from the video.
You can do this! You don’t need hours to create something worthwhile. Use those little snippets of time and make something wonderful! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Stamping | Tagged: backgrounds, crafting, Embossing, faber castel, gel sticks, gelotes, Stamping, tutorial, video, watercolor, watercolor paint | 9 Comments »
Posted on May 13, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Here is an easy card you can make for an enlisted friend or family member or for Operation Write Home:
I made this card for my niece’s husband who is leaving for basic training, it was also his birthday. I built it on a kraft cardbase, tore a book page and sprayed it with my homemade shimmer spray and layered an embossed blue panel that I glided a white Gel Stick on top to bring out the design. I stamped a never before inked Statue of Liberty and colored it with Gel Sticks. Added a few eyelets and a Happy Birthday sentiment and that was it! Easy peasy! Have a great Monday everyone and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: quick projects, Stamping | Tagged: birthday card, Embossing, enlisted, faber castell, gel sticks, gelatos, handmade card, man birthday card, OWH, partiotic craft, patriotic card, soldier, stature of linerty stamp, usa | 12 Comments »
Posted on April 30, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy there! I’m so happy today because I get to give away the beautiful Camellia Background stamp from About Art Accents I used on this card (a brand new one though) and all you need to do is leave a comment on this post to have a chance at winning. I’ll draw a name next Tuesday so be sure to sign up before then. Have you ever tried to heat emboss transparencies or vellum and ended up with a warped mess? Well, no more! I’ll show you how to do it right today even with the thinnest materials!
I used ink-jet transparencies on my project because one side has a coating that will allow ink or watercolors to dry on it, just like it does with printer ink. If you are using regular overhead transparencies or un-coated acetate you can still do this but instead of painting the backside with watercolors use acrylic paint and let it dry naturally. Watch the video to learn this technique and complete the card!
My favorite part about this card is how it shines, shimmers and changes depending on how it catches the light, photos do not do it justice.
I hope you enjoyed this technique and give it a try! Thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!
Filed under: about art accents, Crafty Recipes, Stamping | Tagged: about art accents, Embossing, faux stained glass, free stamp, freebie, giveaway, how to heat emboss on acetate, how to thermal emboss transparencies, ink jet transparencies, pearl watercolors, reverse glass painting, stained glass stamping | 76 Comments »
Posted on August 8, 2012 by thefrugalcrafter
I had a pretty busy day yesterday but I managed to sneak down to my studio to play a bit:
I love anything Wizard of Oz themed! I’ve had this set from Crafty Secrets for quite a while, uninked, and I had to remedy that! I decided to do a video on the chevron resist background and also one on how I colored the image since I get asked for coloring videos a lot. Up first is the background video:
To be honest I scorched the sample in the video, there was smoke coming from my paper but it did not show up in the video LOL! The resist was fine but not as bold as the one on the rectangle card. It wouldn’t be one of my videos without some mishap! Now here is a video on how I colored the image, you will learn a gradient blend and how to get the look of metal.
Here is a close up of the coloring:
And here are my cards:
And since it is What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday here is my messy post videos desk:
Well, that just about does it! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Stamping | Tagged: chevron, coloring tutorial, copics, double embossing, Embossing, embossing folder, friendship card, resist, Stamping, tutorial, wizard of oz card, woyww | 16 Comments »
Posted on May 27, 2012 by thefrugalcrafter
Happy Sunday folks! Today I am going to share a card with you I made earlier this week with my homemade stain daubers. I was experimenting with embossed resists, technique I have done many times with good results BUT this time I couldn’t get a raised image (!?!) my powder kept melting into the paper.
I was stumped. Why does bad embossing happen to good people? So I posed my question to the experts on the OSA yahoo group I belong to and they had some ideas why all of a sudden my embossing powder might be giving me grief:
- Old powder. This could definitely be a culprit, I have picked up EP at yard sales and on clearance and honestly my powder stash is likely to be between 5-15 years old. I heard-tell that EP is only good for 2 years BUT I think it has to do with the metals oxidizing and tarnishing in the metallic powders. I really don’t think plain clear or colored powder would be affected.
- Overheating the embossing powder. I think this might be the problem. If you ever do the “faux batik” technique you emboss a design, color the paper then iron off the embossing powder. That is what this reminds me of. I wear out my heat guns after a few years because I use them daily. Also I noticed a little paper scorching the other day and I was using the gun as I always had.
- Moisture in air/paper. My dehumidifier had been kicking on a lot this week, it has been very damp and I craft in my basement. Could the damp paper be soaking in the ink/powder?
BTW I have a quick tip, If you are trying to punch a shape from paper (or use deco scissors) and the paper wants to snag or is getting stuck in the punch blast the paper with the heat gun for a few seconds to remove any moisture and it will punch perfectly. If your punch is jammed shut with paper stuck inside place in the freezer for a few moments and it will release. Don’t just randomly jab sharp objects at the bottom of the punch hoping to dislodge the paper, you will only end up injuring yourself…don’t ask me how I know that.
Have a great Memorial Day (in the US) and be sure to check back this week, I have lots of fun projects planned, from calligraphy to Father’s Day to fun summer projects with the kids, check it out! Til then happy crafting!
Filed under: Stamping | Tagged: batik, Embossing, embossing powder, embossing powder sinking into the paper, resist, sidtress stain, Stamping | 8 Comments »
Posted on May 14, 2012 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy folks, It is a beautiful Monday in Maine, I’m so glad to see the sun (Let’s hope it stays!) Here is a thank you card with a steampunk flair. I like the fact that you could replace the sentiment with “Happy Birthday”, “Congrats” or whatever. I have a hard time with cards for guys so this could fit the bill for many occasions:
Stamp Credits: The schematic blueprint stamp is by Technique Tuesday, the 3 men is by Tim Holtz and the “Much Obliged” is by Inkadinkado.
Tip: Ink up the embossing folder before embossing for a letterpress look as I did for the gear panel at the bottom of the card.
Allrightie, I think I need to make something pink and frilly now:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Stamping | Tagged: Embossing, gears, letterpress, masculine card, Stamping, steampunk, thank you card, tim holtz | 10 Comments »
Posted on May 9, 2012 by thefrugalcrafter
Happy Wednesday folks! I spent a lovely rainy day yesterday playing with my new Xyron Creatopia. Here is the page I made:
Stamp by About Art Accents/Art Neko.
I used the large embossing rollers to emboss an entire sheet of kraft cardstock then dry-brushed pastel yellow paint over it. I used the rotary cutters to cut scalloped strips and the smaller embossers to emboss the dots on the strips. I used the die cutter to die-cut paper, cardstock and burlap. I tried out everything except the adhesive because that would require me to look at the manual since I have not used so much as a sticker maker before LOL!
Tip: I saved the burlap bag that my basmati rice came in and cut a strip to make the ruffle under the main photo. I painted a piece if burlap to keep it from fraying before I die cut it in a heart shape. Place the burlap between a piece of wax paper to keep paint from transferring to the die and to keep fibers from unpainted pieces from going everywhere.
Since it is WOYWW I snapped a photo of my desk during my creatopia experiment:
I have since cleaned it up and found a permanent spot in my craft room for the machine (it is about the same size as my Cricut expression!) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Scrapbooking | Tagged: burlap, burlap bag, chicken layout, creatopia, die cuts, die cutter, Embossing, rotery cuttter, scrapbook page, scrapooking, Stamping, xyron | 25 Comments »