Posted on June 5, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
Hi Friends! Do you want to spice up your jewelry packaging? Today I will show you an opulent looking technique that you can achieve on the cheap using little kraft jewelry boxes from Papermart:
The size I use in the video are 1 1/8″ x 1 3/4″ and you get a box of 100 for $23. They have many sizes available making it perfect for whatever you need to package. Tip: Get your friends together and place an order for several sizes and divvy up the loot so you can try a variety without having to keep 100 of each on hand. Although these are so useful you will probably use them up in no time! Watch the video to see how easy it is to make faux cloisonne:
Supplies: kraft paper jewelry box, black acrylic paint, rubber stamp (an open line art stamp works best, avoid stamps with a lot of detail), metallic pigment in, gold embossing powder, heat gun, metallic watercolors,a small round brush.
Directions: Paint the box lid with black paint. You can paint the bottom of the box any color you like. Let dry. Stamp design on lid and ink the edges of the top with metallic ink, add embossing powder and heat with a heat gun to melt the powder to get the shiny metal look. Paint the design with metallic watercolor paint.
I hope you try this elegant project, it is sure to impress both your customers and friends. The box is a gift in itself. Please check out Papermart if you are in need of any type of creative packaging, I don’t think you’ll find better prices or quality anywhere else. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: craft fair, jewelry | Tagged: acrylic paint, craft fair packaging, earring display ideas, Embossing, embossing powder, gift packaging, gold embossing powder, how to make faux cloisonne, jewelry box, kraft jewelry boxes, kraft paper, packaging, papermart, rubber stamping | 14 Comments »
Posted on May 25, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
Howdy friends! from the blog post title you can probably guess that we are going to get inky today! But first I want to announce the winner of stamps and a gift certificate to Art Neko (formally About art Accents) congrats to Kimberly E.!!! Check your email for details;) Don’t worry if you did not win, the Garden Friends set it is still on sale and I have another idea for using it in today’s video:
Feel free to adapt this technique to suit your project. You can even just do the inked emboss and call it a day, that is pretty on it’s own. Here is a recap of what we did:
First we did an inked emboss by inking an embossing folder with pigment ink and a brayer and embossing white cardstock. Then we added a little bit of copper, gold, rust and verdigris embossing powder to the embossed panel and heated it with a heat gun. We scribbled metallic green, gold and brown gel sticks to the panel and topped it off with a spritz of homemade shimmer spray ink.
Here is my tutorial on homemade spray ink.
Here is my tutorial on the firm foam blenders for gelatos.
Thanks again to Art Neko for sponsoring this contest, remember to use my coupon code Lindsay10% to save 10% on your non sale rubber! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: about art accents, Stamping | Tagged: art neko, background, Big Shot, Embossing, embossing folder, embossing powder, gelatos, heat gun, inked emboss, pigment ink, rubber brayer, spray ink | 18 Comments »
Posted on May 12, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
Howdy friends! Here is a card you can make for Fathers Day or a birthday for a handy man in your life:
It is fun and easy and will help you get more use out of the supplies you own. Watch the video to see how:
The stamps I used were from Technique Tuesday but you can use any tool stamps or use clip art. I used embossing folders for the backgrounds but feel free to use stamps. Take the ideas and fly with it! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Stamping | Tagged: Embossing, fathers day card. cards for men, man birthday card, Stamping, technique tuesday, tool themed card, tools | 2 Comments »
Posted on April 11, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
EDIT: I forgot to post the printable sheet of Dolly Parton Quotes, you can download or print it directly here.
Happy Friday Folks! Well, I had plans of making a tofu scramble for dinner tonight but I was overruled 4 to 1 so I grabbed a pizza and we plunked in the living room and watched Once Upon a Time while we enjoyed takeout. They has pizza and I had a veggie Italian (and french fries…I’m a vegetarian, not a saint LOL!) I love how they are bringing OZ into story-line, I also love that it is a show I want to watch with my children and not some show with obnoxious teenagers in it LOL! Anyway, this recent TV show has inspired this card:
Wizard of OZ stamps: Lost coast designs, Quote: Dolly Parton
I used the Wizard of OZ stamps from Lost Coast Designs that feature the precious illustrations from the original book. I did not use many supplies for this card and I bet you can make do with what you have too to make something like it! Watch the video for tips and hints on masking, embossing and coloring!
I hope that tutorial inspired you to dig out some of your older supplies and show them some love. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: lost coast, Stamping | Tagged: Dolly Parton, dolly parton quote, Embossing, fiskars texture plates, lost coast designs, OZ, rainbow, rubber stamps, spellbinders, Stamping, Wizard of Oz, wizard of oz stamps | 12 Comments »
Posted on March 2, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
Hello friends. I often admire fussy, tedious, time consuming crafts but I know that I would not enjoy them. I really wanted to get the look of parchment craft (an elaborate embossing and paper piercing technique on vellum also known as pergamano) so I improvised a quick fix:
I later learned that if you emboss 2 sheets of cheap vellum at once it won’t crack. Also if you have the same Spectrum Noir markers that I do and find that some have dried out (before you even used them) you can make them juicy again with this quick tip:
That trick will work with any alcohol based marker. Many people asked if it will work with rubbing alcohol and the answer is maybe, I have not tried it so if you do leave a comment and let me know! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafty Recipes | Tagged: darice embossing frames, dried up markers, Embossing, embossing diffusers, embossing frames, how to fix dry markers, how to re ink alcohol markers, how to reink spectrum noir markers, paper piercing, parchment craft, pergamano, spectrum noir, vellum | 15 Comments »
Posted on January 23, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
Howdy friends, just a reminder if you haven’t entered into the Year of the Horse stamp set giveaway yet be sure you do on last Friday’s post because I will draw a winner tomorrow! Now let’s stain some wood! Here is a fun technique I discovered (OK , who knows, someone else might have thought of it already LOL!) that I call resist staining!
The embossing powder method works best on smooth wood, rough wood likes to catch all of the granules making it less defined. If you are using rough wood like a plywood that cannot be sanded smooth you can stipple on wood glue, let it dry and stain/wipe like i did in the video. I hope you try this technique sometime! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: quick projects | Tagged: Embossing, embossing powder, stencil, wood, wood stain, woodworking | 14 Comments »
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 »