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 »
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 »