I’m a Crafty MacGyver!

OK crafters, today I am going to show you how you can make a fabulous stamping tool with duct tape, plexiglass, a plastic lid and a Popsicle stick! You can use it to make fabulous backgrounds like this:

 

Check out the video!

Then I realized a better way to use it so I could stamp a background so much faster, by putting many stamps on the block. The stamps need to be the same thickness so stick to all clear, or all cling otherwise the thinner stamps won’t hit the paper.  I really recommend using a larger piece of plexiglass to make it. You can even go to a glass shop and ask if you can buy their scraps of plexi, they will likely just give them to you and the sizes would be perfect!

Here is the Lego page from the video.

I scrapped this at a crop the other day (talk about MacGyver crafting) I think I forgot just about anything I might need at home (letter stamps and stickers) so to make my title I cut 1/2″ strips of cardstock and fashioned them into crude block style letters. Then I used my eyelet setter punch to make small circles and glued them to my letters (seriously, I even had to borrow glue-thanks Lorraine!-I was such a mooch!) but hey, I liked the page and so did the kids and that is the whole point, get the photos in the album so the kids can look at them. My pages don’t have to be awesome (people put way too much pressure on themselves when they scrap) the fact that we are printing out our photos and preserving them is awesome, anything else is great but not necessary. YOU are awesome for just putting the pics in a book!

And this was my first attempt at using my kaleidoscope stamp machine gear thing:

 

Thanks so much for having a peek, I hope you try this fun technique, it will give you so many new looks for the stamps you already own! Til next time happy crafting!

2sketches4you and a bit about chalk ink.

I made a couple of cards tonight using the sketches over at 2Sketches4you and I love the way they came out:

Father and Mother's day cards. Stamps: Fiskars, Technique Tuesday, Anitias, Die cut Cricut

Father and Mother's day cards. Stamps: Fiskars, Technique Tuesday, Anitias, Die cut Cricut

The first one using Laura’s sketch was so fun. It is a mother’s day card for mom (she doesn’t do computers so the secret is safe LOL!) And she has a thing for roosters so all the better. I used a new clear stamp set from Fiskars and charcoal chalk ink. chalk ink is great to use on clear stamps because it doesn’t bead up and it dries really fast. I tend to prefer brighter colors myself but I wanted a rustic look so I did all of my stamping on both cards with the chalk ink.

The Rooster Crows...

The Rooster Crows...

Inside of card:

But the Hen Delivers!

But the Hen Delivers!

I used Ewonne’s sketch for this Fathers Day card for Dad who also does not partake of the Internet. He worked most of his like as a builder and for the past 20 years owned hardware store so it is perfect (IMHO that is!)

Hmmm, this could be a nice many birthday card too...

Hmmm, this could be a nice manly birthday card too...

Remember if you want quick drying ink that will work well with clear stamps try chalk ink, it is not as bright as pigment or dye but it gives a subtle matte look and is very nice for direct to paper inking such as antiquing paper or inking edges. Thanks for stopping by and until next time happy crafting!

Faux Batik Technique!

Want to liven up your next stamping project? How about giving this a try.

Here is how the faux batik looks!

Here is how the faux batik looks!

It is easy to do. You simply stamp an image with clear embossing ink, sprinkle with clear embossing powder, hear and paint over it with a light watercolor. Let it dry, stamp and emboss more and paint it with a darker shade. Repeat these steps for an interesting look. See photos for details:

Stamp and emboss on watercolor paper then paint with a light color of watercolor paint.

Stamp and emboss on watercolor paper then paint with a light color of watercolor paint.

Stamp and emboss the next image...

Stamp and emboss the next image...

...then paint over with a darker shade.

...then paint over with a darker shade.

Repete with a darker color, I embossed when the paper was a bit damp so some of the image would flake off and look more authentic...Sure I did that on purpose!

Repete with a darker color, I embossed when the paper was a bit damp so some of the image would flake off and look more authentic...Sure I did that on purpose!

When you are done you can place the batik paper between scrap paper and iron it to remove the embossing if you like but I don’t bother, I’m lazy;-) The stamps in this project are by Inque Boutique, Thanks to Mitzi for giving me her set!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

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