Posted on May 17, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
Howdy friends. Time again to get out the art journal and have a play! I love working in a spectrum of colors, like the color wheel, putting colors next to their neighbors for really vivid results! The other neat thing is that you can get by with only 3 colors of spray ink and just let them overlap! This quote from Marc Chagall was perfect for this page: All colors are friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites:
That quote means the the colors are pleasant with the surrounding colors on the spectrum but really pop when placed next to their complimentary color, that is the one opposite on the color wheel. Watch the video to learn some techniques with sprays, stencils, markers, stamps, wax and watercolor!
Here is the spread from the beginning of the video, I actually was doing a video of this and ran out of time and I felt that for the amount of techniques I was sharing it should be under 20 minutes…and I am too lazy to edit clips together LOL! Still, more than 20 minutes is a lot to ask you to sit through…in fact 20 is probably bad enough LOL!
Here are close-ups of the pages:
Before I forget I want to mention that I will be posting a giveaway for the most adorable stamps tomorrow, I do hope you check back for a chance to win. If you are afraid that you will forget you can subscribe to my blog (look for the subscription area in the upper left hand column, it’s free) and you will get an email when I post something new. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: art journaling, mixed media, Stamping | Tagged: art journal, art journal page tutorial, color wheel, DCWV templates, gesso, Marc Chagall, markers, mixed media, neighbors, spray ink, sprays, stamps, stencils, wax | 15 Comments »
Posted on April 15, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
This poor card, I stamped and colored the image ages ago, all it really needed was to be adhered to a cardbase but it sat neglected on my shelf for months until, during a cleanup, I tossed it in to my “papercraft UFO (that’s un-finished object by the way)” drawer and I discovered it during the lonely crop last month. I needed a card so I finished it up, it really only needed 5 minutes of work, and the recipient loved it!
I was thinking about what project to share tonight and it hit me, share the forgotten flower fairy, the image has been waiting on my computer Long enough I think! Here are the details: The stamp was one of the amazing flower fairy sets I got at Custom Crops when they first came out (so glad I did because now they are hard to find) they are manufactured by Crafter’s Companion but they did not have this one anymore on their website either.
I stamped with waterproof black ink and colored with inktense pencils and a blender pen. I stamped some of the individual flowers from the set, colored and cut them out and adhered them with hot glue for dimension.
I’m not sure why it took me so long to post this, I think it is like clutter, you see a pile of paper on the coffee table, at first you think, “I need to take care of that” a week later it’s like “I really should deal with those papers” and in a month you’re all “what papers?” because you get so used to seeing something that you don’t notice it. That is my theory, it explains why my coffee table is a cluttered mess too! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Stamping | Tagged: card, cardmaking, crafter's companion, decoupage, flower faries, inktense, paper toille, rubber stamping, stamps | 19 Comments »
Posted on February 10, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
Yep, that is how excited I am, 3 exclamation points!!! I might get carried away and start writing in ALL CAPS too:) LOL! Thanks to reader Maureen for sending me a set of 12 Derwent Inktense Blocks to try. It was so thoughtful (she was probably sick of hearing me hemming and hawing about buying them ha ha:) so I opened them up and started playing when I had a few minutes today and of course I flipped on my camera and did a video, here are a few techniques I came up with:
They are fun! I can’t wait to have a moment to play with them some more, this is a busy week and I literally had to scrape myself off the couch to write this blog tonight so I apologize for any spelling errors and incoherent-ness that may be present.
BTW I have had some users say that videos were not loading for them and a viewer suggested unblocking things and updating things…really I am too tired to think so if you are having a problem or have a suggestion please leave it in the comments and you can help each other out with that. I know in my kindle lately I can’t watch any YouTube videos and it is an android device so there is definitely something going on. I’ll think on that some tomorrow:) For now it’s off to bed with me and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Stamping | Tagged: derwent, derwent inktense blocks, dyan revely, inktense, mini couture, ranger, stamps | 13 Comments »
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 October 8, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter .
Hello Friends! I had some fun this weekend playing with some new stamps. The Murder of Crows set from Lost Coast designs:
I decorated some manila tags and laminated them to make bookmarks. I colored them with PanPastels but you can use ink and a sponge or regular chalk to get the same effect. Watch the quick video to see how:
Here is the tag from the video, I was able to get the text on the tag by inking up half the stamp, stamping, cleaning the stamp and inking the other half and stamping it on the other side of the bird. An easy trick that comes in handy when trying to fit all the stamps you want on a small tag.
I think I will use these stamps a lot, I got some old Edgar Allen Poe books that were being thrown away by the library that will be great with these stamps. I can’t wait to play more with them! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: lost coast, Stamping | Tagged: crow stamps, halloween bookmark, halloween stamps, lost coast designs, pan pastels, panpastel, rubber stamps, stamps, tag | 18 Comments »
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 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 June 3, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter .
Howdy folks, I am back from the Heirloom Stamp Show and Paper Arts Festival. I have more videos to upload from the event (later today) but for now I want to let you know that I have 50% off everything in my shop at MyGrafico until midnight tonight:
Gotta make some money to go spend at next years stamp show ha ha! Here are some products you might enjoy:
Don’t wait to stock up on new digital goodies, the sale at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff is over at midnight! Stay tuned for more videos from the stamp show, til then Happy crafting!
Filed under: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff | Tagged: crafts, father's day, Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, mygrafico, party printables, patriotic, Sale, stamps, summer, SVG | 7 Comments »