A Wreath Around a Word & Recycling Your Cards!

Hi friends! In this lesson you will learn how to wrap a wreath element around the beginning of a sentiment for decoration and impact!

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I’ll also show you how you can encourage your card recipient to reuse your handmade card with a unique removable inner panel:

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Watch the video to see how!

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Directions:

  1. Cut a sheet of heavy white cardstock to 5.5” x 8.5” and fold in half to make an A2 card. Trip the leftover card to 3.74”x5” (for stamping) and trim a red card scrap to 5.25”x4” for a matting layer.
  2. Stamp Happy Birthday in an ombre pattern by inking up the middle of the stamp with light pink, the edges in dark pin and the ends in red. Stamp i the middle right of the paper so there will be room for the wreath to the left.
  3. Use the snowglobe stamp to stamp a light green circle around the beginning of the sentiment making sure the opening of the circle is over the words. You can trace something round if you don’t have that stamp.
  4. Use peg stamps to stamp leaves and flowers on the wreath. Try not to stamp over your words.
  5. Adhere stamped panel to a mat and then attach to card with double-sided tape and eyelets.
  6. Stamp the recycling message and icon on a scrap of paper and adhere to the inside of the card with washi tape. *Or you can stamp on a post it note. Stamp “Handmade with love” on the back of the card.

 

Optional techniques!

You can use the snowglobe stamp to create a wreath with a large focal point too. Try stamping a bow, bird or fruit in the gap and building on from that! You can also add a wreath to the end of a sentiment.

So get out the stamp you have, mix and match them and play! Then encourage your loved ones to pass the card on once they have enjoyed it! That’s what I call “Happy crafting!”

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Pen& Ink with Watercolor Tutorial: Fuchsia Flower

Hi friends!  Earlier this week I was playing with some new fine-liners. They were intended to be used for drawing under alcohol ink markers but I wondered if they would work under watercolor too so I gave them a try.57099028_10213948603534627_7983190502033850368_o (1).jpg

They worked great! I shared the painting on Instagram and asked people if they would like a step by step tutorial on the process and they did so that is what I have for you today!

Most supplies available at sponsor Jerry’s Artarama!  Use coupon code: frugal20FS49 for 20% off $49 + Free Shipping (Excludes: Sale, Super Sale, Egift Cards, Buy It Try It’s and Vendor restricted items. Look for the green coupon eligible icon on the product listing.

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Not only can you watercolor over the pens but if you have a ho-hum painting that you want to sharpen up you can do the inking on top. Give it a try and see what you like best! Til next time happy crafting!

Easy Spinner Cards (Inside and Out!)

Hi friends! I colored these stamped images about a month ago thinking that they would make adorable spinner cards.

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You can use any symmetrical design like the spaceship (That was a bargain stamp and die set I got on sale for $5 from AC Moore) or stamps that have mirror images (Like the Pawsome set from Waffle Flower) or you can use a mirror stamp or gel plate to reverse another stamp image. If that’s not your cup of tea you can always back your stamped image on a circle or another shape. You just need to make sure that the spinning element looks good on both sides and you have 2 layers so you can hide the string. These fun cards are a cinch to make and so fun to receive, watch the video and see how!

Supplies: (Affiliate links used)

I hope this tutorial made you realize how easy interactive cards can be and I hope it inspires you to give the technique a try soon! Happy crafting!

Sketching Orange Slices in Marker!

Hi friends! Today I played with markers and it was fun! This was actually supposed to be posted for Sketchbook Sunday but I got busy and didn’t realize I forgot to blog it until 10pm and I was too tired to type.

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I was inspired to sketch these oranges because they looked so cool sitting on the cutting board. I accidentally bought Cara-Cara oranges instead of navel oranges at the store last week and this was the last one. None of us are a fan of this type orange hence it was still on the table after the kids left for school. So before I tossed it out to the birds (the crows like them apparently) I thought I would draw it. It also gave me a chance to try out a new set of markers I will be using for an upcoming tutorial.

Supplies (affiliate links used)

I am excited to work more with these markers. It’s ice to try something different once in a while and see where that takes you. I find when I do this I come back to my other work more energized and refreshed. It’s like cross-training for your crafty muscles LOL! If you have a suggestion as to what flower to draw for the in-depth marker tutorial please let me know in the comments below. thank for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Review: Mungyo Gallery Handmade Soft Pastels

Hi friends! I recently purchased these pastels to see if they would be a good (cheaper) option for extra soft pastels for my students. I was looking for an inexpensive substitute for Schminke which are my favorite soft pastels but also quite expensive. I found this set of 30 assorted handmade pastels on Amazon (affiliate links used) for $43 and price checked the at Jerry’s Artarma where they had a sale price of $93 and a retail price of $189. Meanwhile, the Schminke set of 30 (which is my favorite) is $107 currently on Amazon and closer to $130 on art supply websites in USA. The deal was too good to pass up, but how do they rate?

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See for yourself in this video review!

Mungyo Gallery Handmade soft pastels set of 30
Pros:

  • Price (on Amazon) $43
  • Vivid opaque colors- great coverage
  • Blends well
  • Low dust
  • Works well on smooth and textured papers
  • Good lightfast rating and pigment info available: Color chart with pigment info and lightfastness
  • Handles wonderfully *Softness of these is softer than the typical round machine-made professional but slightly harder than Sennelier or Schminke
  • Open stock colors available (in boxes of 3 from Jerry’s Artarmam in USA)

Cons:

  • Harder to find than other brands, Jerry’s Artarama has them online and might have open stock sticks in stores. Amazon has the best price for sets but the best deal in the 30 stick set ($4.43 per stick)
  • Many colors are mixed pigments (see link to color chart above for info)

I am pleased with these and happy I bought them, They are the first handmade pastels I have used so I can’t compare them to Mount vision, Terry Ludwig or Unison but they work with my other pastels fine. *These are much softer and less dusty than the regular Mungyo gallery pastels. Make sure you get the handmade ones if you are looking for the ones I showed today. They are not as soft as my beloved Schminkes but will still lay down color on top of my typical medium hard soft pastels (Winsor & Newton) perfectly. At $43 for 30 sticks I’d recommend them in a heartbeat and if their larger sets were available at that per stick price I’d buy them too but if you are going to spend nearly $100 on a set I’d encourage you to go for the 30 set of Schminke.

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Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Review of NEW Waffle Flower Water Media Mat & Giveaways!

Hi friends!  I am excited because I have been testing a very special product since December. Some of you have spied it in the background of my videos and asked me about it but I really couldn’t say much publicly about it until now!

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It’s the Waffle Flower Water Media Mat which is a non glare, matte white silicone crafting mat meant for use with watercolor, gouache, acrylics and glue.  The folks at Waffle Flower asked me if I would like to be part of their video hop to introduce the mat and I said “Sure! As long as I can post my full review.” and they agreed! So make sure you leave a comment on my YouTube video if you want a chance at winning a $25 gift certificate to Waffle Flower or a Water Media Mat. After you are done You can check out all of the inspirational designers on the Waffle Flower Video hop! Like this video and leave a comment by 4/15 at each stop along your way for your chances to win the mat! I will also draw a random winner from comments left on my video (on YouTube) for a $25 gift certificate to WaffleFlower.com! Winners will be announced on Waffle Flower Blog on Wed 17th! Open Internationally!

(WATER MEDIA MAT REVIEW)
Finally I get to share a review on a product I have been using almost daily for 4 months. The Waffle Flower Water Media Mat (*Affiliate links used throughout this post) *For the full review watch the video:)

Pros:

  • Non stick
  • Heat resistant
  • Non slip/wont skid across table
  • Waterproof
  • Handy marking for taking social media photos and videos
  • Non glare
  • Protects workspace from spills and messes

Cons:

  • The white silicone stains
  • Can’t be used as a cutting surface
  • Price ($36)

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I have been using the Water Media Mat for months and I have to say I really like it for reducing eye strain and clean up. If you don’t mind the staining and it’s in your budget I highly recommend it. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Daffodils from 2 Directions! Paint with Me!

Hi friends! I am so ready for spring! How about you? The weather is not cooperating with us here in Maine but at least we can have our preference when we paint!

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This is a beginner friendly project that would also be nice for seasoned painters as a warm up and since I painted on watercolor greeting cards it’s perfect to mail off to a friend in need of some springtime cheer, wouldn’t you say? Watch the video and see how it’s done!

If this tutorial made you interested in painting buckets of beautiful blooms check out my Watercolor Flower Workshop! You will learn the basics of painting many types of flowers in a loose brush stroke style and how to combine them effortlessly into new fresh paintings!

Supplies: *Use what you have, if you need supplies affiliate links have been used at no additional cost to you but your purchase helps keep the free videos coming! Thanks:)

  • Watercolors: Lemon yellow, Gamboge, Sap Green, Phthalo Blue, Rose  *I used this Holbien set but it has nearly tripled in price since I bought it. This Shinhan set is very similar and affordable at $26 for 30 colors.
  • Watercolor Greeting Cards: I get these in bulk because they are so handy for quick sketches and the come with envelopes for 31 cents a piece!
  • Brushes: I used this set by Zen *Be sure to click the $5 off coupon to get the set of 6 for $20
  • Reference book: *I love all of the books in this series, keep your eyes open on amazon for when these used books show up, I waited and paid between $5-$25 for each book in this series. Worth every penny!

I had such a fun and relaxing time painting with you today, There is something so graceful and beautiful about daffodils, not to mention cheerful. I hope you paint them too! Happy crafting!

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