Easy & Elegant card Design for Friendship, Thinking of You or Sympathy Cards

Hi friends! Today’s card project is one you can make up in batches to have on hand when you want a gentle thoughtful card to give. The design is simple and adaptable and if you don’t have the same supplies I have you can use the ink pads or watercolors you do have on hand.

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You can see how to make this card as well as supply saving and storage tips in today’s video tutorial!

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Supplies from Rubber Stamp Tapestry:

Other:

Storage tips:
I laminated the index cards that came with my stamp and slid them into cd/dvd sleeves. For the peg stamp cards I trimmed them small and laminated them with badge size laminating pouches because I had a bunch that came in a variety packs and I wanted to use them up:) You could also use clear packing tape to laminate the cards if you don’t have a laminator. I hope you found some of these tips useful and if you liked this project please consider sharing it using one of the nifty sharing button below! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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DIY Perfect Gouache Palette From Harbor Freight Bargain!

Hi friends! See how I used this cheap container from Harbor Freight to make the perfect palette for my gouache paint.

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As you probably know gouache paint can be rewet like watercolor after it has dried so you can paint waste free. The problem with letting big gobs of it dry in a watercolor palette is that the dry paint can shrink and crack and then fall out of the palette or get mixed up with all the other colors. What a bummer! I love the convenience of having all of my paint accessible because I am more likely to use it. Watch the video to see my cheap and easy solution!

Supplies:

  • I found a clear plastic case at harbor freight that had 24 clear flip top boxes in it for $4.79 This is available on Amazon too but it is more expensive. This would also work if you want a smaller set up that holds 28 colors and it is cheap!
  • Here is the Arteza Gouache set I used. Make sure to peel off the color labels before you squeeze out the paint of they wont come off!
  • Tube wringer (optional) I have this one but I wish I had a metal one and this one is cheaper too! *I use a lot of small watercolor tubes and the paint is expensive so I find the tube wringer to be a good investment (A few drops of watercolor can create many paintings) but if your paint is not that precious it might not be worth it. I like to save money and trips to the store:)

Directions:
1. Remove color label from tube and stick it to the side of the little box. *Or you can make a label with the color name and pigment info/light-fast rating.

2. Fill with paint.

3. Put small containers back in big box for storage. As the containers are not air tight I think you are fine to close them unless you have just used them and introduced any water to the pants, in that case I’d let them dry out a bit before closing. Since I filled them with fresh paint and I know there are no contaminants I closed them.

I think there are many things these little boxes would be useful for and you might even have something in your stash that will work the same way as this. Have fun organizing your palette and til next time happy crafting!

 

Triple Review: RENDR Marker Paper, NEW Premiere Brush Tip Alcohol Markers & Curio Stamps from Stampendous!

Hi friends! I have had requests to showcase a few new things and it made sense to do it all at once. It seems like there have been tons of companies revamping their marker lines over the past year and I am always curious as to the quality of them and how different they are from one another. Today we will look at the new Premiere markers sold exclusively at A.C.Moore. Along with RENDR Marker paper and Curio Stamps by Stampendous.

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The new Premiere markers have a bullet tip and a brush tip and will not replace the old style Premiere markers that resembled Prismacolor with a bullet tip and tri-chisel nib. The curious thing was that the color names between the two versions are not the same…but I did find a similarity between the new brush pens and other new brush pens on the market. Watch the video for more details!

Premiere by Nicole Dual end brush alcohol markers:

These markers are available in sets or open stock at A.C Moore stores. Prices range from $3.99 for a single marker to $159 for a set of 48

Pros:

  • Brush tip and chisel tip
  • Less expensive than Copic
  • If you have an AC Moore store near you they are on special or you can use a coupon on a set making them much more reasonable
  • They use the same color number and naming system as the following brands so you can replenish or fill in colors from other sets (Colors the same as Studio 71, #coloring, Artist Loft (Michaels stores) and Blick Illustrator  available at Blick stores but they are not going to keep stocking them and all they have now are 12 packs.) If you like those markers you will likely enjoy these as well as the nibs are the same.

Cons:

  • It is a fiber/felt tip instead of a higher quality foam tip
  • Not suitable for brush lettering

*AC Moore will still be stocking the original Premiere markers with the bullet and tri-nib chisel ends as well as the new brush markers so you can shop for what best suits your needs. They do not have a shop online but they recently teamed up with Blitsy and they have the 12 and 24 packs of the original markers for sale so maybe the new ones will arrive soon. *Note the color names between the new and old style of Premier markers do not match.

Bottom line: I like the new Premiere markers but the regular retail price is high for what they are. This is a good item to use one of their 50% off coupons on or wait for a sale. Luckily they run good sales often and many weeks they have a 55% off coupon.

RENDR No Show Through Marker Paper 5.5″x8.5″ hardbound sketchbook

I had several marker users ask me to review this paper so I chose one of their smaller sketchbooks as they are kinda pricey. I have only used them for markers as their claim to fame is that alcohol markers won’t bleed through but other media can be used on the pages.

Pros:

  • Heavy #110 paper (although it did not seem as thick as other #110 cardstock I have used)
  • Does not bleed through so you can work on both sides
  • Sketchbook is bound nicely and had a grippy cover

Cons:

  • The paper does not allow good blending with alcohol markers
  • When layering colors you get hard edges, it is nearly impossible for me to go back in and adjust something.

Bottom Line: RENDR paper is good if you want a sketchbook where you can work on both sides of the paper with alcohol pens without worry of color bleeding through. I have had a lot of people ask me to try other mediums on this paper so I will report back with my results in an upcoming blog post or video.

The comparison paper I used was #80 Neenah Classic Crest

Stampendous Curio Stamps

These attractive shaped wood stamps stamp beautifully and are designed to display.

Pros:

  • Stamps great
  • Shaped mount is painted black so it stays looking pristine
  • Cute designs that you would be likely to use over and over again.

Cons:

That was a lot of products to get through here but it is fun to put new things to the test to determine if they are worth the money or storage space in out craft room. As with any supply I think it depends. Only you know if a product will be useful to you so with my reviews I aim to be unbiased and to show you what they can do. As with all of my reviews they are not sponsored but I have used affiliate links at no cost to you if you want to check the products out and support my blog at the same time. Please don’t feel like you have to buy though and only buy something if it will add value to your life. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Real time Macaroons in Colored pencils…or is it Macarons?

Hi friends! I just love the beautiful pastel shades of macaroons…er macarons?

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Sometimes art takes time. I recorded this tutorial a couple of weeks ago and have been fretting over whether to keep it long and in real-time or to speed it up. I decided to keep it in real-time so people could paint along with me and learn a bit more about their humble colored pencils.

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Supplies:

  • Bruynzeel Expression set of 12 (basic primary/secondary colors)
  • Fabriano Venezia Sketchbook
  • Finetec Blending Pencil
  • Faber-Castell Perfection Eraser Pencils
  • Pencil Shapener
  • Reference photo

This was a fun box and I totally enjoyed the Fabriano sketchbook! This is a pricey sketchbook so I am so glad they included it in this box as I would be unlikely to take a chance on it or even be aware of it otherwise. I am happy to report that the paper was wonderful for watercolor too! Check out my post on Friday to see how it handled watercolors. I also did this sketch yesterday in colored pencils and watercolor. The pages are robust enough to use both sides!

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I hope you enjoyed today’s video and til next time happy crafting!

 

Make stamp sets more useful by swapping colors!

Hi friends! Colors can effect moods. You can take the same image and color it with pastels for a new baby card or jewel tones for a birthday. You can also take the same stamp set and swap out colors and accent images to apply to different seasons like I did today! These cards feature the Woodland Harvest Stamp set, one of the 5 stamp sets I designed for Rubber Stamp Tapestry!

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Here he have the fall version…

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…and here is the spring!

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Watch the video to see how to make the fall card while picking up some tips for coloring and die cutting. The spring card is made in the same way just using the tree stamp (branches only) for a frame.

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Supplies from Rubber Stamp Tapestry:

Other supplies:

I hope you had fun trying the following techniques!
*Masking
*Coloring with alcohol inks
*Accenting with colored pencils
*How color choices affect the overall look of a card
*Shading
*Making wood accents
*Border die cutting tips

Before you go I have a quick question for you

Now that I have hubby editing my videos I can have him edit more out and make them shorter. I realize that 30 minutes is a lot to ask of you to watch a video. So please honestly let me know if you prefer the longer videos like today or an under 10 minute video or if you would like me to alternate long and short tutorials. You won’t hurt my feelings. I just want to make the most useful lessons I can for you! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Paint with me live at 12:30pm Eastern Time Today! Veggies!

Hi friends! I was playing with watercolors last weekend in my awesome Fabriano Venezia sketchbook and I loved the “play” so much I thought it would make a fine live show project!

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You can watch the live broadcast or replay in the video player below but if you want to chat live with fellow painters or ask me questions you will want to tune it at 12:30pm on the YouTube watch page.

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Supplies:

Hope to see you live at 12:30pm ET! Happy crafting!

Dip Dyed Ombre Napkins & Placements plus Easy Table Centerpiece!

Hi friends!  Today I have a fun home decor project to share! I’ll show you how to get the trendy look of ombré on fabric using some cloth napkins (but feel free to use the idea on a  pillowcase, curtains or even a T-shirt!)SAM_5533

Then I’ll show you how to easily make a homey centerpiece using wood letters and seasonal wood shapes.

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You can see the full tutorial in today’s video!

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Project: Dip dyed ombré napkin and placemat set of 4 Supplies (included in kit):

  • 4 napkins
  • 4 placemats
  • Fabric Dye
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Other Supplies: Basin for holding dye, 1/2 gallon warm water, plastic spoon, Washer/dryer or sink, iron

Directions:
1. Wet all fabric with water and ring out excess. Fold the fabric in half and then fold it in half again in the same direction. Set aside
2. Mix fabric dye with warm water in basin using a plastic spoon.
3. Drape fabric over the side of the basin submerging about 1/3 on the cloth in the die. Leave for at least 20 minutes. *I left mine in an hour.
3. Rinse the fabric until the water runs clear.
4. Wash in cold water and dry. Iron. Starch if desired.

Project: Centerpiece supplies (included in kit):

  • Wood letters and shapes
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Glitter
  • Sandpaper
  • Other supplies: Patterned paper scraps, paper punches, stencils and any other embellishments you might want to add (optional)

1. Sand any rough edges on the wood shapes and wipe off the dust.
2. Basecoat the wood pieces as directed in the instructions or to your liking.
3. If desired distress by sanding away paint or dry brushing on a contrasting color.
4. Paint details on the wood shapes.
5. Paint glue on the snowflake and sprinkle with glitter.
6. If desired decoupage patterned scrapbook paper on some wood shapes. You can also add buttons, trim or other embellishments to them!

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And here is my table…yeah, its minimalist but I think it’s pretty even if it is simple. The best thing about having placemats down is that it is a clutter repellent. Nobody stacks their stuff on a table that has placemats and a centerpiece. I feel so classy! I hope you try some of these ideas and make something fun to decorate your home with! Until next time happy crafting!

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