Playing with oils: Wood Duck

Hi friends! Today I thought I’d share an easy painting I did in oil paint. Feel free to give it a try in gouache of acrylics of you don’t have oils.

Today we will be using the supplies in the December 2019 Smart Art Box. You can subscribe to our sponsor Smart Art and receive a box full of surprise art supplies every month or purchase past Smart Art Boxes here. Feel free to use the supplies you have on hand if you don’t have this kit.

Supplies:

  • Oil Paint (Van Gogh)
  • Brushes
  • Turpenoid brush cleaner
  • Oil painting paper block (Hahnemulhe)
  • Palette
  • Reference photo

I hope you are having an amazing day and til next time happy painting!

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Let's Paint a Pinecone & Berries!

Howdy friends! Last week I created this marker illustration:

I shared it on Instagram and I had many people asking for a tutorial. I have to admit that it took quite a long time to create, this 8″x 8″ drawing took about 2 hours and marker work is very relaxing but can also be kinda repetitive and dull for a real time tutorial so I decided I would do a looser one in watercolor. Since I used my original drawing as my reference you can look at that as you work if you like:)

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I hope you enjoy this relaxing project and til next time happy painting!

PS Want more Christmas Cards and Gift tags to paint? Try my Hand-painted Holiday class! Learn more here.

DIY Swingers and Sliders for Your Handmade Cards!

Hi friends! Today I have a technique that you can use to add movement to your cards!

These are really fun for kids cards. Just a warning it will add a bit of weight to your cards so plan on using an extra stamp if mailing. Watch the video to see how it’s done!

Wanna slide into the world or making interactive cards? Well the technique I show you are fun, fast and frugal and you can use what you have or these cute stamps from our sponsor Top Flight Stamps! SAVE 10% off your next order with coupon code: thefrugalcrafter10 *USA orders of $50+ ship free!

Supplies (contains sponsor and affiliate links)

  • Les Quilles Stamp Set from Katzelkraft *The just added new Katzelkraft stamps at topFlight! I’ll be using the Llama stamp set soon!
  • Random letter stamps (or cut letters from a magazine)
  • Pennies
  • Aleenes Tack it glue *I mix this with water and brush it on the back of my bare rubber unmounted stamps. I use it full strength on the brads and pennies as adhesive. Let it dry till it is clear before using it. It makes a super strong glue dot basically.
  • Paper fastener aka brad *it will be hidden so use any oddballs you have LOL!
  • Craft knife hole punch I used my big bite punch but if you are close to an edge any punch will be fine. You can also use one of these.
  • Dye ink (black, green, blue)
  • Alcohol markers (you want 3 shades of light cool grey, 3 shades or brownish yellow, 3 shades of brown, yellow, lime green, peach and pink)
  • White cardstock-I use Neenah Classic crest for coloring: and heavyweight cardstock for the cardbase and layer I inked
  • Ink blending brushes
  • Foam tape and dot *you can cut a circle from the tape if you don’t have dots.

You can make wiggly or curved channels for the sliders to travel as well. Think of how cute it would be to make a sledder or polar bear sliding down a hill. I bet if you look through your stamp stash you will find great options for images to swing and slide! Have fun and happy crafting!

Peaceful Winter Card

Hi friends! I love versitile designand this card can be used for Christmas, Winter or New Year. You can also substitute what I used for what you have! Win win!

There are lots of fun techniques and money saving tips in this video!


This is a “Use what you have” type of project if I ever saw one (cuz who has time to run out for supplies this close to Christmas?)

Here is an example of how I arranged the card elements for slightly different looks.

Supplies (Affiliate links used)

  • Embossing folders: The Christmas one is by Darice, the other Embossing folder (3-D) is here. *Tip, the 3-d folders are pricey so I only get generic pattern ones that can be used for multiple cards and occasions to get the most bang for my buck!
  • Silver gilding polish (Cosmic Shimmer)
  • Black, white and pastel purple and blue cardstock.
  • Sentiment stamp
  • Snowflake die (I used an old sizzix embosslets but this die set has a similar snowflake and this set has a nice variety too.
  • Organza ribbon
  • Gems
  • Acrylic mousse
  • Snowflake stencil (also the fist snowflake dies I linked to can be used as a stencil but I haven’t tried that with paste before.
  • Glitter

Before I go I want to relate a funny story. A few years ago I decided that life was too crazy and busy and I didn’t want to make Christmas cards that year. My kids were little and I was overwhelmed so I let that task go and enjoyed December with my family. I believe cards should be made with joy and love, I mean, who would want one made of fatigue and spite LOL! A couple of days after that Christmas I was feeling relaxed and really in the mood to make cards so I made Happy New Years cards and sent them instead! It was a surprise to my family and friends and I think that’s good because it’s nice to have a little perk when you think the festivities have ended and you are staring down the barrel of a long Maine winter. In other words, have fun and make stuff when you want to! Happy crafting!

A Sweet Christmas Card You Can Batch Up and Send in Time for Christmas!

Hi friends! I have another card batch recipe for you tonight. I got 9 cards for this pretty patterned paper. I used an old stamp set and typical supplies you probably have on hand (or something you can make due with.) Adapt it to meet your needs and get those cards mailed! BUT that is to say only if you want to. I never want to pressure people into thinking they have to make their own Christmas Cards or send cards at all for that matter. I enjoy making my Christmas cards but there have been years when it’s just too much. Basically, if you like making cards and have time to then go for it. If you are sneaking 5 minutes of zen time with a cup of tea to enjoy a video during a hectic time that’s totally cool too. Christmas comes with a lot of joy and celebration but it can also be overwhelming and full of expectation. It’s also a hard time for many and I just want to say that you are doing great, don’t wear yourself down trying tot be perfect or please everyone. Your family and friends will love you regardless. Love yourself too. Sit back, chill for a few and watch a fun crafty video.

Cutting guide: I cut my heavyweight cream cardstock in half the long way so you get two A2 (4.25×5.5″) top fold cards per 8.5″x11″ sheet. I cut my 12″x12″ patterned paper into 9 4″x4″ squares. I cut my red cardstock to 4 1/8″x 5 3/8″ panels and then cut the red matting layer out of the center where it will be hidden by the pattern paper layer. The stamped label was cut from watercolor paper.

Supplies (Affiliate links may be used)

I hope you enjoyed this project! Take care and til next time happy crafting!

Fan Art: Drawing June from The Handmaids Tale {Sketchbook Sunday}

Hi friends! Last night I finished watching season 3 of The Handmaids Tale. This Hulu series was based on a book by Margaret Atwood and I can’t wait to read the sequel The Testaments.

I loved the acting by Elizabeth Moss so much that I decided to draw her portrait for sketchbook Sunday. You can see the time lapse below. A real-time version of this tutorial will be available in Critique Club in a couple of days.

Supplies (May contain affiliate links)

If you are new to drawing and would like an in-depth beginner drawing class consider my online course Learn to Draw with Lindsay where I teach you how to draw what you see without gimmicks. You can learn more about it here. Have a creative week!

Gifts You Can Make for Many! Sweet Wreath Ornament Treats!

Hi friends! Over the next 2 weeks I will be sharing quick, easy and inexpensive cards and gifts that you can make for friends, coworkers or your kids classmates this holiday season. These small favors can show that you care without breaking the bank. They are also quick and easy projects you can batch up in an evening. These candy wreath ornaments are great for folks with a sweet tooth but feel free to use glitter, beads or sequins to make a permanent shaker card with this method. You can also adapt this idea to make a keepsake photo ornament by placing a photo behind the window and omitting the treat cup. This would be a lovely project to do with a classroom as parent or grandparent gifts. As always you are encouraged to share these projects with your community and teach others as I am teaching you. You can even pass this along to any teacher or scout leader you know.

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Supplies:

Intro: These beautiful gift ornaments hold sweet treats! They can also be used as gift toppers.

Directions:

  1. Fold a piece of heavyweight cardstock in half the long way. Then take a 3 ½” circle die and cut circles allowing the edge of the die to hang over the fold so the circles stay hinged together. 
  2. Using a die the same size as your treat cup cut a window on one of the attached circles to make the from of the ornament.
  3. Stamp a greeting on the back (solid part)of the ornament and stamp a wreath around the hole in the front. Let ink dry and flip over the ornament.
  4. Attach a  loop of ribbon to the inside of the ornament using hot glue. Fill the treat cup with candy, remove adhesive liner and place in ornament hole. Add more hot glue the the ornament edges and press closed.

Let’s spread dome cheer friends! Happy crafting!

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