Mother & Father’s Day Cards!

Hi friends! I get asked a lot “what kind of stamps should I get when just starting out?” I always suggest that you use what you love but if you don’t know what that is yet I suggest nature themed stamps because they can be used for any occasion and they are unlikely to go out of style so your investment will last you.

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I have always loved postage stamps and these State birds and flowers images remind me of the postage stamps that were released in the 1980’s. I actually have a sheet of them and I refer to them when I use this set! These stamps can be used to make cards for any occasion and anyone just buy changing up the papers and embellishments you use. See how in today’s video!


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You can find the entire State Birds and Flowers stamp set here (on sale!)  *This set includes all 50 state bird/flower stamps and 4 bonus images

Supplies:

  • White cardstock
  • Black waterproof ink (Ranger Archival)
  • Distress oxide ink (or your favorite inks in blue, green and brown)
  • Stamps: Minnesota state bird, Swans, (*Both stamps are included in the State birds and flowers set but I linked them by themselves as well) Happy Mother’s Day stamp: (single), ( Set)
  • Water-based markers
  • Wink of stella glitter pen
  • Water-based blender marker
  • White gel pen
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Feather
  • Washi tape
  • buttons
  • Gears
  • glue
  • double stick tape
  • White and cream cardstock

All of the instruction to make these cards including tips and tricks can be found in the video above! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Stamp Giveaway & Sweet Sleepy Mouse Card!

Hi friends! Today I have another alcohol marker coloring tutorial and a chance to win the adorable stamp from Artneko that I used on this card!

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Just leave a comment below for a chance to win, I will draw a name in one week and notify the winner by email. Watch the video below to learn how to color the image and make this easy card!

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Supplies:

Tips!

  1. You can mix alcohol markers from many brands, they all work together!
  2. If your cardstock does not blend well first color an area with your lightest shade and then proceed dark to light as I showed in the video.
  3. Pick your papers before you choose your marker colors so everything will coordinate.

Have fun and don’t forget to leave a comment for a change to win the stamp I used today from Artneko! Happy crafting!

Do More with Your Ink Pads! Stamp School!

Hi friends! If you are new to stamping you probably don’t have every coloring tool out there. You might also limit your supplies due to storage space and budgetary concerns. Maybe you have everything you could ever want but you want a small kit of supplies that you can take on the go with you so you want your supplies to do double duty. Whatever the reason I am going to show you 3 different ways to use your ink pads to color your stamped images.

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I will show you 3 methods of coloring in this video!

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Supplies:

  • Stamps: Bird and nest from the Flowers and Whimsy set
  • Dies: Spellbinders
  • Bristol (what we stamped on) Canson XL
  • Stencil brushes (small sizes)
  • Color duster (Judikins)
  • Sponge tip daubers (Darice)
  • Waterbrush: Pentel
  • Card bases: Micheals (or make them from cardstock)
  • Patterened paper: DCWV
  • Dye ink in several colors
  • Burlap ribbon
  • Bakers twine
  • Doily
  • Black Pigment ink (VErsafine onyx black)
  • Black detail embossing powder
  • Homemade anti-static tool (cornstarch in a fabric pouch)
  • Adhesive (glue-zip-dry, Tape ATG)

Examples

This first example was colored by using small stiff bristles stencil brushes. You can get a similar look by using cotton swabs to apply the ink.

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This example was done with a sponge applicator. You can get a similar look with sponge tipped eye-shadow applicators. The daubers I used in the video are called Embossing Brushes  (even though they are not a brush) and are made by Darice and came in a pack of 16 for around $5

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The final example is watercolor and this is a great option if you don’t have many ink pads because you can mix colors easily on a palette before bringing the brush to paper.

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Directions:
1. Wipe bristol board with corn starch pouch. Stamp with black and heat emboss with black powder.

2. Die cut stamped panels. Cut mats for the panels if desired.

3. Assemble cards, all but the stamped panels, and set aside.

4. Color each panel as shown in the video experimenting with the different ink applications.

5. Glue stamped panels to cards.

I think limiting your supplies expands your creativity! If you have any clever ideas for getting more from your ink pads or other supplies let us know in the comments! Happy crafting!

Last Minute DIY Gift Idea & Rubber Stamp Giveaway!

Hi friends! Do you need a last minute gift for your coworkers or your kids scout troop or maybe your children’s school teachers? Here is a practical gift displayed in a pretty way! DIY Lip balm purses and suitcases!

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Everyone needs an extra tube of chapstick this time of year. It doesn’t cost much but it is useful and thoughtful. In today’s video I will show you how to make a display card for them that looks like a suitcase or purse and you could even hang then from the Christmas tree if you wanted too!

Video!

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Supplies:
Cardstock
Stamps: Spring in Paris set
Scissors
Ribbon/trim
Postage edge punch or deco-scissors
lip balm
Double sided tape
Hot Glue

Directions:
Die cut a rectangle, oval or fancy label from cardstock. Stamp on it if desired. Fold up edges so you have a 1/2″ space in the center to adhere a lip balm tube to. Add handles and decorate if desired.

Giveaway!!!!

If you would like to win the stamps I used from ArtNeko then simply leave a comment! I will draw a winnter at random in one week. This giveaway is open worldwide. If you enjoyed this quick last minute gift idea please consider sharing it using one of the handy sharing buttons below. Thanks and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School: Mirror Stamping & Brayered Backgrounds!

Hi friends! Today I have a couple of fun techniques for you to try! This will either introduce you to new supplies or help you get more use out of the supplies you have.

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Watch the video for the tutorial! I will list options to get the same or similar looks with other supplies below in case you don’t have what I used.

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Supplies:
Stamp (artneko)
Charm (artneko)

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Glossy cardstock (not photo paper)
Colored Cardstock
Kaliedacolor ink pad (this is a blank one, it is cheaper to buy this way and you can use the dye based reinkers you have)
Memento black inkpad
Soft rubber brayer
Gelli Plate

Substitutions!

Instead of using a gelli plate as a mirror stamp you can use a sheet of inexpensive rubber gasket from the hardware store, a piece of soft carving material like EZ cut, a large eraser from the dollar store, the reverse side of a fairly solid clear background stamp or you can actually buy a mirror stamp, they were popular many years ago and now they are coming back in style but if you have a gelli plate or any other of the mentioned items you don’t have to buy it!

If you don’t have a brayer you can use color dusters (or stippling brushes) or sponges to create the blended background. To do this add your yellow all over the glossy cardstock, then add orange on each side overlapping the yellow, make sure to leave pure yellow in the center. Then add read at the top and bottom. You might need to go over the entire panel with yellow again but do this last and then wash your sponge so you don’t contaminate your inkpad. You can also buff the cardstock with a tissue to help marry the colors.

A Warning!

Do not use photo paper when using a gelli plate as a mirror stamp, same goes for high quality photopolymer stamps, I once got photo paper permanently stuck to a nice clear stamp because it bonded too well to the glossy quick dry coating. It ruined the stamp and I don’t want anyone to ruin their expensive gelli plates.

I hope you enjoyed todays tutorial and think of many ways to use these techniques. The next time you are stamping a person or animal but wish it was facing the other way you can use the mirror technique and they next time you want a blended sunset you will know how. What will you try next? Let me know in the comments and happy crafting!

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Stamp School: Photo Paper Ideas!

Hi friends! The other day I was testing out some new rubber stamps from ArtNeko and I like to use photo paper to test my stamps on because I have a lot of the smaller size paper leftover because my printer will no longer take it and also because it gives a really crisp impression. I liked the image so much that I decided to experiment and came up with these:

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Watch the video to see how to do this technique!

Today I am using stamps from our sponsor ArtNeko!   *Save 10% off your next order of any size or get free shipping on orders over $50 (whichever discount is greater you get!) just by mentioning thefrugalcrafter!

Supplies:
Cardstock
Patterned paper
Dye ink
Fish rubber stamps (Art Neko)
Building stamp (ArtNeko-used with rainbow ink pad)
Fibers
Buttons
glue and double sided tape
Waterbased Markers in light colors

Directions:
1. Stamp image in brown dye ink on white photo paper.
2. Color with watercolor markers.
3. Adhere pattern papers to folded cardstock, than attach focal image.
4. Embellish with fibers and buttons.
5. Make envelope as shown in video.

Photo paper CAN be used for stamping, unlike glossy cardstock which dries slow photo paper dries instantly making it great for dye based markers and detailed stamps! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School: It’s Magic!

Hi friends, today I am going to show you how to make a card that magically colors it self when you pull the tab.

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Watch the video to see how!

The stamps I used are by ArtNeko, Save 10% off your next order of any size or get free shipping on orders over $50 (whichever discount is greater you get!) just by mentioning thefrugalcrafter!

Supplies:
Stamp: Framed Poppies (ArtNeko)
Ink: Staz-on for transparency, Memento for cardstock *I used Archival in the demo but staz-on will ensure no smudging.
Transparency film
White cardstock
A2 card or 5 1/2″x4 1/4″ cardstock folded
patterned paper
Ribbon
Washi tape
Punch (circle or fancy shape)
Dry adhesive (ATG gun)
Stamp positioner
Coloring medium: Chameleon pens, Watercolor pencils and blending pen

Measurements
Cut the cardstock and transparency for stamping on to 3″x4 1/4″
Card sleeve: 5 1/2″x8 1/2″ (then fold in half)
Divider: 5″x4″ (then cut a 1/2″ strip off the bottom for stopper)

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I hope you give this card a try, it is a bit tricky but so fun when it is done! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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