Posted on March 29, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi Friends! Small projects are a great way to try out new techniques. I used a combination of stamping, drawing and water-coloring to make these 3 bookmarks:
I used a few Caran D’ache watercolor pencils I recently purchased at MerriArtist, I ordered these and some other goodies last Saturday and got them on Tuesday! Fast service, great prices and wonderful customer service. I am not affiliated with them but they did give me a coupon code to share: 10off for $10 off an order of $100 or more and free shipping. Today I am reviewing the Caran D’ache Supracolor pencils, Caran d’ache water brush (a gift from MerriArtist) and Aquabee 90lb watercolor paper (a real bargain!) Have a look at the video for the tutorial and review.
After the picture was dry I cut it into 3 panels. I inked the edges and added some stamping with black ink. The edge swirls are by Autumn Leaves, the corner flourish is by Inkadinkado and the Chinese calligraphy is retired from PSX. When I was happy with the look I ran it through my laminating machine (I got my laminator from LTD commodities for $17 and the refill pouches come in a 100 variety pack for $5, another steal of a deal and it has worked well for me for a couple of years, unfortunately I could not find a link to this online.) You can also use contact paper or packing tape to laminate them even cheaper! The lamination really enhances the color and will protect the bookmarks (and your books) from color migration. I also wanted to mention the there is another watercolor pencil by Caran d’ache called “museum” which are more light-fast and expensive that are probably better in quality. I did not know about them when I ordered these or I would have bought a few to compare. I do not know how light-fast these are but the laminating will help prevent fading.
I think I see more bookmarks in my future! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: quick projects, Stamping, Uncategorized | Tagged: Aquabee 90lb watercolor paper, autumn leaves, bookmarks, caran d'ache, caran d'ache watercolor pencils, customer service, review, watercolor, watercolor pencil | 29 Comments »
Posted on March 12, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! I love looking through stacks of vintage postcards at antique shops. People used to send cards all the time, especially on holidays such as Easter. Today I have a free template (printable PDF and SVG cutting files) for you to create four cute cards that won’t cost a lot to make or send!
We will also be using washi tape and baker’s twine, two of my favorite supplies, from our sponsor Papermart. Watch the video to see how it’s done:
- White Cardstock
- Baker’s Twine
- Washi Tape
- Stamps and Ink
- Sponges or color dusters
- Embossing folder (I used a Damask pattern from Darice)
- Foam Tape
- Free Template
- Also a craft knife or die cutter for cutting the templates.
- Die cut the SVG template on a full sheet of white cardstock OR print the PDF template. If hand cutting I recommend using a craft knife to cut out the windows on the cards and then cutting the scalloped frame with scissors. You will have 4 scalloped papers with windows.
- Emboss the papers with an embossing folder if desired. You can also stamp a sentiment on the paper if you want to keep it flat (unembossed.)
- Center the window on a card base and trace the window with a light-colored pencil.
- Apply washi tape over the traced image.
- Apply foam tape to the back of the window.
- Wrap the panel with baker’s twine and adhere to card base.
- Stamp an Easter sentiment on a label die cut (not included) and adhere over twine with foam tape.
Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: quick projects, SCAL software + Cricut, Templates | Tagged: easter cards, easter craft ideas, free cutting files, free easter SVG, free svg, free templates, freebie, papermart | 12 Comments »
Posted on February 13, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi Friends! Here is a craft that will delight the readers in your life AND make great use of the beautiful ribbon in your stash!
Supplies (Ribbon by Offray):
- Cut a strip of cardstock the same width of your ribbon by 2x the width long. My ribbon is 1 1/2” wide so my cardstock is 1 1/2”x3”. Fold both corners to the middle as shown.
Cut a triangle of cardstock to fit the inside of the bookmark.
Cut a ribbon 1” longer than your card-stock strip.
Adhere the ribbon to the front of the strip, flip it and glue down the ends as shown.
Fold up the bookmark and glue the cardstock triangle to the inside securing the back flaps.
If you want to share this idea with your friends I made directions you can pin on Pinterest. There is a handy Pinterest sharing link at the bottom of the post too. Not only can you help your friends make fun and easy crafts but it helps my blog too, so thanks!
Thanks to the fine folks at Offray for sponsoring this post. They have been busy adding many new ribbons to their website so you can find exactly the ribbons you want in the quantities you need (no driving to the store to find out they don’t have what you want for your project.) Use the coupon code FRUGAL15 to get 15% off your order at Offray.com. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
*Details: Use FRUGAL15 during checkout on Offray.com to receive 15% off one order. Offer expires 11:59 PM eastern time on February 28, 2015. Discount excludes applicable tax and shipping costs. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Discount cannot be applied to previous purchases. Subject to change or cancellation without notice. Other restrictions may apply.
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids, quick projects, Uncategorized | Tagged: corner bookmarks, coupon code, offray, ribbon bookmarks, ribbon ideas | 7 Comments »
Posted on June 19, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi Friends! Do you ever need a last-minute card to send? Or maybe you want to make a stationery set to give as a gift or sell at a craft fair? Well today I’ll show you how to line and envelope and make a chic and trendy card in under 5 minutes!
I think it took me 10 minutes to make the set of three! Talk about a great craft fair idea and you can do it affordably using supplies from our sponsor Papermart:
- white envelopes
- scrapbook paper
- cream cardstock
- organza ribbon
- ink pads
- embossing folder and die cut machine
- Optional: Clear bags for packaging up your card sets for sale-I like the 6″x9″ size
- Measure envelope from under the glue on the flap to the bottom of the envelope. Measure the width minus 1/8″ Cut paper scrapbook paper to that size.
- Trace the flap of the envelope on the scrapbook paper and cut on the lines.
- Insert liner into envelop and attach with a bit of glue.
- To make the card emboss the front panel of a card with and embossing folder and fold in half. Ink the raised design if desired.
- Adhere a strip of leftover scrapbook paper to the front and tie a ribbon around that area.
I hope you try this easy cardmaking idea and if you need a large quantity of envelopes, ribbon or any other packaging supplies please check out Papermart and don’t forget to tell them Lindsay sent you. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: craft fair, quick projects | Tagged: cas cards, clean and simple, clear bags for selling cards, craft fair ideas, DIY envelope liner, envelope, how to line an envelope, Organza Ribbon, papermart, quick cards, ribbon, scrapbook paper, tim holtz embossing folder ideas | 27 Comments »
Posted on May 29, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Hello Friends! Today I have a project that I hope you will enjoy. With the school year winding down you might be scrambling to find ideas to thank the scout leaders, teachers and coaches in your life. Gift cards are usually the way to go if you are unsure about their personal style and when you are giving a gift as a group everyone who wants can contribute a card to a place they think the recipient might like. It’s like giving a guilt free shopping spree! And this is a fun way to package and store them and you can make it affordable using supplies from Papermart. Watch the video to see how it is done:
I started by cutting a 5″x12″ piece of sturdy patterned paper then used a label die to shape one end of the strip. Then I scored and folded the paper so I had a cute purse with a gusset at the bottom. I sealed and cut the ends off three envelopes, stacked them and folded them in half then I punched tabs in the center of the open ends to make the gift cards easy to remove. I punched holed through the stack of envelopes and gusset area of the purse and used baker’s twine to tie it together. I made the handles from Jute cord. The flap is secured with hook and loop tape, only $2.39 for a 10 yard roll of each! I embellished the purse with die cut leaves and flowers as well as buttons. For further instruction refer to the video.
I hope you enjoyed this fun and easy project! Happy crafting!
Filed under: quick projects | Tagged: gift card holder, gift card ideas, gift card wallet, paper purse template, papercrafting, papermart, ways to give a gift card | 9 Comments »
Posted on May 27, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Hello Friends! I think as crafters and artists we can become…well..pack-rats if we are not careful. I finished up a set of cards the other day and could not bear to throw away the scraps of bakers twine trimmings. So rather than dump it into my big ribbon scrap jar never to be seen again I decided to make a quick gift tag with it, have a look at how easy it is:
This technique can be used with ribbon, yarn, string or even slivers of paper. Cuz let’s face it, some of this stuff is just too pretty to throw away, even the tiniest scrap! To make the tag I cut a heart out of white cardstock and punched it out with a large label punch. Then I applied adhesive (score-tape) to a scrap of cardstock slightly bigger than the heart and adhered my twine scraps to that. I covered a manila tag with rainbow paper and adhered my twine square to that then topped it with my heart window with foam tape. Easy peasy and I have a gift tag ready to go and no guilt over throwing anything away. You can find the baker’s twine I used at Papermart, they have awesome deals on bulk supplies but that doesn’t mean we should waste anything. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: quick projects | Tagged: baker's twine, gift tag, papermart, punch, rainbow, scraps, twine, window | 10 Comments »