Woodless Watercolor Pencil Techniques & Giveaway!

Hi friends! Today I am going to share many ways you can use watercolor pencils. I am using the new woodless watercolor pencils from Altenew but you can use what you have. This post is part of a blog hop. To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by 10/28/2020 for a chance to win. We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list under the video. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on 10/30/2020.

In today’s video I am using the new Woodless Watercolor Pencils set of 24 from Altenew and the Paint a Sunflower stamp. They are available in a money saving bundle as well. (affiliate links used)

Woodless watercolor pencils are easy to use and versitile and I will show you 3 ways to use them for differnt effects.

The neat thing about woodless watercolor pencils is that there is no waste, you can use every bit of the pencil!

Watch the video to learn how to use these pencils!

Now that you have seen my project with the Paint a Sunflower stamps and Woodless watercolor pencils check out the other designers in the blog hop and be sure to comment on all of their blogs for a chance to win!

Altenew Card Blog 

Nicole Watt

Amber Rain Davis

Kelly Griglione

Erum Tasneem

Lindsay Weirich *You are here!

LauraJane

Nathalie DeSousa

Jenny Colacicco

Virginia Lu

Tenia Nelson

Lilith Eeckels

Emily Midgett

Norine Borys

Mindy Eggen

Tania Ahmed

Dana Joy

Jaycee Gaspar

Laurie Willison

Maryam Perez

Nenette S. Madero

Svitlana Shayevich

I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial and good luck in the giveaway! Happy crafting!

Stop Hoarding Those Supplies and Start Using them! (Crafting Old School)

Hi friends! Today we are going to make some pretty cards using bits and bobs you likely have in the craft room. You can use printed ephemera, pattern papers, tags, envelopes, bits of trim and lace, stamps, wax seals, buttons, twine and anything you like. You can use any combinations of things you like. We have been collecting these precious things for years so we will have different things to hand but that is what makes our cards unique.

Gather up some supplies, and maybe a cup of tea and craft with me!

Supplies (Affiliate links used)

I hope this inspired you to use some of your crafty treasures, til next time happy crafting!

Ideas for cards, favors and journal pockets -Spooky Style!

Hi friends! The wind is howling today and it puts me in the mood for some spooky craftin’!

I have always loved Halloween! As a kid there was the dressing up and candy and as an adult I love seeing the kids in costumes when they trick or treat and throwing an occasional Halloween party. It’s such a bummer that halloween is on a weekend this year because it is the perfect party night but the pandemic throws a wrench in those plans. Still, I plan to hand out candy as I live in a pretty rural area and I can make treat bags up ahead of time to drop in trick or treaters buckets so there wont be any germy rummaging in bowls of candy. I saw one guy in Ohio attach a piece of gutter to this porch railing and made a candy chute, kids just need to hold their buckets open at the end to get their treats! How creative!

I think we can enjoy Halloween safely whether is is treat bags down a candy chute or mailing a friends a card and today I have some ideas to help with that!

The cards are so fun to craft using supplies from our sponsor Top Flight Stamps! SAVE 10% off your next order with coupon code: thefrugalcrafter10 *USA orders of $50+ ship free!

Supplies: (affiliate links used)

I hope this brings some fun and whimsy into your day, til next time happy crafting!

Stamping VS Painting

Hi friends! Have you ever looked at the mess on your craft table after a stamping session and wondered if there was a quicker way? Well, I did so today I am going to see if I can stamp or paint a card faster!

To be fair I chose my ink and cut masks before I started stamping because if I had used these stamps before I would have already cut the masks and have a good idea on what inks work well. I wanted to put hands on time against hands on time.

What do you think will be faster? Have a guess and then watch the video!


Supplies (affilate links used)

So, were you surprised? I still like both methods for creating card and this was a fun experiment! I hope you liked this bit of fun and til next time Happy crafting!

Spooky but Cute! Cards using old and new plus Frankenpapers!

Hi friends! We have 3 fun card today!

Some say it’s too early or Halloween but crafters need to get started early to have time to make and send them.

Plus, I just really love Halloween cardmaking!

So pour yourself a cup of hot cider, or a Pumpkin Spice Latte and enjoy a spooktacular trio of cards!

The cards are so fun to craft using supplies from our sponsor Top Flight Stamps! SAVE 10% off your next order with coupon code: thefrugalcrafter10 *USA orders of $50+ ship free!

Supplies:

I hope this inspires you to use your stash and send some Halloween cards this year! Happy craffting!

Trendy! Slimline Card, Lots of Inky Goodness!

Hi friends! Finally I am up on a cardmaking trend! Slimline cards. They are cards that fit a standard business envelop and they length gives you a bit more space to decorate and just takes a normal stamp to mail unless you go crazy with the heavy embellishments.

Watch the video and see how!

This is a fun way to easily color an image and make a background, It was a lot of fun. For this project you will need a large image to color, blending sponges and cardstock. You will also need inks, stencils and black embossing powder.

*This video is not sponsored but the Magic Mushroom blenders and stamps were sent to me from Local King Rubber Stamps for review * Coupon code for 20% off non-sale items at Local king: tfcyt20 *Good through end of August 2020 *Have a look around, they have so many great stamp and die sets! I’ll have a review of the blenders next week!

What do you think? Are you going to make a slimline card? Let me know! Til next time Happy crafting!

Cards that are”Sew” Sweet!

Hi friends! It’s been a while since I made a card huh? The ones I am going to share today can be used for many occasions and the design and techniques are versatile enough that you can change up the focal and background stamps to any theme you like!

That’s what’s great about versatile techniques, you can watch a tutorial and then make it your own. Why should our cards look exactly the same, where’s the fun in that?

I hope you enjoy this real-time chatty video! I’m kicking it “old school” (don’t burn your hands off.)

This video is sponsored by Top Flight Stamps! SAVE 10% off your next order with coupon code: thefrugalcrafter10 *USA orders of $50+ ship free!

Supplies:

You can embellish with real buttons, clothing tags, or labels so don’t fret if you don’t have the button/bobbin die I do. There’s no crying in baseball and no fretting in card making. Happy crafting!

Altenew Blog Hop & August Release (Prizes Too!)

Hi friends and welcome to folks finding my blog from Amber Rain Davis‘ blog. I was thrilled to be able to participate in the Altenew blog hop this month. With how crazy this year has been it has been nice to make some fanciful art!

Click the pic to see all the new goodies!

I found a pack of 5 cotton face masks at a local department store and thought they would be perfect to alter!

I stamped the new Beauty Within stamp set from Altenew on the fabric mask with Obsidian pigment ink and then heat set it. I also die cut the flowers and leaves to make masks (you could also stamp extra images out and hand cut them if you don’t have the dies) so I could create an image with several stamps. Then I painted the design with Inktense blocks because they are permanent when dry, even on fabric! I added accents with textile paint (I didn’t want to do this all in fabric paint because I thought it would make the mask hard to breathe in) and I also added some depth with Tulip fabric markers. I heat set the mask with a embossing heat gun when it was dry but you could also use an iron. Tip: If you find it hard to stamp on the mask stretch it over a large acrylic block and clip in in place with binder clips. If the stamped image is missing some parts you can fill them in with a black fabric marker. I recommend washing the mask by hand separately the first time you wash it in case any dye transfers. Mine washed beautifully!

Prizes:

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by 8/17/2020 for a chance to win. 

We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $20 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. 

All winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on 08/20/2020.

Here is the entire blog hop list in case you get lost:)

Altenew Card Blog

Jaycee Gaspar

Laurie Willison

Vicky Papaioannou

Nathalie DeSousa

Nicole Watt

LauraJane

Svitlana Shayevich

Lydia Fiedler

Maryam Perez

Amber Rain Davis

Lindsay Weirich You are here!

Erum Tasneem

Lilith Eeckels

Dana Joy

Therese Calvird

Tania Ahmed

Norine Borys

Lydia Evans

Reiko Tsuchida

Jessie Banks

Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate before heading to the next stop on the hop Erum Tasneem‘s blog! Good luck and happy crafting!

Fun Mixed Media Cards with Stencils (No Gelli Plate Needed!)

Today we are going to have a really fun time playing with stuff I bet you already have!

This is the first video I have filmed since I hung up quilts and did a bit more sound deadening in the new space. I hope it sounds good! 🙂 Relax, enjoy, hang out and craft with me!

This video is sponsored by Top Flight Stamps! SAVE 10% off your next order with coupon code: thefrugalcrafter10 *USA orders of $50+ ship free!

Supplies:

I hope this inspires you to dig out your stencils and play! Happy crafting!

Stamping with bleach & tinfoil!

Hi friends! I though with many of us being stuck at home I’d revisit a technique using supplies that almost everyone has.

We are going to use bleach and tin foil! Watch the video to see how these household helpers can be fodder for fun Father’s day cards!

This video is sponsored by Top Flight Stamps! SAVE 10% off your next order with coupon code: thefrugalcrafter10 *USA orders of $50+ ship free!

Supplies:

  • For bleach stamp pad you will need a tray or plate, folded paper towel and household bleach *I recommend washing your stamps with soap and water after using with bleach.
  • Stamps: Katzelkraft owls, Katzelkraft Accessories and Steampunk Ornaments
  • Cardstock in brown, white, and cream. This is the white cardstock I use for stamping
  • Gear die
  • Metal gears
  • Screw top brads
  • For the foil you can use a metallic foil paper like this or take household tin (aluminum) foil and coat it with alcohol ink and let dry and you will have a very similar surface that I used. Alternatively you can also paint the foil after embossing and sand some off when dry. It will all look awesome and you can use what you have!

I hope this project sparked some ideas of things you can make with household objects. Til next time happy crafting!

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